Northwest Airlines last month split an order for 72 regional jets between Embraer and Bombardier. The contracts, still subject to approval by a U.S. bankruptcy court, call for delivery of 36 E175s and 36 CRJ900s, both of which would arrive in dual-class, 76-seat configuration. Northwest plans to award the Embraer jets to its new Compass Airlines subsidiary.
Representatives from Euratlantic, an alliance of 13 European regions, are at Booth No. 3276 hoping to attract U.S. investors. The confederation, which spans a geographic region from France’s Normandy coast down to Andalusia in the south of Spain, claims to have special expertise in mechanical engineering and materials for aerospace applications.
Houston-based Magnum Jet has placed an order for 50 Embraer Phenom 100s, with options for another 50 Phenom 100s and/or 300s. The startup company plans to offer “a turnkey ownership and comprehensive management program for very light jet owners and will operate air limousine service for regional travel.” Magnum Jet is scheduled to take delivery of its first Phenom 100 in early 2009.
I write this on October 15, my 60th birthday. I have tried not to be flippant about any aspect of this story. I am unceasingly aware that my astonishing luck to be alive today coincided with the horrible fate of 154 people who plunged to their deaths on September 29.
The FAA is investigating a November 29 incident in which an Embraer Legacy operated by fractional provider Flight Options hit a parked company Legacy while trying to taxi around it at the company’s home base, Cleveland-Hopkins Airport. There were no injuries, but both business jets incurred “substantial damage” when the right wing of the taxiing Legacy hit the tailcone of the parked Legacy, according to the FAA.
Brazilian aircraft manufacturer Embraer has designated Jet Aviation facilities in Dallas, Boston and Teterboro, N.J., as authorized maintenance centers for the Legacy business jet and corporate shuttle, as well as their regional airline counterparts. Other Jet Aviation facilities holding OEM approval to work on Legacys are located at Palm Beach, Fla.; Dusseldorf, Germany; and London.
Embraer expected to win Brazilian certification of its new 78- to 86-seat 175 soon after AIN went to press last month, marking the official introduction of the second aircraft of Embraer’s four-member series of jets ranging from 70 to 108 seats in capacity.
An-148–The first Ukrainian airplane built with CAD-CAM technology continues to defy the odds, and not only in a technical sense. The only aircraft built in the former Soviet Union without direct public funding, the 70-seat An-148 flew for the first time on December 17 in the midst of the Orange Revolution, raising a symbol of stability in a country rocked by political unrest.
Industry developments have conspired to depress the 50-seat jet market to its weakest position since the late 1990s. Backlogs have shrunk to their lowest levels in years, and the latest deal struck by Independence Air to return another 24 CRJs to their lessors hasn’t helped matters.
At first glance, the headquarters of Eviation Jets do Brasil seems an unlikely location for the development of a new aircraft. The facility, located in a wooded area outside São José dos Campos, Brazil, seems more like the ideal place for a weekend getaway than the development site of the Eviation EV-20, a twinjet version of the former VisionAire Vantage jet single.