ATR announced a pair of big commercial deals involving its regional turboprops this week, building on an exceptional showing in 2010 that saw ATR’s management lay plans to raise production from just more than 50 airplanes to 70 by 2012.
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Cobham Aviation Services Australia is buying a pair of BAE 146s that it currently leases from the asset management division of BAE Systems. The company has a fleet of 17 BAE 146s and Avro RJs that it uses to provide corporate shuttles for several mining companies and for carry freight at night.
ATR collected firm orders for 80 new turboprops last year–exactly double the number it accumulated in 2009, the Franco-Italian company announced today during a press briefing in Paris. The manufacturer also reported revenues totaling $1.35 billion–almost three times the turnover it achieved in 2005.
Contingents from France’s Brit Air and Spain’s Air Nostrum joined Bombardier executives in Mirabel, Quebec, last month to mark the first deliveries of the newly certified CRJ1000. Together accounting for roughly half of the remaining CRJ backlog, Brit Air and Air Nostrum have placed firm orders for 14 and 35 copies of the new 100-seat jet, respectively.
Swiss regional airline Baboo, based in Geneva, and Darwin Airline, headquartered at Lugano Airport in southern Switzerland, an-nounced in late November that they have decided to merge. In fact, the move looked more like a takeover by Darwin of a competitor plagued by a notorious lack of profits.
The newest and largest member of Bombardier’s ubiquitous regional jet line, the 100-seat CRJ1000, has won certification from Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Canadian manufacturer announced on November 10. Bombardier expects to start deliveries to the type’s first operator, Spain’s Air Nostrum, by year-end.
The newest and largest member of Bombardier’s ubiquitous regional jet line, the 100-seat CRJ1000, has won certification from Transport Canada and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), the Canadian manufacturer announced today. Bombardier expects to start deliveries to the type’s first operator, Spain’s Air Nostrum, by year-end.
Following the recent worldwide financial crisis and recession, regional airline services in Europe are set to change as operators move to introduce bigger equipment. Air Nostrum chief executive Carlos Bertomeu, for one, predicts that his carrier’s recent strategy to increase average capacity–and thereby reduce unit costs–will be copied elsewhere in the industry.
One of the primary responsibilities of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) is to do “everything possible to ensure that things do not get worse [for members] before they become better.” So said ERA policy and regulatory-affairs deputy director-general Simon McNamara at the group’s April 2010 conference in Edinburgh after two years of “most challenging trading conditions” had left European regionals flying through metaphorical clouds
The European Regions Airline Association (ERA) is challenging legislators and politicians to cooperate more with carriers when formulating regulations rather than “continue persecuting” operators and risk reducing global competitiveness.