Canada’s Viking Air today at the Farnborough airshow handed over its first new Twin Otter 400 to launch customer Zimex Aviation. The Swiss operator plans to send the turboprop twin to North Africa to work in support of contracts for the oil and gas industry. The updated version of the classic workhorse made its first flight in February and completed the Canadian and European certification process last month. U.S.
Canada’s Viking Air celebrates a major milestone here this afternoon when it hands over its first new Twin Otter 400 to launch customer Zimex Aviation. The Swiss operator plans to send the aircraft to North Africa to work in support of contracts for the oil and gas industry.
Bombardier Aerospace yesterday reached another milestone in its Learjet 85 program, having successfully built the first all-composite manufacturing validation unit (MVU) for the aircraft’s pressure vessel. It was built by the Learjet 85 structural design team in Montreal using production tooling, along with “strong support” from the program team based in Mexico.
Following the bankruptcy of ExelTech Aerospace, Bombardier is purchasing the company’s Saint-Laurent facilities. The acquisition will increase Bombardier’s Global completion center capabilities for its Global 5000 and Global Express XRS. “We have had plans to expand our completions capacity in Montreal and this situation presented a good opportunity to do it.
Montreal-based Bombardier Aerospace yesterday reported six net business jet orders in the first quarter versus a negative net order of -41 a year ago.
Bombardier Aerospace has embarked on an aircraft service program in which it will invest some $35 million over the next five years to structure a worldwide service and maintenance network centered on three major hubs. The Canadian airframer last month officially opened its new wholly owned service center at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, where some $8 million has already been invested.
Flying Colours, a Canadian independent completion and refurbishment center, is knee-deep in cabin finish work on Challenger 850s and conversions of CRJ200 regional jets to executive use. The Peterborough, Ontario-based center delivered its first Challenger 850 completion under contract to Bombardier in December 2009, has another six in various stages of cabin finish work and is awaiting arrival of an eighth aircraft.
Team JAS of Jacksonville, Fla., and Universal Avionique of Miami are the first two factory-endorsed component centers (FECC) appointed by Viking Air of Victoria, BC, in the Twin Otter 400 and legacy de Havilland Canada support network.
Bombardier Aerospace has opened its third commercial aircraft service center in the U.S. The facility, located in Macon, Ga., and operated by Bombardier Customer Services, joins two pre-existing Bombardier-owned commercial aircraft service centers located in Bridgeport, W.Va., and Tucson, Ariz. The facility will perform heavy maintenance on the Bombardier CRJ100/200/700/900.
Bombardier has entered the detail-design phase in the development of its “clean-sheet” all-composite Learjet 85 and remains on track for an entry-into-service date of 2013. Once certified, the aircraft will become the first all-composite Part 25 business jet.