Bombardier finally received its long-awaited launch order from Deutsche Lufthansa for its C Series airliners, the Canadian manufacturer announced today. The contract involves a $1.53 billion “firm purchase agreement” for 30 of the smaller, CS100 (formerly C110) version of the 110- to 145-seat pair of jets.
Embraer delivered the first of 30 E-Jets ordered by Lufthansa–a 116-seat E195–
Bombardier Aerospace has missed its January 31 target for converting a letter of interest (LOI) for “up to” 60 C Series airliners from Lufthansa, leaving the program devoid of orders some seven months after the official launch during last year’s Farnborough Air Show. However, Bombardier and Lufthansa continue to assert that plans remain in place to convert the LOI in due course.
Lufthansa Technik has ordered a Cair cabin humidification control system from CTT Systems of Nykoping, Sweden, for installation this fall as part of an executive A330 interior contract…Gore Design Completions of San Antonio has ordered the same CTT Systems Cair humidification package for installation in an executive A340…European charter operator Comlux has taken delivery of its second new Airbus A318 in executive configuration, both of which
Winter weather, freezing temperatures and snow, wind or thunderstorms can add significantly to a flight crew’s stress level. And obtaining accurate and precise weather information is essential, not only for getting there safely, but also for calculating the optimal route in terms of time saved and fuel burned. Many weather tools are of limited use for flight planning because they focus only on the weather that’s happening on the ground.
Boeing has named a new leader for its 747-8 program as the company scrambles to meet its latest targets for first flight and certification of the 747-400 successor. Mohammad “Mo” Yahyavi moves into the position from his post as vice president of Boeing Commercial Airplanes’ 737 P-8A Poseidon team, replacing Ross Bogue, who has accepted the position of vice president and general manager of Boeing Fabrication.
Lufthansa Technik has invested nearly $67 million in its new 161,500-sq-ft overhaul center for engines in Hamburg. The new facility will be staffed by about 700 employees, and capacity for overhauls rises from the present 320 to more than 400 engines per year. By commissioning the new facility, the company is making a significant contribution to securing the more than 2,000 engine maintenance jobs at the Hamburg site over the long term.
Most of the 125 pilots of the German regional airline Con-tact Air went on a limited strike today, disrupting parts of the Luf-thansa Regional European network. Contact Air has a fleet of five ATR-42-500s, six ATR 72-500s and three Fokker 100s, all flying under wet-lease contracts for Lufthansa Regional and Lufthansa subsidiary Swiss to destinations within Central Europe.
National Air Services (NAS) of Saudi Arabia has signed a five-year contract with Lufthansa Technik for total component support (TCS) for up to 40 aircraft. The agreement includes services for several executive jets based on single-aisle airliners. Moreover, both Lufthansa Technik and NAS Group are evaluating opportunities to cooperate in aircraft maintenance.
Operators of Bombardier Learjet 60s and PW305A engines may now look forward to additional support in Europe. MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg is broadening its service offerings in partnership with Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services at Schönefeld in the form of complete maintenance packages.