Starting in the first quarter of next year Bombardier will begin installing Amsafe’s aviation inflatable restraint (AAIR) systems in the bulkhead row of passenger seats on new CRJ-700 and -900 regional jets. The system is installed as an integral part of each passenger’s lap belt and inflates within milliseconds of a crash to protect against head and upper-body injuries at impact forces up to 16 gs. A self-contained under-seat
Malev Hungary Airlines last month placed a firm order for two 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200 regional jets and options for another six. The Budapest-based flag carrier expects delivery of the airplanes in June and July, when it inaugurates its first Western-style feed services under a new regional subsidiary called Malev Express.
Bombardier has contracted with Aerosim-Mechtronix to provide flight management system (FMS) training software for its CRJ200, -700 and -900 family of regional jets. The deal will allow the airframer to use the software throughout its training organization, including at customer sites and eventually over the Internet for distance learning.
Bombardier announced during last month’s Zuhai Air Show that the Qingdao Fei Sheng International Aviation Technology Development Training Co. (Qingdao Fei Sheng Training Center), a joint venture between Bombardier Aerospace and Shandong Airlines, will provide initial training for Shanghai Airlines Bombardier CRJ200 regional jet pilots.
Bombardier Aerospace and Beijing-based China Ocean Aviation Group have introduced a new Challenger 800 corporate shuttle into service in the People’s Republic of China. The Challenger 800 is a corporate variant of the CRJ200 regional jet. China Ocean’s aircraft, featuring a two-class configuration designed for 34 passengers, will be deployed primarily as a senior government executive transport and is the second of a two-aircraft deal.
Delta Connection regional carriers Atlantic Southeast Airlines and Comair have exercised options for a total of two CRJ200s and one CRJ700 regional jet from Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier. The transaction is valued at about $73.24 million and brings to six the number of option conversions that Delta Connection carriers have executed this year.
The NTSB last month sent recommendations to the FAA and Transport Canada to address a safety concern raised by two engine failures on Bombardier CRJ200s. The Board has determined that a flaw during the manufacturing process for fan blades led to the failure of the GE CF34-3B1 turbofans, and it wants procedures established to remove the suspect blades before another incident occurs.
Wholly owned US Airways subsidiary PSA Airlines expects to begin its transition to an all-regional-jet fleet with the launch of service next month using new 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s. The Canadian-built jets will replace 32-seat Fairchild Dornier 328 turboprops on flights linking PSA’s Dayton, Ohio base with Ronald Reagan Washington National and New York La Guardia Airports.
A concerted effort to develop a modern regional air transportation industry in China has finally begun, just in time for the Beijing Summer Olympic Games and as the country’s aerospace industry readies the indigenously developed ARJ21 regional jet for service.
The Canadian government’s export financing arm, the Export Development Corporation (EDC), has advanced another $100 million loan to Delta Connection subsidiary Comair for its current deliveries of twenty 70-seat Bombardier CRJ700s, the first of which the manufacturer delivered last September.