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.
Mesa Air Group CEO Jonathan Ornstein reported that load factors at his new inter-island Hawaiian market entrant dubbed Go! “significantly exceeded…expectations” during its first week of operation. Offering $19 introductory fares, Go! launched service with a pair of Bombardier CRJ200s on June 9 from Honolulu to Kona, Maui and Kauai, firing its first salvos in a fare war that saw rival Aloha Airlines give away 1,000 tickets. Most recently, Go!
The judge overseeing the Chapter 11 bankruptcy case of Minneapolis-based Mesaba Airlines ruled last month that the airline may not unilaterally cancel the union contracts of its pilots, flight attendants and mechanics. Trumpeted by the unions as a major victory for labor, the 98-page ruling issued by Judge Gregory Kishel in St.
Midcoast Aviation, which has done green Challenger 604 completions for years, is ramping up its capabilities as the Canadian manufacturer sends more of its business jets to the Cahokia, Ill. independent center for more highly customized interior work.
For some years now, business jet manufacturers have been offering their customers a standard choice of cabin configurations and amenities, along with a list of standard options.
August 1 marks the deadline for PSA Airlines pilots to agree to US Airways’ conditions for placing 20 Bombardier CRJ900LRs with the wholly owned subsidiary over the course of a year, starting at the end of next year’s first quarter.
Bombardier is forecasting continued growth for the business aviation industry over the next five years and is positioning itself, though somewhat cautiously, to take advantage of the market.
Lufthansa CityLine has begun operating the first of 12 new 84-seat Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets that by year-end will replace its ten 50-seat CRJ200s. With no prospect of oil prices falling, the German carrier is looking for the sort of fuel economics normally available only from long-haul widebody operations.
Officials from small carriers meeting in Barcelona this month for the European Regions Airline Association general assembly very likely will bump into Carlos Bertomeu, chief executive of local Spanish operator Air Nostrum. In so doing, they also might hope that some of his success will brush off.
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