After falling for five consecutive years, business jet deliveries this year are poised to rise for the first time since 2008, according to a forecast released by JetNet iQ on Friday at the NBAA Aircraft Registration, Finance and Legal Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. The prognostication calls for 685 jets worth $21 billion to be shipped this year, compared with an estimated 644 jets worth $20.5 billion delivered last year.
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Cessna Aircraft announced today that the Citation fleet passed the 30 million flight-hour mark, which the Wichita aircraft manufacturer said is “an accomplishment unmatched in general aviation.” Since the Citation 500 entered service in 1972, Cessna has delivered more than 6,600 Citations to customers around the world.
King Air deliveries climbed 52 percent last year, according to fourth-quarter and year-end 2013 delivery data released yesterday by Beechcraft. Shipments of the three in-production King Airs–the C90GTx, 250 and 350i/ER–rose from 89 in 2012 to 135 last year.
Business aviation flight activity had a strong finish last year, but the gains seen in the second half weren’t enough to overcome a slow start in the first half, according to TraqPak data from aviation services company Argus. Overall, activity for the year decreased by 0.3 percent from 2012.
Flying fell 1.7 percent year-over-year in the first six months, but the second half was up 1 percent, Argus noted. Activity jumped in the fourth quarter, as flying surged 1.6 percent from the previous year.
Quest Aircraft appointed Quest Aircraft do Brasil as the Kodiak dealer for Brazil. The São José dos Campos-based dealer accepted the first Kodiak to be based in Brazil last week, and the turboprop single is now on a demonstration tour in the Latin American country. Quest has delivered five Kodiaks to customers in Latin America over the past two months, so it is optimistic about the aircraft’s prospects in Brazil. The Kodiak received Brazilian certification in 2012 and is certified in 16 countries, with several additional certifications “imminent.”
Gulfstream Aerospace’s G650 added another city-pair record to its résumé, flying the 5,905-nm route from Honolulu to Singapore for the 2014 Singapore Airshow on Friday in 14 hours 6 minutes. The aircraft, which carried two passengers and five crewmembers, averaged Mach 0.85 over the record-breaking flight, despite flying against headwinds exceeding 100 knots for more than half the flight. Once the U.S. National Aeronautic Association validates the new record, the flagship Gulfstream will have amassed 39 such milestones.
Aircraft sales and support company Hawker Pacific (Booth H65, Chalet CD31/32) is celebrating the two-year anniversary of the opening of its new facility at Seletar Aerospace Park here this week. It is showcasing its portfolio of services and presenting several aircraft on static display.
“We have a busy program of events, a fantastic line-up of aircraft and participation of our key partners and principals,” promised Tony Jones, COO Hawker Pacific Asia. “We will also be making a number of exciting announcements,” he added.
Crane Aerospace and Electronics has announced that its SmartStem wireless tire pressure system has been certified for use with Boeing 737NG aircraft. It is already approved for use with the Boeing 747-400, 777 and 787, and with numerous business jet types. The system comprises high-accuracy sensors that replace standard wheel fill stems, and a handheld reader that takes quick and accurate tire pressure readouts without gas loss. The ease and speed of use of the system promotes daily checks, with improved safety as a result, and an increase in tire life.
NetJets this month expects to import its first two aircraft into China in anticipation of securing a Chinese air operators certificate (AOC) around the end of the first quarter of 2014. The U.S. fractional ownership provider will base a pair of its Hawker 800 midsized jets in China in order to be able to offer private charter services to local clients.
At the XXII Olympic Winter Games, which open tomorrow and run through February 23, business aircraft passengers and crew visiting the Southern Russian city of Sochi will see the results of massive infrastructure investments–estimated at $50.7 billion–made since 2008.