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Canada's Boeing challenger may be about to make a blockbuster deal

Shares of Canadian airplane maker Bombardier are surging after reports surfaced indicating Delta Air Lines is close to placing a major order for the company's C-Series airliner.  Bombardier stock is up more than 11% today.  According to Bloomberg's Michael Sasso, Julie Johnson, and Frederic Tomesco, a source familiar with the situation said that Delta is about to...

World’s Oldest Active Pilot Dies

George Neal, declared as the world’s oldest active pilot by Guinness until he hung up his helmet and goggles last year, has died at the age of 97. He passed away peacefully on April 4 in the house in North York, Ontario, in which he was born and lived all his life. “We have lost a pioneer in Canadian aviation,” said Tom Appleton, chairman of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame....

Air Canada Cargo to Introduce Dedicated Freighter Service to Latin America and Europe

Air Canada and Cargojet Airways Ltd., a subsidiary of Cargojet Inc., ("Cargojet’) today announced they are finalizing a commercial arrangement that will result in Air Canada Cargo introducing dedicated freighter services from Canada to Latin America and Europe with Boeing 767-300ER freighter aircraft operated by Cargojet. Air Canada Cargo will become the only provider of direct schedule...

Iron Maiden arrives in Vancouver on private Boeing 747

“Ed Force One” made its landing at Vancouver International Airport today carrying British heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The Boeing 747 plane, named after the band’s mascot “Eddie”, arrived just before 3 p.m. this afternoon from Edmonton, where the band played on Friday. The band is slated to take the stage at downtown Vancouver’s Rogers Arena on Sunda...

AirSprint takes delivery of Citation CJ3+

Cessna Aircraft has delivered a Canadian registered Citation CJ3+ aircraft to fractional operator AirSprint. Kriya Shortt, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Textron Aviation,  said: “With more than 150 Cessna Citation light jets in the region, the CJ-series has proven to be the light jet of choice for Canadian operators, and we are confident the CJ3+ will be an ideal ad...

Lapierre plane was level, both engines running, before crash

The aircraft that crashed with former Quebec MP and beloved television personality Jean Lapierre was flying level with both engines running when it hit the ground, a preliminary investigation shows, contradicting eyewitness testimony that the plane was in a steep bank when it crashed. André Turenne, a technical investigator with the Transportation Safety Board, said the hilly terrain of...

Bombardier Business Aircraft Service Centres Complete Nearly 120,000 Hours of Training

Bombardier Business Aircraft’s Service Centre network continues to bolster the capabilities and skills of its workforce to accommodate customer needs whenever and wherever they arise. In 2015 alone, the network completed approximately 120,000 man-hours of training. This is a direct reflection of Bombardier’s commitment to offering its customers outstanding flexibility and quality throu...

Air Canada Flight 624 crash passengers say they have PTSD

A part of Lianne Clark and her husband, Randy Hall, is still stuck on board Air Canada Flight 624.  They relive the crash, the feel of the plane as it ripped into an antenna array and the sickening roar as it skidded across the ground after touching down more than 300 metres short of its assigned runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.  "Everybody gets on with their...

Bombardier WAVE high-speed Ka-band Wi-Fi service for Global 5000 and Global 6000 receives Transport Canada certification

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that its Bombardier WAVE (Wireless Access Virtually Everywhere) ultra-high-speed in-flight connectivity and productivity solution has been awarded a supplemental type certificate (STC) from Transport Canada (TC). The new system, which allows business aviation passengers to browse the internet, stream online media and stage a video conference high abo...

WOW Air moves up Canadian launch date and expands flights

A discount airline based in Iceland offering rock-bottom prices for flights between Canada and Europe says it has been so overwhelmed with demand from Canadians that it is moving up its launch date and offering more flights than originally planned. WOW Air made headlines last October with plans to offer one-way flights from Toronto and Montreal to Iceland starting at $9...

Bell completes delivery of fifteen 429s to Canadian Coast Guard

Bell Helicopter has manufactured and delivered 15 Bell 429s to the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) following the awarding of a contract in May 2014. The final delivery was marked by an acceptance ceremony attended by The Honourable Hunter Tootoo, minister of fisheries, oceans and the CCG, the Honourable Judy M. Foote, minister of public services and procurement, and Jody Thomas, Commissioner of...

Bombardier To Offer SmartSky on In-service Bizjets

Bombardier Business Aircraft has teamed with SmartSky to offer the SmartSky 4G LTE-based network on in-service Learjets, Challengers and Globals. Bombardier’s service center network will sell and install the equipment for SmartSky 4G, a new network that is set to become operational later this year. SmartSky uses 4G beamforming technology and 60MHz of spectrum on an air-to-ground platform to...