For years Bombardier Commercial Aircraft claimed a modest level of sales success in Asia, selling 297 airplanes over the years to 38 operators. But its performance there has proved uneven, and the company traditionally has depended on strongholds in North America and Europe for the majority of its revenues. Unfortunately for the Canadian manufacturer, what once stood as the world’s two biggest markets for regional aircraft have become saturated.
Bombardier Dash 8
A growing appetite among Indian carriers to serve regional routes makes the country a potentially big market for 250 regional jets with a capacity of up to 120 seats, according to Brazilian airframer Embraer. Twin-turboprop manufacturer ATR estimates in the next five years India will requirearound 100 aircraft,and 200 in the longer term.
The RAA has yet to formulate an opinion on the FAA’s recently published rule governing flight and duty time scheduled to take effect in two years. The new rule, in large part instigated by the February 2009 crash of a Colgan Air Bombardier Q400, requires that pilots get at least 10 hours rest before each flight duty period–a two-hour increase over existing rules.
The FAA is proposing a $777,000 civil penalty against Horizon Air Industries for allegedly operating 32 Bombardier Dash-8-400 turboprops on 49,870 flights when the aircraft were not in compliance with Federal Aviation Regulations. The FAA alleges Horizon installed new external lighting systems but didn’t conduct required tests for radio frequency and electromagnetic interference before returning the aircraft to service. The FAA discovered the compliance problems during routine surveillance. Horizon immediately completed tests and inspections before further flights.
Bombardier Aerospace is unveiling a new flight-deck demonstrator at its Dubai Air Show pavilion on Sunday. Located near its chalet, adjacent to the Airport Expo’s East Hall, the interactive dome pavilion also houses the Canadian aircraft manufacturer’s most recent CSeries cabin demonstrator.
The chief pilot of Colgan Air had expressed reservations about the qualifications of the captain of the Bombardier Q400 that crashed on approach to Buffalo, N.Y., less than six months prior to the Feb. 12, 2009 accident, according to internal e-mail records released by the law firm representing seven families of the victims.
Toronto-based Field Aviation has delivered two Bombardier Q400s in a corporate shuttle reconfiguration to Avitrade Belgium, which will operate them on behalf of the end users.
The mixed-class interiors are configured with 28 and 40 seats, respectively, with a combination of executive and standard economy seat pairs. One of the two Q400s also has four individual, fully berthable executive seats in a club configuration.
Indian low-cost carrier SpiceJet took delivery of its fourth Q400 NextGen on September 7 and planned to deploy it late last month along with three others it received starting in late August. A delay in clearance from the Reserve Bank of India forced a postponement of first deliveries from July to the last week of August.
Colgan Air grounded the pilots who landed a Saab 340B at the wrong Louisiana airport on September 7, pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
ATR celebrated its second major order in as many days today, as EVA Air subsidiary UNI Air signed a contract with the Franco-Italian turboprop manufacturer to buy 10 ATR 72-600s during a ceremony at its home base in Taiwan. ATR plans to start delivering the airplanes during the third quarter of 2012.