The firm order placed by Deutsche Lufthansa late this past winter for 30 Bombardier CS100 airliners not only gave the much-maligned C Series its first confirmed customer, it granted the executives at Bombardier Commercial Airplanes (Chalets A365, A366) some measure of vindication after eight months of persistent questions about whether the program would ever yield a prototype.
Although heartened by the turnout at last month’s Regional Airline Association Convention, held May 18 to 21 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, the RAA could do nothing to lift the pall that the NTSB hearings on the February 12 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407 and the generally gloomy economic environment would cast over the annual event.
Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines last night voluntarily grounded 60 of its Bombardier CRJ200s after an internal audit showed that maintenance crews might not have inspected their GE CF34 turbofans according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. ASA operates 110 of the fifty-seat regional jets, as well as 38 seventy-seat CRJ700s and a pair of 76-seat CRJ900s.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines made history on February 27 when it flew the
first commercial flight in the U.S. with an all-female, all-African American flight
Bombardier Learjet 60/Embraer ERJ 145, Chicago, July 21, 2008–The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the near miss of the Electrolux Home Products Learjet and the American Eagle Embraer was the controller’s failure to ensure the appropriate separation between two airplanes operating on runways where flight paths intersect.
Bombardier Aerospace has missed its January 31 target for converting a letter of interest (LOI) for “up to” 60 C Series airliners from Lufthansa, leaving the program devoid of orders some seven months after the official launch during last year’s Farnborough Air Show. However, Bombardier and Lufthansa continue to assert that plans remain in place to convert the LOI in due course.
Is the light at the end of the tunnel of our economic crisis a reality, or merely the triumph of wishful thinking over reality?
Even as Congress haggles over the details of an $800 billion economic stimulus plan there are some signs of movement in a positive direction within the business aviation industry.
Atlantic Southeast Airlines sent furlough notices to 80 pilots last month as partner Delta Air Lines pares back Bombardier CRJ flying. The furloughs take effect February 9. Delta plans to cut its domestic capacity by 8 percent to 10 percent this year in response to falling travel demand.
Horizon Air has negotiated a deferral of Q400 deliveries with Bombardier to re-time the shipments to coincide with the removal of the Seattle-based regional’s CRJ700 fleet. Horizon announced last year that it planned to sell its 70-seat jets, but as of last month it continued to fly 18 of them and had managed to sell just two to an operator outside the U.S.
Pinnacle Airlines has agreed to fly–at least temporarily–the seven Bombardier CRJ900s Delta Air Lines had told Mesa Air Group it would pull from their service contract starting October 6. All told, Pinnacle now flies 12 CRJ900s as Delta Connection–three of which it took from Mesa last month–and by the end of this month it expects to have deployed 18 airplanes, nine on a short-term lease.