Embraer delivered the first of 30 E-Jets ordered by Lufthansa–a 116-seat E195–
Aviation International News » March 2009
The asset management team of BAE Systems Regional Aircraft placed 75 aircraft last year through new leases, extensions and sales, the company reported in late January. The company added nine new names to its BAe 146 operator base as it closed 41 separate transactions involving its Avro RJ/BAe 146 quad-jets.
Mitsubishi Aircraft’s board of directors last month appointed Mitsubishi Heavy Industries director and senior vice president Hideo Egawa to succeed Nobuo Toda as president of the commercial airplane company effective April 1. MHI also expects to appoint Egawa to the board of directors during an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting and to assign Toda to the post of vice chairman.
Australia’s Regional Express (Rex) has established a fund worth A$200,000 ($135,000) in the form of air fares and other means to aid victims of the wildfires that ravaged much of the southeastern state of Victoria last month. Rex also organized collections aboard all its flights and promised to match dollar-for-dollar whatever passengers give.
Delta Air Lines plans to base a new subsidiary in Minneapolis that would take over all customer service duties for Delta Connection unit Comair and Northwest Airlink carriers Mesaba and Compass Airlines by this year’s third quarter, according to an internal memo sent to employees.
“Last year was a great year for business aviation in Asia, especially the Greater China Region. I believe it was a record year of growth. We had more aircraft deliveries, more new operators started and more investment into business aviation infrastructure,” said Jason Liao, sales director for China at Bombardier Business Aircraft.
NBAA and the General Aviation Manufacturers Association revived the “No Plane, No Gain” campaign, which they introduced in 1993 to highlight the benefits of business aircraft and to help fuel passage of the General Aviation Revitalization Act (GARA) of 1994.
Wichita’s United Way of the Plains will be opening a one-stop help center for unemployed residents and area workers to provide a range of services, including budget counseling and access to government assistance programs. In extreme cases, it will also help unemployed workers pay housing and utility bills, according to United Way of the Plains president Patrick Hanrahan.
Sitting behind a long table in front of Congress in November, the CEOs of Detroit’s Big Three automakers had barely begun pleading for a taxpayer bailout when they hit a totally unexpected snag.
Looking to expand its franchise and better serve some of its members, the National Business Aviation Association announced plans last April to hold an event aimed specifically at the owners and operators of light business aircraft, a category the association loosely defines as those weighing less than 20,000 pounds.