The Nordam Group announced that international subsidiary Nordam Europe Ltd. (NEL) has been designated an authorized service center for Embraer Aviation International. Selected structural airframe components, including flight control surfaces and engine nacelles are part of the authorization awarded in June.
Republic Airways Holdings
A trip from the site of last year’s RAA annual convention in Memphis to the venue chosen for this year’s edition, held in Indianapolis last month, covers barely 450 miles, but the psychological distance the industry has traveled over the past 12 months seems more like light years.
A “legacy,” by definition and by tradition, is something of value passed down from one generation to the next. It was with this in mind that Embraer took advantage of the EBACE stage to officially introduce the latest additions to its business
jet family–the Legacy 500 and Legacy 450–formerly referred to as the MSJ and MLJ respectively.
Morrisville, N.C.-based Midway Airlines’ plans to emerge from oblivion as a US Airways Express carrier appear to be derailed once again until at least January, while management scrambles to secure the financing needed for its proposed fleet of Bombardier CRJs. The bankrupt airline, grounded since mid-July, hoped to resume operations in October to provide feed for US Airways. The two airlines have now set a new target date of January 15.
Shell Aircraft International has signed a multi-year block-charter contract with Rainbow Jet of Beijing, China, under the auspices of Bombardier’s Flexjet Asia-Pacific program. The operator will use a pair of Challenger 604s to carry the oil company’s personnel throughout China, largely in support of pipeline work. The contract initially calls for 150 annual flight hours.
Competition in the fractional-ownership market is intense, and the players are constantly changing. Inevitably, as in any emerging market, those with the soundest, strongest and most aggressive business plan will likely expand and grow.
US Airways’ June 27 announcement that it would replace Boeing 737-300s with de Havilland Dash 8s on its Charlotte to Asheville, N.C., route not only illustrated the continuing plight of the nation’s sixth-largest airline, it reinforced a trend long feared by mainline pilot groups.
Embraer is fulfilling its April 2005 promise “to invest heavily in business aviation,” with the formal launch of two new midsize jets that fit between the Phenom 300 and Legacy 600. The still-un-named jets, introduced as concepts at last year’s NBAA Convention, are for now called the midsize jet (MSJ) and mid-light jet (MLJ). Embraer’s board of directors approved formal launch of the two-jet program on March 28.
Frontier Airlines yesterday said it reached a “mutual agreement” with Republic Airways to end their code-share agreement and gradually remove all 12 of the Indianapolis-based regional airline’s Embraer E170s from the Frontier network by mid-June.
Embraer revealed further details of its entrants into the midsize jet market, the seven- to 12-passenger midsize jet (MSJ) and mid-light jet (MLJ) at a press event in Washington, D.C. yesterday evening. The MSJ and MLJ share a common fuselage cross-section with six-foot stand-up headroom, Honeywell HTF7500-E turbofans, Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics and Embraer’s first full closed-loop fly-by-wire flight control system.