Regional Airlines

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).

October 8, 2008 - 7:49am

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.

October 8, 2008 - 7:37am

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.

October 8, 2008 - 7:14am

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.

October 8, 2008 - 6:45am

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.

October 8, 2008 - 6:41am

Worried that some small operators have not considered the ramifications of the European Union emissions-trading scheme (ETS), the European Regions Airline Association is moving to raise awareness. As the industry prepares for integration of air transport into the ETS in 2012, airlines have only until next June to claim free carbon allowances.

October 8, 2008 - 6:36am

European Regions Airline Association members face three “front-line” issues as they prepare for their annual general assembly in Manchester, England, this month: the environment, the so-called Single European Sky (SES) and safety regulation. Director-general Mike Ambrose concedes that the industry’s concerns haven’t changed much over the past year, but the scrutiny on these topics has become “more intense” since the last general assembly.

October 7, 2008 - 5:44am

Alenia Aeronautica officially launched the technical activities associated with the so-called Green Regional Aircraft today in Caserta, Italy, where representatives from some 25 program partners met to plan methodologies and procedures, times, deadlines and the project’s budget.

October 1, 2008 - 5:49am

Bombardier’s CRJ1000 prototype took to the air for the first time early last month, marking the successful start of a flight-test regime expected to last until the fourth quarter of next year. Test pilots Jacques Thibaudeau and Chuck Ellis and flight test engineer Eugene Lardizabal took off at 10:02 a.m. EDT and flew CRJ1000 S/N 19991 for three hours and 25 minutes.

September 30, 2008 - 7:11am

Mitsubishi Aircraft has signed a support contract with Boeing under which the Chicago-based company will serve as a consultant on the 70- to 90-seat Mitsubishi Regional Jet, the Japanese company said last month.

Under the terms of the contract, Boeing will help with marketing, development and aftermarket activities for the new regional jet, which the companies expect will reach the market in 2013. 

September 26, 2008 - 7:08am

The Regional Airline Association (RAA) has joined the Air Transport Association in asking the U.S. Department of Transportation to withdraw its planned rule requiring airlines representatives to “directly observe” employee urination for the purpose of drug testing.

 
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