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Bombardier Continues its Domination of the North American Turboprop Market

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced today that Calgary-based WestJet Encore Ltd. has signed a firm order for nine Q400 turboprops. The transaction is a conversion of options booked by the airline’s parent company WestJet and will increase WestJet Encore’s fleet to 45 Q400 aircraft. Based on the list price for the Q400 aircraft, the transaction is valued at $293 million US. &...

Quebec unveils aerospace strategy to woo new players

  After agreeing last year to invest $1 billion U.S. in Bombardier’s CSeries jet program, and pledging $250 million over five years for the aerospace industry in its last provincial budget, the Quebec government Monday unveiled its new aerospace strategy. Dominique Anglade,  minister of economy, science and innovation, joined Premier Philippe Couillard for presentation of the...

Has industry been unfair to Bombardier?

It was 1994, and Airbus was already becoming more than a mere nuisance to Boeing. Tensions spiked at the Farnborough air show, when then-Boeing president Ron Woodard accused his opposite number at Airbus of lying: “I’ve watched him and his nose does grow when he talks.” Airbus repaid the Pinocchio-themed insult almost 18 years later, publishing an advert ahead of the 2012 Farnbor...

P&WC's oil analysis technology trial builds momentum at EBACE 2016

Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) continues to build momentum for its new engine oil analysis technology as a growing number of customers register their engines in the trial. Now in the final stages of development, P&WC's innovative oil debris monitoring technology has the potential to significantly enable proactive maintenance interventions and drive increased aircraft availability. P...

Bombardier Launches New Interior on Learjet 75 Business Jet

Bombardier introduced a new level of passenger comfort in the Light jet category with the introduction of aLearjet 75 aircraft featuring an innovative pocket door design. The pocket door divides the cabin from the cockpit and galley area and reduces noise levels inside the cabin by up to eight decibels*, while creating a distinct private living space for passengers. The aircraft has...

Spiders on a plane: 2 tarantulas roam Air Transat flight

Catherine Moreau was watching a movie on her iPad on a flight to Montreal when she felt what she thought was a wire brushing against her.  "I brushed [it] away and it started tickling me again. That's when I noticed the tarantula," Moreau told CBC News. "I hit it to get it off me before it bit." Now Moreau is asking Air Transat for a partial&nbs...

Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited obtains its francization certification from the OQLF

Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Limited (BHTCL), a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is proud to announce that it has obtained its francization certification from the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF), attesting that BHTCL meets the criteria of the Charter of the French Language regarding the use of French as the language of work. A ceremony was held at the Mira...

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is Celebrating a Decade in Canada

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is celebrating the tenth anniversary of the opening of its first office in Canada; in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The company’s presence in Canada is supporting the country’s growing aerospace industry, and in 2014, Marshall purchased a 4,343ft2 building, also in Abbotsford, to accommodate up to 35 personnel; the majority of which are engineers an...

Vector Aerospace celebrates opening of new Canadian turboprop test cell

Vector Aerospace Corporation, a global independent provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services, is delighted to announce the grand opening of a new engine test cell at its Summerside facility in Prince Edward Island, Canada. This new multimillion dollar test cell, which was the result of a financing partnership with provincial and federal governments, is capable of supp...

Bombardier denies near-term plan for CS500

Despite reports to the contrary, Bombardier has no immediate interest in developing a larger version of the CSeries family, often called the CS500. “There is no CS500 in sight,” says Colin Bole, senior vice-president of sales and marketing for Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, speaking to Flightglobal in an interview at the Regional Airline Association’s annual convention. In...

Trudeau airport unveils bigger, brighter international wing

Trudeau airport has inaugurated its $350 million, 20,000-square metre expansion of its international wing. The project has been underway for years, and now that it's complete it has added six boarding gates for the larger planes now making international flights, such as the Airbus 380 and the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Passengers waiting to board can also shop at the new stores and restauran...

Traxxall Technologies announces partnership with UK-based RocketRoute and new client GlobeAir of Austria

Traxxall Technologies, providers of innovative aircraft maintenance tracking systems, today announced a partnership with RocketRoute, developers of cloud-based flight planning systems, and new client GlobeAir, a leading air taxi operator based in Austria. Traxxall Technologies was founded on the conclusion that pre-existing aircraft maintenance tracking systems were inadequate. A “clean s...