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Embraer Regional Jets Receive Type Approval for Operation in Russia and the CIS

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Russian Airlines Now Able To Buy E190, E195

The Embraer 190 and the Embraer 195 jets have received the Type Certificates from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), also known by its Russian acronym MAK, paving the way for Russian airlines to acquire the 112 to 124-seat aircraft.

“This is a significant milestone in the program that now allows prospective customers in Russia to add E-Jets to their fleets,” said Paulo Cesar Silva, President & CEO of Embraer Commercial Aviation. “We see tremendous potential in the Russian market, which has such a rich aviation history. I’m confident that these two E-Jets can bring new operating efficiencies to Russian airlines and help them succeed in a fast-growing domestic market.”

Embraer estimates that domestic airline passenger volume in Russia will grow an average of 5.6% per year over the next 20 years and that its airlines will need some 445 new aircraft with 30 to 120 seats. This represents 7% of the world demand in that capacity segment. In the 91 to 120-seat category where the E190 and the E195 are positioned, the Russian market will need about 300 new aircraft.

The E-Jets are already well established in several countries in Russia’s vicinity – Poland, Finland, Bulgaria, Estonia and the Republic of Moldova – and in CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries where Embraer has E-Jets customers in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus and Ukraine.

(Embraer E195 image from file)
FMI: www.embraer.com

SaM146 Engine Certified by Indonesian Aviation Authority

The SaM146 Type Certificate validation process began in May 2012. It confirms compliance of the SaM146 engines to the certification requirements of the Indonesian Aviation Authority. The same Authority has also validated a Type Certificate on November 22 for the SSJ100 to JSC “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft” (SCAC), that will enable export to Indonesia and operation of the aircraft by Indonesian airlines.

“This certificate, which has been awarded following an extensive process by the Indonesian civil aviation authority, marks a major step for PowerJet. Our SaM146 regional jet engines perfectly met the airworthiness requirements of the country’s Civil Aviation Safety Regulations. In addition, it will allow PowerJet to power the SSJ100 in the Southeast Asian market,” said Jacques Desclaux, Chairman and CEO of PowerJet.
The Indonesian airline Sky Aviation is the first Southeast Asian customer. The airline ordered 12 SSJ100 from “Sukhoi Civil Aircraft” (SCAC) and signed a Customer Support Agreement (CSA) with PowerJet on June, 2012.

Both versions of the engine, SaM146-1S17 and SaM146-1S18, received the Type Certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in May 2010 and January 2012, respectively.

Since entering service in April 2011, the SaM146-powered Sukhoi Superjet 100 has confirmed its performance in revenue service. As of October 31, 2012, the SaM146 had logged nearly 27,000 flight-hours, flying to over 40 destinations worldwide. The SaM146 has also recorded excellent dispatch reliability, exceeding 99.9%.

PowerJet, founded in July 2004, is a joint venture of Snecma (Safran group) of France and NPO Saturn of Russia. The company manages the SaM146 engine program, including development, production, marketing and sales, as well as customer support and MRO services. In April 2003, the SaM146 engine was selected by Sukhoi Civil Aircraft to power its Superjet 100 regional jet.

Press Contact
Lyubov Kalinina T:+ 7 4855 296 285 - E: lyubov.kalinina[.]npo-saturn.ru.

Nexcelle Completes the Preliminary Design Review forits Nacelle to Equip GE’s Passport Engines on Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000 Business Jets

The Nexcelle joint venture of GE’s Middle River Aircraft Systems and the Safran group’s Aircelle has completed the Preliminary Design Review for its nacelle on the GE Passport engine, marking a major milestone with the integrated propulsion system that will power the Bombardier* Global 7000* and Global 8000* twin-jet business aircraft.

The successful design review was held at Nexcelle’s Cincinnati, Ohio headquarters, with its results announced today.

“With this milestone, Nexcelle has once again demonstrated the capability to execute on the design and development responsibility for its programs,” said Nexcelle President Huntley Myrie. “Our teams also are well advanced in preparing the manufacturing and assembly infrastructure that will handle the Passport engine nacelle production.”

Nexcelle’s Passport nacelle incorporates the expertise of its Aircelle and Middle River Aircraft Systems parent companies, including their capabilities in composites, acoustic treatment and advanced production techniques.

Main nacelle elements include the inner and outer barrel, manufactured with composite materials for weight reduction; a fan cowl produced with composites for both weight reduction and strength; along with a target-type two-door thrust reverser and fixed aft nozzle, which are built largely with composites in a design chosen for both performance and weight reduction.

Among the advanced production techniques to be applied by Nexcelle is a robotic drilling and fastening installation for the nacelle’s inlet assembly to improve productivity, quality and repeatability. The Passport’s thrust reverser will be built on a moving assembly line, which applies techniques similar to those used in the automotive industry for improved production efficiency.

As part of the production preparations, tooling designs for the Passport nacelle are now being released by Nexcelle.

Aircelle will produce its Passport nacelle components at the company’s facilities in France and Morocco; while Middle River Aircraft Systems’ production activity is to include composite parts manufacturing and assembly in an all-new GE shared facility in the United States, which currently is taking form in Ellisville, Mississippi.

About Nexcelle
Nexcelle (nexcelle.com) is creating smart nacelle systems for tomorrow’s world travel. Headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, the company is a 50/50 joint venture of Aircelle and Middle River Aircraft Systems (MRAS), which are leading suppliers of engine nacelles, thrust reversers and aerostructures. Through Nexcelle’s relationship with CFM International, GE Aviation and Safran, the company brings unparalleled expertise in the design, development, production and support of integrated propulsion systems for a wide range of aircraft.

* Trademarks of Bombardier Inc. or its subsidiaries.

Media Contact
Jennifer Villarreal, GE Aviation
T: +1 616 241 8643 - E: jennifer.villarreal3[.]ge.com.

Learjet 85 Jet Gets its Wings

 

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2012) - Bombardier Aerospace announced today that the first wing shipment for its Learjet 85 jet has arrived at the Wichita assembly line and is now in the process of being readied for mating to the fuselage of Flight Test Vehicle one (FTV1).

Alongside the arrival of the first complete Learjet 85 aircraft wing, the fuselage for FTV2 has successfully completed its integrity inspection. Installation of the nose, bulkheads, floor, windshield and door surrounds are scheduled to begin in the coming days. Once complete the main fuselage will be shipped with the aft fuselage to the final assembly line.

Wings for the complete aircraft static test article are expected to arrive from Queretaro by the end of November as preparations for static ground testing continues. Elsewhere, the program is soaring along as all system supplier safety of flight test rigs been commissioned.

"Seeing the wings arrive for our first Learjet 85 test aircraft is a wonderful moment. A moment that could not have happened without the hard work and dedication of every single person involved in this project," said Ralph Acs, Vice President and General Manager, Learjet. "This development program is gaining ever more momentum as we tirelessly work towards first flight and the first customer delivery."

Learjet 85 aircraft: The Learjet 85 aircraft lives up to its nomenclature with its sleek Learjet lines, legendary performance, and blends the newest technology to deliver an aircraft that will redefine the midsize segment with the largest, fastest and longest range Learjet aircraft to date. With its stand up cabin and superior design this jet can seamlessly fly 3,000 nm (5,556 km) and speeds up to M0.82 (470kts 871km/h). It can link Montreal with Caracas, and fly Montreal to Los Angeles(i). And with its Bombardier Vision Flight Deck offers pilots the most sophisticated cockpit in its class.

Bombardier Appoints South African Express Airways as its First Commercial Aircraft Authorized Service Facility in Africa

Airline’s maintenance facility received Bombardier authorization for CRJ100, CRJ200 and CRJ700 regional jets, as well as Q400 and other Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops

Montréal, November 18, 2012 – Today, at African Airline Association (AFRAA), Bombardier Aerospace announced that South African Express Airways (SA Express) has been appointed an Authorized Service Facility (ASF) for CRJ100, CRJ200 and CRJ700 regional jets, as well as Q400 turboprops and other Dash 8/Q-Series turboprops. This addition to Bombardier’s Authorized Service Facility (ASF) network is the first in Africa and part of Bombardier’s ongoing expansion plan for international support.

Under the ASF agreement, Johannesburg-based SA Express received Bombardier’s endorsement to offer maintenance work to operators of CRJ100, CRJ200 and CRJ700 regional jets and Dash 8-100/200/300, Q100, Q200, Q300 and Q400 turboprop aircraft.

“Our entire Customer Services team is firmly committed to expanding our presence in Africa at an accelerated pace to support operators of Bombardier commercial and business aircraft,” said Éric Martel, President, Customer Services & Specialized and Amphibious Aircraft, Bombardier Aerospace. “Our global support network is spreading its wings through our sustained investment and focus. We are pleased to further bolster our presence in collaboration with a long-standing local Bombardier operator.”

“We are extremely proud of this achievement and I am sincerely grateful for all of the efforts and commitment of the stakeholders involved that have culminated in this accolade,” said Ramon Vahed, General Manager, Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering and Fleet Development, SA Express. “Achieving the ASF status will prove to be a significant milestone for the airline and our shareholders and will provide operators in the region with improved access to a sustainable, cost-effective and high-quality local maintenance support service."

South African Express operates a fleet of 15 CRJ200 and CRJ700 regional jets and nine Q400 turboprops. The airline employs a full-time staff of approximately 300 maintenance technicians performing both light and heavy maintenance work within a 10,000 square-metre (107,640 square-foot) maintenance hangar and support infrastructure facilities across their base of operations.

South African Express has repeatedly earned Bombardier's Airline Reliability Performance Award for the Middle East and Africa, winning awards in 2010 and 2012 for the CRJ100 and CRJ200 aircraft, in 2011 for the Q100/200/300 turboprop category and in 2008 for the Q400 turboprop category. The airline will join a network of 59 ASF and Line Maintenance Facilities (LMF) that serves operators of Bombardier business and commercial aircraft spanning across more than 25 countries worldwide. These facilities are supported by nine Bombardier-owned service centres in North America and Europe.

About SA Express
South African Express is a domestic and regional passenger and cargo carrier established on 24 April 1994. Since its establishment, SA Express has become one of the fastest-growing regional airlines in Africa. It is the only airline on the African continent to hold Bombardier ASF status for commercial aircraft.

As a regional airline with route networks connecting major local and regional cities, SA Express plays a significant role in the country’s hospitality, travel and tourism industry and is a vital contributor to the continent’s socio-economic development.

About Bombardier
Bombardier is the world’s only manufacturer of both planes and trains. Looking far ahead while delivering today, Bombardier is evolving mobility worldwide by answering the call for more efficient, sustainable and enjoyable transportation everywhere. Our vehicles, services and, most of all, our employees are what make us a global leader in transportation.

Bombardier is headquartered in Montréal, Canada. Our shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange (BBD) and we are listed on the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America indexes. In the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011, we posted revenues of $18.3 billion USD. News and information are available at bombardier.com or follow us on Twitter @Bombardier.

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For information
Mark Masluch
Bombardier Aerospace
+1-514-855-7167
[email protected]

www.bombardier.com

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