Embraer sees Arab operators of its 64- to 114-seat E170/175 and E190/195 regional jets (E-Jets) as providing a good example of what it views as the “right-sizing” of passenger services. By matching capacity to demand such carriers can enhance yield through increased flight frequency rather than continuing possibly marginal operations with larger single-aisle aircraft such as Airbus A320s, Boeing 737-500s and McDonnell Douglas MD-90s.
The future of Bombardier Aerospace’s commercial airline business might well hinge on what becomes of the product starting to take shape at the company’s new manufacturing complex at Mirabel near Montreal, Canada, dedicated to the C Series airliner.
Embraer’s plans for the new Legacy 650 signal that the Brazilian airframer is not cowering during the recession but continuing to look ahead at promising market niches that it can fill. The Legacy 650 is based on the ERJ-135 regional jet platform
but has new wings, Honeywell Primus Elite avionics and new 9,020-pound-thrust Rolls-Royce AE3007A2 engines.
When is a business jet not a business jet?–When it has been developed into a regional jet that has been converted into a corporate jet. Some of those conversions, such as that of the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet Series 200 (CRJ200), itself based on the CL-600 Challenger business jet, have enjoyed mixed fortunes.
The fortunes of Bombardier Aerospace’s regional jet business received a considerable boost last month when American Airlines announced the signing of a letter of intent covering the conversion of an option for 22 CRJ700s.
The global recession didn’t seem to suppress the appetite for new equipment among customers of Russia and the former Soviet Union at this month’s MAKS’2009 airshow in Moscow, where a number of programs, new and established, drew a surprising level of interest from buyers from around the globe.
The first Project Phoenix CRJ is about to enter service, having made its first flight on June 12 from the Flying Colours facility in Canada, where the former Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet was converted into a 15-passenger business jet. The customer for the CRJ is Hong Kong-based aircraft sales group Ritz Pacific.
Embraer ERJ 145, Kemi, Finland, Dec. 11, 2008–The regional jetliner, operated
by Finnish Commuter Airlines, sustained minor damage to its tailcone after the auxiliary power unit caught fire while taxiing after landing at Kemi-Tornio Airport. The two pilots, one crewmember and 22 passengers were uninjured. The incident is being investigated by the accident investigation board of Finland.
Esterline CMC Electronics unveiled the newest version of its PilotView electronic flight bag last month at the Paris Air Show. The CMA-1410 features a 10.4-inch-diagonal display, Intel Centrino mobile processor running Windows XP, USB ports and built-in Wi-Fi capability. The new system will allow pilots to view electronic charts, graphical weather downloads, checklists, operator manuals and other electronic data in the cockpit.
Embraer has signed a variety of agreements for regional jet support with customers across the world. A five-year flight-hour pool program with Dniproavia Airlines of the Ukraine, Athens Airways and Spain’s Andalus Lineas Aereas covers the support of 17 ERJ 145 twinjets (11, four and two, respectively), while a similar agreement with NIKI Luftfahrt of Austria provides for the present E-190, which will be joined by another four aircraft.