Bombardier Aerospace continues to breathe new life into its NextGen CRJ series aircraft, underscored here at the Farnborough Airshow by the CRJ900 on static display, ready for delivery to American Airlines-the fourth of 30 ordered by the US carrier last year. Sylvain Leclerc, v-p and general manager, CRJ Commercial Aircraft, said the “new and improved interior configuration will enhance the passenger experience,” while aerodynamic clean-ups and weight saving efforts have boosted the aircraft’s operational efficiency.
Bombardier Aerospace delivered the first “enhanced” CRJ900 to American Airlines regional subsidiary PSA Airlines on June 5. Based in Dayton, Ohio, PSA plans to start operating the jet under the American Eagle brand “later this summer.” Formerly a US Airways Express subsidiary, it now flies 35 CRJ200s and 14 CRJ700s primarily out of Charlotte, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.
Vilnius, Lithuania-based air charter firm KlasJet started operations this week after receiving its air operator certificate (AOC) from the Lithuanian CAA late last month. Its first charter trip was a three-hour flight to a Mediterranean resort. KlasJet launched its operations with a VIP-outfitted Bombardier CRJ200 and Challenger 850. It plans to operate up to 10 business jets. The carrier’s fleet is supported by Avia Solutions Group and its subsidiaries.
Seemingly bucking the trend suffered by most of the rest of the regional airline industry, Phoenix-based Mesa Air Group has managed to attract a fair share of qualified pilots to accommodate its seemingly unlikely growth. But while speaking Wednesday at this year’s Regional Airline Association Convention in St. Louis, CEO Jonathan Ornstein made certain to ensure no one came away from the briefing with any doubt about his position on the new legislation that requires new hire first officers to carry an air transport pilot certificate.
FAI Technik has been awarded maintenance approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands. The MRO employs 50 people at its maintenance facilities at Nuremberg International Airport, Germany. The site features a 53,820-sq-ft hangar, in addition to a 43,000-sq-ft space that houses workshops and engineering and administration offices. FAI Technik provides line and base maintenance for the Bombardier Learjet 31/35/36/45/60, Challenger 604/605, CRJ100/200 and Global Express; and line maintenance for the Dassault Falcon 7X.
EASA has given FL Technics Jets of Vilnius, Lithuania, a certificate of approval to provide line and base maintenance services for the Bombardier CL-600-2B19 series (CRJ100/200/440 and the CRJ200-derived Challenger 850). In early 2012, FL Technics Jets became the first authorized Hawker Beechcraft service center in Eastern Europe. Soon afterwards the company became the first authorized service center for Tronair ground support equipment in Eastern Europe, Russia and the CIS.
The bankruptcy of Danish airline Cimber Sterling in May 2012 has threatened to shake the foundation of the country’s engine leasing business after a Danish bankruptcy court ruled that some of the engines fitted to Cimber Sterling aircraft belonged to the airframes and the engine lessors bore no right to them, according to lawyers representing the leasing entities.
Avionics & Systems Integration Group (ASIG) has flown its flyTab Dual Class 2 iPad EFB system on a Nav Canada flight inspection Bombardier CRJ200. The flight-testing, which lasted about eight hours, is part of an approved model list supplemental type certification program that will cover a variety of fixed-wing and rotorcraft models under FAA, Transport Canada and EASA regulations.
Avcorp Industries subsidiary Comtek Advanced Structures won a contract to design and manufacture the floor panels for Bombardier’s in-development Global 7000 and 8000. The company said it will start design engineering work immediately. Comtek currently supplies floor panels to Bombardier for its CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 regional jets; Q400 regional turboprop; and in-development Learjet 85.
Bombardier’s prospects in China brightened considerably last month as the Canadian manufacturer signed a letter of intent (LOI) with Nantong Tongzhou Bay Aviation covering 30 Q400 turboprops and collected a firm order for three CRJ900s from China Express Airlines.
The LOI with Nantong outlines terms for delivery of the turboprops to a new carrier called Sutong Airlines. Based in Nantong in Jiangsu province, the new airline would start service in 2015. Bombardier places the value of the deal at nearly $1 billion based on list prices.
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