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Bombardier Delivers the First CS300 Aircraft to C Series launch Operator SWISS


  • SWISS becomes the first airline to integrate both C Series aircraft models to its fleet
  • CS300 aircraft to be operated from Geneva, Switzerland

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) took delivery of its first CS300 aircraft at Bombardier’s facility in Mirabel, Canada, where the C Series aircraft are manufactured.  When the aircraft enters commercial service in a few days, SWISS will become the first airline to operate both C Series aircraft models. SWISS will dedicate this new aircraft to the French-speaking part of Western Switzerland as the airline will operate this CS300 aircraft from Geneva.
“We are very proud to deliver SWISS’s first CS300 aircraft today.  SWISS is known for its leading-edge technical and operational excellence and has been a wonderful partner for the C Series aircraft program.    The SWISS family has been part of the C Series journey from the beginning and we thank the airline for its continuous support,” said Fred Cromer, President of Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.    “This new delivery is a demonstration of Bombardier’s commitment to deliver revolutionary and high-performing aircraft and help connecting communities with the best flying experience in the world!”
“The C Series aircraft program continues getting strong momentum with its successful entry into service with SWISS and today, the launch airline becomes the first one to take delivery of both the CS100 and the CS300 models,” said Rob Dewar, Vice President, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.    “The C Series airliners demonstrate robust in-service performance to date and we are confident that SWISS will also benefit from a smooth entry-into-service with the CS300 aircraft.”
“We are delighted that, having successfully integrated the first Bombardier CS100s into our fleet from mid-2016 onwards, we can now welcome our first CS300,” says Thomas Klühr, SWISS’s Chief Executive Officer.    “With its 20 additional seats, this second model in the C Series family ideally complements our current aircraft fleet, and gives us an optimal equipment mix for our European short- and medium-haul services.    Our first CS300 will be initially stationed in Geneva, where its superior comfort credentials will be excellently suited to this premium travel market,” Klühr continues.    “In fact, our entire Geneva-based fleet will soon consist solely of Bombardier C Series aircraft.”
SWISS’ first CS300 aircraft is scheduled to enter service on June 1st, 2017 with its maiden commercial flight taking passengers from Geneva to Heathrow.    SWISS will take delivery of a total of 30 CS100 and CS300 aircraft.
Twelve C Series aircraft have been delivered by Bombardier so far, nine of which have been delivered to SWISS. Three CS300 aircraft are currently in operations with airBaltic.

Billy Bishop Airport to “Open Its Doors” This Saturday for Doors Open Toronto


TORONTO, May 25, 2017 /CNW/ – On Saturday, May 27, 2017, media are invited to tour Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport) as part of Doors Open Toronto 2017.    This is the second year Billy Bishop Airport will participate in the city-wide event, which last year saw more than 10,000 people visit the airport.
This year’s Doors Open Toronto theme “Fifteen Decades of Canadian Architecture” is part of the larger citywide “TO Canada with Love” celebration, which is being held in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.  As part of this celebration, Billy Bishop Airport will showcase more than 75 years of providing aviation services to the city of Toronto, including serving as a training base for both the Royal Canadian and Royal Norwegian air forces during WWII.


Billy Bishop Airport welcomes media to tour the airport as part of the 18th annual Doors Open Toronto, presented by Great Gulf. Airport staff and partners will be onsite to answer questions and provide visitors with a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of the airport, including:

  • Billy Bishop Airport’s award-winning underwater pedestrian tunnel, as well as the mainland pavilion and island atrium which play host to a historical exhibit and sculptures relating to the airport’s namesake and his role in World War I;
  • The airport’s fire hall and maintenance facility, which will provide the opportunity for kids of all ages to explore the airport’s state-of-the-art safety vehicles;
  • A staging area to view the airport’s runway operations, the historic Terminal A building, new Ground Run-up Enclosure, and aircraft;
  • The opportunity to be one of the first to meet Billy Bishop Airport’s new mascot;
  • The team of falcons who play an important role in the airport’s wildlife management program;
  • Ornge aircraft and facilities that provides Medevac emergency services;
  • A historical photography exhibit in the island atrium depicting images of the airport and surrounding waterfront; and,
  • Airport partners and tenants, such as Porter Airlines and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), who will host displays, showcasing the full range of services that the airport provides.


Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Note: Billy Bishop Airport is only participating in Doors Open Toronto on Saturday


Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, 2 Eireann Quay, Toronto, ON

Information on getting to Billy Bishop Airport and parking can be found here.


Media are invited to tour Billy Bishop Airport as part of Doors Open Toronto, conduct interviews and take photos and/or video.

IMPORTANT: Access to behind-the-scenes areas will only be granted until 5:00 p.m. Last entry will be granted at 4:00 p.m.




Canadian Defence Review names IMP Aerospace & Defence Top Defence Company for 2017


HALIFAX, May 23, 2017 /CNW/ – IMP Aerospace & Defence is honored to have been selected as Canadian Defence Review (CDR) magazine’s 2017 pick as the #1 Defence Company in Canada.

This year CDR ranked the top 75 Canadian defence industry leading organizations and will showcase them in the April/May feature issue of CDR magazine.  An evaluation panel consisting of CDR editorial staff and independent advisors rank Canadian defence companies based on factors, such as economic impact, innovation, contribution to the nation’s security, corporate integrity and support for Canada’s military.

In announcing this year’s rankings, CDR Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Peter Kitchen, commented, “With the selection of IMP Aerospace & Defence as this year’s #1 company, we are shining the spotlight on one of the country’s most quietly successful defence contractors.  IMP has been an important maintainer of RCAF aircraft like the Aurora, Hercules, Sea King, and Cormorant for many years.  It has also been a very important contributor to the economy, employing many skilled and dedicated workers in the process.”

Commenting on the selection, David Gossen, President, IMP Aerospace & Defence, stated, “Our growth is attributable to the investments we make in our people and the development of innovative solutions to meet the operational and mission requirements for our customers both domestically and internationally. I am particularly proud that IMP Aerospace & Defence has been recognized by CDR as the #1 Defence Company for 2017, and I would like to thank the entire team at IMP who has contributed to this achievement and our continuing success.”

Bombardier and Rockwell Collins unveil Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics upgrade for Challenger 604 aircraft

Pro line Fusion for Challenger 604

  • Only turn-key integrated avionics upgrade for Challenger 604 aircraft complies with  aviation regulatory mandates* and updates display technology
  • Upgrade includes latest advanced technology and offers a modernized flight experience through three 14.1-inch adaptive flight displays, Synthetic Vision system and available industry-leading Multiscan™ Weather Radar

Bombardier Business Aircraft and Rockwell Collins today announced a new Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics upgrade for the Challenger 604 aircraft.  As the only all-in-one solution to comply with aviation regulatory mandates while modernizing the flight experience for pilots, the Pro Line Fusion® upgrade is set to be available throughout Bombardier’s highly qualified and extensive network of service centres.
“The Challenger 604 is a highly-valued, long-haul aircraft, and this upgrade will allow customers to benefit from the latest technology and continue flying well into the future,” said Craig Olson, Vice President and General Manager, Business and Regional Systems for Rockwell Collins.    “This will be the third aircraft platform to have the Pro Line Fusion® aftermarket upgrade option, continuing our ongoing effort to provide owners with a means to keep their aircraft relevant with modern technology, enhanced situational awareness for pilots and aviation regulatory mandate compliance.”
Bombardier is supporting and endorsing Rockwell Collins’ development of this service offering.    The addition of the Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics on the Challenger 604 aircraft will enhance the cockpit experience by providing the latest in avionics functionality while increasing the aircraft’s value.
“We are confident that Rockwell Collins’ new Pro Line Fusion® integrated avionics upgrade for Challenger 604 will provide owners with the state-of-the-art technology and added-value that they expect from Bombardier,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We are growing our aftermarket service offerings and this is one more example of how we are focusing on adding value to our customers’ aircraft.    Our service centres are well equipped to ensure all customers find the ideal retrofit option to comply with aviation regulatory mandates, improve onboard technology, and add value to their aircraft.”
The Pro Line Fusion® upgrade will replace the factory-installed CRT displays with three 14.1-inch widescreen displays, which feature advanced graphics, configurable windows and a touchscreen interface.

This upgrade will bring a whole new set of benefits to the Challenger 604 aircraft, including:
The baseline equipment required for operation in modernized airspace, such as ADS-B and LPV approaches, and available FANS and Link 2000 capabilities
Standard synthetic vision system, eyes-forward flight planning and geo-referenced electronic navigation charts
Easy and fast database updates

To ensure compliance with aviation regulatory mandates and to take full advantage of this opportunity, owners can contact Bombardier to start planning for the upgrade, which is expected to be certified by fall of 2018.
As the Bombardier Business Aircraft fleet continues to grow, so does its award-winning service centre network with additional Customer Response Team trucks in the U.S., and new service centre facilities in Tianjin, China and Biggin Hill, London.   The network is equipped to support Learjet, Challenger and Global business aircraft and is connected to Bombardier Business Aircraft’s 24/7 Customer Response Centre and world-class Customer Support Team.
European customers can benefit from the service centre network’s comprehensive capabilities and flexibility, as well as on-site parts inventory and engineering support.    They can also maximize their maintenance event to complete additional work during the downtime, such as paint, installation of in- flight internet connectivity, avionics upgrades or interior refurbishment.

Bombardier’s All-New Premier Cabin on Global 5000 and Global 6000 Aircraft Establishes the Standard in Contemporary Interior Design

Bombardier’s all-new Premier cabin for Global 6000 aircraft.

  • With an exceptionally smooth ride, Global aircraft offer the most comfortable cabin experience of any business jet
  • The new Premier cabin features architectural design and commonality with the entire Global family
  • Contemporary Premier design accentuates the spaciousness of a cabin interior already the widest in its class
  • Hand-stitched seats, intelligent ergonomics, streamlined galley, elegant flooring options, the industry’s fastest Ka-band in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity and the Venue™ advanced cabin management system are among the highlights

Bombardier today unveiled the highly sophisticated and meticulously crafted new Premier cabin for its Global 5000 and Global 6000 business jets.    The new interior’s striking aesthetics, intelligent ergonomics and advanced connectivity features are showcased on board the first Global 6000 aircraft equipped with the Premier cabin, which is on static display at the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition in Geneva.
The all-new Premier cabin – now available on Global 5000 and Global 6000 jets – has a bold and fresh contemporary interior that brings a new level of refinement to the cabin experience, establishing a superior design commonality to the entire portfolio of Bombardier aircraft.    The design draws inspiration from the high-end craftsmanship in luxury automotive interiors and the spaciousness, comfort and productivity of the Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft cabins.
“Cabin comfort and sophistication are top priorities for our customers.  Global aircraft already lead the industry with spectacular cabin interiors, and our new Premier cabin demonstrates that we are committed to remain ahead of the curve across all of our products,” said David Coleal, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
“The refined aesthetics, luxury and ambience of our new Premier cabin, combined with an advanced cabin management system and Ka-band connectivity, will result in an even more productive experience for our Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft passengers.”
Among the cabin’s new highlights are the stylish seats and sleek side ledges.    These elements heighten the feeling of a clean design aesthetic in a cabin that is already the widest and most comfortable in its class.    With its impeccable lines and flawless hand-stitched finishing, the new seat design offers improved ergonomic features, such as higher armrests, a sculpted backrest, and crisp, clean lines throughout.
The galley has been streamlined and modernized to a contemporary form, and visually stunning hardwood and stone floor coverings are available in the galley and lavatories.    The level of refinement is further elevated by the Global family’s unmatched cabin functionality, featuring the fastest in-flight Wi-Fi connection in the skies and the most reliable and most intuitive cabin management system available.    Finally, Bombardier’s advanced and unique wing design on Global aircraft provides passengers with a restful flight and a smooth ride.

Bombardier Launches Ka-Band High-Speed Internet on Challenger 650 Aircraft to Enhance Smooth Ride for Passengers

Ka-band High-Speed Internet now available on Challenger 650.

  • Bombardier becomes the first OEM to offer the revolutionary Ka-band system for business aircraft in the medium category
  • The Challenger 650 jet is the most reliable business aircraft offering a smooth ride with the ultimate in-flight experience and the widest in-class cabin
  • Hundreds of Challenger 600 series aircraft operators can now also add the 
  • Ka-band technology as a retrofit through Bombardier’s service network
  • Bombardier first in the industry to install Ka-band, starting with Global aircraft in September 2016

Bombardier announced today that it has begun offering its lightning-fast Ka-band technology on new Challenger 650 aircraft.    The Ka-band high-speed internet system, the industry’s fastest in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity with worldwide coverage*, is also being offered as a retrofit on in-service Challenger 604, Challenger 605 and Challenger 650 aircraft.
The Ka-band high-speed internet lets passengers browse the web, stream online media or stage a video conference as quickly and as effortlessly as they would in their home or office.    Bombardier was the first to introduce Ka-band technology in business aviation on its Global aircraft with first deliveries beginning September 2016.
“High-speed internet access is a top priority for our business aircraft customers, and Bombardier continues to lead the industry in optimizing the in-flight experience by launching Ka-band on Challenger 650 aircraft,” said Brad Nolen, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Bombardier Business Aircraft.    “The Challenger 650 jet delivers on its promise to offer an exceptional cabin experience and class-leading comfort through refined aesthetics and advanced technology.    With a redesigned cabin, new seats and the latest entertainment and productivity solutions, the Challenger 650 business jet is the superior choice in its segment.”
A retrofit installation is also now available through Bombardier’s extensive service network.    Bombardier service centres allow operators to optimize downtime on their aircraft by pairing a Ka-band installation with a scheduled maintenance check and other important upgrades, such as ADS-B Out.
“Bombardier is the first to deliver Ka-band, the fastest, most reliable Wi-Fi connectivity to aircraft, in both the medium and large categories.    We are setting a new standard in customer experience by offering this technology to our in-service fleet at the same time as our new aircraft,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
“As the aircraft manufacturer, Bombardier is uniquely placed to add value throughout the aircraft’s lifecycle.    Our worldwide network of service centres are ready to install Ka-band as a retrofit on Challenger 604, Challenger 605 and Challenger 650 series business jets, so operators can enjoy a seamless internet connection.”
As the backbone of many corporate fleets, Challenger aircraft have set the business aviation standard for reliability, efficiency and productivity for over 30 years.    With more than 1,600 aircraft in the installed base, the in-service Challenger fleet has performed more than 3,300,000 landings and logged over 5,700,000 flight hours.
Bombardier Business Aircraft has a total of nine service centres and 17 Customer Response Team mobile units worldwide, all equipped to support Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets.    Bombardier’s customer support network’s approximately 1,000 dedicated technicians have completed some 45,000 maintenance events to date, and share best practices to provide industry leading maintenance and care.    Bombardier Business Aircraft customers also have access to a broad network of nearly 50 authorized service facilities around the world.

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CAE extends business aviation pilot training program with Elit’Avia


  • Exclusive 4-year pilot training program on multiple business aircraft platforms, including Bombardier, Gulfstream, Dassault and Hawker

Geneva, Switzerland, May 22, 2017 (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – CAE announced today at the 2017 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) its continued and growing relationship with Elit’Avia with whom it has signed an exclusive 4-year pilot training program.    The customized training program will feature classroom software, distance learning, a tablet application for course materials and pre-study tools. CAE will also extend its business aviation pilot training program to include the latest Upset Prevention and Recovery Training (UPRT) module.
“Elit’Avia has experienced significant growth over the years.    We recently added a new Gulfstream G650 to our fleet and CAE has been a tremendous training partner, supporting our growing needs and delivering high-quality training”, said Puja Mahajan, CEO, Elit’Avia.    “As our exclusive our partner of choice, CAE is providing excellent customized training programs for 14 of our different aircraft types, including models for Bombardier, Gulfstream, Dassault and Hawker.    They have been providing an exceptional training experience and we are looking forward to the next 4 years”.
“We are particularly pleased with the extension of this training program to include the UPRT, it is a testament to CAE’s ability to provide its customers with global customized pilot training programs and complementary training solutions tailored to their specific needs”, said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s Group President, Civil Aviation Training Solutions.    “We’re honored to be selected as Elit’Avia’s exclusive training partner and we look forward to support their growing training needs long into the future”.
Training will continue to be conducted in 5 locations of CAE’s global training network, including Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Burgess Hill, United Kingdom; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dubai, United Arab Emirates; and Morristown, New Jersey, USA.

Bombardier Challenger 350 Joins TAG Aviation Charter Fleet

L-R Florent Sériès,Vice President Sales & Marketing, TAG Aviation Europe and Emmanuel Bornand, Sales Director for Bombardier.

  • Bombardier’s Challenger 350 aircraft is the best-selling business jet platform of the last decade
  • The Challenger 350 business jet offers exceptional passenger comfort through its industry-leading cabin and renowned smooth ride

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today the addition of a new Challenger 350 aircraft to TAG Aviation Europe’s growing charter fleet. With its outstanding performance and continental range, the Challenger 350 is ideally suited for executive charters and premium business travel in the European market.    Based in Geneva, the Challenger 350 is the first to be delivered in Switzerland and began commercial charter flight operations in early May.
“The Challenger 350 is an exciting addition to our continuously expanding charter fleet.    We work hard to ensure that our offer always matches our customers’ needs,” said Florent Sériès, Vice President Sales and Marketing, TAG Aviation Europe.    “The Challenger 350 business jet’s powerful performance and impressively wide cabin design, combined with class-leading comfort, make it the perfect aircraft for typical European charters. I am certain it will provide our customers with an experience that far exceeds their expectations.”
“We are delighted to see our Challenger 350 aircraft join TAG Aviation’s growing fleet and to bring the world’s best-selling super-midsize business jet to Switzerland,” said Christophe Degoumois, Vice President, Sales, Europe, Russia, CIS and Israel.    “The Challenger 350 aircraft was designed to provide our customers with an exceptional experience.    Offering cutting-edge technology and the most elegant cabin, the Challenger 350 is the perfect choice for the European market.”
With an unrivalled class-defining performance and the lowest direct operating costs in its class, the Challenger 350 aircraft can reach a maximum range of 5,926 km* and a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.83 (882 km/h).    The Challenger 350 jet offers a superior inflight experience with the very latest cabin management system that makes it ideal for both business and leisure travel, accommodating up to 9 passengers in a standard configuration.    The Challenger 350 dominates the super-midsize segment and combines performance and reliability to perfection, boasting impressive speed, climb and range capabilities to meet the ever growing needs of customers.
TAG Aviation Europe has an unsurpassed worldwide fleet of business jets for charter in Europe comprised of approximately 60 jets that range from a four-seat entry-level small cabin aircraft to a state-of-the-art Boeing 757. With the aircraft capacity to accommodate any jet charter requirement wherever in the world, TAG guarantees to find clients the exacting aircraft for every flight.

Toronto Pearson Media Update – High Speed Rail Announcement


Media Update: Special Edition

Toronto Pearson welcomes Ontario’s announcement to study feasibility of high speed rail on Windsor-Toronto corridor

TORONTO – The Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) welcomes today’s announcement by Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Ontario Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca that the Province is moving forward with feasibility studies for a high-speed rail link connecting Windsor to Toronto.    The announcement follows the release of the Ontario High Speed Rail Study by special advisor David Collenette, published earlier today.
The GTAA is encouraged by the announcement and looks forward to working with the Province to review how this proposed high-speed rail service can be integrated in to the Airport’s planned regional transportation centre.   Today’s announcement follows yesterday’s release of an updated Growth Plan, which allows the Government to identify areas like the large employment zone around the airport for coordinated planning.
“The GTAA is very pleased to see the government moving ahead with this important initiative given the benefits that a link to Toronto Pearson would bring,” said Howard Eng, Greater Toronto Airports Authority President and CEO. “A high-speed rail service along this corridor would provide vital regional connections and help to relieve the congestion that today is stifling our economy and impacting the quality of life for all Ontarians.     It could also be a key building block in support of Toronto Pearson’s mega hub vision and would move us one step closer to making an integrated regional transit centre at Toronto Pearson a reality.”
In early 2016, the GTAA announced plans to develop a regional transit centre to connect the airport area to key employment and residential areas throughout the Greater Golden Horseshoe.    In addition to serving as a connector for airport passengers to surrounding regions, the transit centre at Toronto Pearson would provide crucial connectivity to the 300,000 workers in the Airport Employment Zone, the second-largest employment area in the country.    An integrated transit centre at Toronto Pearson also benefits the region by reducing congestion on area roads, enabling more efficient movement of goods on some of Canada’s most congested highways and lowering regional greenhouse gas emissions.

Bombardier Inaugurates New Service Centre at London Biggin Hill Airport


  • New maintenance facility further strengthens Bombardier’s customer support network and creates employment opportunities in the London area
  • Strategically located service centre offers customers full breadth of Bombardier’s support network closer to their base of operations

Bombardier Business Aircraft is pleased to celebrate the grand opening of its new service centre located at London Biggin Hill Airport, UK.    With an installed base of more than 600 Bombardier business jets in Europe, the new service centre in Biggin Hill is well positioned to provide world-class heavy maintenance and support services to Bombardier customers and operators in the region.    The inauguration was held in the presence of His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, patron of the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA), as well as other distinguished guests.
The new 4,790 sq. metre (51,541 sq. feet) facility received certification from the Civil Aviation Authority of the United Kingdom for maintenance of Learjet 70 and Learjet 75, Challenger 300, Challenger 350, Challenger 600 series, Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft in March 2017.    It is fully equipped to perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, as well as modifications and avionics installations for Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global aircraft.
“Biggin Hill is a strategic location for business aviation operators and we are committed to our long-term relationship with London Biggin Hill Airport to develop a world-class aviation hub serving as a catalyst for business aviation growth in the region,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft.    “We also are extremely proud to inaugurate our new facility during Biggin Hill Airport’s 100-year anniversary celebration, making this an even more memorable milestone for Bombardier.”
Located at one of the highest altitudes within London’s M25 ring road, the airport on Biggin Hill is so well positioned that it was chosen as the strategic base for the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II. Today, Biggin Hill Airport’s proximity to London, a main business aviation destination for Europe, has transformed the airfield into a central hub for charter operations in the industry.
“We are delighted to celebrate this important milestone and launch this new facility with Bombardier Business Aircraft,” said Andrew Walters, Chairman of London Biggin Hill Airport.    “We are confident that this collaboration will benefit Bombardier Business Aircraft customers in the UK and in Europe, while growing the employment opportunities in the region.”
“Bombardier is active in 40 countries across the world, including the United Kingdom,” said His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent.    “As the leading manufacturer of both planes and trains, their presence at Biggin Hill is hugely welcome and will contribute significantly to the advancement of the planned Strategic Outer London Development Centre concept.”
As the Bombardier Business Aircraft fleet continues to grow, so does its award-winning service centre network with additional Customer Response Team trucks in the U.S., additional line stations in Europe and new service centre facilities in Tianjin, China and now in Biggin Hill, London.    The network is equipped to support Learjet, Challenger and Global business aircraft and is connected to Bombardier Business Aircraft’s 24/7 Customer Response Centre and world-class Customer Support Team.



Air Canada Flights Now Located at Los Angeles Airport Terminal 6


Offering improved Star Alliance connections and brand new Maple Leaf Lounge

MONTREAL, May 17, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – Effective today, Air Canada’s flights and Maple Leaf Lounge at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) are located at the renovated and modernized Terminal 6, following a seamless move overnight from Terminal 2.    Air Canada’s 19 daily flights arrive and depart from gates 68A, 68B and 69B at Terminal 6, offering a more convenient connecting experience for customers whose onward flights are with our Star Alliance partners.    A new state-of-the-art Maple Leaf Lounge, the airline’s third in the U.S., is conveniently located past security near Air Canada’s gates.
“As the largest foreign carrier operating at LAX, we are pleased to offer our customers continued improvements in their airport experience with this move to Terminal 6.    Our new LAX lounge complements our daily Boeing 787 Dreamliner LAX-Toronto flights featuring our Business Class-Transcontinental product with lie flat suites,” said Benjamin Smith, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada.
Air Canada’s Maple Leaf Lounge at LAX offers an elegant series of intimate spaces that showcase contemporary Canadian design with club chairs from Calgary-based Birchwood, and wood tables from Brent Comber of British Columbia.    Currently seating 83 customers, the LAX lounge will offer total seating capacity for 118 people this fall after expansion is completed.    As a leading global carrier, Air Canada offers premium customers access to 22 Maple Leaf Lounges worldwide including three in the US.    In addition to LAX, there are two in the New York City area – at LaGuardia Airport and at Newark Liberty International Airport.
Air Canada LAX nonstop service offers up to seven daily flights from Toronto, four from Montreal, six from Vancouver and two from Calgary this summer.    From LAX, Air Canada’s 19 daily flights to Canada are all timed to optimize connectivity at the it’s Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary hubs to and from the airline’s extensive global network.     All flights between Canada and LAX offer a choice of Business Class or Economy services, complimentary personal access to hours of top-rated entertainment, provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, priority boarding and other benefits.

Chorus Aviation honoured with Bombardier’s top reliability awards


Jazz Aviation recipient of highest number of awards for a fourth consecutive year

HALIFAX, May 17, 2017 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) announced today that its subsidiary, Jazz Aviation (‘Jazz’), has once again been recognized for achieving superior reliability performance in 2016 at Bombardier’s annual award ceremony for commercial aircraft operators held inMunich, Germany on May 16, 2017. This marks the fourth consecutive year Jazz has earned the distinction of receiving the highest number of awards.
“We are very proud to be the exclusive North American award winner in three categories of exceptional reliability performance,” said Colin Copp, President, Jazz.   “Being recognized as the top North American operator for the past four years attests to the expertise of the Jazz Technical Services and Maintenance and Engineering teams, and their unmatched experience with Bombardier regional aircraft.    This achievement is a credit to the caliber of our employees and their ongoing commitment to excellence.”
Jazz is the exclusive North American recipient of Bombardier’s 2016 Airline Reliability Performance Awards in three categories:

  • Q400 aircraft program for North America
  • CRJ100/200 aircraft programs for North America
  • CRJ700/900/1000 aircraft programs for North America

“This is a great accomplishment as we transform our organization into a global leader in the field of regional aviation, offering customers around the world a complete suite of regional aviation services including contracted flying, aircraft engineering, maintenance, repair and overhaul, and aircraft leasing solutions.  These are the strengths that differentiate us from the competition,” added Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus.
Bombardier’s reliability awards are bestowed on aircraft operators of Q-Series turboprops and CRJ Series regional jets who achieve the highest rate of dispatch reliability.    Jazz was previously honoured with top performance in the North American region for the Q400, CRJ100/200, and CRJ700/900/1000 aircraft program categories in 2015; the Q100/200/300, CRJ100/200, and CRJ700/900/1000 aircraft programs in 2014; and the Q400 and CRJ100/200 aircraft programs in 2013.

U.S. Air Force C-130 aeromedical trainer now on motion and ready-for-training


Rotterdam, Netherlands, May 15, 2017 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – On the eve of the International Training and Education Conference (ITEC), Europe’s largest show for military training and simulation, CAE announced that the C-130 Aeromedical Evacuation Training System for the United States Air Force at Dobbins Air Reserve Base (ARB) is now on-motion, fully operational and ready-for-training.
The addition of a motion platform for an aeromedical fuselage trainer is believed to be the first-of-its-kind in the world and will now provide U.S. Air Force aeromedical evacuation crews with a more realistic virtual training environment.
The C-130 Aeromedical Evacuation Training System will play a major role in providing highly realistic training to better prepare USAF aeromedical crews for pre-flight, emergency procedures and in-flight patient care.  The addition of a motion platform makes this high-fidelity trainer even more realistic and now enables the aeromedical crews to rehearse in a safe, immersive training environment, which will ultimately improve patient safety and survivability during rescue missions.
The electric motion system replicates the vibrations and turbulence often encountered during take-off, landing, and in-flight, thus delivering a more immersive and realistic aeromedical training environment.     The motion system supports the entire 14,000 pound payload of the fully-equipped C-130 fuselage trainer.     The C-130 aeromedical fuselage trainer now moves across all six-degrees-of-freedom (6-DOF), including three rotational degrees of freedom (roll, pitch, yaw) and three linear degrees of freedom (surge, heave, sway).
In addition to the C-130 fuselage trainer, CAE’s comprehensive Aeromedical Evacuation Training System includes human patient simulators from CAE Healthcare and a comprehensive curriculum, including portable instructor operator station to provide full control and customization of a variety of aeromedical training scenarios.
“We are pleased to partner with the U.S. Air Force to provide the world’s first motion-based aeromedical trainer that will help ensure aeromedical aircrews are fully prepared for the critical aeromedical evacuation mission,” said Ray Duquette, President and General Manager, CAE USA.   “This program showcases CAE’s innovation and our ability to leverage our training systems integration expertise to help military customers enhance safety, efficiency and readiness.”
CAE’s Aeromedical Evacuation Training System can be developed for a range of air mobility aircraft platforms, as well as for rotary-wing aircraft.    CAE is currently developing additional Aeromedical Evacuation Training Systems for the U.S. Air Force to replicate the C-17 transport and KC-135 tanker configured for aeromedical missions.   These new training devices, to be delivered later in 2017, will also feature a motion system and include partial replicas of both the C-17 and KC-135 fuselages outfitted for the aeromedical evacuation mission.    CAE Healthcare will provide high-fidelity patient simulators, instructors and training support services.

Bombardier Signs Agreement with IBM to Accelerate IT Business Transformation


Bombardier (TSE: BBD.B) announced today that it reached a long-term partnership agreement with leading IT consulting firm IBM to support the global integration of Information Technology services across Bombardier Transportation and the Company’s aerospace segments.
“As part of our turnaround plan, Bombardier is working to improve productivity, reduce costs and grow earnings. The IT transformation initiative announced today will help us better integrate globally to create a best-in-class IT organization,” said Sean Terriah, Chief Information Officer, Aerospace and Corporate Office, Bombardier.  “We will transform our service delivery model to focus on our core competencies, and leverage the best practices of our strategic partner across our infrastructure and operations.”
The new six-year deal valued at approximately $700 million spans 47 countries and is expected to generate recurring savings, providing a solid foundation to drive efficiency within Bombardier’s global IT organization.

Upgraded German Navy Sea King helicopter simulator ready-for-training at Nordholz Naval Airbase


Rotterdam, Netherlands, May 16, 2017 – (NYSE: CAE; TSX: CAE) – Today at the International Training and Education Conference (ITEC), Europe’s largest show for military training and simulation, CAE announced that the company has completed a major upgrade on the German Navy’s Sea King MK41 helicopter simulator ahead of schedule and it has re-entered service at the Nordholz Naval Airbase in Germany.
Previously, Sea King training was conducted on a basic instrument flight rules (IFR) training device originally built by CAE in the mid-1970s.     As part of the major upgrade to a full-mission simulator over the past 12 months, CAE performed a range of significant updates, including the addition of the latest-generation CAE Medallion-6000 image generator with Common Database (CDB) architecture, upgraded avionics for concurrency with the current helicopter, enhanced synthetic and tactical environment simulation software, new vibration system, an improved instructor operator station, and a new brief/debrief station.    The CDB architecture, which was recently adopted by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) as an international standard for the creation of synthetic environment databases, will further enhance the ability to perform networked, interoperable mission training across the German Armed Forces.
“For almost 40 years the Sea King training device has provided valuable training, and now with the updates the Sea King full-mission simulator will continue to deliver critical training that enhances the readiness of the German Navy’s Sea King aircrews,” said Marc-Olivier Sabourin, CAE’s Vice President and General Manager, Europe/Africa.  “With the operational requirements placed on the German Navy’s Sea King helicopter fleet, they needed to increase the use of synthetic training and the upgraded simulator enables the German Navy to conduct more training in the full-mission simulator.”
The German Navy is now able to conduct a range of training tasks in the Sea King full-mission simulator that were previously not possible, such as ship deck landings and night vision goggle training.
“This project required very close collaboration with the German Navy and we are pleased to have delivered the upgraded Sea King full-mission simulator ahead of schedule,” said Sabourin.     “CAE’s training systems integration experience and expertise is helping our defense customers increasingly leverage synthetic training to cost-effectively prepare aircrews for mission success while contributing to the efficient use of operational platforms.”

Statement from the National Airlines Council of Canada on the tabling of the Transportation Modernization Act

Statement from Massimo Bergamini, President and CEO of the National Airlines Council of Canada on the tabling today of the Transportation Modernization Act by the Minister of Transport.


OTTAWA, May 16, 2017 /CNW/ – “Our organization and members share and support Minister Garneau’s commitment to ensuring that all air passengers have the best air travel experience possible and look forward to working with him and with the Canadian Transportation Agency to this end.
Our members and their employees work hard every day to ensure a safe and enjoyable air travel experience for our passengers and guests.    We are proud of our customer-satisfaction record—71.2 million passenger movements in 2015-16 with only 507 Canadian Transportation Agency complaints —and are always striving to do better.
But we also recognize that air the air travel experience doesn’t start with check-in and end with baggage pick up.  We therefore also look forward to working with the Minister to address and fix those passenger rights issues that result from government policy or operations.  For example, air passengers should have a right to fluid and efficient security screening that avoids delays resulting in stressful last-minute boarding of flights and missed connections, as well as cascading disruptions across the system.
This requires a commitment to ensuring that 100 percent of fees collected from air travellers by the Government of Canada for security be used to ensure that Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) is funded in a manner that allows it to meet the highest service standards. It means committing to increased appropriations for the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) to ensure timely screening of international flights.  And it means fixing the problems with Canada’s electronic travel authorization system (eTa) to ensure that foreign national travelling to Canada are aware of the new rules and avoid processing delays, missed flights and connections.
Many of the key elements of a progressive and equitable passenger rights regime are already in place.    In 2009, our members voluntarily adjusted their tariffs to deal with passenger compensation for a number of travel disruptions including flight and tarmac delays, denied boarding, passenger re-routing, cancellations, overbooking, and lost or damaged luggage.    This regime is part of the contract of carriage and is enforceable by the CTA.
As these measures were only adopted by Canada’s larger airlines, they now need to be enshrined in regulations to ensure uniformity of language as well as universal application to all carriers licensed to operate in Canada.    Where gaps exist, we will work with the Minister and the Canadian Transportation Agency to address them.”

Runway construction complete; Toronto Pearson returns to regular operation


TORONTO – On Tuesday, May 16, 2017 construction on Runway 05/23 at Toronto Pearson International Airport was completed and the first aircraft to use the rehabilitated surface landed.    The runway work, which began on March 28, was a critical infrastructure project, required for the safe operation of the airport today and in the future.
“Our busiest runway is once again operational, and I would like to thank the community, our passengers and our valued airline partners for their patience and cooperation during this work,” said Howard Eng, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA).    “Toronto Pearson is proud to be a part of the communities it serves.    We are committed to continuous improvement in all aspects of our operation, including the way we engage with our business partners and residents on projects of this nature.”
The completed work on Runway 05/23 included removing the existing paved surface, subsurface repair and re-paving, as well as reconditioning of 1000 inset runway lights and the replacement of 420 km of single-line paint markings.   The around-the-clock work on this project means the runway is being delivered back to service on time, and in advance of peak summer travel.    To further reduce construction impacts, planned construction on Runway 05/23 in the fall at Toronto Pearson has been completed and the fall closure period is no longer required.

WestJet returns to Phoenix-Mesa this fall


CALGARY, May 15, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet announced today it will again operate flights to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport from Alberta this fall. After a successful inaugural season, twice-weekly nonstop flights from Calgary begin November 9 and a weekly flight from Edmonton begins November 11.    Seats are available for purchase now on
“The Phoenix East Valley has proven to be a popular market for Canadian air travellers.    The new Gateway Airport service complements our existing schedule at Phoenix Sky Harbor and provides air travellers with exceptional connectivity between the entire Valley and many Canadian markets,” said Brian Znotins, WestJet Vice-President Network Planning, Alliances and Corporate Development.    “We are pleased to be returning to Gateway Airport in November and look forward to another successful winter season.”
“Our continued partnership with WestJet is great news for Gateway Airport and the East Valley,” said Mesa Mayor John Giles, Chairman of the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport Authority.    “Recent air service announcements and major investments by companies like Apple and Intel are key indicators of a healthy and growing regional economy.”

Details of WestJet’s nonstop service to Mesa, Arizona:





Calgary – Mesa


Thursday, Sunday

November 9, 2017

Edmonton – Mesa



November 11, 2017

Interjet announces new routes between Canada and Mexico


New nonstop service to link Montréal with Mexico City and Cancun for leisure and business travelers

MEXICO CITY, May 15, 2017 /CNW/ — Interjet is introducing service from Canada to Mexico this summer.   Starting July 13, 2017, Interjet will fly nonstop between Montréal’s–Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport  and Mexico City’s Aeropuerto Internacional Benito Juárez as well as between Montréal and Cancun International Airport.
“Our unique brand of lower fares with free checked bags using our Priority fare,  more legroom between seats and great service has been embraced everywhere we fly,” said José Luis Garza, Interjet’s CEO.    “And Interjet is now in Canada to offer more choices and competition between the Canadian market and Mexico,” he added.

Interjet’s CanadaMexico flights will operate as follows:









Mexico City



Monday, Thursday, Sunday


Mexico City




Monday, Thursday, Sunday






Monday, Thursday, Sunday






Monday, Thursday, Sunday

Interjet’s Montréal services will be operated using Airbus A320 aircraft with 150 seats.    The initial schedule will be for three frequencies per week at convenient departure times.
For more information regarding Interjet’s new Canadian service or to make a reservation, visit or in Canada, call 1 (844) 874-4053

Toronto Area Airline and Collectables Show