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Monday, November 17, 2008

Quick Takes -- ATR, BBD, ERJ

Kathryn Creedy

New VP Training for ATR
Ivan Lauthier was named ATR’s new vice president training and flight operations, succeeding Jean-Michel Bigarré. Lauthier holds an Aeronautical Engineering degree from the French Ecole de l’Air and degrees as airline and test pilot. He is also a licensed pilot in military aircraft and helicopters. His experience includes more than 20 years as test and public transportation pilot. He started his career in 1984 as operating pilot for the French Air Force. In 1993 he became test pilot and was appointed chief of helicopters’ cabin crew at the Flight Test Center of Brétigny. In 1998, he became chief test pilot at the Military Flight Test Center of Istres. In 2004, Lauthier became the first test pilot ever appointed as a Program Manager at the DGA, the French Defense Agency. He was responsible for aircraft and helicopters programs. Since 2006, he held a managing position at Comex-Nucléaire, a France-based firm in charge of the design, the development and the maintenance of nuclear facilities. Lauthier is Knight of the Legion of Honor and Knight of the National Order of Merit.

BBD Opens News RSO
Bombardier Commercial Aircraft's Customer Services and Support group opened a new Regional Support Office (RSO) at Garching near Munich, Germany. Located some 20 minutes from Munich's city center and Franz Josef Strauss International Airport, the facility is Bombardier's fourth customer support office and the first in Europe; it will support customers operating CRJ and Q-Series airliners in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Earlier this year, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft opened RSO's in Tokyo, Japan; and Sydney, Australia; and expanded the RSO in Shanghai, China.

The Munich office will be managed by Cornel Hehn, most recently employed at Bombardier's Toronto manufacturing facility. Mr. Hehn earned a masters degree in Engineering from the Traian Vuia Polytechnic Institute and a marketing diploma from the University of Bucharest. With 13 years experience at Bombardier, he will lead customer services activities in the region. His team will include customer support account managers and field service representatives, and will be supported by customer response centers in Canada. Based on customer needs, the Munich RSO team is expected to grow to include other customer-facing staff.

Bombardier has also enhanced its spares depot in Sydney, and the inventory level is steadily increasing. Parts are being shipped on a weekly basis from Bombardiers' main Chicago spares facility in order to replenish inventory at the Sydney depot.

ERJ 190 in Distance Record with JBLU
JetBlue flew a new ERJ 190 distance record last week when it flew the 2,694 nm between Anchorage and Buffalo as part of a repositioning flight back to its base at JFK. Of course, it helped that the aircraft had no passengers or luggage on the six-hour-11-minute flight. Normally, JBLU uses the A320 on long-haul missions with the Embraer ERJ 190’s longest passenger flight being JFK-Austin at 1,476 miles.

The aircraft, under charter to the McCain campaign, was returning home from its duty dropping off Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin in time to vote in the election. The aircraft, in McCain-Palin livery is scheduled for the paint shop shortly after its two-month long charter mission during which covered 100+ flight to 29 states.

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