A de Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otter crashed on takeoff from Sam Neua Airport (VLSN) in Laos on April 17. Five of 16 people aboard the aircraft sustained injuries and the aircraft was destroyed. The aircraft failed to clear trees at the end of the airport’s 3,700-foot runway and crashed in a nearby canal, shearing off the left wing.
Bombardier has appointed Canada’s Flying Colours to handle an extensive interior modification of seven Bombardier CRJ700 NextGen aircraft for an undisclosed Chinese customer. The work will be conducted over a two-year period and part of the new-look cabins will be fitted out for VIP use.
The China Corporate Jet Alliance, founded last year at ABACE as the “China Business Jet Shanghai Alliance” to promote the sustainable growth of the business aviation market in China, inducted four new members today at ABACE 2013.
Bombardier Aerospace’s Safety Standdown Asia returned to Asia yesterday for a third time. It was held in conjunction with the ABACE show at the Shanghai Marriott Hotel Hongqiao. Free for participants, Safety Standdown Asia “provides pilots, aircrew and flight departments with insights into the factors that precipitate errors in judgment and highlights ways to mitigate them,” according to Bombardier (Chalet 380). The seminar combines both knowledge-based and skill-based training with a focus on human factors.
A cabin mockup of Bombardier Aerospace’s new Learjet 75 will make its Mexican debut in Toluca, from April 18 to 27. The mockup will be on display during the 10th edition of Aero Expo in Toluca, Mexico, from April 18 to 20, as well as for an extended display period in Toluca at Assertec’s hangar from April 20 to 27. Derived from the Learjet 45, the new Learjet twinjet will enter service later this year, Bombardier said.
Bombardier Aerospace appointed Ian Ludlow general manager of its Amsterdam service center. He has 30 years’ experience in commercial and business aircraft operations and maintenance from numerous management and consulting roles within the UK and Europe. Ludlow, who will focus on building strong relationships within the operator community and with regulatory authorities, is known for successfully managing aftermarket supply chains, international deployment and business development.
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.
Bombardier Aerospace will be extending the basic warranty of the Challenger 605 from the current three years/3,000 hours to five years/5,000 hours. The new warranty will be standard on all Challenger 605s delivered after April 1.
Bombardier Aerospace and its Flexjet division will celebrate Learjet’s 50th anniversary with Beverly Hills flair: the Learjet 85 will be the first aircraft ever to appear on Rodeo Drive. To honor Learjet’s golden anniversary, the Rodeo Drive Committee has also selected “The Jet Age” as this year’s theme for its annual parade on Father’s Day, which features vintage and racing cars and motorcycles lining Rodeo Drive north from Wilshire Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard.
Bombardier Aerospace confirmed that CDB Leasing, a subsidiary of China Development Bank, is the previously unidentified customer that placed an order on December 21 for five Global 6000s worth approximately $293 million. CDB Leasing is the bank’s sole leasing arm. “We are positive about the general aviation market, especially in China,” said CDB Leasing chairman Wang Chong. “The relationship between CDB Leasing and Bombardier on Global 6000 jets is also the beginning of our new endeavor in the business aviation industry.”