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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...

Air Canada Partners with Manitoba Government for Centre of Maintenance in Province

Air Canada today announced that it has entered into an agreement with the Manitoba Government to help establish a Western Canada Centre of Excellence for certain aircraft maintenance activities in the Province. Under the agreement, Air Canada will bring to Manitoba three of its aviation suppliers and partners with unique expertise and capabilities. The Centre is expected to create 150 jobs startin...

EASA OKs Bombardier Challenger 650

The Bombardier Challenger 650 received the nod from EASA, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer announced today. This approval comes about three months after the large-cabin business jet was certified by Transport Canada and the U.S. FAA. “Our Challenger 650 successfully entered into service last year and is now about to make its European debut,” said Bombardier Business...

Bombardier C Series Aircraft Route-proving Takes Off in Europe

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft announced  that it has commenced CS100 aircraft route-proving exercises in Europe. The month-long program is underway with a dedicated CS100 route-proving aircraft operated by Bombardier from launch operator Swiss International Air Lines’ (“SWISS”) base in Zurich, Switzerland. The route-proving exercises are scheduled to include main European c...

Phoenix Heli-Flight Acquires New H130

Following a successful Canadian demonstration tour, the first utility configured H130 aircraft is acquired by Phoenix Heli-Flight. Phoenix Heli-Flight, a charter helicopter company operating out of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada, is a privately owned company known to be a regional leader, providing modern, new aircraft which enables Phoenix to supply innovative solutions to all of their cl...

Westjet talking with Boeing, Airbus on replacement for 767s

WestJet Airlines Ltd has started talks with aircraft makers on replacements for its fleet of Boeing 767-300 planes, with delivery of the new planes expected by the end of this decade. The Calgary-based airline is talking with Boeing Co and Airbus Group on options to replace the 767, an extended range aircraft that will serve Europe starting in May, Chief Executive Officer Gregg Saretsky told Re...

Time for action from feds on Bombardier, Quebec minister says

Quebec's economic development, innovation and trade minister says the time has come for Ottawa to come to the table with cash for ailing aerospace company Bombardier Inc. The Montreal-based firm announced Wednesday that it was laying off some 7,000 of its workers, including nearly 3,000 in Canada. At the same time, the country's largest carrier, Air Canada, announced that it would pu...

Zetta Jet firms up orders for two Global 6000 business jets and adds options for two others

Bombardier Business Aircraft announced today that fast-growing private jet operator Zetta Jet has exercised options for a total of two Global 6000 ultra-long range business aircraft. These two options were part of an announcement for one firm order plus four options originally announced on December 15, 2015, for the same aircraft model. Additionally, Zetta Jet has procured options for tw...

Bombardier just landed a huge deal that could rescue its Boeing-challenging new jet

Bombardier's embattled C-Series airliner has finally found the major North American airline customer it has been searching for. Air Canada announced Wednesday that it would order 45 CS-300 airliners with an option for another 30 jets. "We are delighted to announce this important agreement with Bombardier for the purchase of CS-300 aircraft as part of the ongoing modernization of Air...

Nearly 600 aircraft equipped with P&WC's FAST solution

Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC’s) Flight Acquisition, Storage and Transmission (FAST) solution is now in service on 580 aircraft, as a growing number of customers, including 20 regional airlines, are choosing the turnkey technology for aircraft and engine diagnostics, prognostics and health management. P&WC’s FAST solution captures, analyzes and sends full f...

Ottawa to ease competition rules for Air Canada after CSeries purchase

The government will ease rules that constrain Air Canada’s ability to compete, after the country’s largest air carrier settled a dispute with Quebec and agreed to buy jets from Bombardier Inc. Transport Minister Marc Garneau told reporters in Ottawa Wednesday the government will seek to “clarify” the Air Canada Public Participation Act to allow the airline “to resp...