The House aviation subcommittee held a hearing yesterday to review GPS as a critical part of transportation infrastructure. Chaired by Rep.
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NetJets Europe launched the first direct financing product for the fractional industry in Europe, providing new clients with an alternative financing method with rates comparable to those offered by major financial institutions.
Last week, the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) dissolved an exclusive flight permit contract enjoyed by Palm Jet, following protests from the Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) that the agreement made operating business flights into Iraq prohibitively expensive.
Demand for charter flights appears to be heading upwards this month, according to the latest projections from online charter portal Avinode. The group’s forward-looking demand index for the next month stood at 114.23 earlier this week–almost 21 points above the month-ago level and more than 14 points above where it was 12 months ago.
Moscow Sheremetievo Airport’s newly built Terminal A–a dedicated business jet facility operated by Avia-Group–is now open, airport general manager Mikhail Vasilenko said this week. This completes the airport’s major reconstruction effort launched in the late 1990s.
According to Vasilenko, Terminal A was built to “high” international standards to secure Sheremetievo as “the best of the premium segment in the business aviation market.”
Gulfstream Aerospace is expanding its pre-owned aircraft sales to include aircraft brokerage services. Dubbed Gulfstream Preowned Brokerage, the service will use the company’s worldwide customer and prospect database to present sellers’ aircraft. Gulfstream will also assist buyers with finance options and competitive rates, as well as consultation for aircraft customization. New owners will also be able to take advantage of Gulfstream aircraft programs, including prepaid parts program PlaneParts.
The Chinese Year of the Dragon is off to an auspicious beginning, at least for Jackie Chan, who took delivery of his Embraer Legacy 650 late last week. The aircraft, which is adorned with dragons and Chan’s personal logo emblazoned on the tail, is the first Legacy 650 to be delivered into China. Chan will also serve as the official brand ambassador to Embraer, promoting its entire line of aircraft in the China market and globally.
Toulouse, France-based ACJ completions firm Airbus Corporate Jet Centre outfitted and delivered its 10th bizliner to an undisclosed customer in Europe this week. Featuring a “contemporary” design, the ACJ319 welcomes passengers with a nearly six-foot-high piece of metal art embedded in the entrance partition. The cabin layout includes a large lounge and dining area with an 18-foot-wide dome, an L-shape divan, two VIP club seats, a large sideboard and a dining table surrounded by a divan and three VIP seats, in addition to a full-size bedroom.
Gulfstream Aerospace donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats on business aircraft. Gulfstream was one of the first corporate flight departments to join as a CAN participant in 1982 and has donated both flight time and funds to the organization. “When treatment centers are far from home CAN provides free flights, allowing patients to travel without compromising their weakened immune systems,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.
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