Delta Air Lines becomes the first U.S. carrier to take delivery of the Airbus A220 aircraft, scheduled to enter service in early 2019, making Delta the fourth global airline to operate the aircraft previously known as the Bombardier C Series. Delta is set to be the largest A220-100 customer, with a firm order for 75 aircraft.
Textron Aviation Inc. of Wichita, Kansas, has established Textron Aviation Canada Ltd., a new wholly-owned subsidiary focused on expanding the company’s service network. The first phase of the expansion includes the acquisition of assets of Aspect Aircraft Maintenance Inc., an aircraft maintenance and repair provider in Calgary, Alberta, where a Textron Aviation Mobile Service Unit currently operates.
Bombardier of Montréal has sued the aerospace division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries in Federal court in Seattle, Washington, according to reports by both Reuters and The Canadian Press, alleging that former Bombardier employees passed on trade secrets to help Mitsubishi’s delayed MRJ regional jet project, originally scheduled to debut in 2020.
Coulson Aircrane Ltd., an aviation company based in Port Alberni, BC, and focused on aerial firefighting R&D around aircraft, received a repayable investment of nearly $3.4 million through the Government of Canada’s Strategic Innovation Fund.
Pilatus Business Aircraft opened a new completion centre in Broomfield, Colorado, designed to conduct aircraft interior and exterior completions for all Pilatus PC-12 NG and PC-24 aircraft delivering to North and South America. In a ceremony at Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport yesterday, more than 200 Pilatus executives, employees, dealers and suppliers were joined by local and state government officials and invited guests for a grand opening ceremony.
During the third quarter of 2018, Embraer reports delivering 15 jets to the commercial aviation market and 24 business jets, being 17 light jets and 7 large jets. On September 30, Embraer’s firm order backlog totaled US$13.6 billion.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Canada Aerospace (MHICA), a subsidiary of Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, announced that its facility in Mississauga, Ont., is to undergo a 206,000-square-foot expansion that will be completed by November 2019.
At this week’s NBAA-BACE 2018 show in Orlando, Exceaire, a division of IMP Group, celebrated 25 years as the exclusive Authorized Sales Representative (ASR) for Cessna Citation jets in Canada.
Honeywell at NBAA introduced a new software-based flight planning engine, called GoDirect Flight Planning, with the goal of reducing the need for multiple flight operations tools. GoDirect Flight Planning and the accompanying website are designed to minimize the amount of input information, reducing the time needed to plan a flight.
Bombardier Business Aircraft reports the delivery of 31 aircraft in its third quarter, ending September 30, 2018. Third-quarter deliveries include four Learjet, 20 Challenger and seven Global aircraft, bringing the year-to-date total to 96. This performance represents more than 70 per cent of Bombardier’s planned business aircraft deliveries for the year.
Rockwell Collins at NBAA announced the Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics system will be available as an upgrade for Cessna Citation CJ1+ and CJ2+ light business jets manufactured by Textron Aviation.
Bombardier announced its flight test program for the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft is progressing on schedule, with 70 per cent of flight testing complete. “The response to the Global 5500 and Global 6500 aircraft has been overwhelmingly positive since their unveiling at EBACE,” said David Coleal, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “The program is proceeding to schedule and these exceptional new long-range business jets are on track to enter service in 2019.”
WestJet is launching its first three Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner international destinations from Calgary. WestJet becomes the first Canadian airline to base its Dreamliner aircraft out of YYC Calgary International Airport.
Embraer, just prior to the 2018 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Orlando, introduced its new Praetor 500 midsize and Praetor 600 super-midsize business jets. Both new jets – described by the company as disruptive in their class – are on static display at the Orlando Executive Airport from October 16 to 18.
Flying Colours Corp. reached a significant milestone as its Peterborough facility re-delivered its 100th major retrofit of a Bombardier Challenger model. The Challenger 604, delivered in the first week of October, underwent what the company describes as a major overhaul of the cabin, avionics, connectivity and fuselage. Minor maintenance was conducted as the same aircraft had undergone a 96-month check at Flying Colours’ Canadian headquarters just over a year ago for its previous owner.

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