Posts Tagged 'Bombardier'

Mesa Airlines Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Mesa Airlines, that operates as a regional feeder airline for big US carriers such as US Airways, Delta and United has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection on January 5, 2010.

Mesa Air Group, parent of Mesa Airlines yesterday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a US court in New York, claiming the process is needed for it to become a “leaner” entity able to compete in the future. Their statement also says that it “will continue to operate as normal, without interruption” during the restructuring. ”

Mesa Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein has said that despite the efforts over the last two years to reduce costs and debt, chapter 11 filing was selected as the most effective and most efficient way to restructure the airlines with a minimal impact on the business and the customers. The most important goals mentioned in the filing are the will “to eliminate excess aircraft to better match the needs” and to allow for “the flexibility to align our business to the changing regional airline marketplace.” He added that the untenable financial situation is primarily due to the contracted lease obligations on aircraft excess to their current requirements.  He also said “Our company has ample liquidity to support itself during this process and we are confident we will emerge from Chapter 11 an even stronger operation.” What else can you say in such a situation? He has not announced any planned job cuts nor a timeline for emerging from bankruptcy.

According to Reuters, the court filings included the explicit plans to retire 25 airplanes on top of the 52 already parked from 130 aircraft in the Mesa fleet today. (Please note that their fleet included 178 planes in March, 2008…This means a 60% reduction of fleet after all, which is a very significant number! This would also mean that the flying crew required for these 25 planes will have to be laid off as well. Mesa Air Group operates independently under its own brands, but most of its operations have been based on code-sharing agreements for flights with major US airline partners for feeder flights connecting smaller, regional airports to the bigger destinations and major hubs with planes carrying United Express, US Airways Express and Delta Connection (as Freedom Airlines) liveries respectively.

As of March 2009, the Group operated as:

  • US Airways Express (48 regional jets + 6 turboprops)
  • United Express (46 regional jets + 10 turboprops)
  • Delta Connection (28 regional jets)
  • + 8 regional jets as operational spares

In November 2009, United Airlines significantly scaled back Mesa’s flying on its behalf, terminating an agreement for operation of 26 50-seat Canadair Regional Jets and the 10 turboprop Dash-8’s, with the aircraft to be phased out by April 30, 2010. 20 CRJ-700’s are remaining operational, mostly out of Chicago O’Hare. Delta on the other hand has been trying cancel its full agreement with the Mesa Group for more than a year now with several court cases and rulings. Mesa now sees Chapter 11 as a vehicle to bring its legal dispute with Delta to a “more timely conclusion“. It said it is seeking USD 70 million in damages from Delta. It might also use Chapter 11 to cancel a firm order for 10 CRJ-700 aircraft with Canadian Bombardier – to whom it already owes USD 130 million in leasing fees.

Mesa Air Group’s Hawaiian inter-island subsidiary go! is not included in nor influenced by the bankruptcy filing.

by balint01

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Vote For Malev’s New Q400 Livery

After all the bad news we read earlier about Bombardier’s Q400 – also called Dash 8, now there’s some fun about them.

Malev, the Hungarian airline company initiated an aircraft livery design contest. The finalists were selected by a smaller jury that includes Mr Laszlo Zsoter, the designer of the present Malev livery. Malev’s planes are sometimes called Blue Nose among planespotters. If you take a look at this picture, you will understand why.

Malev Q400

Malev Q400

Now you can visit Malev’s site and vote for the design you like the most. Don’t miss it, it’s fun! Here are some examples:

By Nora Vera Csovari

By Nora Vera Csovari

By Szabolcs Kozicz

By Szabolcs Kozicz

By Gabor Tamas Nemeth

By Gabor Tamas Nemeth

By Szafi

Canadair Regional Jet CRJ 1000 Takes First Flight

With all the news about delayed airliner programmes such as the Airbus A380, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, or even the Sukhoi Superjet, it is good news that a new aircraft type has taken to the skies for the first time yesterday, from Montreal Mirabel in Canada: Bombarider’s CRJ 1000. (To see clearly, we have to mention that this is not a completely new aircraft as those mentioned above, it is the extended version of the operational CRJ-900 regional jet.)

CRJ-1000 Next Gen Prototype - c by Justin Jones at airliners.net

CRJ-1000 Next Gen Prototype - c by Justin Jones at airliners.net

The prototype flew a 3 hr. 25 min. first flight, reaching a maximum speed of 260 kt. and an altitude of 30,000 ft.

We put the gear up, operated the flaps and slats and exercised our fly-by-wire rudder,” pilot Jacques Thibaudeau said. “The aircraft handled similarly to the smaller CRJ900 airliner so flight crews will not have a problem transitioning.

Bombardier launched the (86-)100-seat CRJ1000 program in early 2007 and has tallied 63 firm orders, with first delivery slated for the 2009 fourth quarter. The prototype will make a few more flights from Mirabel and then head to Wichita for further testing in preparation for review by Transport Canada, US FAA and EASA.

The 1000 is 3 m longer than the CRJ-900 with an Maximum Take Off Weight of 91,800 lb and a range of 1,610 nautical miles.

(based on ATW News)

by balint01

19 June, Paris Air Show

The first bunch of news are gathered here for your convenience.

  1. Headlines from ATW Online
    • Airbus order book overflows on first day at Paris
    • Bombardier, AVIC I agree to cooperate on ARJ-21, CSeries development
    • Emirates expects major widebody order later this year
    • Lion Air orders 40 additional 737-900ERs valued at $3 billion
    • GECAS orders six additional 777Fs valued at $1.4 billion
    • Carson: ‘Unbelievable’ demand driven by nontraditional markets
    • Embraer wins E-Jet orders from Lufthansa, JAL
    • Boeing denies 787 problems
    • ATR confirms 53 orders this year
    • Additional stories


  2. An article on Business and Technology about the show.
  3. Headlines on Financial Times
  4. A nice article about the show on Spiegel.de English version

I hope you will enjoy reading the articles.

By Szafi


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