A recent slew of new announcements from BAE Systems Regional Aircraft has reminded the industry that the BAE146/ Avro RJ jetliner family has not gone away. New lease packages to regional airlines, the possibility of a new production line and some innovative conversion packages all suggest that the four-engine jets still have some life left in them.
BAE Systems is making another push to promote executive and corporate shuttle applications for its out-of-production 146/Avro RJ series of regional airliners.
While ATR and Bombardier’s de Havilland division enjoy a renaissance of sorts in the new turboprop airliner business, companies no longer involved in airplane manufacturing have moved to stake their own claims on the used market. For BAE Systems Regional Aircraft, however, managing and eliminating its “idle portfolio” has proven harder than one might imagine.
Customers from the Asia/Pacific region played a big part in the banner year European airframer Avions de Transport Regional posted in 2005. They accounted for just over two thirds of the 90 firm orders and 26 options that ATR received for its 48-seat 42-500 and 68-seat 72-500 twin turboprop regional airliners–in what was the company’s best year for sales since 1989, when it logged 107 sales.
Pieced together from many companies in an evolution that commenced in 1999, the Swiss Ruag group is progressing at its cruising speed. The goal of the company’s founders was to move the defense supplier away from the exclusive dependence on the Swiss armed forces and to create an independent enterprise with a diversified customer base. Business aviation is a key part of this strategy.
Bombardier Aerospace (Booth No. 1300) is gradually building parts inventory levels at its new super-warehouse near Germany’s Frankfurt Airport and is already beating its own performance targets at the facility, which opened last December. By the end of next month, the airframer expects to have some 25,000 individual parts on the shelves, a total that could grow to 40,000.
For the first time, Bombardier Aerospace has revealed its expectations of the 100- to 149-seat commercial-aircraft market segment at which the proposed C Series jetliner would be aimed. The statistics appear in a 20-year forecast published here yesterday.
Rolls-Royce has released its 20-year forecast for the aero-engine business with predictions of up to $600 billion-worth of sales during the period.
The UK company stated it expects the industry will be called on to provide 114,000 jet engines “to meet the global demand for 51,000 new commercial aircraft, ranging from business jets to high-capacity airliners.”
Embraer, which is already developing two new light jets, announced on the eve of the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition that starts tomorrow in Geneva, that it is breaking into the bizliner market with the launch of the Lineage 1000. The $40-million jet, derived from Embraer’s ERJ 190 regional airliner, is expected to enter service in 2008.
An increase in business jet sales and deliveries continued to bolster the aerospace arm of Bombardier, according to the Canadian manufacturer’s financial results for its first quarter that ended April 30. In the February to April period, Bombardier delivered 53 business jets, compared with 43 in the same period last year, a 23-percent increase.