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Monday, March 14, 2005

Supply Side

Embraer

Chautauqua Airlines, a unit of Republic Airways [RJET], has contracted with Embraer [ERJ] to manage and streamline the company's spare parts inventory. The Embraer collaborative inventory planning program reduces delivery times for more than 2,700 parts. Chautauqua, which flies an all Embraer fleet including 16 Embraer 170s, has seven maintenance bases.

Embraer has received governmental approvals from Portugal, Germany and Italy for its acquisition of OGMA, a Portugal-based aircraft maintenance firm. In the deal, Embraer formed an investment firm, Airholdings, with European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., (EADS), to purchase 65 percent of OGMA as the Portuguese government privatizes the firm. Embraer currently holds 99 percent of the Airholdings stock.

BAe Systems

West Air Sweden has leased its 13th ATP freighter from BAe Systems Regional Aircraft. The aircraft is currently being fitted with a large cargo door at the Romaero conversion facility near Bucharest, Romania. The plane is expected to be delivered in the second quarter. West Air Sweden will then install its own E-class bulk freight interior. West Air Sweden with its latest lease will have four ATPs outfitted with the large cargo door. The planes are used on routes across Europe for large freight integrators.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently gave parts manufacturing approval (PMA) to BAe Systems. The designation authorizes the Irving, Texas, facility to produce and sell more than 440 types of line-replaceable aftermarket products directly to the airlines and aircraft parts distributors. The facility has been owned by Boeing [BA] until 2004 when BAe purchased it.

AeroCentury

AeroCentury has sold one of the its last deHavilland Dash 7s to an unnamed Indonesian operator. It is now seeking 50-seat aircraft for its portfolio.

Malaysia Airlines

In a response for proposals to supply Malaysia Airlines with a new fleet, Embraer, Bombardier [BBD] and ATR have submitted bids. Press accounts detail that Bombardier has three options on the table valued at $320 million. Bombardier will sell Malaysia Airlines either 10 new turbo prop planes, 13 regional jets or a combination of the two. The new aircraft will replace a fleet of Fokkers that the carrier is now flying. Details are not known on Embraer's and ATR's bids.

Flight Safety

A full flight simulator by Flight Safety International for the Bombardier Dash 8 - Q100, Q200, Q300 - has been certified by the Australian government. The simulator is part of the Ansett Fight Simulator Center in Melbourne. The new simulator will provide close-to-home training for pilots flying the increased number of Dash 8s operating in Australia and the Pacific Rim. The Ansett center now operates simulators for the Saab 340, a Swearington Metro and a Bombardier CRJ.

SkyQuest

SkyQuest International is now marketing a Shorts SC-7 Skyvan, which is based in Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The current operator has used the plane for skydiving operations for the last six years. It can hold 23 skydivers.

Aerosim Technologies

Swiss Aviation Training, based in Zurich, has selected Aerosim Technologies to provide flight management system training on the Embraer 170. The new Aerosim equipment will be used for on-site pilot training.

AJ Walter

AJ Walter Aviation, an aircraft component supply and repair specialist, has opened a new office in Frankfurt to serve the German and Austrian markets. Martin Greiffenhagen, the former managing director of Aero Lloyd, has been hired as the sale manager for the new German office.

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