SAS said last month that Bombardier would owe it at least SKr500 million ($77 million) in compensation for the grounding of its Q400 turboprop fleet. Two separate incidents of collapsed landing gear on SAS Q400s prompted Bombardier and Transport Canada on September 12 to call for the grounding of some 85 airplanes worldwide.
Scandinavian Airlines System
SAS has again grounded all 27 of its Bombardier Q400s after the right main landing gear on one of its airplanes failed to fully extend upon landing in Copenhagen on Saturday. Flight SK2867 from Bergen, Norway, carried 40 passengers and four crewmembers, none of whom suffered injuries from the incident.
Technical difficulties continued to dog regional airplanes built by a financially resurgent Bombardier last month, as no fewer than 85 Q400 turboprops sat idle while operators performed emergency inspections on their main landing gear.
A second incident in three days involving collapsed landing gear on a Scandinavian Airlines Bombardier Q400 has prompted Bombardier to recommend that operators ground any Q400 that has accumulated more than 10,000 landing gear cycles until they complete emergency inspections.
Finland’s Blue1 last month became the first regional airline ever to join the Star Alliance. A subsidiary of fellow alliance member SAS, Blue1 expects to complete its integration into the group by the end of this year. Formerly known as Air Botnia, Blue1 flies a fleet of nine Avro RJs and five Saab 2000 turboprops from Helsinki to 14 destinations in Scandinavia and continental Europe.
Since Connexion by Boeing was announced four years ago, the service has matured from tantalizing possibility to in-service reality.
Lufthansa Airbus A340-300s and -600s are already providing the service on the carrier’s Munich-Tokyo and Munich-Los Angeles routes, and the first Connexion-equipped All Nippon Airlines and Scandinavian Airline System (SAS) aircraft should be in service this fall.
As the industry gathers in Gothenburg for this year’s general assembly, the ERA will certainly lament the absence of one of its stalwart airline members from Scandinavia–even if its passengers have taken little notice.
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