AINalerts » January 24, 2012

January 24, 2012 - 3:45pm
Bizjets Buoy Bombardier in 2011

Bombardier Aerospace delivered 163 business jets during the 11-month fiscal year that ended December 31, compared with 155 shipped during the 12-month Fiscal Year 2010. (FY2011 was only 11 months because Bombardier’s board of directors voted to change the financial year-end from January 31 to December 31, effective Dec. 31, 2011.)

January 24, 2012 - 3:40pm

House and Senate leaders appear to have reached agreement on a multi-year funding plan for FAA spending and programs. Intransigence across both sides of the political aisle has been instrumental in blocking long-term FAA reauthorization, which led to a partial shutdown of the agency for about two weeks last summer.

January 24, 2012 - 3:35pm

Eurocopter announced today that its 2011 revenues reached a record €5.4 billion ($7 billion), a 12-percent increase over the previous year. However, deliveries totaled 503 helicopters, short of the 527 handed over in 2010.

Last year, the manufacturer received net orders for 457 rotorcraft, prompting CEO Lutz Bertling to declare that the helicopter market has now recovered. He emphasized the low number of cancellations last year–only 15.

January 24, 2012 - 3:30pm

Lufthansa announced yesterday it will introduce its Lufthansa Private Jet service to the North American market on February 1 through an expanded relationship with fractional provider NetJets. The new service will build on the existing Lufthansa Private Jet service in Europe, which is done in conjunction with NetJets Europe.

January 24, 2012 - 3:25pm

The Massachusetts Port Authority gave the go-ahead to Bedford-based Rectrix Aviation to develop new FBOs at Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Under the terms of the lease agreement, Rectrix will invest approximately $5 million to develop 27,000 sq ft of hangar and office space at Worcester Airport and $15 million to develop approximately 96,000 sq ft of hangar and office space at Hanscom Field.

January 24, 2012 - 3:20pm

Charter broker Avinode said today that business jet departures in the U.S. have started out somewhat slower this year. During the first 22 days of 2012, there were 99,981 business jet departures in the U.S., according to research done by the company. That number is 6.2 percent lower than in the same period last year. However, Avinode noted, it is up 0.9 percent from 2010 and 15.5 percent higher than 2009. Ultra-long-range jets have taken the biggest hit in the early January numbers, it said.

January 24, 2012 - 3:15pm

Tarek Ragheb–who has headed the Gulfstream sales organization in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for the past 18 years–is assuming new responsibilities for advising and supporting the group he helped develop, the company said yesterday. In his new role as senior adviser to the international sales team for EMEA, Ragheb will provide strategic guidance and counsel to the staff. Ragheb was most recently regional senior vice president of EMEA international sales.

January 24, 2012 - 3:10pm

Hawker Beechcraft received type certification for the Hawker 900XP midsize business jet from the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) Aviation Registry in Russia, the Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The twinjet can reach any point in Europe from Moscow or St. Petersburg, according to Hawker Beechcraft. With the Russian approval, the Hawker 900XP has obtained type certification from more than 50 countries.

January 24, 2012 - 3:05pm

According to a Russian source, UTAir has partially resumed Mil Mi-26T flights. On December 20, the operator grounded its fleet of heavy twins for tail-boom inspections after a fatal accident in the Khanty Mansi region–one of UTair’s Mi-26 heavy twins landed hard, rolled and caught fire, killing one crewmember and injuring the other five. There were no passengers aboard.

January 24, 2012 - 3:00pm

In its just released 2012 to 2016 strategic agenda, Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur, the French company managing Cannes and Nice airports, is planning major investments for business aviation. In Nice, parking capacity is expected to increase from 51 to 72 aircraft positions in 2014. In Cannes, an additional hangar will open late this year, and a second one–“if needed”–opens in late 2016.


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