Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) CEO Stéphane Mayer said the company remains on track to deliver more than 60 new airplanes this year after nearly doubling capacity of the final assembly line at its factory in Toulouse, France.
French-Italian regional turboprop manufacturer Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) is considering a new aircraft to complement its 46/50 passenger ATR 42 and 68/74-seat ATR 72 regional turboprop aircraft. CEO Stéphane Mayer confirmed that the airframer is studying a larger turboprop, probably to seat between 90 and 100 seats, and options including a two- or three-member family. “A stretch [of today’s ATR 72] is not a solution,” he said.
The NTSB has recommended that the FAA require inspections of Hamilton Sundstrand 568F propellers in service for more than six years or 11,700 hr, after a propeller blade separated from its hub on an ACES Colombia ATR 42-500 on January 12. The recommendation covers serial numbers 1 through 1698 and calls for an immediate determination of a new inspection and repair threshold.
American Eagle last month announced plans to launch regional jet service from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) beginning next month, with service to Albuquerque, N.M., Phoenix and Oakland, Calif. A long-time turboprop operator at LAX, American Eagle plans to provide the service with new 44-seat Embraer ERJ-140s.
Air Littoral, one of the three French regional airlines sold by SAirlines this summer, has filed a lawsuit in Switzerland to recover funds owed to it by the bankrupt Swiss group. Meanwhile, the French airline continues its own restructuring process and seeks to increase capital to offset an estimated 10- to 15-percent loss in traffic by the end of this year.
Thales announced it is aiming to become a major supplier of avionics systems to the business aviation market, challenging the likes of Honeywell and Rockwell Collins, and achieving a “very significant” increase in revenue.
The NTSB has confirmed talk that the Board is “about to release” a report modifying some of its findings in the October 1994 crash of an American Eagle ATR 72 near Roselawn, Ind.
European regional airlines strengthened their ties with their major airline counterparts from across the Atlantic last month, when Italy’s Air Dolomiti signed a code-share contract with United Airlines, and the UK’s Flybe entered a similar agreement with Continental Airlines.
As an ostentatious display of western military might, Farnborough 2002 was viewed as a high-profile terrorist target. Organizers were forced to impose a tight security cordon around the site and the event also featured much of the new-generation security technology that has come to the fore in the wake of September 11.
ATR 42-300, Los Conejos, Venezuela, Feb. 21, 2008–All 46 people aboard the Santa Barbara Airlines flight died when it crashed in a national park in the Andes at an altitude of 13,500 feet. The airplane had taken off from Merida, en route to Caracas. Fog was reported at higher altitudes.