Irish regional airline Aer Arran has selected Meggitt group subsidiary Dunlop Aerospace Braking Systems (DABS) to support its ATR 72 twin-turboprop fleet, including replacement aircraft currently on order. DABS is continuing to invest in research and development to improve its ATR 72 wheels and brakes, with plans for an advanced anti-oxidation system to enhance performance.
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Could Embraer have become the first voice in aviation to commit to the notion that passengers aren’t necessarily all enthralled with the “no frills” concept of air travel and that they may be prepared to pay a little bit extra to feel less like self-loading cargo?
Embraer is here at Le Bourget exhibiting a 170/175 regional airliner, its super-midsize Legacy 600 executive jet and scale models of its new four-seat Phenom 100 very light jet and nine-passenger Phenom 300 light jet. Production rates and deliveries of its regional jets and Legacy (the 100th twinjet was delivered in March) are picking up following difficulties with suppliers, and activity continues in China.
SATA Air Acores, the carrier that provides interisland transport in the Azores, has leased a third ATP twin-turboprop from BAE Systems Regional Aircraft to boost its fleet to five. Also, on June 15 the airline celebrated its 60th anniversary of scheduled operations.
Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) is sharing in the booming regional market and the upswing in orders for short-haul turboprop aircraft, with this year already proving fruitful after two record years.
To ensure their continued survival in the face of reduced income per passenger, regional operators sometimes seek solace in the arms of major carriers, which then might have to re-learn the realities of the regional game. For Portuguese flag carrier TAP Portugal, consideration of short-haul equipment and service costs has become a new experience as the major prepares to complete its acquisition of regional operator Portugalia Airlines.
Tyrolean Jet Services of Innsbruck is here at EBACE for the sixth time, exhibiting its charter expertise to attendees (Booth No. 526). Austria’s oldest executive aircraft operator and the largest in the western part of the country, Tyrolean was founded in 1976 as the flight department of the Swarovski Group–manufacturer of crystal, jewelry and optical systems.
Brazilian airframer Embraer has selected Menlo’s Singapore Logistics Centre as regional hub for service parts warehousing and fulfillment in Asia. The company will operate a regional logistics hub providing dedicated service parts warehousing and distribution to support the expansion of Embraer’s line of regional and business jets in the Asia-Pacific market.
Higher numbers of regional airline travelers in Europe have not meant greater environmental impact, according to European Regions Airline Association (ERA) director-general Mike Ambrose. Rather, the industry is flying bigger aircraft at record passenger load factors (PLFs)–the highest in 20 years of ERA data collection.
The board of Deutsche Lufthansa, Europe’s second-largest airline, has approved a $1.5 billion expenditure for 30 Embraer E190s and 15 Bombardier CRJ900s.