Bombardier’s CRJ1000 program now appears unlikely to receive Canadian and EASA certification before the second half of next year–a delay of at least another three months–after a second software “glitch” grounded all test flying in September, Bombardier Aerospace COO Guy Hachey said today during the company’s third-quarter earnings call.
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Over the past two years the profile of the “traditional” Essential Air Service applicant has changed dramatically. No longer the nearly exclusive domain of
Now that his company has joined the ranks of the major airlines with its takeover of Frontier and Midwest Airlines, an admission by Republic Airways CEO Bryan Bedford of a “jaundiced view” of the small regional jet market might not come as a surprise.
AvCraft Support Services and Colombia’s Indaer Industrial Aeronautica last month announced the formation of a joint venture to provide heavy maintenance on ATR 42s and 72s at AvCraft’s Myrtle Beach, S.C. facilities.
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt called on members of the Regional Airline Association (RAA) to participate in voluntary safety information programs such as FOQA (flight operational quality assurance) and ASAP (aviation safety action program) during the group’s fall meeting last month in Washington.
Pinnacle Airlines and its pilots must head back to the bargaining table now that the airline’s ALPA-represented crewmembers failed to ratify tentative contract language fashioned after more than four years of bargaining. Pinnacle management offered pay raises, a signing bonus, job-security enhancements and work-rule improvements, incentives deemed insufficient by some 58 percent of the voting pilots.
Embraer has received ISA+39-deg C certification for the E190 from Brazil’s National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) and the FAA, the company announced last month. With the certification, the 100-seat jet can fly without operational restriction at airports where temperatures reach as high as 129 degrees F at sea level.
Republic Airways plans to ground the last of nine remaining Boeing 717s it acquired with its purchase of Milwaukee-based Midwest Airlines by November 3 and replace them with Embraer E190s flown by “non-legacy” pilots. At press time Midwest’s ALPA-represented pilots and the Teamsters-represented pilots at Republic failed to reach a deal to merge their seniority lists, leaving the last 68 Midwest pilots out of work.
Mitsubishi Aircraft scored an enormous marketing coup last month when it signed its first customer outside Japan for the 78- to 92-seat MRJ. The letter of intent, signed by St. Louis-based Trans States Holdings, owner of Trans States Airlines and GoJet, calls for a firm order for 50 airplanes, along with options for another 50.
St. George, Utah-based SkyWest has agreed to lend United Airlines $80 million as part of a deal announced today that extends SkyWest Airlines’ code-sharing relationship with UAL and calls for SkyWest subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines to launch United Express service during next year’s first quarter.