Nexa Advisors and NBAA are soliciting participation in a new study examining the value of business aviation to small and midsize companies. NBAA is encouraging such companies that use business aircraft to take a 17-question online survey, which is open until next Monday (August 30).
AINalerts » August 24, 2010
Following the recent delivery of its first A318 Elite, Al Jaber Aviation (AJA) yesterday became the first Middle East customer to offer an Airbus for VIP charter flights. The company has three more A318 Elites and two ACJs on order, which will make it the largest operator of Airbus corporate jets in the region, Airbus said.
The Nigerian government’s announcement last week that it is buying two Falcon 7Xs and one Gulfstream G550 for its presidential fleet has yielded a rare look at actual business aircraft discounts. Aircraft manufacturers are loath to reveal what deals they give to individual customers, but as a public entity, the Nigerian government had to disclose the aircraft purchase prices in its Fiscal Year 2010 budget.
Cessna Aircraft and the union that represents 2,300 of the company’s factory workers–the International Association of Machinists Lodge 774–began contract negotiations on Friday. The workers’ current contract expires September 19. The economic backdrop to these negotiations differs greatly from three years ago, when the general aviation aircraft manufacturing industry was booming.
Nextant Aerospace recently began full-power ground runs of its 400XT with the Williams International FJ44-3AP engines, the company announced yesterday. This marks the final phase of the certification process for the 400XT, a remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP light jet fitted with the Williams engines and new Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics, zero-time airframe, new interior and fresh paint.