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Monday, December 12, 2005

Supply Side

Bombardier

Deutsche Lufthansa last week placed a firm order for 12 Bombardier [BBD] CRJ 900s. In its announcement, Bombardier did not release delivery or configuration details. The order for the largest of Bombardier's RJ is a first for Lufthansa for this model. The German carrier has been flying CRJ 100s since 1992.

Also in Germany last week, Bombardier opened its new 50,000-square-foot aircraft parts distribution center in Frankfurt. The center is expected to be fully stocked with more than 40,000 unique parts by January. In November, Bombardier opened a similar facility in Dubai.

Embraer

Transport Canada Aviation last week certified the Embraer [ERJ] 190. The certification paves the way for the delivery of 45 Embraer 190s to Air Canada [ACE]. The Canadian certification follows similar regulatory approval by Brazilian and U.S. agencies. The European Aviation Safety Agency is expected to soon give its regulator approvals.

Embraer recently won a contract to equip the Columbian Air Force with 25 Super Tucano aircraft. The $235 million deal marks the first export contract for the Brazilian- made light turboprop combat aircraft. Embraer was the only bidder for the contract. Columbian forces will use the aircraft to combat drug traffickers and leftist rebels. Columbia operates 14 of Embraer's basic Tucano model for flight training.

Raytheon

NetJets signed a $1 billion contract to purchase 50 Hawker 4000 business jets produced by Raytheon Aircraft. The deal also includes a 10-year maintenance contract. Delivery of the planes is scheduled to run from 2007 to 2013. The super-midsize business jet was formerly marketed at the Horizon. The planes will be used in NetJets fractional ownership program.

AAR

Mesa Air Group [MESA] last month signed a 10-year contract with AAR, Wood Dale, Ill., to control the parts supply chain management for Mesa's fleet of CRJ 200s. In August, AAR signed a similar agreement to handle the parts supply chain management for Mesa's CRJ 700s and 900s along with the ERJ 145s. With the contract extension, the contract is now worth $300 million over 10 years.

Pan Am International

Pan Am International Flight Academy has restructured its Career Pilot Development training program to minimize out-of-pocket expenses for veterans enrolled in the program. While the GI Bill covers most of the flight training expenses, the school is waiving the $6,120 fee for its air crew education course. The course is an airline transition course based on the CRJ.

CIT

CIT Group has appointed Timothy Lance as vice president of airline marketing at CIT Aerospace International. Based in Dublin, Lance will maintain airline relationships in western and central Europe. Before joining CIT, Lance directed fleet management services at TUI AG.

Cimber Aviation

Gareth Rees has been appointed the general manager at Cimber Aviation Maintenance Center in the United Kingdom. He was most recently with Maersk Air.

Executive Jet

Executive Jet Management has appointed Arlene Nielsen as the charter services manager in San Jose, Calif. Prior to joining Executive Jet, Nielsen has been the director of charter sales for ACM Aviation, also in San Jose.

Banyan Air Service

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based Banyan Air Service recently promoted Shawn Mack as its new director of training. He joined the fixed-base operator in 1996.

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