An Embraer Brasilia operated by Darwin, Australia-based regional airline Airnorth crashed during a training flight this morning at around 10 a.m. local time, killing the two pilots at the controls. The 30-seat turboprop, used in both scheduled and charter passenger service, reportedly crashed soon after takeoff from the RAAF base Darwin, which shares its runway with Darwin International Airport.
News and issues relating specifically to regional airlines, including aircraft, engines, personnel, acquisitions, accidents, safety, security and training; and coverage of annual conventions of the U.S. Regional Airline Association (RAA) and European Regions Airline Association (ERA).
ALPA-represented pilot groups from Atlantic Southeast, Comair, Compass, Mesaba and Pinnacle Airlines last month established the Delta Connection Pilots Alliance (DCPA). The group lists as its primary goals improvement of safety, training, work environment and the customer experience. It claims to seek to remove competitive pressures and establish a collaborative working philosophy that cultivates industry best practices at each airline.
Atlanta-based Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) last month launched a new code-share partnership with United Airlines covering flights into and out of Chicago O’Hare and Washington Dulles International Airports. ASA began the service with a February 11 flight between O’Hare and Columbus, Ohio. It now flies eight weekday flights from O’Hare and 15 weekday flights from Dulles using eight newly refurbished 50-seat Bombardier CRJ200s.
Air Canada Jazz has signed an MOU with Bombardier that outlines the terms of a firm order for 15 Q400 turboprops, sending a clear signal to rival Porter Airlines of its intention to compete directly on routes from Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport with virtually identical airplanes.
New UK domestic regional airline Varsity Express plans single weekday flights between Oxford (60 miles northwest of London) and Edinburgh, Scotland, starting March 1. For the first 10 days, the flights will offer all seats for £49 (about $85) one way. Thereafter, fares will range from £49 to a walk-up “business-class” price of £149 (about $250).
The Federal Aviation Administration has proposed fining Dallas-based American Eagle Airlines for alleged safety violations. The most recent case involves what the FAA called improper repairs on landing gear doors on four Bombardier CRJ700 jets. The agency has proposed a $2.9 million civil penalty for the alleged violations.
With its first A400M in the air, Airbus Military is embarking on an intensive flight trials campaign, with the aim of clearing the baseline common standard aircraft (CSA) configuration for service in 2012. As political controversy surrounded the airplane, with Airbus threatening to stop funding, the flight test team made good progress.
Brazil’s Embraer has given itself until the middle of this year to reach an agreement with its Chinese partners on adapting its assembly line in Harbin to produce 70- to 110-seat E-Jets.
The pair of CRJ1000s participating in the program’s flight-test program remained grounded last month as Bombardier engineers continued to work on a solution to the software “glitch” that led to a halt in flight testing last September. “The Bombardier CRJ1000 team is entirely focused on the software glitch and additional testing of the rudder CBW (command by wire) system,” a Bombardier spokesman told AIN.
Lion Air subsidiary Wings Air last month introduced the first three ATR 72-500s to the Indonesian market. Wings Air celebrated the milestone with a ceremony
in Manado attended by Indonesian Transportation minister Freddy Numberi and North Sulawesi governor SH Sarundajang.