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16 May
Bombardier confirms Learjet 85 well underway

Bombardier Aerospace has reported work on the first two Learjet 85 flight test aircraft and the complete aircraft static test article is well underway, with the production of hundreds of composite components, including the unique 32-foot composite pressure fuselage.

The joining of the nose fuselage to the main pressure fuselage, as well as the assembly of the aft fuselage, vertical stabilizer and tailcone fuselage sections, have all begun at the Bombardier sites in Wichita, Kansas and Queretaro, Mexico.

The first shipments of wing spars and skins, manufactured at Bombardier’s site in Belfast, Northern Ireland, have arrived at the Queretaro site, where wing assembly has already started.

Additionally, major supplier components, such as the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307B engines, are now on site at the final assembly line in Wichita.

A ground breaking ceremony on April 30th 2012 marked the official start of the next phase of the Learjet Wichita site expansion plan, which includes building a new production flight facility, paint facilities and a new delivery centre to support the Learjet 85 aircraft.

“We are entering an exciting phase of the program,” said Ralph Acs, vice president and general manager, Learjet, Bombardier Business Aircraft.

“Our sites are moving full speed ahead and the production of the first flight test aircraft is progressing very well.

“We have solid momentum in all areas and it’s great to see the focus and commitment of our Bombardier employees and suppliers worldwide as we assemble our first test aircraft and prepare for first flight.”

Initial bird strike development testing on the Learjet 85 aircraft has been successfully achieved, and over 85 per cent of the system supplier safety of flight (SOF) test rigs have been commissioned.

Learjet 85

The Learjet 85 is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307B engines, each boasting 6,100 pounds of take-off thrust at sea level up to 86 degrees F (30 degrees C) and low noise levels, while the advanced low NOx emitting combustor offers reduced environmental impact.

The aircraft targets a high-speed cruise of Mach 0.82 and a transcontinental range of up to 3,000 nautical miles.

The aircraft’s Cabin Management System, developed by Lufthansa Technik, will feature a high-capacity Ethernet network, a digital amplifier to feed the high-fidelity speaker system and an interface to support the aircraft cabin environment, including lighting and temperature control.

The system’s open architecture also allows for easy integration of third-party equipment and new applications, such as high-definition features.

Bombardier Aerospace acquired Learjet Inc. in 1990.

27 April
Southwest/AirTran merger approved by Dept. of Justice, to close May 2

US Dept. of Justice said Tuesday it has approved Southwest Airlines' acquisition of AirTran Airways, clearing the way for the transaction to close on May 2.

SWA last September announced an agreement to acquire Orlando-based AirTran for $1.4 billion in cash and SWA common stock in a deal that brings together the world's largest LCC with the third largest LCC in North America (ATW Daily News, Sept. 28, 2010). All other necessary approvals except DOJ's had already been received (ATW Daily News, March 24).

DOJ's antitrust division said in a statement that it has "determined that the merger is not likely to substantially lessen competition. The merged firm will be able to offer new service on routes that neither serves today, including new connecting service through [Atlanta] from cities currently served by Southwest to cities currently served by AirTran ... [T]he presence of low-cost carriers like Southwest and AirTran has been shown to lower fares on routes previously served only by incumbent legacy carriers."

DOJ conceded that "there are overlaps on certain nonstop routes," but said antitrust officials decided to "not challenge the acquisition after considering the consumer benefits from the new service. Also, the airports affected by the overlaps are not subject to restrictions on slots or gate availability."

The two carriers combined had revenue of $14.7 billion and carried approximately 113 million passengers in 2010, according to DOJ.

SWA said in a statement, "The combination of AirTran and Southwest Airlines is expected to generate substantial benefits to consumers, including the expansion of low-fare competition in airline markets across the United States." It expects the two carriers to be operating on a single operating certificate by the 2012 first quarter.

21 April
Lufthansa Cargo considers additional cargo JVs with LH Group carriers

Lufthansa Cargo Chairman and CEO Karl Ulrich Garnadt said the Austrian Lufthansa Cargo joint venture launched last year, through which LH and subsidiary Austrian Airlines jointly market and manage the two carriers' cargo capacity (ATW Daily News, Feb. 25, 2010), has been successful. The airlines integrated handling and distribution in Austria while freight activities in all other countries fall under LHC management.

"We also want to do these kinds of [coordinated] operations with other Lufthansa subsidiaries" such as British Midland and Swiss International Air Lines, Garnadt told ATW recently. "There is no reason why we should not use these synergies." He clarified, however, that there are currently no talks underway for establishing additional cargo JVs under the LH Group umbrella.

31 August
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Companies located in Albania (3)

No. Company name Logo IATA Prefix
1 Alitalia
 
AZ 055
2 Austrian Cargo
 
OS 257
3 Turkish Airlines
 
TK 235

Albania Airports (1)

No. Airport name IATA ICAO Length City
1 Rinas Mother Teresa TIA LATI 8971 ft. Tirana
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