Bombardier Aerospace expanded its U.S. heavy maintenance presence last month with the official opening of a 131,000-square foot facility in Tucson, Ariz. Bombardier Regional Aircraft Services joins fellow subsidiary West Virginia Air Center as the centerpiece ofthe company’s efforts to exploit the increasing overhaul needs of a maturing nationwide fleet.
Aviation International News » May 2004
After losing a four-way competition to Brazil’s Embraer for the sale of 45 narrowbody airplanes to Air Canada last year, Boeing has begun the process of evaluating the future of its enigmatic 717–the 110-seat “regional jet” now in danger of disappearing from industry view.
PSA Airlines took delivery last month of the first of 25 seventy-seat Bombardier CRJ700s ordered from Bombardier Aerospace, marking the start of the second phase of a fleet restructuring that will see the retirement of the Dayton, Ohio-based airline’s Dornier 328 turboprops.
While regional airlines in the U.S. enjoy something of a renaissance as a result of post-9/11 capacity restructuring, Europe’s regionals continue to register unspectacular traffic growth and progressively deteriorating yield performances. The reasons vary, but delegates at last month’s ERA spring conference in Barcelona more often than not pinned the blame on the rise of the discount fare segment.
A Czech regional court in Brno has declared Let Kunovice and Ayres Corp. successor Letecke Zavody (LZ) Aeronautical Industries bankrupt, once again leaving hundreds of 19-seat Let L-410 turboprops without a factory support structure.
When China’s D’Long Group announced last year it would buy the Fairchild Dornier 728 development program from bankruptcy administrators, many questioned the little known company’s ability to attract the estimated $1 billion investment needed for certification and series production.
Regional jet salesmen must have cringed at the recent negative press surrounding passenger complaints about the lack of room in RJ cabins. What with all the good news about profits and traffic growth, the traveling public’s recognition that comfort must often take a back seat to seat-mile costs tossed a sour note into the industry’s chorus of praise for the anointed saviors of small- and medium-sized communities.
An aviation rulemaking committee (ARC) that includes five representatives from the regional airline industry has submitted the final draft of a proposal to the FAA to revise the nine-year-old guidance for weight-and-balance procedures.
GE Capital Aviation Services has amplified threats to withdraw its regional jet financing deals with US Airways if pilots do not accept a revised letter of agreement (LOA 91) to loosen restrictions on RJ placement outside the airline’s wholly owned subsidiaries.
US Airways insisted the decision to place a new Embraer 170 flight simulator at its Charlotte, N.C., base didn’t necessarily signal an intention to move MidAtlantic Airways out of Pittsburgh International Airport. But employees and airport officials remained unconvinced–yet another reflection of a persistent distrust new US Airways CEO Bruce Lakefield hopes to assuage as he attempts to save the company from financial ruin.