EBACE 2014: Optimistic Event Kicks Off With Multiple Product Launches

Aviation International News » June 2014
EBACE 2014 BAROMETER: OPTIMISM ON THE RISE The static display at Europe’s biggest business aviation event attracted 55 examples of the best the industry has to offer. Meanwhile, inside the convention halls, airframers put their high hopes on display, taking the opportunity to announce new programs ready in the near term. Photo: Mark Wagner
June 2, 2014, 5:30 AM

Morale among industry visitors to last month’s 14th annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) seemed conclusively higher than it has been for much of the past half dozen or so years, blighted as they have been by a stilted recovery from the financial crisis of 2008. The eve of the show brought new product announcements from Dassault with its Falcon 8X, Gulfstream with the G650ER, Piaggio with its Avanti EVO and a major redesign of Aerion’s proposed supersonic business jet, which now has three engines.

Stating that he believes the worst years of the global economic downturn are behind the business aviation community, Fabio Gamba, CEO of the European Business Aviation Association, welcomed the opening general session’s audience by expressing “confidence that 2014 is going to be, if not a defining moment, certainly a positive and exciting one.” He cited this year’s roster of 499 exhibitors, up 8 percent over last year’s tally, along with a 4-percent rise in occupied exhibit space. While the static display had the same number of aircraft as it did last year, this year’s edition attracted more of the larger aircraft, an array that show organizers were challenged to accommodate.

“It’s good to be able to report some silver linings,” said Gamba, who noted that major economic indicators have recently tracked toward the positive. “For the last six months or so, you’re looking at timid growth,” he told the audience, “but the forecast this year in terms of movement in Europe is anything between one and one-point-five percent.” While that is not Earth-shaking, Gamba noted that after approximately 20 months of decreases even this mild an uptick is encouraging.

The opening sessions debated such topics as the threat posed by illegal charter activity, the impact of proposed new flight and duty time limits and inconsistencies in rules governing runway use.

Ed Bolen, president and CEO of NBAA, which co-hosts EBACE with EBAA, noted the aircraft launches as a welcome sign. “The fact that we are making news with new announcements is an enormously important sign about the underlying strength of the industry,” he said. “It suggests that even in the darkest days our industry kept its eye on the horizon and kept looking forward, kept investing in the future.”

Further evidence of demand came when Pilatus Aircraft opened the order book for its new PC-24 twinjet on the first day of EBACE and all day long at the Swiss company’s booth chairman Oscar Schwenk and CEO Markus Bucher signed contracts with buyers. The first contract was inked by the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia for four PC-24s. U.S. fractional-share PC-12 operator PlaneSense placed an order for six, and other buyers included Falcon Aviation Services of the UAE, with two; Luxembourg-based Jetfly, four; and U-Haul International in the U.S., two.

“It’s fantastic to be able to sign the first sales contracts for our new aircraft with such well known operators,” said Schwenk. “I would like to express my sincere thanks to our customers for their confidence in our company and in the PC-24.”

Back at Pilatus’ Stans headquarters, the prototype PC-24’s wings have been joined, and the fuselage is nearly ready for mating with the assembled wings. The 425-knot PC-24 is powered by Williams International FJ44-4As and features Pilatus’s Honeywell-based Advanced Cockpit Environment avionics system. Pilatus is holding a formal rollout ceremony for the PC-24 on August 1.

Bombardier Aerospace unveiled a full-scale mockup of its Global 7000 at the show. The Canadian manufacturer claims this is the largest-ever business jet mockup–at 111 feet long–and said it “showcases the aircraft’s spaciousness, luxury and comfort.” The ultra-long-range jet, slated to enter service in 2016, also features a large window area–with 28 windows, each 80 percent larger than Global Express windows–allowing for plenty of natural light inside the cabin.

The Global 7000 features a four-zone cabin with a volume of 2,637 cu ft. A long-range cruise of Mach 0.85 will deliver a range of 7,300 nm, providing endurance sufficient for nonstop flights with 10 passengers between city pairs such as London-Singapore, New York-Dubai orBeijing-Washington.

“We are extremely proud to present the mockup of the Global 7000. The new business jet’s breakthrough design illustrates how Bombardier is well ahead of the curve when it comes to offering the ultimate level of comfort,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft president Eric Martel. “This aircraft is the first business jet to offer a true four-zone cabin to satisfy the travel needs of customers and will offer the most comfortable long-flight experience to passengers and crewmembers.”

The mockup includes a lifelike cockpit, which looks far more spacious than that of most business jets thanks to the sidestick controllers for the fly-by-wire flight controls and the large Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion flight displays in the Global Vision avionics system. The galley features a comprehensive array of equipment for food preparation, including two full ovens, a microwave, double coffee makers and so on because well prepared food becomes critically important on ultra-long flights, said Bassam Sabbagh, vice president and general manager of the Global 7000 and Global 8000 program.

Multiple floorplans will be available, and all completions will be done at Bombardier facilities in Montreal. Naturally, with such a spacious cabin, buyers will be able to customize many interior features or even turn the four-zone cabin into three large zones, Sabbagh said, and thus create a large stateroom from two of the zones, if desired. Generally, the first two zones are work areas, with one double-club seating area and a dining area with a table that morphs from two separate surfaces into a single dining table seating six. Every seat has a window, as do the forward and aft lavatories. In the third zone, a three-place divan faces a credenza and 42-inch TV, and the divan can turn into a bed. The fourth zone is fitted as a cozy private stateroom, with a double-size bed and headboard, bookshelves, two lamps, dresser and wardrobe. A queen bed could be fitted, in which case a smaller dresser would allow sufficient aislespace.

According to Bombardier, the Global 7000 and Global 8000 program is progressing well in the detailed design phase, with the majority of the production drawings already released. In addition, assembly of major structures has alreadystarted.

Textron Aviation appeared at an EBACE show for the first time since it integrated Cessna, Beechcraft and Hawker. The transition to a unified company is taking place in customer support, too, with maintenance technicians undergoing cross-training on all of each brand’s models. However, while Hawker jets continue to be supported, the company has no plan to produce any more aircraft under the brand, Textron Aviation president and CEO Scott Ernest said during a press conference in Geneva.

Two Cessna jets are close to key certification milestones, according to Chris Hearne, vice president of business jets for the integrated Cessna and Beechcraft. The Sovereign+ made its European debut at EBACE and is close to EASA validation. The Citation X+ is slated for FAA certification by the end of this month, followed immediately by the beginning of deliveries. Both airplanes feature Garmin G5000 flight decks, which are equipping ever more of Cessna’s Citation lineup.

Next up for certification will be the CJ3+, scheduled for approval in the third quarter and also equipped with Garmin avionics, in this case the G3000 suite for Part 23-certified jets. Pilots are halfway through flight-testing, and the first production CJ3+ is at the end of the production line.

On the larger jet front, the Cessna Latitude program is accelerating, with a second example joining the flight-test fleet on May 9. This Latitude is the P1 first production version. In mid-May the FAA issued the type inspection authorization, allowing Cessna to log flight hours toward certification requirements. The production line for the Latitude is scheduled to start flowing this June. The new Longitude is still in the early design stage and Cessna continues to solicit customer input on thedesign.

On the turboprop front, Christi Tannahill is now Textron Aviation’s senior vice president for turboprop aircraft, responsible for Beechcraft King Airs and Cessna Caravans. The Grand Caravan EX received EASA certification just before the first day of EBACE, and deliveries in Europe were set to begin immediately. The 100th EX, powered by the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-140, was shipped in April.

Embraer showed off its complete business jet line at EBACE, including the new Legacy 450 and 500. The impending service entry of the new Legacy 500 is set to complete the Brazilian manufacturer’s product portfolio–a bridge of models connecting the Phenom 100 and 300 light jets with the larger Legacy 650 and Lineage 1000E.

The Legacy 500 shown in Geneva is one of four flight-test aircraft that have racked up a combined 1,500 hours of testing as the type approaches certification. Fly-by-wire flight controls are one of many innovations being introduced with the 500. Another is the Rockwell Collins HGS-3500 compact head-up guidance system, which will be a first for this class of aircraft.

Nextant Aerospace has expanded its European sales network for the 400XTi remanufactured light jet and forthcoming G90XT turboprop. FortAero has been sales agent in Russia for a year, and operates two 400XTis in the country, but now has had its sales territory expanded to include the Francophone region of Europe: Belgium, France, Luxembourg and Switzerland.

For the markets in the UK, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Ireland, SaxonAir (part of Klyne Aviation Group) has been appointed as the Nextant sales representative. In the summer the operator will add a 400XTi to its AOC, making it the UK’s first operator. The third new sales entity is Nextant Poland, owned by luxury vessel manager Power Boats Poland.

Progress continues toward the HondaJet’s planned FAA type certification in the first quarter of next year, with Honda Aircraft reporting that the first production aircraft (S/N 11) is in final assembly in the company’s manufacturing facility on Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. Honda expects to fly S/N 11, now ready for ground tests, this summer. EASA certification will follow FAA approval by approximately six months. The first set of GE Honda Aero Engines HF120 production turbofans, recently delivered to Honda Aircraft, are installed on S/N 11.

The company reports orders for more than 100 aircraft, but has not yet revealed the identity of a launch customer. About two-thirds of the orders are from North America, with Europe accounting for the remainder. Current price of the HondaJet is $4.5million.

Nine HondaJets are now under assembly, with four of them already mated to their wings and empennages. The company’s goal is to have the assembly line at full capacity (with 10 aircraft on the line) in June. The production build-up is in line with Honda Aircraft’s objective to have six airplanes ready for delivery immediately after the aircraft type certificate is awarded. The company expects to hand over 50 to 55 aircraft in the first 12 months after deliveries begin. Honda’s goal is to maintain a two-year order backlog, and the company expects it will take three years to ramp up to the production facility’s capacity of 80 aircraft peryear.

The company has already engaged more than 100 suppliers, and it announced at EBACE that Fokker Aerostructures will supply the empennage for theHondaJet.

The new Daher-Socata TBM 900 made its European debut at EBACE just two months after the upgraded turboprop single was unveiled at the manufacturer’s factory in Tarbes, France. The aircraft on show was the seventh TBM 900 to be delivered when it was handed over to Rheinland Air Service on April 10. As of late April, nine TBM 900s had been delivered and the backlog for the rest of 2014 stands at 38, meaning 47 of the new turboprops will be shipped this year. Derived from the TBM 850, itself a variant of the original TBM 700, the new version offers better efficiency and performance without an increase in fuel consumption or engine power, according to the company. The aircraft received both FAA and EASA approval before it was publicly unveiled on March 12.

Winglets, a new tailcone and a five-blade composite propeller with redesigned spinner distinguish the TBM 900 externally from its predecessors. From the nose to the firewall the aircraft has been redesigned to improve engine airflow circulation, through use of a banana-shaped air intake, carbon-fiber cowlings and new exhauststacks.

The new aircraft retains the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-66D found on the TBM 850, as well as its Garmin G1000 avionics suite. However, the cockpit does include several “enhanced human-machine interface features,” including an ergonomic control yoke and revised cockpit center pedestal that incorporates single-lever powercontrol.

Other new features include a revamped electrical system with a 300-amp starter-generator, which provides a semi-automatic start-up, and a 100-amp standby alternator. In addition, the TBM 900 has lower cabin noise levels than its predecessor, an automated pressurization system and new-designseats.

Charter and Management, Fractional and Private Flight Clubs

NetJets Europe reported that it will receive its first new Bombardier Challenger 350, built to the specifications of NetJets’ Signature Series, in the middle of next year. NetJets U.S. will begin taking deliveries of the model this summer.

The Challenger 350 will comfortably seat nine passengers, said Marine Eugene-Beveridge, head of sales at NetJets Europe. “It is ideal for our European customers with its reach not only across the continent, but also with easy access from London to even farther-afield destinations, such as Tel Aviv and Lagos.” The 38,850-pound mtow super-midsize jet will have a range of 3,065 nm and and endurance of more than seven hours. Its maximum speed is Mach 0.82 and maximum operating altitude 45,000feet.

At the show, NetJets was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the founding of its corporate ancestor, Executive Jet Airways (later renamed Executive Jet Aviation). The U.S. charter and management company was the foundation for what was to become the world’s first fractional ownership program.

U.S. private flight membership group Wheels Up and operating partner Gama Aviation sprung a surprise at an EBACE press conference by announcing plans to launch operations in Europe by the summer of next year. The European operation will likely start from a base in the London area, since Gama is headquartered at Farnborough Airport.

Meanwhile, Gama Charters has hired 100 pilots to support continuing deliveries of Beechcraft King Air 350is ordered by Wheels Up, and plans to recruit 100 more as the turboprop twins roll off the assembly line in Wichita. The U.S. subsidiary of Gama Aviation serves as exclusive operator of the Wheels Up-registered 350is for member flights in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast and Southwest. Gama will also operate 10 Citation XLSs, which Cessna is refurbishing for Wheels Up by year-end.

Wheels Up expects to have 42 aircraft by year-end, including 27 of the 105 King Air 350is it ordered last year, the 10 Citation XLSs, and access to 15 larger-cabin aircraft through a partnership with Jet Aviation Fleet Services. Within the next decade, the lineup could grow to 200 or 250 aircraft, according to Kenny Dichter, Wheels Up founder and CEO.

Dichter predicts that Wheels Up will reach 10,000 “unique individual” members within 10 years, possibly as soon as six to seven years. Since enrollment began nine months ago, Wheels Up has signed up about 500members.

Comlux has added an Airbus ACJ318 to its managed fleet. The aircraft was previously managed by another operator but is now part of the Comlux stable in the Middle East. It is operated purely for its owner and will not be available forcharter.

In 2016 one of Comlux’s three ACJ319s will enter a retrofit program to install Airbus sharklet upturned wingtips, making Comlux the first customer for this upgrade for an ACJ319. Saudi Arabia’s Alpha Star Aviation Services is the first customer for an ACJ320 sharklet retrofit, which will also be undertaken in 2016. As well as enhancing the aircraft’s ramp appeal, sharklets reduce fuel consumption by about 4 percent, according to Airbus, and have been installed on new-build ACJs since last October.

During the EBACE show, Airbus announced an order for an ACJ320 from a Saudi Arabian owner. The aircraft will be operated by Aviation Link, which already manages two ACJ319s and an ACJ320.

Slovenia-based charter management company Elit’Avia announced it has received approval for extended-range operations (Erops) for its Bombardier Global 6000 and Challenger 605. Erops approval allows aircraft to fly flight paths that provide three-hour access over water using one engine to a suitable alternateairport. By year’s end Elit’Avia expects to have 20 aircraft undermanagement.

Maintenance and Modifications

Business aviation services group Jet Aviation announced that its MRO facilities in Basel, Geneva, Moscow, Dubai and Singapore have been selected by Rolls-Royce to join its authorized service center network across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. This extends full-service capabilities for the BR710, BR725 and Tay.

Jet Aviation Basel recently received EASA Part 145 approval to provide line and base maintenance for Gulfstream G650s. The Basel facility has also partnered with AJW Aviation to develop component support and AOG programs for mutual Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ customersworldwide.

Jet Support Services and Blackhawk Modifications have entered an alliance that gives customers operating King Air 90s or 200s, as well as the Piper Cheyenne I, II or IIXL or the Cessna Conquest I, Caravan 208 or 208B, the opportunity to obtain new PT6A engine upgrades from Blackhawk at prices competitive with an overhaul of the original Pratt & Whitney Canada engine. Blackhawk’s existing and future customers can now be covered by JSSI’s engine maintenanceprogram.

Aviation Partners is aiming to have its split scimitar winglet (SSW) certified on all models of the BBJ by year-end, having already achieved the devices for the BBJ and BBJ2. The SSW replaces the existing BBJ blended winglet, adding a scimitar-tipped ventral strake. The top of the existing dorsal strake is also refined with a scimitar-shaped tip. The retrofit entails some structural strengthening, but span overall remains unchanged.

In terms of benefits the SSW provides a drag reduction (and thus range improvement) of around 2.5 to 3 percent over the current blended winglet. This corresponds to a typical range increase of more than 200 nm. “The [SSW] range benefit is compelling, given the missions many BBJ owners undertake,” said Gary Dunn, v-p of sales and marketing. “The upgrade will essentially give a BBJ with seven aux[iliary] tanks the range of an eight-aux-tank airplane.”

Airbus Helicopters exhibited the Hermès luxury version of its EC135, and is soliciting new possibilities for customization. The EC135 Hermès is now based on the new T3/P3 variant, which sports new engines for improved performance. “We have worked with Hermès to allow more customization than in the version we introduced in 2007,” said Frédéric Lemos, senior vice president for private and business aviation market development. The original configuration and equipment could not betweaked.

“Now we offer to develop, with each customer, a totally unique helicopter,” Lemos said. Hermès offers to create a specific interior, including personalization of leather color and adaptation of the furniture. The paint scheme, too, may be customized. However, there is only one option for some equipment such as the minibar and in-flight entertainment. “Otherwise the delivery lead time would be too long,” Lemosexplained.

The EC135 Hermès sells in the €5 to €6 million ($7 to $8.4 million) price range, depending on options and economic conditions. Airbus Helicopters may also consider customer requests for a Hermès interior on otherhelicopters.

Having taken over the European Hawker Beechcraft MRO business last year, Marshall Aviation Services (MAS) has completed its first King Air flight-deck upgrade, employing the Garmin G1000 avionics suite. The King Air 300 modified for a European operator is the first aircraft in the EMEA region to feature this major upgrade.

During EBACE, Haitec launched a new subsidiary for supporting business aircraft. Haitec VIP Maintenance is based at Erfurt Airport in Germany. “We have a hangar with 4,300 square meters [46,000 square feet] dedicated to our VIP customers,” said Brett Dutton, senior v-p for VIP maintenance at Haitec. The company already has an EASA Part 145 approval for the Gulfstream G550 and nearly all types of Boeing and Airbus aircraft. “We also have approvals from Russia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Bermuda and Azerbaijan,” he said. “We are preparing further approvals on the Gulfstream G450, Bombardier Globals and Challengers and Cessna Citations,” headded.

Cabin Comforts and Cockpit Technology

Honeywell and German maintenance, repair and overhaul specialist Haitec signed an agreement through which the latter will install Honeywell’s JetWave in-flight Wi-Fi hardware for a pair of Airbus Corporate Jetliners operated by Austria’s Tyrolean Jet Services. JetWave can deliver downlink speeds of up to 33 Mbps for business aircraft.

Meanwhile, Turkish operator MNG Jet has completed the supplementary type certificate for Honeywell’s Aspire 200 and AMT-700 high-gain satcom antenna for the Bombardier Challenger 300. The AMT-50 antenna is certified for retrofit on the Falcon 900, 2000 and 7X.

Honeywell also announced that operators of its Ovation C-Series cabin management system can upgrade to the more advanced digital capabilities of the Ovation Select system, enhancing features such as entertainment and allowing full control through passengers’ personal electronic devices.

Dassault and Honeywell confirmed that EASA certification of the Falcon Elite II flight deck for the Falcon 900C and 900EX with pre-EASy flight decks is on track for the fourth quarter. The upgrade provides automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, future air navigation systems and controller pilot datalink communications to meet the requirements of new mandates.

Rockwell Collins unveiled two key cabin systems programs at EBACE, including expansion of the capabilities of the Tailwind 550 Direct Broadcast Satellite TV system and introduction of a Venue HD (high-definition) retrofit for Bombardier Globals.

The Tailwind 550 upgrade replaces the fuselage-mounted antenna with a new antenna that improves coverage and reliability. “Right now [coverage] is predominately in North America, but limited in Europe and the Middle East,” said Greg Irmen, Rockwell Collins vice president and general manager for flight controls and information systems. The new antenna, a drop-in replacement for the existing antenna, enables improved connection to satellites over Europe and the Middle East and live streaming of high-definition MPEG-4 content in thoseregions.

“We’re giving customers high-definition widescreen digital video in the cabin,” he said. “This has been a good product for the North American market, and now we’re bringing value to those fliers in Europe and the Middle East and anybody who flies over the Atlantic Ocean.”

The new Tailwind 550 antenna is available now and is priced at about $740,000 for both retrofit and forward-fitinstallations.

Also in the cabin retrofit arena, Rockwell Collins is offering its Venue-based high-definition (HD) cabin system to operators of the Bombardier Global XRS and 5000 equipped with the Rockwell Collins cabin electronic system (CES). The new Venue HD system will be available for these aircraft from the middle of next year.

Rockwell Collins announced EASA certification of its Pro Line 4 to Pro Line 21 avionics retrofit for the Dassault Falcon 2000 and Falcon 2000EX. In addition, an upgrade for Fans-1/A will be available next year for the aforementioned two aircraft and the Falcon 50EX.

ViaSat has extended the availability of its cabin and cockpit connectivity solutions for business aircraft through new partnerships with other communications systems providers. At EBACE the California-based company announced the integration of its VMT-1500 satellite connectivity system and Yonder Internet service with ICG’s new cabin router and NxtLink transceivers to connect aircraft via the Iridium satellite network. In a separate new alliance, ViaSat and Satcom Direct have agreed to integrate Yonder with Satcom Direct’s new Satcom Direct Router (SDR).

Garmin has released European terminal charts, including instrument approach charts, SIDs, Stars and airport diagrams as part of the European FliteCharts database. The electronic offer includes the geo-referencing feature, which overlays the aircraft position onto the map. For the initial release, European FliteCharts cover Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK.

The new European FliteCharts are compatible with Garmin portables capable of displaying terminal charts, including the GPSMAP 695/696 and 795/796, as well as the G3X, G3X Touch and select certified avionics, including the GTN series, G500, G600, G1000, G2000, G3000 and G5000. For a single purchase, the cost is$124.95.

Safe Flight Instrument introduced its Icing Conditions Detector (ICD). The patented optical ICD provides an alert that icing conditions exist before ice can accrete on the aircraft. Composed of a single line-replaceable unit, the system is intended for operations in all modes of flight, according to SafeFlight.

Safe Flight also announced that Canadian aircraft manufacturer Viking Air selected the company’s angle of attack (AoA) system as standard equipment for the Viking Twin Otter 400 twin turboprop. The TSO’d AoA system consists of a lift transducer, computer and speed indexer. The speed indexer provides the pilot heads-up guidance to approach AoA and the computer provides Arinc outputs to drive low-airspeed awareness and AoA information on the primary flightdisplay.

Eclipse Aerospace has partnered with Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen on a new web-based e-chart and navigation data delivery system for subscribers. The digital download will end the physical shipping of disk media to customers and ease update tasks for users, who will no longer have to enter data into their avionicssystems manually.

FBOs and Fuel

Ground support group Euro Jet Intercontinental has been further expanding facilities in the east of Europe to respond to rising levels of traffic. At EBACE, the Czech Republic-based group also launched a new smartphone application to allow its staff to provide real-time reporting to customers.

Since May last year, Euro Jet has opened new crew lounges in the Czech capital Prague, the Montenegrin resort of Tivat and most recently in Constanta, Romania. The company also has forged a new partnership to provide handling and flight support inTurkey.

The new lounge in Constanta opened in early April. The coastal city is best known as a summer resort, but it is now seeing growing U.S. military traffic after the government designated it as a major transit point for troop movements. The new lounges are run by full-time staff and feature couches, televisions, computer workstations and refreshments. Immigration clearance and fueling are conveniently available, as are catering services.

The new EuroJet smartphone application is used by the group’s agents to keep customers completely informed, up to the minute, on the status of their aircraft, crew and passengers. All information is kept confidential.

Global fuel provider Avfuel arrived at EBACE with nine distributors from Europe and North America, including some of its most recently branded dealers. The company’s affiliated Avflight FBO network recently acquired the former EuroJet facility at George Best Belfast City Airport in Northern Ireland, and the rebranded location–the company’s first outside the U.S.–will now participate in all companyprograms.

Also in attendance was Rizon Jet at London Biggin Hill Airport, which recently signed an agreement allowing it to offer Avfuel contract fuel and Avtrip rewards points as well as access to the Michigan-based company’s operational systems and training programs.

Iceland is a convenient tech stop midway between North America and Europe, and SouthAir at Keflavik International Airport specializes in quick turns and provides customs and immigrationservices. Unijet is the newest service provider at Paris Le Bourget, Europe’s busiest GA airport, and its modern facility offers aircraft maintenance, lounges and conference rooms. Air Service Basel at EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse at the tri-national border of Switzerland, France and Germany is a prized addition to the Avfuel branded FBO and contract fuel networks.

Aeroports de la Côte D’Azur–representing Nice, Cannes and Saint-Tropez–announced the establishment of a sister-airport relationship with Morristown Airport near New York City, as well as the launch of the French Riviera’s business aviationbrand. The sister-airport alliance aims to provide unique products and services to business aviation travelers flying between the French Riviera’s airports and Morristown.

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