China’s Okay Airways has put into service its first Modern Ark (MA) 60, also known as the Xinzhou-60.The twin-engine turboprop, made by China’s Xian Aircraft Industry Corp. (XAIC) is an advanced version of the Yun-7, which took wing in 1982 and is being phased out. The airplane’s commercial debut with Okay marks the end of foreign-made airplanes’ monopoly in China’s regional jet market.
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SkyWest Airlines has agreed to buy a 6-percent stake in Brazilian regional airline Trip Linhas Aereas, SkyWest vice president of finance Mike Kraupp confirmed to AIN last month. Described as a “small deal” by Kraupp, the investment equates to roughly $5 million, but the contract’s language calls for a possible increase in the St.
When the Italian government put ailing Alitalia up for sale last winter, Lufthansa was not interested. However, the German group’s Italian regional subsidiary, Air Dolomiti, is stepping up efforts to hook passengers in northern Italy. The company announced plans to base six new Embraer E195s in Milan to enhance its intra-European flight offerings starting in the first half of next year.
GKN Aerospace has developed a new repair process allowing hot-bonding of composite structure inside an autoclave. Autoclaves are used to manufacture complex composite parts by using heat and pressure to cure the components in a controlled environment. Repairing composite parts in normal atmospheric conditions requires costly specialized materials.
Air France subsidiary Régional last month took delivery and placed into service the first of nine 76-seat Embraer E170s on firm order. Also flying six Embraer E190s, 28 ERJ 145s, nine ERJ 135s and five Brasilia turboprops, the French airline stands as Europe’s largest Embraer operator. It also flies nine Fokker 100s and five Fokker 70s and serves 20 domestic and 26 intra-European destinations.
Manassas, Va.-based regional airline Colgan Air has allowed Saab 340 first officer Erich Scherfen to return to work after he and his wife sued the U.S. government for allegedly placing them on a terrorist watch list. Scherfen, a New Jersey native and veteran of the first Gulf War who converted to Islam in 1994, said that when his name surfaced on a TSA “no fly” list in April, Colgan Air grounded him and placed him on administrative leave.
The Quebec Superior Court in late August granted Kuwait Airways a seizure order for 10 Bombardier CRJ900s ordered by the Iraqi government for Iraqi Airways. The order comes as Kuwait continues efforts to collect reparations for damages caused by Iraq during the first Gulf War.
NextJet of Sollentuna, Sweden, has acquired three 68-seat BAE Systems ATP turboprops and plans to start flying them late this month in scheduled service between small northern communities and the capital Stockholm.
Seven years after BAE Systems canceled the ill-fated Avro RJX program, closing the hangar door on indigenous UK airliner production, the company’s regional aircraft division believes its BAe 146 and Avro RJ offerings remain competitive.
UK regional airline Eastern Airways is “exactly on track, or slightly ahead” of projections for this year, according to COO Chris Holliday. Although he attributes continued profitability to tight financial controls, Eastern has “always been extremely focused on costs,” he said.