Scheduled delivery of the first Project Phoenix CRJ conversion this month marks the introduction of the latest corporate variation of the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet Series 200 family.
Bombardier announced today that it has added three “key” European suppliers to the C Series program, namely Alenia Aeronautica of Italy, Fokker Elmo of the Netherlands and Goodrich Actuation Systems of the UK.
Alenia has agreed to provide the horizontal and vertical stabilizers, fully equipped with hydraulic, electrical and flight control systems, lights and antennas.
Fokker F-27 Friendship 500, Mogadishu, Somalia, Aug. 13, 2008–The Fokker freighter was on a flight from a Kenyan airport en route to Somalia in “poor” weather. It apparently struck a telecommunications antenna on approach to the Mogadishu airport, K-50.
In a welcome development for operators who are flying VIP-converted Jetstream J31/J32s, UK-based Saywell International (Booth No. 1805) became the sole spares distribution center for the BAE Systems-built airplanes this year and is rapidly increasing its support capabilities.
What do you do with an airplane when you’re done flying it and no one wants to buy it? According to Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS) of Delft, Netherlands, economic factors should determine whether an owner sells or disassembles an aircraft. AELS focuses on four goals: maximizing the owner’s revenue, minimizing the burden, sustaining corporate values and minimizing environmental impact.
Austrian all-cargo carrier Amerer Air plans to become the first customer for the re-launched British Aerospace Regional Aircraft BAe 146QT (Quiet Trader) freighter program. Its aircraft, a Series 200 recently converted by Aerostar in Bacau, Romania, is undergoing painting and final maintenance checks in the UK before delivery. The 146QT will be ferried to Linz, Austria, where Amerer Air has created a major logistics center.
Standard Aero (Booth No. 1153) was selected by KLM Cityhopper, based at The Netherlands’ Schiphol Airport, and KLM uk Engineering, of Norwich, UK, for the maintenance of its Fokker 50 engine and propeller accessories. The three-year contract covers maintenance, repair and overhauls of the accessories for the fleet of 19 Fokker 50s.
One of six Airbus-approved outfitters for its ACJ corporate jetliner family, Stork Fokker Services (Booth No. 875) is expanding its activities in the VIP/corporate completion market alongside competitors such as Jet Aviation, Lufthansa Technik and TAT’s Sabena Technics.
French regional airlines AOM and Air Liberté have escaped the jaws of bankruptcy through their purchase by an Air France pilot. The airlines–formerly owned by SAirGroup and French investment firm Taitbout Antibes–expect to shed 1,800 jobs, restructure and adopt a new name as part of a plan to form a viable rival to Air France.
A Luxair Fokker 50 twin turboprop crashed on approach to Luxembourg Findel Airport on November 6, killing 20 of the 22 people on board. The accident happened just after 10 a.m. in thick fog, with the aircraft crashing into wooded, hilly terrain three miles short of the runway and on the edge of the village of Roodt-Syr.