An Embraer E190 operated by China's Henan Airlines overshot the runway at Yichun City's Lindu Airport in the northeastern province of Heilongjiang, killing 43 of the airplane's 96 occupants, according to Chinese state-run media. The crash happened at 9:36 p.m. Tuesday after an otherwise uneventful 45-minute flight from Heilongjiang's capital, Harbin, Xinhua news agency reported.
Delta Air Lines announced last month that it has entered into definitive agreements to sell two of its wholly owned regional airline subsidiaries–Minneapolis-based Mesaba and Compass Airlines. Delta has sold Mesaba to Memphis, Tenn.-based Pinnacle Airlines for $62 million, and Compass to St. Louis-based Trans States Holdings for $20.5 million. Delta said it would use the proceeds from the transactions for general corporate purposes.
Germany’s Deutsche Lufthansa has exercised purchase rights on eight Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets, the Canadian manufacturer announced last month. Based on list prices, the value of the contract totals some $317 million.
Lufthansa said it expects to take delivery of the new aircraft in the first half of next year and place the 86-seat airplanes with its Lufthansa Regional unit.
Delta Air Lines announced today that it has entered into definitive agreements to sell two of its wholly owned regional airline subsidiaries-Minneapolis-based Mesaba and Compass Airlines. Delta said it has sold Mesaba to Memphis, Tenn.-based Pinnacle Airlines for $62.0 million, and Compass to St. Louis-based Trans States Holdings for $20.5 million. Delta said it would use the proceeds from these transactions for general corporate purposes.
Bombardier Aerospace’s sales force will no doubt feel considerable pressure to boost CRJ transactions this month, as the company again considers cutting production of its regional jet line in Mirabel, Canada, in reaction to weak sales.
Flying Colours, a Canadian independent completion and refurbishment center, is knee-deep in cabin finish work on Challenger 850s and conversions of CRJ200 regional jets to executive use. The Peterborough, Ontario-based center delivered its first Challenger 850 completion under contract to Bombardier in December 2009, has another six in various stages of cabin finish work and is awaiting arrival of an eighth aircraft.
Bombardier hopes it has seen the last of the software “glitches” that began plaguing the CRJ1000 control-by-wire rudder system early last summer, resulting in the grounding of the pair of prototypes used for flight testing and a certification delay of at least a year.
Under the terms of an agreement signed by Starlink Aviation and Amax International Aircraft Leasing, Starlink will complete a major maintenance project on a Bombardier CRJ200. The project is anticipated to create eight to 10 new positions at the company’s Montreal location.
The Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (Afra) and Bombardier Aerospace have announced that Bombardier’s aircraft dismantling operations have received Afra accreditation for teardown efforts for CRJ100/200s at Bombardier’s service centers in Bridgeport W.Va., and Tucson, Ariz. Afra promotes best practices for salvaging and recycling components taken from aging aircraft during disassembly.