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stages. To begin with, the company had considered
maintenance during the design stages, which is why
the SaM146 has about 20 percent fewer parts than
comparable powerplants. Then, the manufacturer
arranged a support infrastructure into which it has
already placed two distribution centres and some 80
eld representatives. Most recently, PowerJet set up
customer-support contracts for ser vice (including
power-by-the-hour on-condition maintenance), spares
distribution, and training.
Canada's Bombardier Aerospace said it remains
con dent of generating additional sales of its new
CSeries jetliner. Commercial Aircra President Gary
Scott declined to specify when he will be able to report
any new orders, but said the company is in discussion
with "dozens" of airlines from "all quarters of the
world", and that a typical customer's requirements
exceed ten aircra .
e CSeries programme is now in its Complete
Product De nition Phase and is "starting to show in
bricks and mortar," Scott said. Bombardier recently
invested in an 860,000 square foot plant at Mirabel,
near Montreal, and an US$850 million, 600,000
square foot composite-wing facility in Belfast,
The manufacturer expects to deliver the first
CRJ1000 regional-jet around the end of this year to
Spain's Air Nostrum, an Iberia franchisee and one
of two European launch customers. French regional
carrier Brit Air is the other, with the two operators set
to acquire a combined 49 CRJ1000s. Also before the
close of 2010, Bombardier is expecting to deliver its
1,000th Dash 8 regional turboprop.
Looking ahead, the company is continuing studies
of a potential stretched Dash 8 model, a 90- to
100-passenger variant dubbed Dash 8-Q400X.
Bombardier is seeing "too much potential interest"
for the project not to go ahead, according to Scott. A
launch decision is not expected before about 2015, but
may come "a little later". e executive did not dismiss
the notion of a new regional turboprop design: "Some
day, some time, we'll probably build a new aircra ."
Future regional-turboprop airliners will expect to
have access to a new generation of engines, and one
candidate could be o ered by General Electric. e
US manufacturer estimates that a new powerplant
design could enter commercial ser vice some time a er
about 2015. Chuck Nugent, general manager for small
commercial engines, spoke of a "steady and growing
market", which the company is studying "actively".
General Electric is studying a 6,000shp-class
GE38-turbosha -derived engine, under the project
name CPX38. e manufacturer has already spent
"significant" sums of money and is in talks with
airframe manufacturers about potential new aircra
designs that might succeed current Dash 8 and ATR
42 and 72 models.
"We anticipate around 1,800 turboprop deliveries
over the next 20 years. It is a strategy that might work
well," Nugent said.
Asia and Africa are becoming increasingly important
in the developing BAE Systems Regional Aircra
(BAERA) customer base, although Europe remains a
key market, accounting for 46 percent of the company's
aircra eet and 25 percent of its operators. Business
development vice-president Stewart Cordner says the
company's almost 600 BAE 146/Avro RJ, Jetstream
31 and 41, and ATP regional airliners represent an
increasingly diverse global eet. With all those models
long out of production, BAERA is heavily involved in
providing engineering and ight-test related ser vices,
o ering total support to operators, and leasing or re-
selling used aircra .
At the ERA assembly, BAERA announced a new
multi-year agreement with Mitsubishi Aircraft,
under which the UK company will initially provide
flight-test equipment and systems engineering
development and integration ser vices for the
Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ). e new contract
follows existing arrangements whereby BAERA is
providing engineering expertise on several MRJ
work packages, including auxiliary power units,
fuel systems, nacelles, powerplants and pylons, with
liaison support personnel working at Mitsubishi (in
Nagoya, Japan), Pratt & Whitney (in Connecticut,
USA), and at LMI Aerospace (in California, USA).
BAERA hopes to broaden its relationship with
Mitsubishi and contribute further to the MRJ
project. For its part, Mitsubishi Aircra supply-
chain management vice-president Shoji Amano says
the Japanese manufacturer aims to have "a strong
and rm position" in the regional-jet market.
e UK company's expertise in commercial-aircra
structural repairs -- dubbed repair design o ce
solutions (RDOS) -- is supported by its experience
in designing 3,000 repair schemes annually in
support of the BAERA in-ser vice eet. Now, RDOS
is being o ered to users of other commercial aircra ,
with the manufacturer in talks with one operator
for a structural-repair support contract. BAERA
has agreed a memorandum of understanding with
another carrier for a similar venture on a di erent
Initially o ered to airlines in Europe for non-
BAE aircra , RDOS is seen as o ering "a more
comprehensive [ser vice] than usually provided
by smaller sub-contract agencies". BAERA has
obtained European Aviation Safety Agency approval
authorising it to o er structural repair schemes on
all aircra types using the OEMs' relevant manuals.
Indonesia's Pelita Air Ser vice has extended its
BAERA JetSpares agreement covering Avro RJ85
regional jets. Air France-KLM subsidiary CityJet has
rationalised a number of "total-support" agreements
into a consolidated ve-year package with BAERA.
Finally, UK regional operator Eastern Air ways
has mandated BAERA to "re-market" six turboprop
Jetstream 41s for sale or lease. Lease extensions
recently secured on two J41s with South African
airline Airlink mean that BAeRA's own J41 portfolio
is now fully contracted. n
Bombardier plans to deliver the first CRJ1000 to Air Nostrum at the end of this year.
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