Zurich-based aviation services provider Jet Aviation is restructuring its U.S. executive management following the announcement that Jim Ziegler, CEO of U.S. operations, will be leaving the company. Ziegler, who joined Jet Aviation in 2007 after stints at Learjet and Bombardier, will continue to act as a consultant for the company.
Aviation International News » February 2009
Since the Big Three automakers flew to Washington in business jets to ask for bailout money, rumors about flight department closures have multiplied.
Despite the worldwide economic maelstrom, total sales for the U.S. aerospace industry were on pace to reach $204 billion for 2008, a new record for the fifth straight year.
Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO Marion Blakey said during the annual AIA year-end review and forecast in December that while the industry has not been immune to effects of the ongoing global financial crisis, it is showing relative strength.
Two U.S.-based companies have launched online networks that allow customers to book flights with other private jet users and share the cost of their flights. The
jet-share model differs from empty-leg arrangements, an important distinction in light of the regulatory issues surrounding per-seat models.
Newly launched PrivateJet Share.com allows travelers to buy and sell individual seats on chartered aircraft. Individuals can use the site to post available seats for sale to pre-registered fellow members, with a 25-percent commission applying on each seat sold.
This year manufacturers brought to market a number of electronics calculated to bring a smile to the face of even the most jaded business jet owner.
Following a successful launch and glowing reviews of its GoGo in-flight Internet service with the airlines in late summer, Aircell was at the NBAA Convention in October promoting the broadband service to the business aviation market and now says it will be available this spring.
Virgin Charter has had its fair share of ups and downs over the past few months. The charter marketplace suffered a drop in business in late August and September due to the economic downturn, but transaction activity at Virgin now appears to be steadily rising as a result of a shift in clientele, a new business strategy and several new partnerships.
The new Marshall Business Aviation Centre at Cambridge, UK, was officially opened on December 4. The £5 million facility combines a new executive terminal with two adjoining hangars that provide more than 50,000 sq feet of space for aircraft maintenance.
When 91-year-old Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.) relinquished his chairmanship of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee late last year, the domino effect thrust Sen. John Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) into the chairmanship of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Yankee Pacific Aerospace has merged two of its holdings– Executive Aircraft Completions (EAC) and Cabin Innovations– into a single division called Cabin Innovations. The new company’s design, engineering and certification office will remain in Tulsa, Okla., with a production and engineering office based at Cabin Innovations’ new 39,630-sq-ft facility in Lewisville, Texas.