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WestJet        – 22 Apr

Chorus Aviation announces agreements to acquire six ATR 72-600 aircraft on lease to Flybe and Virgin Australia

 

HALIFAX, April 24, 2017 /CNW/ – Chorus Aviation Inc. (‘Chorus’) (TSX: CHR) announced today agreements by Chorus Aviation Capital’s subsidiaries to acquire six ATR 72-600 aircraft with attached leases from Avation PLC.    Three of these aircraft are currently on lease to U.K. carrier, Flybe, and three to Virgin Australia Airlines.    The aircraft are between one and four years old and are the first ATRs added to Chorus Aviation Capital’s growing regional aircraft fleet.
Commenting on the planned purchase, Chorus Aviation Capital’s President, Steven Ridolfi, said, “We are delighted to announce this portfolio acquisition, adding two outstanding customers to our growing pool of airline lessees, and welcoming the addition of the first ATRs to our diversifying fleet.”
Joe Randell, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chorus, said, “This investment further demonstrates the targeted expansion and growth strategy for Chorus into regional aircraft leasing. We are building a leading global regional aircraft lessor and look forward to announcing additional opportunities in the months ahead.”
The aggregate purchase price for the aircraft is consistent with current market values for similar aircraft, and Chorus Aviation Capital intends to finance the purchase utilizing a combination of debt financing and cash with a leverage ratio of between three and four to one.    The transactions are expected to close by the end of June 2017 and are subject to customary conditions precedent to closing, including novation of the existing leases and receipt of debt financing.

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Elite Airways eyes Canada, Bahamas flights in mid-2Q17

 

Elite Airways (7Q) Portland ME) has announced plans to begin scheduled international passenger flights to Canada and the Bahamas during the second quarter of the year.
In its application to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for exemption and designation to provide foreign scheduled flights ferrying persons, property, and mail, the Maine-based carrier said it aimed to start a 3x weekly return service to Bimini Int’l,  the Bahamas, from each of Neward and Melbourne FL beginning in May this year.   It also plans to offer a 2x weekly return service between Halifax and Portland ME.    All services are to be on-board Elite’s 70-seater CRJ-700s.
Elite is currently licensed to conduct scheduled interstate operations.    Aside from a fleet of five CRJ-700s, it also operates one CRJ-100 and six CRJ-200s on regular flights connecting Newark with Vero Beach and Melbourne with Islip, Portland, and Sarasota/Bradenton.

Nordica to add two Bombardier CRJ900s

Estonian national carrier Nordica is to add two Bombardier CRJ900 regional jets to its fleet.   The Tallinn-based airline currently operates a fleet of six CRJ900s and two CRJ700s.
The Baltic nation’s state-owned Transpordi Varahaldus (TVH) transport sector investment and holding company will issue €25 million ($26.8 million) worth of bonds with a maturity period of eight years to buy the aircraft and lease them to Nordica.   The bonds will be bought equally by two Estonian entities, LHV pension funds and LHV Bank.
“We are convinced that Nordica … is being reasonably built up,” said the head of LHV pension funds Andres Viisemann.   “Any major steps are taken only if there is reasonable reassurance that it is economically beneficial and improves the position of Nordica and Estonian aviation alike.
“The pension funds would certainly like to be involved in more transactions like this.    We earn income for the clients of our pension funds, but do it in a manner that also benefits Estonian society.”   Nordica is expanding both its own operations and those in support of strategic partner LOT Polish Airlines.
Nordica and LOT began a cooperation in November 2016 that includes a joint commercial platform and ticket sales system, as well as a codeshare arrangement.   One of the new aircraft will operate on Nordica’s own route network, while the other will start serving passengers on LOT services, Nordica CFO Ahto Pärl said.
Pärl added that one of the new aircraft would replace a smaller CRJ700, with the smaller aircraft stationed in Tallinn as a spare.    “Nordica’s fleet and volume of flights have increased to the limit where having its own spare aircraft is economically reasonable.    This will improve the quality and stability of our service even further, and help us save money,” he said.
“The level of trust in Estonian aviation has reached a new level today,” Pärl added.    “We have believed from the very beginning that we’re moving in the right direction and this transaction proves that our strategy is working.”
The first aircraft will arrive in Tallinn in June and the second in July.    Both will start operating in early August.   The two new aircraft are 2011 models and are similar to the models Nordica already owns.

Greyhound Adds Stop At Toronto Pearson International Airport

DALLAS, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ — Greyhound, the largest provider of intercity bus transportation in North America, today announced that it now offers service at a new location in Toronto. Greyhound customers can now conveniently travel to and from the Toronto Pearson International Airport, offering easy access to multiple modes of transportation under one roof.    With more than 20 daily schedules from its location in Terminal 1 at the airport, customers can travel to various Ontario destinations, including Cambridge, Guelph, Hamilton, Kitchener and Niagara Falls, as well as to destinations in the United States such as Chicago and New York, ultimately connecting to Greyhound’s extensive network of 3,800 destinations.
“We’re excited to offer service at the Toronto Pearson International Airport,” said Stuart Kendrick, senior vice president, Greyhound Canada.    “The airport location, which is an additional location to our downtown station, offers a great benefit for customers, as it provides seamless connectivity for residents who live in communities without access to air travel. It provides the best of both worlds in one location.”
“At Toronto Pearson, passengers are our passion and we’re committed to enhancing convenience at every touch point of the journey,” said Scott Collier, Vice President, Customer and Terminal Services at the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.   “This partnership with Greyhound Canada will give passengers more options when planning travel to and from the airport, and is part of our larger vision of reducing road congestion and facilitating the efficient movement of people and goods. This will help Toronto Pearson reach its full growth potential and allow the Southern Ontario region to avail itself of the significant economic benefits that are part and parcel of this growth.”
From the new location, Greyhound travelers will experience a safe, and comfortable trip on modern buses with onboard amenities, including free onboard Wi-Fi, power outlets, extra legroom and reclining leather seats.    Greyhound Package Express, the company’s expedited shipping service, is available to customers from the new location as well.
Customers can board and purchase tickets from the kiosk, on the ground level at Terminal 1, Door P, during operating hours from 8 a.m.10 p.m. daily.    Tickets also can be purchased online at www.greyhound.ca, or over the phone at 1-800-661-8747.

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Wasaya Welcomes World’s first Dash 8-100 Package Freighter to its fleet

Wasaya Welcomes World’s first Dash 8-100 PF to its fleet (CNW Group/Wasaya)

 

THUNDER BAY, ON, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ – Today, Wasaya announced an exciting addition to their fleet, the World’s first Dash 8-100 Package Freighter (PF).
The Dash 8-100PF is a converted passenger to freighter aircraft.    The conversion has been accomplished by Voyageur Aviation Corp. of North Bay, Ontario.     Voyageur designed the Dash 8-100PF to offer an economically sound option in the regional aircraft freight market.   With a 10,000 lb payload, the aircraft moves more cargo, faster and at a lower unit cost than other freight aircraft operating in the region. ?
“The addition of the Dash 8-100PF is an innovative game changer and an essential strategic advantage for Wasaya in our new business model,” said Michael Rodyniuk, President and Chief Executive Officer of Wasaya.    “The Dash 8 100PF is built and converted here in Canada, designed for our rugged environment and perfectly suited to move cargo into and out of our remote communities with short, unimproved, gravel airfields.   The Voyager team has done an amazing job developing this cost-effective program for us, taking the DHC-8 100 passenger aircraft and converting it into an effective Cargo aircraft with great range, payload and operational efficiency.  This aircraft gives Wasaya a unique competitive advantage, helping us in our mission to improve the quality of life for the people living in communities we serve by reducing the cost of delivering essential goods like groceries, fuels and building materials, into the Canadian North.”
“The aircraft hits a definitive sweet-spot in the regional aircraft cargo marketplace.   The payload to operational cost ratio is extremely favourable,” commented Scott Tapson, President of Voyageur Aviation Corp.
The official unveiling and presentation of the aircraft takes place Thursday April 20th at Voyageur Aviation Corp. in North Bay, Ontario beginning at 11:30am.    The aircraft is completing final regulatory approval from Transport Canada and will be delivered to Thunder Bay in May.   This is the first of two Dash 8-100PF’s Wasaya will add to their fleet this summer.
Celebrating its 27th year in operation, Wasaya Airways is proud to be a 100% First Nations owned airline and the leading provider of quality air transportation services to more than 25 communities throughout Ontario, and soon Manitoba.
Wasaya serves 25 destinations in Northwestern Ontario with 60 daily flights and employs 350+ employees, of which over one third are First Nation.

WestJet Pilots Seek ALPA Representation

WASHINGTON, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet pilots filed membership cards today with the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB) to hold an election for representation by the Air Line Pilots Association, International (ALPA).
“WestJet pilots told us they are ready for a certified union,” said ALPA president Capt. Tim Canoll. “Now is the time for them to take the next step and vote for ALPA in order to obtain the resources available to secure their goals.”
In the next few weeks, the CIRB will verify the membership cards and schedule an ALPA representation vote.    ALPA expects that the secret-ballot election will be conducted in May.
“WestJet pilots have demonstrated the pilot unity needed to certify a union on the property, and we believe WestJet pilots will be successful in their election for ALPA representation,” Canoll said. “The WestJet pilots work for a profitable and productive company, and with the vast resources available through ALPA representation, they will begin the process to legally negotiate the terms of their employment and establish a collective bargaining agreement under the Canada Labour Code that other union-represented aviation groups in Canada enjoy today.”
ALPA Canada president Capt. Dan Adamus added, “WestJet pilots play a crucial role in the success of their airline and we look forward to their contributions to advancing success with ALPA as we work together to achieve our mutual objectives.”
Founded in 1931, ALPA is the world’s largest pilot union, representing more than 55,000 pilots at 32 airlines in the United States and Canada, including the flightcrew members who fly for Air Georgian, Air Transat, Bearskin, Calm Air, Canadian North, First Air, Jazz Aviation, Kelowna Flightcraft, and Wasaya.    Visit the ALPA website at www.alpa.org or follow us on Twitter @WeAreALPA.

FLYHT Signs USD $1.9 Million Sales Contract with Chinese Airline

Calgary, Alberta – April 20, 2017 – FLYHT Aerospace Solutions Ltd.  is pleased to announce the sale of the Automated Flight Information Reporting System (AFIRSTM) to a new commercial airline customer in the People’s Republic of China.   “FLYHT is excited to announce its latest customer in China, this airline is very interested in our technology to support their operations,” commented Michael Fang, FLYHT’s Vice President China Sales.    “Members of FLYHT’s executive team met with several current and prospective customers in the region last week where we are seeing steady demand for our solutions to meet airlines’ satellite communications and data needs.”
The initial contract for the sale of AFIRS hardware is valued at approximately USD $1.9 million assuming FLYHT provides the hardware over the full term of the five (5) year agreement. FLYHT’s data services may be added in the future, further increasing the value of the contract.
FLYHT has all the necessary Supplemental Type Certificates (STC’s) to complete installation on the designated A320 aircraft within this contract.    Installations are anticipated to begin in the third quarter of 2017.

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Ground Run-up Enclosure Officially Opens at Billy Bishop Airport

The new Ground Run-Up Enclosure at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. (CNW Group/PortsToronto)

Innovative facility only the second of its kind in Canada and will serve as an important part of the Noise Management Program to reduce the impact of noise on the surrounding community

TORONTO, April 19, 2017 /CNW/ – Earlier today PortsToronto officially opened its Ground Run-up Enclosure (GRE) at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (Billy Bishop Airport) with The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport in attendance.   The three-sided, open-top facility will accommodate commercial aircraft at the airport and is designed to dampen the noise associated with high-power aircraft engine ground run-up operations.    Standing 14m in height, the 63m by 66m enclosure is located on the south-west side of the airfield and is only the second of its kind in Canada.
The addition of the GRE facility represents a key new component in the airport’s Noise Mitigation Program as the acoustically and aerodynamically designed facility, constructed by Blast Deflectors Inc. (BDI), will dampen the impact of ground engine run-ups that are mandated by Transport Canada following engine maintenance to ensure safety.    These engine run-ups have been cited by the community as a primary source of noise prompting Ports Toronto to commence construction of the facility in fall 2016.    The GRE was constructed at a cost of $9 million – paid for by Ports Toronto and not taxpayers – and will significantly reduce the acoustic impact of engine run-ups on the surrounding community.    The enclosure effectively absorbs noise with specialized acoustic panels that line the interior of the three walls which feature vents for optimal aerodynamic performance.
“Aircraft noise is a complicated issue faced by airports and communities, one that must be managed while ensuring that aviation safety remains paramount.    As our cities grow and airports become a part of our neighborhoods, it’s important that we work together to ensure a balance between the important economic role that airports play, with the well-being of our communities. This project at Billy Bishop Airport is a great example of the federal government working closely with the municipal government and the airport authority to achieve this balance while making a positive difference to the neighbourhood,” indicated the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport.
“The proximity and convenience that makes Billy Bishop Airport such an asset also comes with a responsibility to be a good neighbour,” said Deputy Mayor Denzil Minnan-Wong.    “I congratulate Billy Bishop Airport on its noise management program and applaud Ports Toronto for making this significant financial investment – at no cost to the taxpayer – in order to reduce noise and minimize disruption in what has become a thriving neighbourhood.”
“Operating an airport that is part of a thriving, mixed-use urban waterfront requires the right balance to ensure that operations keep pace with the surrounding community and that measures are in place to mitigate the impacts associated with running a successful airport,” said Geoffrey Wilson, CEO, Ports Toronto, owner and operator of Billy Bishop Airport.    “From the creation of new infrastructure, to working together with the community and our airport partners on the implementation of policies, the noise mitigation program at Billy Bishop Airport is an essential component of airport operations.    We are thrilled to officially open the Ground Run-up Enclosure at Billy Bishop Airport which further demonstrates our commitment to minimizing the impact of our airport’s noise on the surrounding community and raises the bar even higher on our innovative, award-winning noise mitigation program.”
The GRE’s completion marks another major milestone in the Billy Bishop Airport Airfield Project, a three-year rehabilitation initiative currently underway at Billy Bishop Airport to modernize the airport and ensure it continues to serve as an economic engine for the city and provide efficient service to the 2.7 million passengers who travel through the airport each year.
Blast Deflectors Inc. (BDI) designed the facility at Billy Bishop Airport.    BDI has the specialized expertise of having built over 30 GRE facilities worldwide.    WSP Canada Inc., one of the leading Canadian and global aviation consulting firms provided engineering consulting services and Pave-Al Limited, a locally based, general construction contractor with an excellent reputation in completing airfield projects of this scope, provided general contractor services for this project.
To view a video of the GRE’s construction, click here.

About Blast Deflectors Inc. (BDI) 
For over 50 years, BDI has been finding innovative solutions for the aviation industry.    We have become a world leader in designing, manufacturing, delivering and installing Ground Run-up Enclosures (GREs).    By Focussing exclusively on run-up noise, BDI earned a reputation for its expertise, integrity, and long-term customer commitment.

About Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport 
Billy Bishop Airport is Canada’s ninth-busiest airport and welcomed 2.7 million business and leisure travellers in 2016.    The airport is also Canada’s sixth-busiest airport with passenger service into the United States.    Offering service to more than 20 cities in Canada and the U.S., with connection opportunities to more than 80 international destinations via our airlines’ networks, Billy Bishop Airport is an important international gateway and a key driver to Toronto’s economy, accounting for more than $2.1 billion in economic output each year and supporting 6,500 jobs, including 1,960 directly associated with the airport operations.    In March 2017, Billy Bishop Airport won the Airports Council International (ACI-NA) 2017 Environmental Achievement Award for Best Noise Mitigation Program.

 

WestJet announces intent to launch ultra-low-cost carrier

 

CALGARY, April 20, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced its intention to launch a new, ultra-low-cost carrier (ULCC) in Canada subject to agreement with its pilots and any required regulatory approvals.    Service is expected to start in late 2017 with an initial fleet of 10 high-density Boeing 737-800s designed by the airline that first brought low-cost air travel to Canada in 1996.  The ULCC will provide Canadians with no-frills, lower-cost travel options.
“We have built WestJet from its low-cost, regional roots into a renowned, international airline with service to 21 countries and today it’s all about disrupting at the price-sensitive end of the market,” said Clive Beddoe, co-founder of WestJet and Chair of the Board of the Directors.    “Launching a ULCC will broaden WestJet’s growth opportunities and open new market segments by offering more choice to those Canadians looking for lower fares.”   ”
The worldview on low-cost airlines has changed since the launch of WestJet in 1996 and we are responding,” commented Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO.   “The complete un-bundling of services and products in order to lower fares for the price-sensitive traveller has created the ULCC category and our new airline will provide Canadians a pro-competitive, cheap and cheerful flying experience from a company with a proven track record.”

Summer fun with Porter Airlines service to Mont Tremblant

 

TORONTO, April 17, 2017 /CNW/ – Porter Airlines flights to Mont Tremblant are back just in time for summer. Service begins June 23, and runs until September 24, 2017.   Flights will operate up to four times weekly until Sept. 4, and two times weekly for the remainder of the season.
Passengers can fly non-stop from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to Mont Tremblant International Airport in just 70 minutes.    The picturesque Mont Tremblant village is known for its ski hills, but it is more than just a snow destination.    It has something to experience during all four seasons.
Enjoy summer adventures of rock climbing, hiking or biking one of 12 trails, or golfing one of the four courses Mont Tremblant has to offer.   For the laid back traveller, explore dining options in the village or experience scenic gondola rides and see it all from above. Mont Tremblant offers endless entertainment for everyone to enjoy.
Porter Escapes offers flight and hotel packages, starting from $476 per person for a two-night stay at the Lodge de la Montagne or Holiday Inn Express.   Prices are available on select dates, based on double occupancy, including taxes, fees, and airport transfers.    For full details visit www.porterescapes.com.

WestJet reports March load factor of 84.1 per cent

Airline increases traffic by 8.7 per cent, flies a record 2.0 million guests for the month of March

CALGARY, April 13, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced March 2017 traffic results with a load factor of 84.1 per cent, an increase of 0.9 percentage points year over year.    Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 8.7 per cent year-over-year, and capacity, measured in available seat miles (ASMs), grew 7.4 per cent over the same period.    The airline flew a record 5.7 million guests in the first quarter, a year-over-year increase of 6.8 per cent or approximately 363,000 additional guests.
“We continue to be pleased with our strong traffic growth as a record number of guests chose to fly with us in the first quarter,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky.  “My thanks go out to all WestJetters for their dedication to providing our growing number of guests with a safe and remarkable travel experience.”

March 2017 traffic results

March 2017

March 2016

Change

Load factor

84.1%

83.2%

0.9 pts

ASMs (billions)

2.676

2.491

7.4%

RPMs (billions)

2.252

2.072

8.7%

First quarter 2017

First quarter 2016

Change

Load factor

83.0%

82.1%

0.9 pts

ASMs (billions)

7.699

7.294

5.6%

RPMs (billions)

6.393

5.988

6.8%

WestJet recently announced an expansion to their reciprocal frequent flyer agreement with Delta Air Lines to include redemption of WestJet dollars on new select Delta routes including Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Madrid, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Sydney (Australia).    Delta SkyMiles Members can now redeem miles anywhere WestJet flies.

Zetta Jet Takes Delivery of Another Global 6000 Business Jet to Continue Offering a Smooth Ride to Passengers Worldwide

 

  • The Global 6000 aircraft is equipped with Bombardier’s leading-edge cabin entertainment system and the industry’s fastest worldwide inflight internet connectivity
  • Zetta Jet boasts a fleet of Global and Challenger 650 business jets, with a fleet utilization rate among the highest of any charter operator
  • With the widest cabin in its class and an exceptionally smooth ride, the Global 6000 aircraft offers passengers superior comfort

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that Zetta Jet, the fast-growing luxury jet operator based in Singapore, has taken delivery of another Global 6000 ultra-long range business aircraft. The aircraft, which will be based at Zetta Jet’s Los Angeles hub, combines the Global brand’s benchmark-setting performance, range and exceptionally smooth ride with a modern cabin environment which affords passengers the highest level of comfort along with seamless internet connectivity throughout their travels.
The delivery represents an option exercised as part of an order for six Global 6000 aircraft previously announced in December 2015.    The keys were handed over in a recent ceremony at Bombardier Business Aircraft’s Global Completion Centre in Montréal.
“We have experienced a period of aggressive growth over the past year and a half, and Bombardier’s Global family of aircraft, and more recently the Challenger 650 jets, have been instrumental in propelling us forward and providing the sought-after, luxury experience that our select strata of customers appreciate,” said Geoffery Cassidy, Managing Director, Zetta Jet.    “The high average utilization rate of our fleet is an indication of our company’s strong performance and we look forward to working with Bombardier toward continued growth and an even brighter future.”
Zetta Jet’s new business aircraft is equipped with Bombardier’s leading-edge cabin entertainment system and the fastest worldwide inflight internet connectivity in the industry via Ka-band. Bombardier is the first business jet manufacturer to deliver this new technology, and Zetta Jet was the first operator to take delivery of a Ka-band-equipped Global 6000 aircraft in September 2016.
“Our Global 6000 business jet was designed to satisfy the world’s most discerning travellers, and its demonstrated appeal among Zetta Jet’s elite clientele confirms that this aircraft more than meets their exacting standards,” said Peter Likoray, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Business Aircraft.    “Bombardier is continuing to set the pace for spectacular cabin design and cutting-edge passenger amenities.    Our advanced cabin entertainment system, supported by lightning-fast connection speeds, give Zetta Jet passengers a distinct advantage.   No matter where they fly, they can reliably stream content, catch a game on a high-definition monitor or work productively in a modern office environment.”
The Zetta Jet fleet of Bombardier business jets has grown at an impressive pace since the company began operations in August 2015 with a single Global business jet. Today,    Zetta Jet boasts a fleet of Global and Challenger 650 business jets, with an outstanding fleet utilization rate averaging 100 hours a month, among the highest of any charter operator.

WestJet announces new EVP and CIO

 

CALGARY, April 10, 2017 /CNW/ – WestJet today announced that Craig Maccubbin has been named Executive Vice-President and Chief Information Officer (CIO).
“Craig’s range of experiences, expertise and background in low-cost airlines, IT and human resources makes him the perfect fit as we tackle an ongoing technology transformation at WestJet,” said Gregg Saretsky, WestJet President and CEO.    “For more than 20 years WestJet has been an industry leader in innovation and guest experience.    As we continue our global growth, Craig’s appointment reaffirms our commitment to providing the best technology solutions for our 22 million guests and more than 12,000 WestJetters.    We look forward to having Craig on board.”
Craig joins WestJet from Southwest Airlines, where he was most recently the Chief Technology Officer.    In this role, he was responsible for leading Technology Operations, including all infrastructure and mobile platforms for the airline, while leading a team of 500 employees.  During his 25-year career, Craig has held a number of leadership positions, including Chief Information Officer for organizations such as Spirit Airlines, LasVegas.com and Black Entertainment Television.
Craig will join WestJet in Calgary effective April 24, 2017 pending immigration approval.

U S Navy Super Hornet Strike Fighter Joining London Forces

AIRSHOW LONDON (ASL) has unveiled its latest performer – the US Navy F/A -18 Super Hornet Strike Fighter.  The big news came as part of a morning event packed with major milestones. Mayor Matt Brown was first to the podium to declare top shelf status for AIRSHOW LONDON.    The performer roster now places AIRSHOW LONDON in the number one position as Canada’s largest military demonstration of air power for 2017.  The Mayor congratulated the team for pushing the envelope and showcasing London and southwestern Ontario’s established and expanding aviation and defence industry sectors.     He said, “The AIRSHOW LONDON is back and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever.    An incredible team of volunteers, has worked tirelessly to make this a world class event, drawing some of the biggest and best attractions to London.   Thanks to them, we can all look forward to taking in the best Airshow in Canada later this year.”
Gerry Vanderhoek, ASL Flight Operations Director, underscored the magnitude of the scheduled appearance of the US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet Strike Fighter in the skies over London.     He detailed this newest model’s high capabilities across the full mission spectrum: air superiority, fighter escort, reconnaissance, aerial refueling, close air support, air defense suppression and day/night precision strike.   He said, “The Super Hornet is a stand out and will be sharing London’s airspace with the US Air Force F-35A Lightning ll.     Airshow fans, or even aviation experts, rarely have the opportunity to see these two aircraft together. AIRSHOW LONDON’s line up is stellar across the board or as we prefer to say AWESOME.”
The addition of the two premier US fighters to earlier confirmations by the RCAF- CF-18 Hornet and the Snowbirds delivers standout power and spectacle to the show.   The Canadian demon-stration teams  are paying tribute to the 150 CELEBRATIONS and the new maple leaf red of the CF-18 was unveiled just this week.    Vanderhoek added, “The CF-18 is absolutely stunning – standing still or at supersonic speeds and we’re honoured they chose to be here.”
Vanderhoek spiced up the anticipation by adding an international flavor to the event indicating recent official announcements by the Australian and Turkish Air Forces put them both at AIRSHOW LONDON.    The Turkish Air Force used a video post on social media to profile their calendar and KANADA is prominently featured.

ASL Executive Director, De Kelver wrapped up the event by declaring online ticket sales were now OPEN for the September 22 – 24 event.  Tickets can be purchased at airshowlondon.com.

Bombardier Business Aircraft and the Tianjin Airport Economic Area Inaugurate State-of-the-Art Business Jet Service Centre in Tianjin, China

 

  • First maintenance inspection on customer aircraft is underway at the newly opened facility
  • Facility represents a firm commitment to aviation in China
  • Bombardier Business Aircraft’s products answer need for efficiency-enhancing corporate jets in the Chinese economy

 Tianjin, April 7, 2017 – Bombardier Business Aircraft in collaboration with its partner the Tianjin Airport Economic Area (TAEA) are pleased to announce the opening of a state-of-the-art Service Centre in Tianjin, China.    An inauguration event was held on April 7, 2017, ahead of the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE), to officially open the Service Centre. The facility uses the same processes and procedures that govern Bombardier’s worldwide network of Service Centres.
Located near Beijing, the Tianjin Service Centre includes hangar space, offices, as well as back shop areas totaling over 8,500 square meters (95,766 square feet).    It offers maintenance, repair, overhaul, and associated activities and services, and complements the Bombardier Business Aircraft Support Network in Asia.
“Bombardier Business Aircraft has had the largest fleet in Asia for the last 12 years.  We are thrilled to bring the expertise of our worldwide service network to support our customers in the region. This major investment, made in collaboration with TAEA, demonstrates Bombardier’s commitment to strengthen its presence in China, as well as its confidence in the future of the aviation industry in the region,” said Jean-Christophe Gallagher, Vice President and General Manager, Customer Experience, Bombardier Business Aircraft.
“We are delighted to see the inauguration of our joint venture with Bombardier and are committed to its success,” said Zhao Xuesen, Vice President of Tianjin Airport Economic Area.    “It shows the vitality of the Tianjin aviation industry and consolidates Tianjin’s position as an emerging aviation hub in China.    The movement of business aircraft reached 1,528 at the Tianjin Airport in 2016, a 17.36% increase from the previous year.    With China’s growth strategy in place, a rapid expansion of the business aviation industry can be anticipated in Tianjin, in line with China’s 13th Five-Year Plan.”
To date, the Tianjin Service Centre has received its Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) certification for Global, Challenger 604, Challenger 605‎ and Challenger 850 aircraft, giving it full authority and ability to perform 96-month inspections for Challenger 600 series jets, and 120-month inspections for Global aircraft.    Further certifications and international capabilities will be announced in the upcoming months.
As part of Bombardier Business Aircraft’s commitment to operators in Asia, the new maintenance facility will further strengthen Bombardier’s customer support network in China, which includes a team of Field Service Representatives and Customer Support Account Managers, as well as four Authorized Service Facilities.
“The opening of the Tianjin Service Centre demonstrates Bombardier’s priority to bring top maintenance services to our Chinese customers, and ensure faster access to support, closer to their base of operations,” said Lanny Schindelmeiser, General Manager, Bombardier Tianjin Aviation Services Co., Ltd.  “Our technicians have been trained through a comprehensive program to deliver the value-added experience Bombardier provides throughout its worldwide network.”
Bombardier’s latest market forecast for the aviation industry predicts approximately 1,100 business jet deliveries destined for Greater China, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific regions over the next 10 years.    With its portfolio of innovative aircraft, Bombardier Business Aircraft is well-positioned to remain the market leader.   As of 2016, approximately 280 Bombardier Business Aircraft are based in Asia.
The Tianjin Service Centre joins Bombardier Business Aircraft’s award-winning network of nine Service Centres, five line maintenance stations and a total of 17 Customer Response Team mobile units worldwide, all equipped to support Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global business aircraft.    The network’s approximately 1,000 dedicated technicians 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.

F. LIST CANADA opening production facility in Greater Montréal – Aircraft cabin specialist targets 100 jobs by 2020

 

MONTRÉAL, April 7, 2017 /CNW Telbec/ – F. LIST CANADA CORP., a subsidiary of F. LIST GMBH, a global manufacturer of high-class interiors for business and private jets in Austria, will set-up in the Greater Montréal area by opening a new production facility by the end of 2017.   This investment of more than $20 million is expected to create 100 jobs by the year 2020.
“This state-of-the-art facility will bring us closer to our main customers in North America, resulting in shorter production lead-times, faster deliveries and greater flexibility,” says Michael Groiss, Chief Executive Officer of F. LIST, based in Thomasberg, Lower Austria.    “It will also enable us to provide better on-site support for innovative products delivered from our Austrian plant, while bolstering our aftermarket services for business and executive jets.”
The new production plant, which will initially employ 15 specialists, will also house offices, a showroom and a veneer selection area as part of its designation as F. LIST’s Veneer Competence Centre for flame retardant wood veneers, key components of its interior finishing business.
“As a major global aerospace centre, Montréal is an ideal location for F. LIST to expand its operations to serve its North American customers,” says Hubert Bolduc, President and CEO of Montréal International, noting that major North American aerospace OEMs and Tier 1 integrators are already working with the company.   “F. LIST is positioning itself as a technological leader in its sector and Montréal International is very proud that a few years of mutual exchanges led to this decision to select our city for growing its business.”
The Montréal subsidiary of F. LIST is one of four located around the world: the other three are in Brazil, United States and Germany.
Greater Montréal is one of the world’s three leading aerospace capitals, along with Seattle and Toulouse.    The region is home to nearly 200 companies specialized in aerospace that together generate over $15.5 billion (CAN) in sales each year, employ more than 40,000 highly-skilled workers, and account for 55% of Canada’s total aerospace production.

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