AINalerts » May 19, 2008

May 19, 2008 - 9:04am

Switzerland’s VistaJet today launched its so-called Flight Solutions Program, on which it hopes to pin much of its planned expansion into the Asia-Pacific market, Europe and beyond. VistaJet’s new program consists of private jet partnership and ownership “solutions.” The partnership component allows customers to commit to 100, 200, 300 and 400 hours per year in exchange for a monthly fee.

May 19, 2008 - 9:03am

XOJet, the San Carlos, Calif.-based on-demand charter company with a fleet of Cessna Citation Xs, said today at EBACE that it has secured $2.46 billion in financing to fund a plan to expand further both in North America and internationally.

May 19, 2008 - 9:02am

Dassault today introduced the Falcon 900LX, a new version of the large business jet that features 4,800-nm NBAA IFR range thanks to the addition of winglets. With a 300-nm improvement in range, the $41 million Falcon 900LX is slated to replace the 900EX when it enters service in 2010. The all-composite winglets, which were originally created for the Falcon 2000LX, call for more wing reinforcement on the 900LX due to higher wing loading.

May 19, 2008 - 8:57am

In its latest business jet forecast, released today at EBACE, Rolls-Royce predicts demand for 39,000 new aircraft, ranging from very light jets to bizliners, worth some $715 billion over the next 20 years. Of this projected total, the engine maker believes that nearly 16,000 will be midsize or large business jets that will account for more than $536 billion in billings.

May 19, 2008 - 8:44am

This afternoon at EBACE Hawker Beechcraft announced the $7.365 million (2010 $) Premier II, a long-awaited performance-enhanced version of the Premier IA. Driving the Premier II upgrade are 3,050-pound-thrust Williams International FJ44-3AP engines, which replace the 2,300-pound-thrust FJ44-2As on the IA, blended winglets and splayed ventral fins, but no fuselage stretch.

 

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