The transaction involves the conversion to firm orders of six of the 15 options taken by Jazz Air when it placed its original order for 15 Q400 NextGens, announced on April 30, 2010. Jazz will operate the aircraft under the Air Canada Express banner.

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The carrier’s flights to the major Siberian industrial and transportation center will be operated by 50-seat Fokker 50 turboprops twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. Two more weekly frequencies, operated by Embraer 190 jets on Thursdays and Sundays, will begin from September 1.

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The agreement contemplates that Mitsubishi Aircraft would begin delivery of the MRJs during 2017 and all 100 MRJs would be delivered before the end of 2020. SkyWest has not yet announced if its planned 100-aircraft order specifies the 70-seat MRJ70, the MRJ90, or both versions.

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On July 11, regional airliner-manufacturer ATR announced orders at the Farnborough International Airshow 2012 for 13 of the Toulouse-based manufacturer’s 600-series turboprop airliners.

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As previously announced, and based on the list price of the Bombardier CRJ900 NextGen, the manufacturer values the firm order contract at approximately US$264 million. This could increase to approximately US$491 million should the airline convert its five options to firm orders.

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Calgary-based WestJet has signed a conditional order for 20 Bombardier Q400 NextGen turboprops, upping its commitment from the letter of intent to purchase the aircraft that it signed on May 1. The transaction also includes options on an additional 25.

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Garuda’s 12 leased CRJ1000 NextGens, plus six ordered directly from Bombardier in February, will result in the airline operating a fleet of 18 of the jets. Should the airline also convert the 18 options it has taken with Bombardier, its fleet of CRJ1000 NextGens would increase to 36.

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Ultimate Air Shuttle is launching four-times-weekly jet service from Cincinnati Municipal Lunken Field Airport to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, North Carolina on June 18, in an expansion of its ‘scheduled-charter’ network.

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Scandinavian Airlines is continuing its expansion in the Polish market by launching a new service on October 29 between Copenhagen and Łódź. As of then, SAS will be offering more than 70 direct flights a week between Scandinavia and Poland, on eight routes.

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Silver Airways is expanding its Essential Air Service network with the addition of six new scheduled passenger routes from Washington Dulles International Airport and five routes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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If ratified, a new tentative agreement between Delta Air Lines and its pilot union will allow Delta to acquire up to 70 more two-class, 76-seat regional jets as well as the 88 Boeing 717s that Delta has agreed in principle to sublease from Southwest Airlines.

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At the delivery ceremony for the first of four ATR 72-600s leased from Air Lease Corporation, Passaredo revealed it had ordered 10 more ATR 72-600s directly from ATR and had taken options on 10 more. In addition to its ATR 72-600s, Passaredo will also take two leased ATR 72-500s this year.

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The delivery of the 1,000th aircraft, which is configured for 72 passengers and is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW127M turboprop engines, took place at ATR’s assembly line in Toulouse in an event attended by many aerospace-industry leaders.

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WestJet has signed a letter of intent to purchase 20 Q400 NextGen turboprops, with the option to purchase a further 25. The airline expects to announce its initial regional schedule using the Q400 NextGens later in 2012.

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After taking delivery of 10 Embraer 170 regional jets, Japan Airlines has signed an amendment to the original June 2007 purchase contract in order to add another new Embraer 170.

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On April 1, Pinnacle Airlines Corp. and its subsidiaries Colgan Air and Pinnacle Airlines filed voluntary petitions under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code for protection from creditors and existing contracts.

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The new flights will operate twice each day from Mondays to Fridays between Billings and Helena, beginning on May 1. Silver Airways will initially operate the service with 19-seat Beech 1900D turboprops.

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Based on the list price for the Bombardier Q400 NextGen, the manufacturer values the firm order at approximately US$246 million. Bombardier says the contract value would increase to US$625 million should all 12 options be converted to firm orders.

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Silver Airways Corp. has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to buy six additional Saab 340Bplus regional turboprop airliners, for an undisclosed amount. This latest acquisition brings the total number of Saab 340s bought by Silver Airways to 12.

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