Uruguay’s Pluna Air Lines has placed a firm order on three more 90-seat Bombardier CRJ900s worth $129 million at list prices, the Canadian manufacturer announced in late April. Based at Carrasco International Airport, near Montevideo, the flag carrier operates a uniform fleet of 10 CRJ900s, with which it provides both domestic service and international flights to Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay.
Bombardier Aerospace’s sales force will no doubt feel considerable pressure to boost CRJ transactions this month, as the company again considers cutting production of its regional jet line in Mirabel, Canada, in reaction to weak sales.
Halifax-based Jazz Air Income Fund has agreed to invest $15 million in Latin American Regional Aviation Holding (LARAH) in return for a 33.3-percent non-voting equity interest in the company and a minority stake in Uruguay’s Pluna Airlines. At the time of closing of Jazz’s investment, LARAH will hold an indirect 75-percent equity interest in Pluna. The government of Uruguay holds the remaining 25 percent.
Montreal-based CAE plans to add a Global Express full-flight simulator to its training facility in Dallas next year. In addition, the company is adding a Bombardier CRJ200 level-D simulator to its Madrid training facility, doubling its CRJ platform capacity in the region. The new CRJ simulator will complement the currently installed CRJ200/900 level-D simulator in Madrid and is scheduled to enter into service early next year.