Monthly Archives: December 2017

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.”