Lufthansa signed a firm order last month for 12 Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets. Once it accepts delivery, the German flag carrier plans to use the airplanes to replace 50-seat CRJ200s flown by Lufthansa CityLine. However, Lufthansa’s pilot union has yet to agree to a new scope clause that would allow the 86-seat jets within the CityLine fleet.
Former DOT Inspector General Mary Schiavo’s latest crusade against the aerospace establishment has placed Bombardier, General Electric, Honeywell, Northwest Airlines, KGS Electronics and Parker Hannifin at the center of a lawsuit filed on behalf of the families of the crew who died in the crash of a Pinnacle Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 on Oct. 14, 2004, outside Jefferson City, Mo.
Delta Air Lines’ planned expansion at New York JFK Airport this summer will include a new three-year code-share deal with Mesa Air Group to fly twelve 37-seat de Havilland Dash 8-200 turboprops from the Big Apple.
Northwest Airlines’ plans for a new regional subsidiary all hinge upon a May 3 tally of votes cast by its pilots on a new tentative contract that would allow the unit, called Compass Airlines, to fly regional jets certified to hold up to 76 seats. Northwest hopes to launch the operation next month with a single 50-seat CRJ200 flying twice daily between Minneapolis and Washington Dulles International Airport.
A subtle change in the material used in an electrical component caused seven fires in Bombardier CRJs, according to an NTSB recommendation released on March 30. Tyco Hartman, the manufacturer of the component, changed the material and didn’t notify Bombardier that the new part was coated with a different material that turned out to be susceptible to moisture-induced arc-tracking.
A 63-percent affirmative vote last month by the pilots of Northwest Airlines for a new labor deal officially frees Northwest (operating as Compass Airlines) to fly regional jets certified to hold up to 76 seats. Northwest plans to launch the operation next month with a single 50-seat CRJ200 flying twice daily between Minneapolis and Washington Dulles International Airport.
Some 10 months after Bombardier launched the 50-passenger Challenger 850 corporate shuttle, the first aircraft has entered service with Alberta, Canada-based Suncor Energy, parent company of Sunoco service stations. Suncor Energy will operate shuttle service for employees and contractors six days a week between its Calgary headquarters and Fort McMurray in northern Alberta.
Arik Air, Nigeria’s new airline, took a solid step forward last month when it accepted delivery of the first two Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets in Africa in ceremonies at the Canadian manufacturer’s assembly plant in Mirabel, Quebec. Arik Air took over the defunct Nigeria Airways center in Lagos in April and is rebuilding the facilities there as its base.