Bombardier delivers the first of seven new CRJ900s to Mesa Airlines

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Bombardier Commercial Aircraft (Montreal) has announced it has delivered the first of seven CRJ900 aircraft to Mesa Air Group, Inc. of Phoenix, Arizona (Mesa Airlines). Mesa will operate the aircraft for American Airlines under the American Eagle brand. The aircraft delivered is one of a firm order for seven announced on March 12, 2015.

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The CRJ900 delivery ceremony held on June 30 at Bombardier’s Mirabel, Québec facility, was attended by executives of both Mesa Airlines and Bombardier Commercial Aircraft.

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The aircraft delivered will increase Mesa’s fleet of CRJ900 regional jets to 58, reconfirming the airline’s standing as one of the largest operators of this aircraft model. Mesa’s new CRJ900 aircraft are configured with 76 seats in a dual-class interior. The airline also operates 20 CRJ700 aircraft with 70 seats in a three-class interior. By September 2015, Mesa’s currently scheduled deliveries will bring its regional jet fleet total to 115.

As of March 31, 2015, Bombardier had recorded firm orders for 1,865 CRJ Series aircraft, including 391 CRJ900 aircraft.

Boeing and Embraer to collaborate on ecoDemonstrator technology tests

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Boeing and Embraer S.A. have announced that they intend to collaborate to test environment-focused technologies through the ecoDemonstrator Program in a joint effort to improve aviation’s environmental performance. This expands ongoing cooperation between two of the world’s largest airplane manufacturers.

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Frederico Curado, president and CEO of Embraer, and Marc Allen, president of Boeing International, signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Brazil-U.S. Business Summit organized by the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. The business summit, hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, occurred during an official visit by Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Boeing launched its ecoDemonstrator Program in 2011 to accelerate testing and use of new technologies that can reduce fuel use, carbon emissions and noise. The company has so far tested more than 50 technologies with a Next-Generation 737-800, 787 Dreamliner and, currently, a 757. Through their collaboration, Boeing and Embraer are planning to conduct ecoDemonstrator tests with an Embraer airplane in 2016.

 

The ecoDemonstrator cooperation between Boeing and Embraer advances a relationship that began in 2012 when the manufacturers announced they would cooperate in ways that create value for both companies and their customers. Since then, the manufacturers have worked together to improve runway safety and support Embraer’s KC-390 defense aircraft program.

In addition, in 2015, Boeing and Embraer opened a joint biofuel research center in São José dos Campos, Brazil, to perform biofuel research and coordinate research with Brazilian universities and other institutions.

Boeing has worked with suppliers, airlines and government agencies on previous ecoDemonstrator flight tests. Those technologies include a new winglet and “bug-phobic” wing coatings that can improve aerodynamic efficiency, software applications that can improve in-flight efficiency and new types of sustainable aviation biofuel.

Embraer incorporates environmental requisites into product development through its Environmentally Sustainable Products Program (DIPAS). Embraer aircraft are designed with an emphasis on incorporating innovations and adhering to environmental norms. With the ecoDemonstrator platform, new technologies under development that can lessen environmental impact are tested in flight and mature faster.

Lufthansa and Germanwings are assuming the long-term social care for the relatives of the victims of flight 4U9525

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Lufthansa Group has issued this statement:

Lufthansa and Germanwings are assuming also the long-term responsibility for the outcome of the crash of the Germanwings flight 4U9525. Thus, in particular, children and teenagers who have lost one parent or both parents shall receive support for their education on the long-term. For this purpose a fund of up to €7.8 million shall be made available on a fiduciary account.

Furthermore, an aid fund is being set up, which shall, over a term of three years provide individual support for aid projects of the relatives. Project funds shall be available in the sum of up to €2 million per year. Projects that are related to the victims are those being promoted. A Board of Trustees has been contracted to decide on the fair distribution of the funds, and shall be employed over the coming months.

Besides the financial support memorials shall be set up in four locations affected by the tragedy over the coming months. A commemorative plaque shall be set up at Barcelona airport and at the company headquarters of Germanwings in Cologne. In the vicinity of the location of the crash in Le Vernet a “room of silence” is planned. For the victims from Haltern trees have already been planted on the wish of the bereaved.

The relatives of the victims and their lawyers shall be informed on further compensation over the next few days. As a first step, Germanwings and Lufthansa have paid off an advanced compensation in the amount of €50,000.00 to close relatives.

Canada celebrates Canada Day and Air Canada rouge celebrates its second anniversary

Air Canada rouge celebrates its 2nd anniversary

Air Canada (Montreal) today on Canada Day (July 1) issued this update statement on its Air Canada rouge (Toronto) brand and division:

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Today Air Canada rouge welcomes customers celebrating Canada Day onboard its flights as the airline celebrates its second year in the skies creating a memorable travel experience for customers.

“As an integral component of Air Canada’s strategy for sustained profitability, Air Canada rouge continues to grow and successfully expand our market reach,” said Benjamin Smith , President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “Air Canada rouge is deployed on routes with high leisure travel demand at a competitive cost structure.”

By the numbers

Air Canada rouge began operations on July 1, 2013 with a start-up fleet of two Airbus A319 aircraft and two Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft on 14 routes from Toronto (Pearson) and Montreal (Trudeau) to the Caribbean and Europe . The airline operated 5 flights with 775 customers on the first day of operations.

Copyright Photo Above: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com.

This year’s Canada Day will see Air Canada rouge operate 101 flights and carry more than 15,000 customers. In the last two years, Air Canada rouge has flown over 4.5 million customers to destinations around the world. Air Canada rouge now operates a total of 33 aircraft including 20 Airbus A319 and 13 Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft on 67 routes from Toronto , Montreal , Calgary and Vancouver to 49 destinations in Europe , Mexico , the U.S., the Caribbean , Asia , South America and Canada .

Investing in the customer experience

Air Canada rouge has also completed the conversion of its Premium rouge cabin on the Airbus A319, from 3×3 seating configuration with a blocked middle seat to two side-by-side larger seats in a 2×2 configuration. An additional 30 per cent of carry-on space on the A319 fleet will be available starting this summer thanks to the installation of new overhead bin doors which allow carry-on items to be stowed more efficiently. Upgrades to the hardware and content offering on the in-flight entertainment system have been made across the Air Canada rouge fleet.

“Air Canada rouge continues to evolve its product, our brand and our customer experience to ensure that we are meeting the expectations of our customers,” said Michael Friisdahl , President and CEO, Air Canada Leisure Group. “It is our responsiveness to customer feedback and to the dynamics and trends of our industry that have helped us create a truly market-leading leisure travel experience.”

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Route Map. Rouge has continued to announce new routes since this now outdated 2014 route map:

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Air Canada rouge fun facts at two years:

Over 60,000 signature buttons such as “Happy Birthday!” and “First Flight!” distributed to customers celebrating special occasions onboard

Over 2,500 children’s faces painted with onboard face painting kits

About 3,400 puppets created from air sickness bags (that we know of)

Nearly 1,500 pairs of custom Fluevog shoes distributed to rouge crew (flight attendants)

All images by Air Canada.

Air Canada rouge aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Happy National Birthday to all of our Canadian readers.

 

The Emirates response to alleged government subsidies “Open Skies” issues

Emirates (Dubai) has set up this response page to the on-going Open Skies allegations of government subsidies mainly by the U.S. Big Three carriers: CLICK HERE

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From the report: The maps below show that Emirates is providing vital routes to the US via its hub in Dubai that the three leading US carriers do not offer. So despite their claims that Emirates is stealing away passengers, these maps illustrate that in reality there are very few network similarities between Emirates and the big three US carriers. Moreover, of course, there is no US national interest in sacrificing the competitive choice of US consumers to protect inconvenient traffic flows over European hubs to benefit some European airline partners of US airlines.

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A major Chinese commitment for the Airbus A330

From Airbus: China’s agreement for 45 Airbus A330 Family aircraft, along with options for 30 more A330s, was formalized in Paris, France on June 30, 2015. Signing the agreement were Airbus President and CEO Fabrice Brégier and Li Hai, President and CEO of China Aviation Supplies Holding Company, with this milestone witnessed by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

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