The program had a remarkable month. As the chart illustrates, it was the best month yet. At a cumulative 2,352 hours the program is now virtually at the original target 2,400 hours. In August all the CS100 FTV’s were flying and the CS300 FTV flew as well, adding 84 flights to the fleet total of 807 and racking up 276 more hours taking the FTV fleet total to 2,628.6 flight hours. Continue reading
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Today Mitsubishi announced its first flight plans for October – “Latter half of October 2015” is their language. The flight is planned for an hour. We are in an era where first flight dates are not announced this far ahead and with equally liquid time periods. MRJ must feel some confidence that they would even publish this – we have seen first flight windows announced a week ahead to media with no certainty whatsoever – a sort of “be here between day X and day Y”. To be fair OEMs planning such events have to contend with all sorts of variables – recall the CS300 first flight in February this year when the weather was predictably awfully cold and unsettled. But that’s Montreal weather for you. Continue reading
Both Ilyushin Finance and Bombardier appear to be on the verge of coming to terms that will preserve the company’s orders for 39 C Series aircraft that previously appeared in jeopardy. This is good news for both Bombardier and IFC, as the sanctions imposed by Canada precluded development bank financing. IFC’s chairman Alexander Rubitsov indicated the “I’m feeling we may reach a compromise” with respect to the C Series order.
Apparently, after the C Series debut at the Paris Air Show, the attitude of private bankers shifted regarding the C Series, and banks that would not consider asset-backed financing appear to be changing their mind, after watching the CS300 fly and touring the CS100 on static display.
Marketing the aircraft outside of Russia is a new strategy for IFC, and they are hopeful of new agreements with operators before the end of this year. Both Bombardier and IFC believe that… Continue reading
This was followed by a Russian government-backed leasing group GTLK (State Transport Leasing Co.) signing for 32 SSJs on the first day of Moscow’s MAKS airshow. They also ordered options for another 28 aircraft. GTLK signed an agreement with Russia’s Yamal Airlines to lease 25 SSJs.
Next, Ilyushin Finance signed a trilateral LoI under which Cambodia’s Sky Angkor Airlines wet-leases an SSJ from Russia’s Red Wings. Ilyushin will deliver two more of the aircraft to Sky Angkor under an operating lease. The 12-month wet-lease starts in December and when this expires the two new SSJ100LRs will be delivered by Ilyushin.
To date, there are 56 SSJs in… Continue reading