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Things are moving along slowly but surely over at Bombardier, as the airline manufacturer gets ready to send their new C100s into the friendly skies. There’s already a few orders here and there, and now a local—as in one from Canada—is looking to get in on the new airplane smell.
As of now Porter Airlines is strictly a fan of propeller power, but it looks like they’re sold on the goings-on over at Bombardier. A little jet power could propel the carrier to spots beyond their usual range in and out of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, but before the planes and people can get to 35,000-feet there’s a lot of discussions that need to take place.
When it comes to new airplane news it seems that it’s always bad news, and this week that seems to be the case for the planes and people over at Bombardier. The airline manufacturer has been prepping the airplane bits and pieces for quite some time, as it hopes to get the CSeries into the hands of air carriers sooner than later.
Unfortunately it looks like they’ve hit another snag, as Bombardier has delayed the first test flight of its plane once again. Originally things were scheduled to hit the skies by the end of July—that’s like next week—but now it sounds like the new plane will be flying "in the coming weeks.” That’s all that Bombardier seems to want to discuss regarding the delay, so we guess we’ll leave it at that.
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We haven’t heard too much from Porter Airlines lately. Sure they’ve had their share of new route announcements, and of course they’re still busy doing the free lounge access things for all of their passengers. However, they might be in store for something big, as it looks like they’ve got their eyes on a whole bunch of new airplanes.
They must have a fairly nice PowerPoint to show off, as they’ve got an expansion plan that includes like a $2 billion order for those brand new Bombardier CSeries jets. Sounds all fine and dandy, but there’s a little bit of a problem. A lot of Porter’s success has been dependent on their use of the very convenient Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport right near Toronto’s downtown core; however, there’s also all kinds of rules, regulations, and restrictions regarding what can and cannot fly to and from the airport. That means these new planes aren’t necessarily allowed there, so Porter Airlines is going to need to ask for permission first.
When it comes to airplane news we’re usually going on and on—in a good way—about the latest and greatest offerings from the big boys like Airbus and Boeing. However, they’re not the only ones busting out the blueprints on new airplane designs, as Bombardier has been hard at work for quite a while on their next generation aircraft. We’ve mentioned their newly designed single-aisle jets before, but now it looks like they’re finally ready to take a big step forward in their plane’s timeline.
Bombardier isn’t quite ready to start flying around the test planes just yet, but they are proud to show off the very first test plane. They showed things off to members of the media earlier in the week, as this should be the first plane that will eventually take to the skies. Just like most other airplane manufacturers even this initial rollout was kind of overdue, but we say better late than never.
By now, you’re probably very familiar with the Boeing 787 along with its delays, and you’ve also heard about how things aren’t exactly going full speed ahead for Airbus and their A350. However, there’s another new airplane that still working its way off the drawing board, and it too is facing similar slow downs.
Bombardier is trying their best to get things up in the air when it comes to their latest airplane, but everything isn't quite going exactly to plan. The Bombardier CSeries is scheduled to come in a couple different flavors with the CS100 holding around 110 passengers and the CS300 carrying roughly 130 passengers. Initially the first flights were scheduled for the second half of 2012, but even after Bombardier confirmed things were on schedule for this December—we’re not so sure.
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It’s been a couple months since we were blabbing on and on about WestJet and their plans for smaller planes and propeller power. Well it looks like officials at the airlines have figured out a little more regarding their regional carrier, and they’ve even picked a name.
That new name is going to be WestJet Encore—yea, we were expecting something a little more fun too—and Encore will take to the air during the second part of 2013.
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We knew that WestJet was adding more space to certain seats, but now it looks like they’re into adding some brand new planes as well. We won’t get into the industry this-and-that over the decision, but basically it looks as though WestJet wants to compete head-to-head with Air Canada on shorter trips. These smaller routes require some smaller planes, so WestJet just made a call over to Bombardier to add some propeller power to their fleet.
WestJet may be really good at flying Boeing 737s, and in fact that’s all they’ve been flying for quite some time. However, now that they’re planning a little bit of a more regional operation the plan is to add plenty of Bombardier Q400s. The initial order was for around 20 or so aircraft, and if things go well they might just order up an additional 25 planes. Things are still in the planning stages as of right now, but the plan is to get those babies up in the air at some point in 2013.
It’s pretty clear that John Travolta isn’t too shy when it comes to his love for Qantas, but now it sounds like he’s getting himself into an airplane love triangle. Qantas now needs to share Travolta, as the actor just signed a deal to help Bombardier promote some of their latest jets.
He’ll be tasked with showing off the goods when it comes to what the Learjet, Challenger, and Global business jets can offer to passengers—and rich people. The actor-slash-pilot has a couple Bombardier planes in his hangar back at home, and we’re pretty sure he’s spent some significant time in the back of a private jet as well.
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Regional Jets. Do you love 'em or hate 'em or pray for no turbulence while traveling in 'em? Every frequent flier seems to have a solid stance on the baby planes, but no matter how you feel, it's obvious that Delta smiles on theirs. You see, Delta has installed 569 planes with WiFi at this point, and they've begun adding Regional Jets into the mix. The first Regional Jet in the world with In-Flight WiFi went back into the skies today after the installation of Gogo's magical other black box.
The lucky jet is an Atlantic Southeast Airlines Canadair CRJ700, operated by Delta Connection (check out the seat plan here). Since ASA is based out of Atlanta, you can expect to find this first connected RJ zipping into and out of ATL quite a bit, as well as other Delta hubs like DTW, MSP, CVG and SLC.
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We have a really excellent series here at Jaunted (if we do say ourselves), called "My First Flight." Readers like you are invited to send us the story of your first trip in the skies, which we'll share on the site, because everyone's got to have a first time and it makes for a truly enjoyable read. The thing is, these stories come years and years after the first flight, when the moment has been relegated to the memory bank. It's not often that we hear from a newbie to the skies...until now. Kinda.
Yesterday while traveling on a regular ol' flight from DTW to DCA, we were witness to a tiny baby's very first plane trip. It was onboard a half-full Air Wisconsin Canadair Regional Jet that seats max 50 people, so this little girl could have disturbed everyone with her crying. Alas, she didn't cry one bit; instead, she spent the little-over-one-hour flight happily smiling at her mom and making courteous little giggles at the flight attendant's cooing. For her perfect behavior, the FA awarded the baby with a Certificate of First Flight.
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Okay, so everyone and their moms are posting this video, but we can't get enough of it and we want to make sure you're seeing it too. Here's the deal: last night, a Delta jet, operated by Comair (a little Bombardier CRJ700), was taxiing to its gate at New York-JFK Airport, having just arrived after a short flight down from Boston. There were 62 passengers and four crew onboard.
Meanwhile, an Air France superjumbo double-decker A380, with 495 passengers and 25 crew onboard, was taxiing to a runway to begin a flight to Paris, when its left wing totally smacked the rear fin (ah hem vertical stabilizer) of the Delta jet. No one was hurt, but as you can see in the video above, the A380 sure gave the regional jet a heck of a slap.