Monday, March 28, 2005
China Eastern Airlines Jiangsu became the second Chinese carrier to order ERJ 145s to be built in China by Harbin Embraer Aircraft Industry. China Eastern ordered five ERJ 145s in a deal valued at about $110 million. The airplanes will be delivered in the last half of the year and in 2006. Harbin Embraer's first customer was China Southern Airlines.
LOT Polish Airlines signed a multi-year wheel and brake agreement with Goodrich to cover LOT's fleet of ERJ 145s. Goodrich's Hatfield service center in the United Kingdom will perform the work, which includes heat sink refurbishment. In addition, Goodrich will install Duracarb, upgrading the main wheel and brake assembly.
The French Civil Aviation Authority has again certified the ATR 42-500 and ATR 72-500 capable for flying for two hours in an extended range operation. Initially certified in 1992, ATR is required obtain new certification every two years that its aircraft can fly an extended distance on one of its two turboprop engines. The ATR aircraft have now flown more than 12 million flight hours since the first certification in 1992.
AirNet [ANS] on March 18 completed the 2,700 mile transport of a kidney from Miami to San Diego. The flight marked the first time a kidney has been shipped across the country for a transplant operation. AirNet used LifePort Kidney Transport system without a medical attendant to ship the organ. The portable, hypothermic container was developed by Chicago's Organ Recovery Systems to provide continues nourishment to a kidney while in transport. AirNet was airborne with the kidney within two hours of receiving the initial call from the University of Miami's Life Alliance Organ Recovery Agency.
Commonwealth Business Media, an established publisher of directories, databases and magazines based in East Windsor, N.J., last week purchased New Haven-based BACK Aviation Solutions. BACK's four founding partners, Cam Koblish, Michael Allen, Steve Casley and Scott Brandt, will remain with the firm. BACK is expected to expand Commonwealth's PIERS database. BACK's 33 employees will be retained in the merger as well as its current offices. Commonwealth may be best known for its lead publication, The Journal of Commerce.
Boston-based SH&E, a 42-year-old aviation consulting firm, has hired Bill McKnight as the managing officer for its Washington office. He will also be an senior vice president with the firm. McKnight has held positions with Alaska Air [ALK], ATA Holdings [ATAHQ], Booz Allen Hamilton and AT Kearney.
Midcoast Aviation won its second consecutive gold medal at the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association's (PAMA) Maintenance Olympics. Bombardier [BBD] came in second in the seven-event skills competition while Southwest Airlines [LUV] finished third.