Bankrupt Northwest Airlines has turned the financial screws on its existing Airlink partners by asking for bids from several regional airlines to fly RJs carrying up to 76 passenger seats.
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Houston-based ExpressJet Holdings has taken a $700,000, 49-percent share in JetX Aviation, a new regional start-up that plans to operate as ExpressJet Europe and possibly use some of the Embraer ERJ 135/145s scheduled for release by Continental Airlines starting next January. Continental has said it will not require 69 of the 274 regional jets now flown by ExpressJet.
The pilots of St. Louis-based Trans States Holdings subsidiary GoJet Airlines have elected the Teamsters union as their collective bargaining representative. The Teamsters filed for representation with the National Mediation Board on September 15, the day GoJet flew its first revenue flight, and after six months of lobbying received near unanimous approval from the approximately 100 pilots.
Ukraine’s Aviant and Russia’s Voronezh Aircraft JSC (VASO) plan to assemble 24 Antonov An-148 regional jets over the next two-and-a-half years, Aviant director general Oleh Shevchenko told the Russian media last month. Production schedules call for delivery of three airplanes this year, seven next year and 14 in 2008.
Slower-than-anticipated growth of regional air transport markets in Asia has apparently reached the consciousness of market prognosticators at Embraer, whose latest 20-year forecast for deliveries of small commercial jets reflects a less optimistic outlook for both China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.
According to Cessna Citation Encore+ program manager Lynn Young, the program is on track to reach FAA certification in the third quarter. An Encore+ prototype that has been fitted with one of the FADEC-equipped Pratt & Whitney Canada PW535B turbofans has been flying since February, logging 40 hours over 20 flights at press time.
The Grob SPn Utility Jet’s flight-test program has been progressing well since the twinjet made its first flight last July 20, according to a company spokesman. As of early last month, German-based Grob had already verified the twinjet’s flight characteristics throughout the full c.g. envelope.
Continental Airlines last month accepted a bid from Indianapolis-based Chautauqua Airlines to fly at least 69 regional jets slated for withdrawal from its capacity purchase agreement with long-time Continental Express partner ExpressJet. Continental plans to start the transition in January and finish by the end of next summer.
Gulfstream Aerospace is adding spare-parts inventory valued at $4.5 million to its Luton, England, service center to support the growing fleet of Gulfstream business jets operating in Europe and the Middle East. The additional inventory will include spare parts for the Gulfstream G200, GIV, GV, G350, G450, G500 and G550.
South Korea’s first regional airline, Jeju Air, plans to launch service this month with the first of five 74-seat Bombardier Q400 turboprops. The airline also holds options on an additional three Q400s. Young-Shin Chang, chairman of Jeju Air’s holding company, Aekyung Group, and Sang-Kil Joo, president of Jeju Air, in late April accepted delivery of the first airplane during a ceremony held in Downsview, Ontario.