All 125 turboprops in Saab Aircraft Leasing (SAL)’s portfolio had found homes by the end of last year, leaving the company with not one of its aircraft available for lease or purchase. SAL executed 17 aircraft transactions during a period of limited availability.
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Costa Rican regional airline NatureAir has entered talks with the government of the Central American republic for permission to sell biodiesel fuel to other companies. Despite the fact that its fleet of six de Havilland Canada Twin Otter turboprops runs on jet-A, serving 17 destinations in Costa Rica and Panama, NatureAir calls itself the world’s first carbon-neutral airline.
Embraer delivered the first of 30 E-Jets ordered by Lufthansa–a 116-seat E195–
The ATR 72-500 was approved to start operations at London City Airport in early February and has entered service with Irish regional airline Aer Arann on its route to the Isle of Man. The UK approval process requires a series of test flights to establish that the aircraft and operator can cope with the downtown airport’s 5.5-deg approach and its 3,900-foot runway, while also meeting strict noise limits.
Bombardier Aerospace has missed its January 31 target for converting a letter of interest (LOI) for “up to” 60 C Series airliners from Lufthansa, leaving the program devoid of orders some seven months after the official launch during last year’s Farnborough Air Show. However, Bombardier and Lufthansa continue to assert that plans remain in place to convert the LOI in due course.
A regional labor court in Brazil has forced Embraer to suspend its plan to cut 20 percent of its 21,000-strong workforce after it agreed to hear a collective lawsuit filed by the company’s unions. Any further layoffs will now have to wait at least until the unions and management enter a process of court-administered mediation, scheduled for next Thursday.
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.
ATR took in record revenues of $1.3 billion in 2008 and says that despite the financial crisis it will top that figure this year. John Moore, the company’s senior vice president commercial, told AIN that when Toulouse, France-based ATR made predictions at the beginning of last year, the 2009 market conditions were “not expected by anybody.”
Avions de Transport Regional has scheduled the first flight of a prototype ATR 72-600 regional turboprop for early this summer, following completion of the first “power-on” test in December in Toulouse, France. The ATR 42/72 variant that will supersede the -500 features a new flight deck supplied by Thales.
Embraer will remove an entire layer of if its management structure as part of a plan to lay off 20 percent of its 21,362-strong workforce, the company announced today. In a prepared statement, the company said it would concentrate the cuts in production and administration areas, while it keeps the “significant majority” of the engineering workforce to continue new product development and technology.