Flight testing of Bombardier’s new CRJ1000 resumed on February 13, when S/N 19991 took to the air from the company’s Wichita flight-test center, some five months after a second software “glitch” associated with the airplane’s control-by-wire rudder system grounded the program’s two prototypes.
Indianapolis-based Republic Airways has placed a firm order for 40 C Series airliners, Bombardier Aerospace announced today. The purchase contract, which also includes options for another 40 of the airplanes, calls for delivery of CS300s–the larger of the two-member family of 110- to 145-seat narrowbodies–starting in the second quarter of 2015.
Air Canada Jazz has signed an MOU with Bombardier that outlines the terms of a firm order for 15 Q400 turboprops, sending a clear signal to rival Porter Airlines of its intention to compete directly on routes from Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport with virtually identical airplanes.
Bombardier has become the first OEM to earn accreditation from the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA) following a two-day audit of CRJ100/200 tear-downs at the manufacturer’s service centers in Bridgeport, W.Va., and Tucson, Ariz. AFRA, a 42-member nonprofit industry association, promotes best practices for salvaging and recycling components taken from aging aircraft during disassembly.
Bombardier’s CRJ1000 program now appears unlikely to receive Canadian and EASA certification before the second half of this year–a delay of at least another three months–after a second software “glitch” grounded all test flying in September, Bombardier Aerospace COO Guy Hachey said last month during the company’s third-quarter earnings call.
The future of Bombardier Aerospace’s commercial airline business might well hinge on what becomes of the product starting to take shape at the company’s new manufacturing complex at Mirabel near Montreal, Canada, dedicated to the C Series airliner.
Bombardier’s CRJ1000 ap-peared on track for certification soon after this week’s Dubai Air Show until the company announced a few months ago that a software glitch would force it to delay approval by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) until the first quarter of its next fiscal year, starting February 1.
St. George, Utah-based SkyWest has agreed to lend United Airlines $80 million as part of a deal announced today that extends SkyWest Airlines’ code-sharing relationship with UAL and calls for SkyWest subsidiary Atlantic Southeast Airlines to launch United Express service during next year’s first quarter.
When is a business jet not a business jet?–When it has been developed into a regional jet that has been converted into a corporate jet. Some of those conversions, such as that of the Bombardier Canadair Regional Jet Series 200 (CRJ200), itself based on the CL-600 Challenger business jet, have enjoyed mixed fortunes.
The fortunes of Bombardier Aerospace’s regional jet business received a considerable boost last month when American Airlines announced the signing of a letter of intent covering the conversion of an option for 22 CRJ700s.