Fleet Customer Sues Eclipse Aviation

 - November 6, 2006, 10:27 AM

Swiss firm Aviace is suing Eclipse Aviation of Albuquerque, N.M., for alleged breach of contract over its refusal to deliver the first of 112 Eclipse 500 very light jets. Aviace has asked the court to prevent Eclipse from canceling the contract, reassigning delivery positions to others and expending any of Aviace’s initial deposit. In its response to the court, Eclipse noted that the 2002 agreement explicitly said the Aviace purchase was “for the express purpose of launching a fractional program in Europe.” Eclipse says the plaintiff’s “business plan” is to sell the Eclipse jets to third parties for a price higher than Aviace’s purchase price, directly competing with Eclipse’s sales efforts, constituting a breach of contract.