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Cargojet announces scheduled international freighter service


MISSISSAUGA, ONJan. 18, 2018 /CNW/ – Cargojet today announced their scheduled freighter service between Canada and South America and a second frequency between Canada and Europe starting in February 2nd 2018.
Cargojet will begin operating its own scheduled B767-300F freighter aircraft twice per week on the following schedules:    Hamilton, ON to/from Bogota, Colombia and Lima, Peru via Altanta, Georgia and will operate Fridays & Sundays.
Hamilton, ON to/from Cologne, Germany will operate on Saturdays with continued connectivity through the Cargojet network.
“Cargojet will offer a premium air cargo service directly to global freight forwarders, interline airline partners and other users of international air cargo services,” said Ajay K. Virmani, CEO of Cargojet.  “Our recent presence in these markets has led to increased demand for our services and allows us to continue to optimize our overall freighter aircraft utilization and expand our range of services and customer base,” he added.
Cargojet is Canada’s leading provider of time sensitive overnight air cargo services and carries over 1,300,000 pounds of cargo each business night.    Cargojet operates its network across North America each business night, utilizing a fleet of all-cargo aircraft.    For more information, please visit:

France To Order Six Q400MR Waterbombers


PERPIGNAN, France—The French interior minister has announced the government’s intention to order six additional Q400MR waterbombers, locally designated Dash-8. The announcement was made to quench a controversy on the lack of availability of the country’s 12 Bombardier CL-415s in a period when major fires were devastating several forests in the south of France.    The type, called the Canadair in France, is the workhorse of the Securite Civile, France’s civil-defense.  The six Q400s are believed to be part of the recently announced order by Conair of BC.

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Bombardier to Sell Downsview Aircraft Manufacturing Site


Bombardier, the Canadian plane maker, is planning to sell its aircraft manufacturing site in the Toronto suburb of Downsview.    If the sale takes place, the company’s manufacturing jobs could shift elsewhere.   According to the Canadian Press, the company has put its 152-hectare Downsview Airport location up for sale as part of a financial turnaround plan. the Q400 turboprop and Global business jets are made at the facility that employs 3,500 people.
Bombardier said in a statement it has been reviewing its facilities worldwide, including Downsview, to ensure that it had the most efficient and cost-effective operations necessary to support its growth objectives.    “We remain committed to strongly supporting the Ontario aerospace industry and the Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research Initiative, as we look at options for our Downsview site,” it added.
Bombardier has been at Downsview since 1992.    It has had to bear the entire cost of operating a 7,000-foot runway even though it only uses about 10 per cent of the site.
In 2004, Bombardier had said it was committed to the Downsview aircraft plant, but the company ran into financial trouble later.    It currently is dealing with the United States’ decision to slap massive tariffs on Bombardier C Series jets sold in the country.    Recently, Bombardier ceded control of the C Series program to Airbus, prompting experts to say that it was a strategy to help the company avoid the import tariffs.
The Globe and Mail quoted Andrew Petrou, the executive director of Downsview Aerospace Innovation and Research at Centennial, as saying that the facility is “not contingent” on Bombardier’s continued presence.

Airbus progresses with Bombardier CSeries deal


Airbus has indicated that talks with Bombardier to acquire a stake in the CSeries program are expected to close in the second half of 2018. On a corporate webinar, Airbus Commercial Aircraft president Fabrice Brégier said: “Our advisors tell us that the deal might close in the second half of 2018.” In October, Airbus announced plans to take a majority 50.01% share in the CSeries, alongside Bombardier (31%) and Investissement Quebec (19%). Under the …

Founder of Canada Jetlines takes helm as CEO of rival Flair Airlines



KELOWNA, B.C. — The founder of Canada Jetlines is taking over as chief executive of Canadian discount carrier Flair Airlines Ltd.   Jim Scott replaces Flair founder and former president Jim Rogers, who will remain an adviser until 2019 after selling his shares in the Kelowna-based company.   Scott is a former airline pilot who led Canada Jetlines between 2012 and last year.  He will be joined by Jerry Presley, who represents the majority owners, as executive chairman.    He was previously an adviser to Canada Jetlines.
The changes come more than six months after Flair’s purchase of NewLeaf Travel Company’s assets.   Flair Airlines currently flies from seven Canadian cities: Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Abbotsford, Kelowna and Vancouver. It has plans to soon announce an expansion of its fleet and route network.
The airline faces the prospect of competition with the launch next summer of WestJet’s discount Swoop airline and Canada Jetlines.   Flair operates seven aircraft and plans to add two Boeing 737-800 aircraft later in 2018.    Four more planes are slated to be added to the fleet in 2019 to accommodate nearly 1.5 million passengers.

Bombardier and Conair Announce Purchase Agreement for Six Q400 Aircraft for Conversion into Q400 Multirole Airtankers


  • The first six aircraft to be supplied to Conair under its airtanker teaming agreement with Bombardier
  • Aircraft will be modified to incorporate Conair’s proven Retardant Delivery System and interiors to accommodate passenger, cargo, combi, and medivac requirements
  • Enhanced Q400 Multirole aircraft will join Bombardier’s fleet of over 1,000 specialized aircraft operating around the world

Bombardier Specialized Aircraft announced today that Conair Group Inc., the world’s leading provider of fixed wing aerial firefighting aircraft, has purchased six Q400 aircraft.    Based on the current list price, the firm order is valued at approximately $206 million US. Conair operates the world’s largest fleet of privately owned fixed wing airtankers and supplies specialty aerial firefighting aircraft and products worldwide.    These six Q400 production aircraft will be modified to incorporate an enhanced version of Conair’s proprietary Retardant Delivery System.    In the Q400 Multirole configuration, the retardant tank can be removed and reinstalled in the field in a few hours.    This enables the aircraft to efficiently perform additional roles in emergency response, passenger and cargo transport, medivac, and coastal patrol without compromising its exceptional firefighting capabilities.
“The enhanced Q400 Multirole has the most advanced airtanker capabilities of any aircraft in service today,” said Barry Marsden, Chairman & CEO, Conair.    “The Q400 Multirole’s versatility delivers optimal value by accommodating year-round service in passenger, cargo, combi transport, medivac, emergency response, surveillance and patrol without compromising state-of-the-art airtanker capabilities.”
“The Q400 Multirole delivers the efficiency, reliability, reduced downtime and low operating costs of the Q400 in a multi-role application.    Combining turboprop economics and jet-like performance, the Q400 Multirole delivers exceptional value,” said Stéphane Leroy, Vice President, Bombardier Specialized Aircraft.    “The Q400 Multirole is the ideal aircraft to meet Conair’s needs, offering a unique ability to serve diverse and challenging environments.”
The Q400 Multirole offers the ultimate in flexibility and is able to easily switch between firefighting, cargo and passenger transport, and medivac roles.    The Q400 Multirole can operate out of unprepared strips, conduct steep approaches when landing, short take off, and deliver an impressive cruise speed of 667 km/hr.
Today, Bombardier has over 1,000 specialized aircraft in service around the world.    For over 50 years, governments have selected Bombardier aircraft to perform military surveillance, intelligence and utility activities.    Among the advantages of using off-the-shelf platforms for special missions are a reduced development time and faster time to market, civil certification, reliability, ease of maintenance and an international customer support network. Governments also benefit from Bombardier’s engineering and flight test experience, and its well-established relationships with top industry mission integrators.




Air Canada Stock Top Performer Among North American Network Carriers for the Second Consecutive Year in 2017


MONTREALJan. 12, 2018 /CNW Telbec/ – Air Canada shares outperformed those of all its North American network carrier peers for the second consecutive year in 2017.1 During a year in which it celebrated its 80th anniversary, the airline set a number of company financial records and won major awards for customer service and employee engagement.

“Air Canada performed very strongly in 2017, fulfilling its commitments to investors, customers, employees and other stakeholders. Such achievements speak to the success of the ongoing transformation of our company and its power to deliver value to shareholders. The results also reflect the loyalty of our customers and I thank them on behalf of all of our 30,000 employees for choosing to fly with Air Canada,” said Calin Rovinescu, President and Chief Executive of Air Canada.

“In the third quarter of 2017 alone we set nine financial records for Air Canada, including EBITDAR, liquidity and passengers carried. We were named the Best Airline in North America by Skytrax, and for the fifth consecutive year we were ranked among Canada’s Top 100 Employers. Moreover, we expanded our global network with 29 new routes and continued to renew our fleet with the delivery of nine new Boeing 787 Dreamliners, the first of our new narrow body Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, and we unveiled a stunning new aircraft livery to signal our transformation.”

Highlights of 2017 included:

  • The launch of 30 new routes, 15 of which were new international city pairings, including MontrealShanghaiTorontoMumbai, and VancouverMelbourne;
  • Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge hired more than 6,000 new employees in 2017, providing high quality jobs with pensions and benefits;
  • The company produced record EBITDAR financial results for the first nine months on which it has reported (2017 fourth quarter and year end results will be reported February 16, 2018);
  • Air Canada generated greater customer engagement, serving more than 48 million people on its expanded network;
  • Skytrax, the globally recognized industry rating company, named Air Canada the Best Airline in North America and maintained its 4 Star Rating, making Air Canada the only four star network carrier in North America. Air Canada was also named the Best Long Haul Airline in the Americas for 2018 by, an airline safety and product rating agency. gives Air Canada its top seven-star rating for both safety and product;
  • Other notable awards included being named one of Canada’s Top 100 Employers for the fifth consecutive year and one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers for 2017 for the second consecutive year by Mediacorp Canada Inc.; winner in Airline Strategy Awards Finance Category by the established air transport industry news and analysis provider Flight Airline Business; and one of the 50 Most Engaged Workplaces in North America for second consecutive year by Achievers, an employee social recognition company.

“Shareholders were also big winners in 2017. Our common shares appreciated nearly 90 per cent over the year, outperforming all of our North American network carrier peers, the Dow Jones U.S. Airlines Index and the S&P/TSX Composite Index,” said Mr. Rovinescu. “As well, I would also like to thank our employees and recognize their dedication and hard work that made 2017 such a successful year for Air Canada.”

WestJet reports record December load factor of 83.6 per cent

Airline increases traffic by 9.8 per cent and flies a record number of guests in December

CALGARYJan. 11, 2018 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced December 2017 traffic results with a load factor of 83.6 per cent, an increase of 2.8 percentage points year over year.    Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 9.8 per cent year over year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 6.0 per cent over the same period.    The airline flew a record 2.1 million guests in December, a year-over-year increase of 10.0 per cent or approximately 190,000 additional guests.
“We are very pleased with our significant growth in traffic, as we reported a record December load factor and flew a record number of guests in December,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.    “I want to thank our more than 13,000 WestJetters for their efforts in providing our guests with a safe, caring and friendly travel experience through the extremely busy holiday season.”

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In December, WestJet and Delta Air Lines announced an agreement to form a commercial joint venture which will offer customers access to an extensive transborder route network, world-class airline products, enhanced frequent flyer benefits, shared airport facilities and amenities, and a more seamless travel experience.    The joint venture arrangement is subject to execution of definitive arrangements, board approvals and applicable regulatory approvals in Canada and the United States.

Cascade Aerospace Awarded Contract to Modernize Mexican Air Force C-130 Hercules Aircraft

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ABBOTSFORD, BCJan. 11, 2018 /CNW/ – Cascade Aerospace Inc. (Cascade) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract for the avionics modernization of one Fuerza Aérea Mexicana (FAM) L-100 (C-130) Hercules aircraft.     This contract follows on the recent delivery of two modernized C-130K Hercules aircraft delivered to the FAM and fitted with advanced digital avionics from Rockwell Collins.
This program will be contracted through the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) under the auspices of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Canadian and Mexican governments.
“Completing the C-130 fleet modernization represents a significant milestone for Cascade and affirms our excellent relationship with the Mexican Air Force as a support provider of choice since 2013,”  said Cascade’s COO & EVP, Kevin Lemke.    “The upgrade of this aircraft will establish a common cockpit configuration for the entire FAM C-130 fleet thereby enhancing fleet capability as well as providing efficiencies in maintenance, training, and operational availability.”
This modernization program includes the installation and integration of an advanced Rockwell Collins Flight2 TM digital avionics suite.    In addition, Cascade will provide operational and technical training for Mexican Air Force personnel at the company’s facility and headquarters in Abbotsford, British Columbia.

WestJet Prepares for Global Expansion


Airline welcomes three new senior leaders to the team

CALGARYJan. 11, 2018 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced three new vice-presidents will be joining the senior leadership team. Gandeephan Ganeshalingam joins as Vice-President, Lean and Continuous Improvement, Stuart McDonald as Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer and Scott Groh as Vice-President, Crew Resources.
“I am pleased to welcome Gandeephan, Stuart and Scott to the WestJet leadership team,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO.    “As we continue on our path to becoming a global, full-service carrier, the additional bench strength provided by our newest leaders is key to this exciting initiative.”
Gandeephan joins WestJet February 19, from GE Canada, where he most recently served as Chief Innovation Officer. There, he supported WestJet on several initiatives including an artificial intelligence project to improve dispatch reliability for WestJet’s Boeing 767s.     Prior to joining GE, Gandeephan led the Continuous Improvement (CI) team for Avery Dennison, a Fortune 500 manufacturing company.    He was a key member of the leadership team that successfully introduced Lean and CI concepts across the organization.    Gandeephan holds a P.Eng degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Toronto.
Stuart McDonald will be Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer when he starts with WestJet on January 29. With 25 years of global IT leadership experience, Stuart most recently served as Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, and Vice-President, Employee Enablement at TD Bank.     Prior to his time at TD, Stuart held leadership roles in the technology and telecom industries in Hong Kong and Australia, including two years with Cathay Pacific as Head of Enterprise Programs. Stuart holds an Honours Bachelor of Computer Science from University of Technology Sydney and will work with WestJet to build out the global technology footprint needed to meet the airline’s expansion plans.
Scott Groh joined WestJet, January 3, in the role of Vice-President, Crew Resources.    Scott most recently worked for Qatar Airways as Senior Vice-President, Crew Resources, Flight Operations.    Scott also held the position of Vice-President, Crew Resources for Etihad Airways for nine years and has more than 30 years of experience in crew planning, and crew scheduling operations.    Scott’s experience with a complex fleet mix and schedule network involving more than 200 aircraft, 3,500 pilots, and 11,000 cabin crew members with full-service global airlines will help WestJet prepare for the challenges and opportunities of deploying its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet and global network plans. Scott is a graduate of Georgian College in the Aviation Management program.
Gandeephan will report to Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO.    Stuart will report to Craig Maccubbin, WestJet Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer and Scott will report to Cam Kenyon, WestJet Executive Vice-President, Operations.

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Lufthansa adds A350 Vancouver service from May 2018


Lufthansa during today’s schedule update (10JAN18) filed operational aircraft changes for its seasonal Munich – Vancouver route. From 01MAY18, the summer seasonal service will be operated by A350-900XWB on daily basis, replacing A330-300.

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Chorus subsidiary Jazz reaches a new tentative agreement with its Airport Services employees


HALIFAX, Jan. 9, 2018 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (“Chorus”) announced today that its subsidiary Jazz Aviation LP (“Jazz”) has reached a new tentative agreement with its Airport Services group of approximately 917 employees represented by Unifor.     The new labour agreement is subject to ratification at which time additional information will be available.

About Chorus
Headquartered in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Chorus was incorporated on September 27, 2010. Chorus’ vision is to deliver regional aviation to the world.     Chorus owns Jazz Aviation and Voyageur Aviation – companies that have long histories of safe and solid operations that deliver excellent customer service in the areas of contract flying operations, engineering, fleet management, and maintenance, repair and overhaul.    Chorus has been leasing its owned regional aircraft into Jazz’s Air Canada Express operation since 2009, and recently established Chorus Aviation Capital to become a leading, global provider of regional aircraft leases and support services.    Chorus Class A Variable Voting Shares and Class B Voting Shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the trading symbol ‘CHR’.    For more information about Chorus and its subsidiaries, see


WestJet Encore reaches unique agreement with cabin crew members


CALGARYJan. 9, 2018 /CNW/ – WestJet Encore today announced its cabin crew members have reached an evergreen agreement between WestJet Encore and WestJet Encore Cabin Crew Members (CCMs).
The agreement was designed to address key concerns and feedback collected and brought forward by the WestJet Cabin Crew Association (WCCA) representing WestJet Encore CCMs.    The agreement covers work rules, compensation, including guaranteed minimum hours, and career progression and guarantees an ongoing annual review of the contract.
“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is simple, fair and provides opportunity for ongoing feedback and adjustments,” said Charles Duncan, President, WestJet Encore.    “We wanted to create something with flexibility built in, so we could address concerns brought forward by our team in a timely matter.    This agreement highlights the benefits of leaders and WestJetters working directly together. I thank the WCCA, our WestJet Encore CCMs and the Encore leadership team for their work on this agreement and genuine commitment to our business and our people.”
The agreement began January 1, 2018.

Bombardier Debuts Global 7000 Mock-Up at Jetex Private Terminal in Dubai


  • Full-size mock-up of Bombardier’s Global 7000 business jet to be exhibited at flagship Jetex Private Terminal in Dubai from January 11 to February 3, 2018

Bombardier and Jetex are pleased to announce that the Global 7000 aircraft mock-up will be on display at the flagship Jetex Private Terminal in Dubai from January 11 to February 3, 2018.    The full-size mock-up will make its debut in the Middle East to showcase the aircraft’s unparalleled spaciousness, luxury, and comfort, as well as its high-end, fully equipped kitchen.
“We are proud to collaborate with Jetex to showcase the industry’s most innovative business jet.    The Global 7000 aircraft offers no compromise in terms of range, cabin space and comfort, and it will set the standard for a new category of business jets,” said Khader Mattar, Vice President, Sales, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific & China, Bombardier Business Aircraft.    “The Middle East represents a huge growth opportunity for aircraft manufacturing; we are excited that the mock-up will be on display in Dubai so that customers can discover why the Global 7000 aircraft offers the smoothest ride and is the perfect home away from home.”
First unveiled in Geneva at the 2014 European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE), the 32-meter long mock-up is a full-scale reproduction of the Global 7000 aircraft.    This exclusive visit to the UAE marks the mock-up’s maiden voyage to the Middle East. Jetex will celebrate its arrival with a lavish cocktail event held in the convivial surroundings of its flagship Dubai South facility on Wednesday, January 17.    The Global 7000 aircraft mock-up is expected to remain at the terminal for just under a month, offering guests a rare opportunity to arrange an appointment for a special private viewing.
Jetex CEO & President Adel Mardini said, “Jetex is delighted to collaborate with Bombardier to offer our guests an exclusive opportunity to step on board the stunning Global 7000 aircraft.  We believe the synergies in our businesses make the Jetex FBO terminal in Dubai an ideal venue for the regional debut of this incredible triumph of engineering.    Our facility is among the largest of its kind worldwide, and delivers unprecedented levels of luxury, comfort and dependability to the same clientele who will ultimately own this wonderful aircraft.”
Guests will be able to explore the full length of the cabin, from the cockpit’s cutting-edge technology and the full-size kitchen to the spacious bedroom and the luggage bay at the rear.    This rare opportunity will allow guests to discover what will place the Global 7000 aircraft at the pinnacle of the large business jet market.    The Global 7000 aircraft will be the first and only aircraft in its class to offer four living spaces and a dedicated full-sized crew suite, and its meticulously crafted interior will incorporate bespoke living areas where passengers can work, dine, sleep and relax in unparalleled luxury and comfort.    The Global 7000mock-up features a dining area, entertainment lounge, en-suite master bedroom and private washroom.    The fully equipped kitchen features a large cooking surface and high-end appliances, as well as ample room for dinnerware and glassware, offering a sense of home comfort.   The interior of the aircraft will be highly customizable and owners seeking to create the ultimate in-flight experience will be able to configure the interior to reflect their personal tastes.
The Global 7000 aircraft, the world’s largest purpose-built business jet, has a top speed of Mach 0.925 and a remarkable 7,400 nautical mile range, allowing it to connect the world’s most expansive city pairings while delivering the ultimate smooth ride.



Canadians to benefit from new and expanded air transport agreements


OTTAWAJan. 4, 2018 /CNW/ – From visiting friends and family to getting goods to markets around the world, Canadians rely on a robust aviation industry with diverse international air services.  Expanding Canada’s existing air transport relationships allows airlines to introduce more flight options and routings, which benefit passengers and businesses by providing greater choice and convenience.
The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced that Canada has successfully concluded new and amended air transport agreements with EthiopiaCameroonSouth AfricaQatar and Morocco.
The amended agreement with Ethiopia allows designated carriers to offer up to five flights per week (up from three). The new agreement with Cameroon as well as amended agreements with South Africa and Qatar facilitate the operation of code-sharing between Canada and these countries.    Code-sharing occurs when an air carrier sells seats on a flight operated by another air carrier, allowing it to expand its network and product offerings.   The amendment to the agreement with Morocco provides flexibility for both own-aircraft and code-share services.
The new rights under these new and amended agreements are available for use by airlines immediately.

Quick Facts

  • These new and amended agreements were reached under Canada’s Blue Sky policy, which encourages long-term, sustainable competition and the development of international air services.
  • Under the Blue Sky Policy, the Government of Canada has concluded new or expanded air transport agreements covering more than 100 countries.

Additional information on the Blue Sky policy

Chorus Aviation delivers two new Bombardier Q400 aircraft to Ethiopian Airlines


Chorus Aviation Capital reaches milestone

HALIFAX, Jan. 4, 2018 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (“Chorus”) (TSX: CHR) announced that a subsidiary of Chorus Aviation Capital completed the delivery of two new Bombardier Q400 aircraft placed on long-term lease to Ethiopian Airlines Group (‘Ethiopian Airlines’).   This transaction was previously announced on November 29, 2017.
One year ago today, Chorus established a new regional aircraft leasing subsidiary, Chorus Aviation Capital.    The objective was to build Chorus Aviation Capital into a global aircraft lessor with a diverse customer base and fleet of regional jet and turboprop aircraft in the 70- to 135-seat range.
“We have built and grown Chorus Aviation Capital into a significant global business with a strong customer base, attractive aircraft assets and long-term contracted leases,” commented Steven Ridolfi, President, Chorus Aviation Capital.    “We are gaining momentum in this growing and dynamic market, and look forward to the continued success of this new and exciting business,” he added.
n its first year of existence, Chorus Aviation Capital completed the acquisition of 21 aircraft with an average age of less than three years, and long-term leases with strong, brand-name regional airlines located in eight countries and six continents.    It manages a diversified fleet of five of the best regional aircraft types (CRJ1000s, E190s, E195s, Q400s and ATR 72s) manufactured by ATR, Bombardier, and Embraer.
“In a short period of time, we have established a strong market position in the regional aircraft leasing sector,” stated Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus. “Together with the 41 regional aircraft under lease in the CPA, Chorus has grown its portfolio of leased aircraft to 62 airplanes worth approximately CDN $1.2 billion. We are transforming our organization into a global leader in the field of regional aviation, delivering a complete suite of regional aviation services to the world.”

Feds Want A320s Quietened


The federal government is urging Air Canada to spend millions of dollars to quieten its A320-family aircraft, which it is gradually retiring,  mainly for the benefit of the neighbours of Pearson Airport in Toronto.    Transport Minister Marc Garneau has written airline President Calin Rovinescu urging him to install vortex generators in front of small depressions on the undersides of the wings to eliminate an annoying whistling noise that heralds the type’s multiple arrivals at Canada’s biggest airport.    The letter, obtained by the Globe and Mail, was a friendly first request but Garneau apparently has the power to order the modifications if the airline doesn’t take the unveiled hint.
“I believe that a voluntary approach by Air Canada and Air Canada Rouge is the best option,”  Garneau said in his letter.    “It is reflective of Air Canada’s stated commitment to integrating environmental considerations into its business decisions and to minimize its environmental footprint partly through less noise in our communities.”   The vortex generator reroutes air around the fuel overpressure cavities under the wings that cause the whistling.    It reportedly cuts up to 11 decibels from the A320’s noise on final.    Air Canada has bought non-whistling Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to replace the old Airbuses but it will be several years before the deliveries are complete.    Air Canada is considering the request in light of its maintenance schedule and other considerations.    Pearson is offering incentives for airlines to fly quieter aircraft.

Customer Orders up to Twelve Bombardier CRJ900 Aircraft

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced Dec. 29 that an unidentified customer has signed a firm order for six CRJ900 regional jets and taken options on six additional aircraft.
Based on list price, the firm order is valued at approximately $290 million.    Should the customer exercise the six options, the contract would be worth $580 million at list prices.
“In the last five years, more than 25 new airlines have joined the family of CRJ Series operators,” Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Fred Cromer said.    “The demand for regional air travel is booming, and we are pleased that airlines continue to select the CRJ900 aircraft to generate both passenger and revenue growth.”
Including this latest order, Bombardier has recorded firm orders for 1,918 CRJ Series aircraft.

EgyptAir firms CSeries order


EgyptAir Holding Company has confirmed its order for 12 Bombardier CSeries CS300 regional jets, along with purchase rights for a further 12.
The Dec. 29 commitment firms up an LOI announced Nov. 14 at the Dubai Air Show.   Based on the CS300 list price, the firm part of the order is valued at approximately $1.1 billion.    Exercising the purchase rights would double that figure.
“The CS300’s unique profitability profile will allow us to open up new opportunities and fits perfectly into our growth strategy,” EgyptAir chairman and CEO Safwat Musallam said.
The aircraft will be used by Egyptair Express, the company’s regional subsidiary, on both domestic and short-haul international routes.
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft president Fred Cromer said the CSeries has been performing “exceptionally well” since its 2016 entry into service with SWISS.    The larger CS300 entered airline service with Latvia’s airbaltic.

Bombardier Delivers Korean Air Line’s First CS300 Airliner


  • Korean Air Line is the C Series Asian launch customer
  • Entry-into-service is expected to occur in January 2018

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft today celebrated the delivery of a first CS300 aircraft to Seoul-based Korean Air Lines Co., Ltd., the Asian launch customer for the C Series aircraft family.
“This is a very important milestone for the C Series program because it is our breakthrough into the fast-growing Asian market, and we are honored to have Korean Air Lines as our brand ambassador in the region,” said Fred Cromer, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.    “We expect that over the next 20 years, Asian operators will take delivery of 2,870 small single-aisle aircraft.    We are thrilled that Korean Air is the first in the region to showcase the CS300 aircraft’s outstanding performance and capabilities.”
Executives from Korean Air and Bombardier and several hundred shop floor employees who build the C Series aircraft attended the delivery ceremony at the C Series production facility at Mirabel, Quebec.
“We have witnessed the C Series impressive first year in service, and are pleased to take delivery of our first Bombardier CS300 aircraft,” said Soo-Keun Lee, Chief Technology Officer, Korean Air Lines.   “When we selected the aircraft in 2011, we knew it would be a great addition to our fleet.    Today, it is the most efficient aircraft in its class, and its passenger comfort is outstanding.    The CS300 aircraft will enable us to reinforce our regional single-aisle operations, while providing a high level of profitability and customer satisfaction.    These are key drivers of our decision to acquire the Bombardier CS300, and we are looking forward integrating it to our fleet.”
“We are thrilled for Korean Air to receive their first CS300 aircraft,” said Rick Deurloo, Senior vice president of sales, marketing and customer support at Pratt & Whitney.    “Pratt & Whitney has shared a long standing relationship with KAL dating back to the late 1940’s and we look forward to powering their new-generation fleet.”
The CS300 aircraft will allow Korean Air to allocate its larger single-aisle jets and wide body aircraft to routes requiring their capacity and “right size” the Bombardier jet to lower-density regional routes.    Korean Air may later take advantage of the CS300 aircraft’s range and expand internationally.
Korean Air Lines is expected to take delivery of their second CS300 before year-end – another 127seat dual-class configuration with Premium Economy and Economy seating.
Korean Air’s firm order for 10 CS300 aircraft, with options for 10 and purchase rights for an additional 10 was announced on July 29, 2011, following the Letter of Intent announced a month previously at the International Le Bourget Paris Air Show.

FLYHT Signs USD $2.1 Million Sales Contract with Azur Aviation


Calgary, Alberta – October 17, 2017 – FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd. (TSX-V: FLY) (OTCQX: FLYLF) (the “Company” or “FLYHT”) is pleased to announce the sale of its Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRSTM) and FLYHTLogTM services to Azur Havacilik A.S (Azur Aviation), based in Antalya, Turkey.
The value of FLYHT’s agreement with Azur Aviation is USD $2.1 million, assuming the Company provides hardware over the full term of the five (5) year contract.    Additional subscription data services may be added in the future, further increasing the value of the sales contract.
FLYHT has all of the necessary Supplemental Type Certificates (STC’s) to complete installation on Azur Aviation’s fleet of B767, B737 and B757 aircraft.    Installations are anticipated to begin in the first quarter of 2018.
“FLYHT will provide an advanced and innovative solution for Azur’s long-range communication needs and for complying with GADSS standards,” said Mr. Salih Dinc, Engineering Manager of Azur Havacilik.  “In fact, our airline will exceed those standards with FLYHT’s solution.” Mr. Dinc added, “Their solution will also enable our mixed fleet of aircraft to transmit data in a similar format, helping us reduce downline costs related to translating data.”
“Azur Aviation is FLYHT’s first customer in the Middle East for 2017, which was one of our corporate goals for this year,” said David Perez, the Company’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Perez added, “Azur is a recognized airline in the region and our agreement with them helps establish a firmer foothold for FLYHT in the region.”