A new revitalized Eclipse VLJ is rising from the ashes of bankruptcy with a boost from Sikorsky’s substantial minority investment. Eclipse Aerospace announced today at the 64th NBAA Annual Meeting and Convention in Las Vegas that it will restart production of new Eclipse jets, dubbed the model 550.
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The recent award of three new completions contracts for VIP versions of Airbus and Boeing aircraft have prompted Comlux America to begin construction of a new hangar at its Indianapolis headquarters. The 64,500-sq-ft building is due to open in the second quarter of 2012 and will be able to accommodate four jets up to the size of a Boeing BBJ3.
In anticipation of the summer 2012 Olympics in the UK, Signature Flight Support has announced a dedicated customer-support team and a 24-hour hotline to assist customers with arranging slots, parking, hotels, catering, rental cars and other needs.
Airbus introduced the latest operator to add an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) to its charter fleet at NBAA. Tyrolean Air Services (TAS) of Innsbruck, Austria, has taken delivery of an ACJ318.
They’ll be cracking open the caipirinha bottle in São Jose dos Campos, Brazil, this week as Embraer celebrates a sale of 13 Legacy 650 jets to China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing. First delivery is slated for the end of this year, with the remainder due into China over the next five years. The companies announced the orders today at NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas.
On Monday, Bombardier announced more suppliers and a few additional design and production details for the new Global 7000 and 8000 long-range business jets that are scheduled to enter service beginning in 2016.
Aviation data supplier JetNet announced the latest results of its IQ research NBAA 2011 in Las Vegas, and the results should come as good news to those awaiting a bizav turnaround. The company, whose surveys involve 80 countries, 1,500 operators and 3,500 aircraft, forecasts that 11,381 business jets valued at $258 billion will be delivered between now and 2020. The total includes 625 this year, 785 next year and 978 in 2013.
Charter operator XOJet today announced a firm order for seven Hawker 800XPRs, with delivery of all seven scheduled before the end of the year.
A roster of aviation and political luminaries welcomed an energized crowd to the NBAA 2011 opening general session this morning at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Joining NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen onstage were U.S. Senator Joseph Manchin III (D-W.Va.), FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt, NTSB chairman Deborah Hersman, Dave Everitt, presidetn of John Deere Agricultural and Turf Division, and former U.S. Senate majority leader Bill Frist of Tennessee. In opening remarks Bolen announced that the 64th annual gathering had more display aircraft, more exhibitors and already more registered attendees than last year’s convention.
MedAire, which provides international aviation and maritime clients with medical and security services, acquired Yacht Lifeline, a supplier to the high-end yacht market of medical aid, kits and training services. “The merger of brands and products delivers a higher level of medical and travel safety for owners, captains and management companies,” according to Grant Jeffery, MedAire’s CEO.