Jeppesen (Booth No. 729) has selected WhiteConcierge as its partner for a new service called Jeppesen Concierge. This program will enable aircrew and passengers to access all WhiteConcierge services, which the company groups into four main categories: personal emergency services; travel and reservations service; proactive lifestyle management; and virtual private assistant.
EBACE Convention News » May 12, 2009
PremiAir opened its new maintenance center for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft at Oxford Airport. The operation has relocated from the UK group’s Blackbushe base near London and now occupies the former CSE Aviation hangar which has been upgraded to the tune of almost $1.5 million.
Sources for financing of corporate aircraft purchases may be harder to find this year than last, but Toennies von Limburg, director of international sales with Bank of America Corporate Aircraft Finance (Booth No. 394), said there is value to be had in what has turned rapidly from a buyers’ to a sellers’ market.
The near catastrophic collapse of leading Icelandic banks has forced Reykjavik-based executive charter operator Icejet to take refuge further south by basing four of its five Dornier 328Jets overseas. Two of the aircraft now reside at Oxford Airport in the UK–a 14-seat VIP Envoy model and a 19-seat corporate shuttle version. Another Envoy is based at Paris Le Bourget Airport and a third aircraft operates out of the Latvian capital Riga.
Piaggio Aero Industries’ new management team is still refusing to go public on long-rumored plans that it will launch a new jet program. At the same time, the Italian manufacturer has reported that production rates for the existing P.180 Avanti II twin pusherprop are holding up well in soft market conditions.
Oxford Airport is continuing to develop as a business aviation gateway for central and southern England, with the completion this month of a new 21,000-sq-ft hangar and the arrival of new based operators. The new Hangar 11 will be large enough for aircraft such as the Boeing Business Jet.
BAE Systems is working on half a dozen prospective applications for Q-HUD, its new compact and lightweight head-up display that it launched last October for lighter business aircraft for which existing HUD systems might not be suitable. It expects the next level of commitment from one or more airframers could come within a few weeks and says that it is on track to complete certification of the product before the end of 2010.
After two years of development work, Aviation Partners has achieved European and U.S. approval for “high-Mach” blended winglets on Dassault’s Falcon 2000 family of jets. The Seattle, Washington-based company is here at EBACE (Booth No. 1655) with a freshly minted FAA and EASA supplemental type certificate for the latest modification (FAA STC ST01987SE, obtained on April 16).
VistaJet is slowing the implementation of its ambitious growth plans in the charter market but insists that its ambition to solidify its position as the number two service provider outside North America still stands. This year the company will take delivery of less than half of the 12 to 14 new aircraft it had been due to take, and it has adjusted its target of having a 100-strong fleet of jets by 2012 operating some 80,000 flight hours.
With oil prices having fallen dramatically, Russia and its once-growing business aviation industry have seen significant declines. According to statistics from Maxim Fedosov, executive director at United Business Aviation Association (UBAA), the number of business jet flights in Russian aerospace has dropped below 2006 levels, at around 10,000 a month. Russian operators are responsible for 35 percent, or 5 percent fewer than three years ago.