SkyWest Airlines will fly another 20 CRJ700s for United Airlines as part of a deal that saw the St. George, Utah-based regional place another $637 million order with Bombardier last month. The contract calls for delivery of the airplanes starting in the third quarter and ending during next year’s first quarter. Configured to hold 66 passengers, the airplanes will carry six first-class seats.
Multi-billion-dollar airliner orders are back in fashion on the international airshow circuit if July’s Farnborough International ’04 event proves to signal the start of a trend.
While many European companies still view business jets as “corporate barges” rather than genuine business tools, statistics show they are more likely to warm to corporate/executive shuttles. Perhaps this is because of a shuttle’s more utilitarian purpose as a transporter of a company’s employees rather than just the company’s executives.
Pratt & Whitney Canada plans to build a brand-new engine for Bom-bardier’s C Series line of single-aisle airliners. The Canadian companies con-firmed the powerplant selection at the Paris Air Show, ending a month of speculation about which, if any, engine builder would step forward after the CFM International and International Aero Engines (IAE) consortia rejected Bombardier’s appeals for a non-derivative design.
Bombardier announced a 100,000-sq-ft expansion plan at its factory-owned service center at Love Field in Dallas. Construction will begin in the fall and is expected to take one year.
Bombardier Aerospace last month named Landmark Aviation its first authorized service facility in the U.S. approved to work on all models of the company’s business jets. The relationship dates back to 2000, when the former Garrett Aviation Services (now Landmark Aviation) was approved as an authorized facility for the Bombardier Global Express. The new Landmark Aviation also includes the former Piedmont/Hawthorne and Associated Air Center.
Lufthansa Technik makes its home at the south end of Hamburg International Airport in a neat sprawl of voluminous blue and gray hangars, workshops, research centers and administrative buildings. The lights rarely go out altogether as one shift relieves another and the work goes on apace.
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