When Bombardier and Embraer ended mass production of their respective 50-seat jets by 2006, it appeared that the regional airline industry’s love affair with the little RJs had run its course. With most major airline scope clauses relaxed to allow 70-and even 76-seat jets in their regional partners’ fleets, demand for the less cost-effective 50-seaters had essentially evaporated.
Republic Airways and Delta Air Lines in late July reached an agreement to remove the Indianapolis-based regional airline’s final eleven 37-seat Embraer ERJ 135s from service. Original schedules called for Republic to remove the airplanes at a rate of two per month between this coming November and April next year. The revised agreement resulted in the removal of three aircraft on July 31, followed by four on August 31.
The Austrian government has decided to sell its share of Austrian Airlines and has published advertisements in the financial press offering its 42.75-percent share of the flag carrier. The government has attached a number of conditions to the sale, including an obligation to maintain Vienna as a hub, to maintain the name Austrian Airlines and to leave a minority share of 25 percent of the total stock capital in Austrian hands.
American Eagle had to ground nine Embraer ERJ regional jets at Chicago O’Hare Airport on August 19 after a TSA officer used the airplanes’ total air temperature (TAT) probes to hoist himself onto jet bridges to perform routine security checks. According to an American Eagle spokesperson, at around 5:30 a.m.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer on Friday announced second-quarter sales of $1.63 billion, up 43.7 percent from a year ago, and a profit of $134.4 million, a significant increase over the $31.2 million recorded for the same period last year. Embraer’s firm-order backlog as of June 30 reached a record high of $20.7 billion, $6 billion of which is for its Phenom, Legacy and Lineage executive jets.
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport will get a new business aviation terminal next year. The modestly sized 7,850-sq-ft building is to be constructed by the airport authority on the east side of the Dutch gateway, replacing the existing executive terminal. The facility could be open by the first quarter of next year.
Three-year-old JetBlue Airlines has become the launch customer for the new Embraer 190, signing a firm order for 100 of the twinjets, with options for 100 more. Slated to start taking deliveries of the airplanes in the third quarter of 2005, the carrier will outfit each aircraft with 100 two-by-two leather seats at 32-inch pitch and its signature DirecTV satellite television at every seat.
A Brit Air CRJ100 carrying 21 passengers and three crewmembers crashed onto a small road and caught fire some 2,500 feet short of the runway at Brest-Guipavas Regional Airport in Brittany on the night of June 22, leaving the 53-year-old pilot dead and three others injured. Flight AF 5672 was a scheduled run from Nantes to Brest.
Embraer came to Farnborough with more sales for its fast-growing business aviation division, with its backlog having increased from $4.5 billion to $6 billion in the few weeks since the sector met in Geneva for the EBACE show.
Standard Aero (Booth No. 1153) was selected by KLM Cityhopper, based at The Netherlands’ Schiphol Airport, and KLM uk Engineering, of Norwich, UK, for the maintenance of its Fokker 50 engine and propeller accessories. The three-year contract covers maintenance, repair and overhauls of the accessories for the fleet of 19 Fokker 50s.