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Bombardier’s CRJ Series now certified to operate at up to ISA+40°C

Adria Airways Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) S5-AFC (msn 15090) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942260.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that its CRJ700 and CRJ900 Aircraft are now certified to operate at a higher temperature. The CRJ Series obtained a new International Standard Atmosphere certification (ISA + 40 degrees Celsius) from Transport Canada (TC) and the Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) in May 2018.

Photo Above: Bombardier. Previously Bombardier announced that Delta Air Lines had signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft – becoming the launch operator of the new ATMOSPHÈRE cabin for CRJ Series regional jets.

The certification process required studying the effect on engines, auxiliary power unit, environmental control system, Firex system, avionics, landing gears, flight control, hydraulics and electrical systems and aircraft performance.

The ISA+40°C certification upgrade on the CRJ aircraft is available as an optional feature, both for new production and retrofit. American Airlines is the first operator to take advantage of this upgrade.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Bombardier): Adria Airways Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) S5-AFC (msn 15090) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 942260.

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Nordica posts profit of almost 0.9 million euros for 2017

Nordica - LOT Polish Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) ES-ACK (msn 15211) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 941980.

Nordica issued this statement:

Nordica’s second year of operations was a very successful one: although a loss of around 6 million euros had been forecast for the airline, it managed to earn almost 0.9 million euros in profit. This was primarily due to the 68% rise in passenger numbers Nordica experienced during the year.

Jaan Tamm, chairman of the management board of Nordic Aviation Group AS, says that 2017 can be characterised by such keywords as more rapid growth than originally planned and significantly improved financial indicators. “Once again I’d like to thank all of our passengers first and foremost, since their faith in Nordica is what’s led us to be able to share this great news with everyone today,” he said. “Building up a brand new airline isn’t easy, so having the support of the local population is critical. Thank you to everyone who’s flown with us for that trust.”

The Estonian airline started the year with six aircraft but added a further 10 to its fleet throughout 2017, making Nordica one of the fastest-growing airlines in Northern Europe. Three new routes were launched during the year (to St Petersburg, Hamburg and Gothenburg), raising the total number of Nordica destinations from 15 to 18.

The airline’s mission is to create flight connections to Estonia and thereby to support the development of Estonian society, the country’s economy and tourism. The number of passengers flying out of Tallinn with Nordica grew by as much as 68% in 2017, giving it a clear market-leading position at Tallinn Airport. Due to the small size of the local market, Nordica’s objective in building up a sustainable and profitable airline is to also turn a great deal of attention to the provision of services on foreign markets. In doing so the airline will have the opportunity to achieve a critical mass in terms of scale, reduce its unit costs and generate additional profit.

Nordica has become one of the most competitive airlines in its region, currently operating 19 aircraft – making it the biggest airline in Estonian history. It exports its flight services to Sweden, Denmark, Poland and the Netherlands and employs almost 450 aviation specialists in Estonia and abroad.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Nordica): Nordica – LOT Polish Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) ES-ACK (msn 15211) ARN (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 941980.

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PSA Airlines strives to get back to normal operations

American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N557NN (msn 15340) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403781.

PSA Airlines (American Eagle), a subsidiary of the American Airlines Group, was forced to cancel over 2,500 flights in the past few days to a technical computer glitch which affected its crew scheduling system

The airline issued this statement today:

PSA Airlines has stabilized its computer systems and is working to reintroduce flying and get back to regular operations.

The regional carrier, which operates about 12 percent of American’s 6,700 daily flights, cancelled all flights the morning of Tuesday, June 19 as it works through schedules, getting aircraft and crews where they need to be to resume operations. PSA will operate a reduced schedule over the next few days as it restores full service. This issue is not affecting any of American’s other regional carriers or mainline flights.

We understand that these cancellations have been frustrating for customers, and teams from PSA and American have been working around the clock to get things back to normal as quickly as possible. We are rebooking passengers and American’s Customer Relations department continues to reach out to all affected customers. We encourage customers traveling on PSA-operated flights over the next few days to check their flight status at aa.com or on the American Airlines app. Both aa.com and the American Airlines app will let customers verify which carrier operates their flight.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N557NN (msn 15340) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403781.

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Nonstop Delta service from Boston to Philadelphia coming October 1

Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N295PQ (msn 15295) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104551.

Delta Air Lines is adding another top destination to its growing nonstop options from Logan International Airport, with new daily nonstop service to Philadelphia, beginning on October 1.

The service will be flown four times daily on Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft operated by Delta Connection carrier Endeavor Air on the following schedule:

Boston Logan International Airport – Philadelphia International Airport

Departs Arrives
BOS at 6:45 a.m. PHL at 8:23 a.m.
BOS at 11:05 a.m. PHL at 12:49 p.m.
BOS at 1:50 p.m. PHL at 3:41 p.m.
BOS at 6:35 p.m. PHL at 8:10 p.m.

Philadelphia International Airport – Boston Logan International Airport

Departs Arrives
PHL at 9:00 a.m. BOS at 10:30 a.m.
PHL at 1:25 p.m. BOS at 2:53 p.m.
PHL at 4:20 p.m. BOS at 5:54 p.m.
PHL at 8:45 p.m. BOS at 10:29 p.m.

Delta’s leading global network in Boston

Philadelphia will be Delta’s 51st nonstop destination from Boston Logan, following Las Vegas service that also begins on October 1. Additionally on October 1, Delta will offer a third daily nonstop to Tampa International Airport.

Delta’s new service to Philadelphia complements numerous Boston service enhancements made in 2018. This spring, Delta added new seasonal weekend service to New Orleans, Savannah and Charleston, with Charleston service increasing to daily beginning in summer. This leisure expansion continues with new Saturday service to Aruba as of June, marking Delta’s sixth destination in the Caribbean from Boston.  Additional flights to top business markets begin this summer from Boston to Nashville, Atlanta, Seattle, Kansas City, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh.

Boston serves as an ideal gateway for Philadelphia customers traveling to Europe, with nonstop service to London, Dublin, Paris and Amsterdam. Customers can also fly nonstop from Boston to Rome on Delta partner Alitalia, and Manchester on Delta partner Virgin Atlantic.

Delta’s continued investment in Boston will reach 112 peak day departures by this summer, an increase of 19 departures compared with summer 2017 and 29 departures over summer 2016. Delta and its partners will serve 51 total destinations from Boston, including 17 international destinations and the largest trans-Atlantic network.

 

Copyright Photo: Delta Connection-Endeavor Air Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N295PQ (msn 15295) FLL (Bruce Drum). Image: 104551.

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Bombardier signs contract with American Airlines for 15 firm CRJ900 aircraft

American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N549NN (msn 15322) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403729.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced on May 3, 2018 that it has signed a firm order for 15 new CRJ900 regional jets with American Airlines, Inc.

The purchase agreement also includes options on an additional 15 CRJ900 aircraft. Based on the list price of the CRJ900 aircraft, the firm order is valued at approximately US$ 719 million.

Upon delivery, American will be benefiting from the latest enhancement to the CRJ Series regional jets – the Atmosphère cabin, which offers an enhanced passenger experience and can accommodate the largest number of “oversized” roller bags of any aircraft in the same category.

American has selected PSA Airlines to operate the 15 CRJ900 in dual-class configuration with 76 seats, including 12 first class seats.

The airline intends to take delivery of their first aircraft with the new interior in the second quarter of 2019.

About the Atmosphère Cabin

The new Atmosphère cabin sets new standards of passenger experience in the regional jet market segment. Key features of the new interior are comprised of larger passenger living space, wheel-first roller bag capability, more spacious lavatory, increased cabin connectivity options, all integrated in a contemporary design and material choices. In fact, the Atmosphère cabin design allows each passenger to carry and store an “oversized” roller bag within the aircraft cabin bins which minimizes the need to check bags at the counter or the gate.

Copyright Photo: American Eagle (2nd)-PSA Airlines (2nd) Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N549NN (msn 15322) CLT (Jay Selman). Image: 403729.

American Eagle-PSA aircraft slide show:

Air Canada launches daily nonstop flights linking Edmonton and San Francisco

Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GJZV (msn 15424) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 940859.

Air Canada on May 1 inaugurated nonstop daily flights between Edmonton and San Francisco, operated by Jazz Aviation.

 

Air Canada’s EdmontonSan Francisco daily non-stop, year-round flights are operated onboard Bombardier CRJ900 jets offering a choice of 12 Business Class seats and 64 Economy Class seats, wi-fi, and features Air Canada’s in-flight entertainment on personal touch-screens at every seat.

Flights have been timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s regional flight network in Edmonton and with Star Alliance partner United Airlines in San Francisco, as well as providing for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at Edmonton, priority boarding and other benefits.

 

Flight #

Routing

Departs

Arrives

AC8743

Edmonton-San Francisco

4:20 p.m.

6:20 p.m.

AC8744

San Francisco-Edmonton

12:00 p m.

3:45 p.m.

Copyright Photo: Air Canada Express-Jazz Aviation Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) C-GJZV (msn 15424) YYC (Chris Sands). Image: 940859.

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SkyWest announces a first quarter 2018 profit, ExpressJet to retire the CRJ900s with Delta

Delta Connection-ExpressJet Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N307PQ (msn 15307) ATL (Jay Selman). Image: 403371.

SkyWest, Inc. issued this statement:

First Quarter Highlights:

  • Net income of $54 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, up 56% from $35 millionor $0.65 per diluted share in Q1 2017
  • Pre-tax income of $67 million, up 28% from $52 million in Q1 2017
  • Revenue of $783 million, up 5% from $747 million in Q1 2017 on improving fleet mix

SkyWest, Inc.  reported financial and operating results for Q1 2018, including net income of $54 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, compared to net income of $35 million, or $0.65 per diluted share for Q1 2017.

The improvement in Q1 2018 pre-tax income from Q1 2017 was primarily due to SkyWest’s ongoing fleet transition. Since Q1 2017 19 new E175 aircraft have been added and 46 CRJ and ERJ 50-seat aircraft and 25 CRJ700/CRJ900 aircraft have been removed.

Commenting on the results, Chip Childs, Chief Executive Officer and President of SkyWest, said “Demand for our product remains strong, and I’m proud of our professionals who continue to provide best-in-class operations to our customers.  Our financial results reflect continued solid operating performance combined with the ongoing improvements in our fleet mix.  We remain disciplined in our approach to risk and flying commitments and focused on executing a strategy to improve our overall model.”

Q1 2018 Financial Highlights
Revenue was $783 million in Q1 2018, up from $747 million in Q1 2017. The increase in revenue included the net impact of adding new E175 aircraft and improvement in the economics of SkyWest’s fleet mix since Q1 2017, partially offset by the removal of unprofitable or less profitable aircraft over the same period.

Operating expenses were $695 million in Q1 2018, up from $671 million in Q1 2017.  The increase in operating expenses included additional labor, engine maintenance and fuel costs.

The effective tax rate for Q1 2018 was 19% compared to 34% in Q1 2017.  The lower tax rate in Q1 2018 was primarily due to the reduced federal rate under the new tax law enacted in Q4 2017 and additional discrete tax benefits from stock compensation in Q1 2018.

Q1 2018 Operational Update
SkyWest Airlines, Inc. took delivery of five new E175/E175 SC aircraft during Q1 2018.  The following summarizes the anticipated delivery dates for seven E175 aircraft to be placed under contract with Alaska Airlines (three E175 aircraft previously scheduled for delivery in Q4 2018 have been deferred until 2021 at Alaska’s request) and 27 E175 SC aircraft to be placed under contract with Delta Air Lines in 2018:

Scheduled E175/E175 SC

Aircraft Deliveries

In-service
Mar 31, 2018

Q2 2018

Q3 2018

Q4 2018

In-Service

end of 2018

Total E175/E175 SCs:

112

16

13

5

146

ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. continued the previously-announced 2018 wind down of its flying agreement with Delta during the quarter. At the end of Q1 2018, ExpressJet had six CRJ900s and 31 CRJ700s remaining in service under the Delta agreement.  ExpressJet anticipates returning seven leased aircraft to Delta in Q2 2018 (six CRJ900s and one CRJ700).

ExpressJet continues to engage in discussions around the CRJ700s scheduled to come out of service with Delta later this year and remains pleased with the level of demand for the CRJ700 product.

Operating Performance:

Flight completion rates at SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet for Q1 2018 and Q1 2017 are summarized as follows:

SkyWest Airlines

ExpressJet

Q1 2018

Q1 2017

Q1 2018

Q1 2017

Adjusted Completion *

99.8%

99.9%

99.9%

99.6%

Raw Completion

97.8%

97.4%

96.1%

96.9%

* Adjusted Completion excludes weather cancellations. Raw Completion includes weather cancellations.

Q1 2018 Capital and Liquidity
SkyWest had $646 million in cash and marketable securities at March 31, 2018, down $39 million from December 31, 2017. During the first quarter of 2018, SkyWest:

  • Used $18 million toward the purchase of five E175 aircraft
  • Used $20 million for an early lease buyout on nine aircraft
  • Used $30 million for other capital investments, including spare engines and aircraft parts
  • Used $10 million to repurchase stock under its $100 million share repurchase program, of which $70 million remains authorized

Total debt for the quarter was $2.8 billion, up $89 million from December 31, 2017, including debt issued for acquired aircraft, partially offset by scheduled principal payments.

Copyright Photo: The last Bombardier CRJ900 will be taken out of the Delta contract in the second quarter of 2018. The remaining CRJ700s will be retired with Delta by the end of the year. Delta Connection-ExpressJet Airlines Bombardier CRJ900 (CL-600-2D24) N307PQ (msn 15307) ATL (Jay Selman). Image: 403371.

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