Aircraft manufacturer Britten-Norman has announced the delivery of its latest model BN2B-20 Islander aircraft to one of its longest standing regular, repeat customers, Frisia Luftverkehr GmbH Norddeich (FLN). The German airline operates scheduled and charter flights along the Frisian coast and to and from Helgoland.
The airline, which is based at Norden, was formed in 1969 and has been operating Islanders since 1975. In common with the majority of Islander operators around the world, the services provided by FLN allow year-round essential support to remote communities.
Britten-Norman say the 2017 model Islander comes with a range of benefits over its predecessors, including reduced empty weight, light weight Skytech starters, a glass panel based on Garmin avionics and the JP Instruments EDM 960 electronic engine display, LED external lighting, Amsafe 4 point crew harnesses, enlarged baggage access and all window seating. Prior to becoming operational the aircraft will also be fitted with MT’s 4-bladed composite propellers. All modifications included in the 2017 Islander will be made available as options for retrofit on selected legacy models of the aircraft.
Cobham Aviation Services will continue to fly Boeing 717s under the QantasLink brand after being awarded a new ten-year contract.
The deal, worth AUS$1.2bn, will see Cobham flying the 20-strong fleet until the end of 2026, extending a partnership that began in 1991.
Peter Nottage, Sector President, Cobham Aviation Services commented: “Qantas is a very important and long term customer for Cobham and this is a significant contract extension, providing a valuable contribution and scale to our overall commercial passenger flying operations in Australia through 2026. We have supported QantasLink since 1991 and the award of this extension demonstrates the ongoing value that Cobham provides for Qantas. This award is a great credit to our very professional and dedicated team of staff and I am delighted that they will have the opportunity to continue to support QantasLink for a further 10 years.”
QantasLink Chief Executive Officer John Gissing, added: “Cobham is the expert operator of the Boeing 717 aircraft in Australia, who we’ve had a strong relationship with over the past 25 years, and I’m pleased they will continue to provide safe operations and exceptional service to our customers in line with Qantas standards.”
Bombardier’s CS100 airliner has been awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Validation following a comprehensive testing program. The EASA and FAA awards follow Transport Canada’s Type Certification last December.
Validation from EASA enables Bombardier to deliver the first aircraft to launch operator Swiss International Air Lines at the end of the month. The CS100 is due to enter service with the carrier in mid-July.
Robert Dewar, Vice President, C Series Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said: “In the same week that our C Series aircraft surpassed 5,000 flight hours and the first SWISS aircraft readies for its first flight, we are celebrating another very proud moment with the receipt of the CS100 aircraft EASA and FAA Type Validations. I congratulate our teams for all their hard work in delivering these latest significant accomplishments.
“As we move quickly towards the delivery of the first CS100 aircraft to SWISS, we are gratified that several aviation leaders are confirming what we have been saying all along — the C Series aircraft will open up new opportunities for operators, while delivering unrivalled economic advantages, performance, and environmental credentials.”
François Caza, Vice President, Product Development and Chief Engineer and Head of Bombardier’s Design Approval Organization, added: “Obtaining the CS100 aircraft Type Validations from EASA and the FAA marks one of the final chapters in our very successful test program. Achieving these latest milestones is a direct result of the quality of the work by our highly skilled employees who were involved in the program as well as from the solid collaboration we established with our suppliers.”