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Monday, September 22, 2008

Quick Takes – RAA, Embraer, Nordic

RAA Adds to Inflight Group
FAA regulations, safety procedures, labor relations and training practices are all part of the Regional Airline Association Inflight Committee which added new members last week. The committee elected American Eagle Regional Managing Director Hillarie Van Zanten and Director of Cabin Services at Republic Airways Group Amy Chiappe as co-chairs. Van Zanten and Chiappe join longtime co-chair and SkyWest Vice President Inflight Sonya Wolford, who has led the group since its inception in March 2001.
“The work of this group is very important because the participants represent cabin safety professionals who are responsible for safety of passengers flying to communities in every corner of the continent from Eastern Canada to Central America to the Alaskan Peninsula,” said RAA Vice President Scott Foose.

Montenegro Takes 2 More ERJs
Montenegro Airlines will be getting two more Embraer ERJ 195s as part of a $118.5 million deal cut with Embraer if the purchase rights for two more aircraft are exercised. The list price of an ERJ 195 is $39.5 million. Interestingly, the ERJ 195 will be configured with 116 seats in a single-class layout. Delivery is set for next year. Montenegro plans to use the aircraft for key European markets including London and Moscow.
"Montenegro Airlines is joining a select group of airlines, worldwide, that have chosen to operate ERJ 190 or ERJ 195 jets, including, among others, US Airways, Air Canada, Holland's KLM, Germany's Lufthansa, Britain's Flybe, France's Regional (Air France Group), and Finnair," stated Mauro Kern, executive vice president, Airline Market.
Last June, Embraer delivered the first ERJ 195 to Montenegro through a leasing operation carried out by GE Commercial Aviation Services (GECAS). This leasing contract includes another aircraft of the same model for delivery next year that will increase the airline's fleet to three ERJ 195s by mid-2009.

Nordic Aviation Purchases Aircraft
Nordic Aviation Contractor A/S is acquiring aircraft including a dozen regional turboprops. The acquisitions include Aeromar’s two ATR 42-500 (MSN 561, 564), which will remain on lease with from Aeromar, as well as two ATR-320s (MSN 213, 257). It also purchased on Fokker 50 from STB Leasing Ltd (Sumitomo) arranged by ANA Trading Co. Finally, the company purchased six Saab 2000s (MSN 004, 018, 022, 026, 033, 039) from Egon Oldendorff oHG with leases attached to Romania’s Carpatair.
Nordic Aviation Contractor’s current fleet includes Boeing 737, MD 83, CRJ 200, ATR 42, Bombardier Dash 8 and Fokker 50 and Saab 2000 aircraft. Its customers include US Airways, SAS, TACA, Wideroe, Cimber Air and Air Baltic.
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