Against a background of broadly optimistic forecasts for a slowly recovering global business aviation sector, prospects for the industry in Europe include a lower share of new aircraft deliveries, increasing numbers of international flights and ambitions to upgrade to larger, longer-range equipment, say manufacturers.
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways signaled an interest in acquiring Airbus A320neos last week, when the airline’s vice president and corporate controller, Joe Allman, said the airline spent $8 million during this year’s first quarter on a so-called placeholder deposit for the re-engined A320-family jets.
US Airways announced last month it would add first-class seating and service on 110 US Airways Express regional jets operated by Republic Airways, Mesa Air Group and PSA. Plans call for the airline to install first-class seating on Embraer E170s and E175s, along with Bombardier CRJ700s and CRJ900s, beginning in October with the E175 fleet. It expects to finish outfitting the three remaining types by the end of January.
Pratt & Whitney has landed one of the largest engine orders “in recent aviation history” with IndiGo’s selection of the PurePower PW1100G to power its fleet of 150 Airbus A320neos, the engine manufacturer announced this morning.
The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) and Canada’s Bombardier today signed a so-called framework agreement to establish long-term strategic cooperation on commercial aircraft. The collaboration “will leverage the synergies and strengths of both companies to develop mutually beneficial projects,” said Bombardier in a statement.
Bombardier has positioned a PartsExpress Challenger 601 at Dubai International Airport to deliver parts, technicians and test equipment to AOG Learjets, Challengers and Globals across the Middle East and into Turkey, Kazakhstan, India and North Africa. Bombardier launched PartsExpress in the U.S. in 2007 and in Europe in 2009.
Pratt & Whitney announced today that it has finished initial ground testing on its first PurePower PW1000G series engine, the PW1524G Geared Turbofan for the Bombardier C Series. The engine completed nearly 200 hours of ground testing at the company’s West Palm Beach, Fla. facility.
Bombardier Aerospace’s facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, has been selected to develop and produce the composite wing skin panels and spar components for the Learjet 85. Final assembly of the wings will take place at Bombardier’s production plant in Querétaro, Mexico, as previously announced.
Bombardier has completed the first phase of construction of a 600,000-sq-ft wing manufacturing and assembly facility in Belfast for the C Series airliner, the company announced today. Construction started roughly a year ago and finished on schedule.
Bombardier Aerospace is in Atlanta this week highlighting its increased emphasis on worldwide customer service and product support for the entire Bombardier business jet and regional airliner customer base.