Bahrain-based charter operator Bexair is trying to expand the Middle East’s business aircraft fleet through its new venture, Arabian Aircraft & Equipment Leasing (AAELCO). At the same time, the privately owned company is expanding its own fleet by placing an order for two new Cessna Citation XLSes as well as an option for a third.
Aviation International News » February 2006
The German business and banking metropolis of Frankfurt lacks a dedicated executive airport, but Christoph Goetzmann, head of the executive aviation division at Fraport, the operating company of Frankfurt’s Rhine-Main airport, emphasizes that business aviation is welcome at the large hub.
London Executive Aviation (LEA) is preparing to pioneer the use of very light jets (VLJs) in the European charter market. The UK firm has been tracking the VLJ phenomenon since the late 1990s and is convinced that the promised low operating costs of the VLJs will attract a significant number of customers who hadn’t previously imagined that private aircraft charter could be affordable.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last month lived up to its reputation as a playground for tech lovers, with more than 2,500 companies showing off an array of items that beep, ring, flash, download, upload and heaven knows what else.
For a long time–too long some say–the industry has been struggling to give passengers on corporate aircraft the same business and entertainment tools at 41,000 feet that they enjoy at home or in their offices. And the truth is it’s going to take a little longer.
Sir Roy McNulty, chairman of the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), has said that management and financial problems at the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) could compromise safety standards. However, Sir Roy added that he does not expect EASA’s performance to deteriorate to such an extent without the agency’s taking corrective action.
The call comes as the FAA released its draft environmental impact statement on its airspace redesign–a project involving 31,000 sq mi, five states and 21 major airports. Four redesign alternatives are under consideration, and the FAA will choose one after the public comment period ends on June 1. Workshops will be held throughout the five-state study area over the next three months.
While the NTSB is far from concluding its investigation into the fatal nighttime overrun accident involving a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 at Chicago Midway Airport (MDW) on December 8, the Safety Board has released preliminary findings that shed light on what was going on in the cockpit and with the weather before the crash.
A proposed wholesale change to Embraer’s capital structure will see CEO Mauricio Botelho leave his chief executive’s post in April next year and become chairman of the new company until April 2009, the end of his three-year term. Embraer’s CEO since September 1995, 10 months after the company became a private enterprise, Botelho called the decision to step down a personal one.
The seven-seat aircraft will operate from Switzerland Lugano Agno Airport.