When Macquarie Infrastructure completes its planned $338 million acquisition of the Trajen FBO chain in the third quarter, the aviation industry will have three dominant players. Macquarie owns Atlantic Aviation and will merge the 21 (possibly 23 by the time the deal concludes) Trajen bases with the 19 Atlantic Aviation FBOs that it already owns.
Aviation International News » June 2006
With crude oil and jet-A prices rising and demand continuing to grow, retail purchasers of fuel might wonder why fuel companies bother with promotional programs. Isn’t jet-A a commodity, easily mixed among brands? Does it matter what kind of jet-A you put in your airplane?
With jet-A prices already soaring and likely to climb during the summer, business jet operators continue to seek ways to save money on fuel. Contract fuel companies, which either sell their own fuel or arrange for discounts from airports and FBOs, report an increase in calls from operators. “It’s tough lately,” said Alyse Daniel, membership coordinator for fuel discounter Jet Fleet International.
Raytheon Aircraft last expected to receive full FAA certification of the super-midsize Hawker 4000 Horizon in February, nearly five years later than the originally estimated date of spring 2001. The FAA granted the aircraft provisional certification on Dec. 23, 2004. But February came and went without full, final certification.
A day after Teal Group lead analyst Richard Aboulafia was quoted in the International Herald Tribune as saying the nascent very light jet (VLJ) market has the potential for a spectacular flameout, Eclipse Aviation founder and CEO Vern Raburn fired back by calling the oft-quoted (some might say over-exposed) market forecaster’s comments “ignorant and stupid.”
In medicine it goes by various names: restorative surgery, cosmetic surgery, transplant surgery. In the world of business jets it’s called anything from a rerag to a major refurbishment. By whatever name it goes, the process breathes varying degrees of new life into an airplane that is showing its age but worth rejuvenating.
Many of you may remember that there was an accident involving a Challenger 600 in Montrose, Colo., in November 2004. (See story on page 95.) According
Aviall has agreed to be purchased by The Boeing Company for a reported $48 per share ($1.7 billion). The acquisition comes with about $350 million in debt. Aviall will become part of Boeing’s Commercial Aviation Services but will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary.
Fractional provider NetJets recently awarded a trophy to Raytheon Aircraft’s Little Rock facility for outstanding performance. The facility services and performs scheduled maintenance on NetJets’ domestic fleet of 69 Hawker 400XPs, Hawker 800XPs and Hawker 1000s. NetJets created the award to recognize its partners and suppliers for their role in supporting the NetJets fleet.
Berlin-Schoenefeld Airport will experience a major facility expansion as Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services opens a new hangar dedicated to Learjet maintenance this month. The new addition raises the company’s total usable maintenance area to approximately 64,584 sq ft and increases the center’s capacity and flexibility in servicing the rapidly growing number of Learjet, Challenger and Global customers in the region.