St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Airlines began flying as a US Airways Express partner on December 16, when it launched six daily flights from US Airways’ hub in Phoenix. The new three-year contact calls for SkyWest Airlines to operate some 49 flights to 19 destinations by the spring and includes an option for US Airways to switch equipment to CRJ700s.
Bombardier Aerospace received a firm order for five Challenger 850s worth $156 million, based on list prices, from an undisclosed customer on December 29. The Challenger 850 is an executive version of the Canadian aircraft manufacturer’s 50-seat CRJ200 regional jet, with a range of up to 2,811 nm.
Professional Aircraft Accessories has begun construction of a 20,000-sq-ft expansion. The $2 million project is expected to be completed by next summer and will bring the company’s overall facility to 60,000 sq ft “We are bucking the economic trend,” Robert Bial, president of the Titusville, Fla.-based company, told AIN. “We were one of six companies Greenwich AeroGroup bought two years ago from Fairchild. We put together a good business plan that includes operations in business aviation, commercial aerospace and the military.
While much of the completion and refurbishment industry was battling to remain afloat during the recession, Flying Colours in the quiet Canadian city of Peterborough, Ontario, discovered a niche market in converting retired Canadair Regional Jets (CRJs) to executive use, and more recently, abundant work outfitting green Challenger 850s from Bombardier.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS), a Berlin-based maintenance, repair and overhaul facility specializing in Bombardier business aircraft, has expanded the capabilities at its line maintenance station in Riga, Latvia. The station is now able to serve aircraft flying under the registration of Bermuda as well as the Cayman Islands, and EASA line maintenance approval has been extended to the Bombardier Challenger 850.
St. George, Utah-based SkyWest Airlines signed a letter of intent last month to fly 14 Bombardier CRJ200s as US Airways Express under a capacity purchase agreement. The three-year deal would call for the SkyWest jets to replace CRJ200s and Bombardier Dash 8 turboprops now supplied by Mesa Air Group out of Phoenix starting in the middle of next year.
Bombardier’s largest regional airliner–the CRJ1000 NextGen (until the CSeries enters service in 2013)–has made a nearly flawless since entry into service last December. With 13 CRJ1000s flying for Brit Air and Air Nostrum, the fleet has achieved a 99.4-percent dispatch reliability rate and 99.9 schedule completion rate.
Orders for Bombardier’s Challenger 850 are keeping Canadian MRO, completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours (Stand 1935) busy installing interiors in these purpose-built executive/VIP descendants of the Canadair CRJ200 regional jet.
Air Wisconsin’s pilots dropped their participation in the company’s Aviation Safety Action Program (Asap) last month, following what ALPA leaders called interference by management “with the conduct and integrity of the program.” The union’s Air Wisconsin unit objected to what it called the forced resignation of a first officer of a Bombardier CRJ200 crew that accidentally penetrated restricted airspace above Washington, D.C.
Sukhoi Civil Aircraft delivered the first Superjet 100–S/N 95007–to Armenian airline Armavia today during a ceremony held at Yerevan Zvartnots International Airport. At the ceremony, the participants named the aircraft after the USSR’s first cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin. Authorities assigned it tail number EK95015.