The European Commission approved the proposed merger of US Airways Group and American Airlines parent company AMR Corporation on Tuesday, eliminating one hurdle to the companies’ plan to create the world’s largest airline.
Bombardier Aerospace has signed a letter of intent to authorize Ethiopian Airlines of Addis Ababa to perform line and heavy maintenance on Q400 turboprops, the manufacturer announced last month. The parties expect the agreement to take effect this month.
Ethiopian Airlines’ overhaul and repair facilities at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa employs an all-Ethiopian workforce of more than 750 licensed technicians and support staff.
The UK’s BMI Regional signed a deal last month to supply an Embraer ERJ145–along with pilots, cabin crew and support–to Swedish regional airline Flyglinjen. Flyglinjen plans to replace a Fokker 50 turboprop on a route between Kristianstad, Sweden and Stockholm Arlanda Airport. The contract’s term extends 10 months, starting from August 12, using the Flyglinjen brand. Plans call for the airplane to operate under BMI Regional’s certificate using BMI Regional flight and maintenance crews, while Flyglinjen provides sales and ground services.
Delta Air Lines regional subsidiary Pinnacle Airlines begins operating under the name Endeavor Air on August 1, marking the second name change for the airline established as Express Airlines I in February 1985. Operating as a Delta Connection partner since the Atlanta-based major absorbed Northwest Airlines in 2008, Pinnacle became a wholly owned Delta subsidiary in April following its emergence from bankruptcy. The regional airline recently moved its headquarters from Memphis to Minneapolis.
SkyWest has signed Pratt & Whitney to manage the support of the PW1217G engines destined to power as many as 200 Mitsubishi MRJ90s, the engine company announced last month. Holding a firm order for 100 of the Japanese regional jets as well as options on another 100, SkyWest has engaged Pratt for a term of up to 16 years starting in 2017, when it expects to take its first MRJ.
For the second consecutive year, Airbus has selected Lufthansa Technik as the “best VIP cabin outfitter” for the interior work done at its completion center in Hamburg, Germany, and at BizJet International, its U.S. subsidiary in Tulsa, Okla.
The award recognizes the best of the Airbus-approved outfitting centers in 2012. In accepting it, Dr. Hans Schmitz, Lufthansa Technik senior v-p of VIP and executive jet solutions, made a point of thanking all employees “within our VIP business for their permanent engagement and discipline.”
Malaysia Airlines’ regional subsidiary, Firefly, took delivery of the first of an order for twenty 72-seat ATR 72-600s and pressed it into service on July 12 on a route between Subang and Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Now operating 12 ATR 72-500s, the airline also holds options on another 16 of the new -600s.
L-3 Platform Integration has earned a four-year extension of its FAA organization designation authorization (ODA) and passed a biennial audit of its ODA-related process. It has also won FAA approval for modification of the composite-fuselage Boeing 787.
The FAA-granted ODA allows a center to issue certificates of airworthiness and supplemental type certificates as designees on behalf of the agency.
The first Airbus ACJ321 interior is being completed at Comlux America in Indianapolis, with delivery to sister company and charter operator Fly Comlux in Zurich expected next year.
The airplane is the newest private jet from the Airbus ACJ series, and when Fly Comlux takes delivery, its fleet will include at least one each of the entire ACJ single-aisle bizliners: the ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321. The ACJ321 will be the largest of that ACJ series in the Fly Comlux fleet.
Netherlands-based Aviation Glass & Technology has reached an agreement with Airbus Corporate Jet Centre to supply a range of glass and mirrored glass products.
According to Aviation Glass CEO Frans van Hapert, “The crystal-clear UV-resistant glass is 20- to 25-percent lighter than its polycarbonate alternative [and] the superior damage- and scratch-resistance of the glass in all aircraft applications meets growing industry demands to reduce life-cycle costs.”