Pluna Líneas Aéreas Uruguayas S.A. orders three CRJ900 NextGen

Bombardier Aerospace announced today that Pluna Líneas Aéreas Uruguayas S.A. (Pluna) has signed a additional order for three CRJ900 NextGen regional jetliners. The airline currently operates 10 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft in its fleet.

Pluna CRJ900 NG

Pluna CRJ900 NextGen

Founded in 1936, Pluna is Uruguay’s flag carrier and serves destinations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Paraguay. The airline is based at Carrasco International Airport, near Montevideo.

Current CRJ Fleet registrations operated by Pluna include: CX-CRA, CX-CRB, CX-CRC, CX-CRD, CX-CRE, CX-CRF, CX-CRG, CX-CRH, CX-CRI, and CX-CRK.

The order announced today increases firm orders for CRJ900 and CRJ900 NextGen airliners to 265 aircraft, with 244 of these delivered as of January 31, 2011. Including this announced order, a total of 1,708 CRJ Series aircraft have been ordered of all series, with 1,628 delivered as of January 31, 2011.

India’s DGCA gives type certification to Lineage 1000

India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has given Embraer type certification for its ultra-large Lineage 1000 executive jet. Currently nine Lineage 1000 jets are in operation worldwide.

Embraer Lineage 1000

Embraer Lineage 1000

With a range of up to 4,500 nautical miles (8,334 km), the Lineage 1000 can fly from Mumbai in India to Beijing or Dubai non-stop.

The Embraer Lineage 1000 is a variant of the Embraer 190 regional jet airliner, launched as a private jet modification of the basic aircraft on May 2, 2006. It is advertised as an “ultra-large” business jet with seating for 19.

ARJ21 flight testing increases

Comac of China is accelerating flight testing for its ARJ21 regional jet programme as it aims to have first delivery by the close of 2011.

Aircraft 101, one of four aircraft in the ARJ21 test fleet, completed static testing on April 12th, 2011 after three and a half years.

COMAC ARJ-21 Prototype (MSN 104) B-1110L. Photographed by Peng Chen

COMAC ARJ-21 Prototype (MSN 104) B-1110L. Photographed by Peng Chen

Comac plans its first delivery to launch operator Chengdu Airlines by the end of the year. Other flight tests are continuing on the rest of the test fleet. Aircraft 104 has been undergoing icing tests and extensive flight trials in Urumqi since March 27th, 2011. Earlier this month, aircraft 102 underwent engine tests in Gansu province.



Oman Air adds Embraer 175 to fleet

Oman Air unveiled the newest member of its fleet, the Embraer 175, at the Muscat International Airport today. The deal was originally announced in November 2009 and included firm orders for five Embraer 175s, plus options for another five aircraft.

Oman Air Embraer 175

Oman Air Embraer 175

Oman Air’s Embraer 175 are configured with 71 seats in a dual-class layout, with 11 seats in business class and 60 in economy.