Bombardier Aerospace’s sales force will no doubt feel considerable pressure to boost CRJ transactions this month, as the company again considers cutting production of its regional jet line in Mirabel, Canada, in reaction to weak sales.
Aviation International News » June 2010
Some 30 U.S. airports risk losing their last regional airline flights unless they take “critical steps” to better balance revenue, cost and compensation rates, according to a report published earlier this year by San Diego-based aviation consultancy Innovation Analysis Group (IAG).
The pilots of US Airways Express carrier Piedmont Airlines have applied for mediation from the National Mediation Board after 11 months of what they characterize as nearly fruitless contract talks with the company. The ALPA-represented pilots claim that management “stalling” has resulted in the sides reaching a consensus on only two sections of the proposed contract.
Halifax-based Jazz Air Income Fund has agreed to invest $15 million in Latin American Regional Aviation Holding (LARAH) in return for a 33.3-percent non-voting equity interest in the company and a minority stake in Uruguay’s Pluna Airlines. At the time of closing of Jazz’s investment, LARAH will hold an indirect 75-percent equity interest in Pluna. The government of Uruguay holds the remaining 25 percent.
The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed a $348,000 civil penalty against Republic Airways subsidiary Chautauqua Airlines for its alleged failure to perform inspections required by five different FAA airworthiness directives (ADs).
Houston-based ExpressJet has named Thomas Hanley its new president and CEO. Hanley has replaced interim president and CEO Patrick Kelly, who has returned to his position on ExpressJet’s board of directors on May 1 after filling a vacancy left by long-time CEO James Ream. Ream resigned last December to accept a position with Dallas-based American Airlines.
Embraer has signed a contract with Lot Polish Airlines to convert firm orders on four E175s to the same number of E195s. The contract calls for deliveries to begin next year, said Embraer.
Ak Bars Aero of Bugulma, Tatarstan, officially became the fourth Russian company to launch operations with Bombardier CRJ regional jets when it began operating a used CRJ200LR under a lease agreement with a third party on April 14. Ak Bars Aero’s CRJ200LR flew its first scheduled service from Begishevo Airport, Naberezhnye Chelny, to Domodedovo International Airport in Moscow.
With conversion of an MOU signed in February, Bombardier last month inked a firm contract with Air Canada regional partner Jazz Air covering 15 Q400 turboprops.