Charter group Falcon Aviation Services signed a letter of intent to buy a Bombardier CS300 yesterday, with an option for a second. Falcon Aviation Services will thus be the first non-airline operator of the CSeries, offering it for charter by private individuals and businesses. The $156.5 million deal, announced this week at the Air Expo show in Abu Dhabi, takes the total number of orders and commitments for the CSeries to 447, of which 201 are firm orders.
Bombardier Aerospace scored a flurry of orders for 58 Challenger and Global business jets worth nearly $3 billion late last month, allowing the Montreal-based aircraft manufacturer to end the year on a high note. Including these 11th-hour orders, the company sold some 310 business jets last year.
Iraqi national carrier Iraqi Airways has signed a firm order for five Bombardier CSeries CS300s and reserved options on another 11, Bombardier announced last month. The firm order came only two weeks after the parties announced a letter of intent at the Dubai Airshow. Bombardier places the value of the order at some $387 million based on list prices. If Iraqi Airways exercises all its options, the value would rise to $1.26 billion.
Bombardier has proposed establishing 850-hour intervals for CSeries aircraft line maintenance checks (A Checks) and 8,500-hour intervals for the new airliner’s base maintenance checks (C Checks), the manufacturer announced at its May 28 European Regional Review in Munich, Germany. Engaged in developing a CSeries maintenance program based on Maintenance Steering Group 3 (MSG-3) since October 2010, Bombardier claims the “longer” intervals will minimize downtime and result in “more competitive” maintenance costs for operators.
Bombardier business jet operators in Europe will soon have access to a broader range of services through Bombardier’s service center at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport. Bombardier will add engine services, interior refurbishment and aircraft cleaning and detailing services to its line and heavy maintenance offerings for Learjets, Challengers and Globals.
Bombardier will fail to meet its end-of-June target for first flight of the CSeries, according to a statement issued by the company Wednesday. It now expects first flight to happen by the end of July.
Bombardier is expanding maintenance capacity at its Tucson, Ariz., service center for its Q400 and Q400 NextGen twin turboprops. The airframer has added three additional lines of maintenance staff in southwestern U.S. facility, supplementing capacity already available to regional airline customers in Bridgeport, W.Va., and Macon, Ga.
Bombardier Aerospace business aircraft operators in Brazil and Mexico will have regional customer briefings in 2013. The Support Team will host operators in Toluca, Mexico (April 16 and 17) and in São Paulo, Brazil, on August 15.
Transport Canada has granted type certification for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW1500G engine that will power Bombardier’s new CSeries narrowbody airliner. The engine maker has conducted more than 4,000 hours of tests on what is set to be the first operational member of its PurePower Geared Turbofan family.
Pratt & Whitney broke ground on a new engine-part production plant at the Seletar Aerospace Park in Singapore on Thursday.
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