Aviation data service provider JetNet (Stand 571) of Utica, New York, is showcasing new features and upgrades to its subscriber products here at EBACE. These include a new commercial airliner database, a sales price index (SPI) option for aircraft sales professionals and interface enhancements for Mac and multi-browser compatibility, along with mobile and web-enabled device compatibilities.
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Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) has quietly launched an executive version of its ATR 42 and 72 regional airliners. In fact, there are already seven corporate or VIP ATR operators.
Perception is reality. That was the message yesterday from European and U.S. business aviation leaders who are waging an image campaign against politicians and the media engaged in class warfare against travelers who fly privately.
The change in fortunes of the business aviation industry since the 2008 EBACE show last May truly beggars belief. Since sometime around September last year the financial crisis–caused at least in part by self-destructive behavior of some of the industry’s best customers, the bankers–has been one kick in the teeth after another.
Development of the “clean sheet” all-composite Bombardier Learjet 85 continues on track for its announced entry-into-service date of 2013, notwithstanding the unexpected insolvency and subsequent bankruptcy in late 2008 of supplier Grob Aerospace, which had been selected to help develop the structure and build the first three prototypes for the program.
Charter operator FlyingGroup has opened new bases in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam and also in Luxembourg. The Belgium-based company already operates jets out of Cannes and Paris. The company is active in aircraft management, charter, consultancy and maintenance. Operating a fleet of 23 aircraft, FlyingGroup is an authorized Cessna Citation service center for the Mustang and the Citation XL/XLS/XLS+.
Two Spanish charter operators announced additions to their charter fleets here at EBACE.
Madrid-based Executive Airlines (Booth No. 542), the second largest business aviation operator in Spain, took delivery of its ninth Gulfstream G200 on April 6. The company claims to be the largest Gulfstream operator in Europe. It counts four G550s, nine G200s and three G150s among its total fleet of 25 business jets.
Austria-based cabin component supplier List here at EBACE revealed the first-ever flexible-stone product for business aircraft cabins. Applications include floors, lavatories and galleys. According to List, the technique of creating flexible stone is relatively simple but requires great precision.
Honda Aircraft, which announced last month a one-year delay in certification of its HondaJet as a result of supplier issues, remains confident, buoyed by an order book for “well over 100 aircraft.” According to Stephen Keeney, senior manager for corporate affairs, “the vast majority of our customers are sticking with us.”
When the Cessna Citation X received FAA certification in June 1996, it officially became the fastest business aircraft, with an Mmo of Mach 0.92. Only the Concorde was a faster civil airplane at that time. So when British Airways and Air France announced in April 2003 that they had decided to ground the Concorde for good, the Citation X assumed the mantle of fastest civil aircraft, as well.
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