Arab Wings has stepped up its expansion plans by taking delivery of a new Bombardier Challenger 605 just before the EBACE show opened. The Jordanian charter operator is also applying for an aircraft operator’s certificate in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where it is about to launch a sister company called Gulf Wings from a base in Sharjah.
EBACE Convention News » May 13, 2009
German operator DC Aviation yesterday launched a frequent-flier program in part of an industry-wide scramble to offer better value for money in a still-weak executive charter sector. For an initial period running from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010, the new DC Aviation Loyalty Club will give customers a range of benefits, including flight prices on a sliding scale and guaranteed availability in the midsize jet segment.
These are the hardest times the global business aviation community has ever faced, the industry was told by its leadership at yesterday’s opening general session of the EBACE show. Just as companies struggle to stay afloat in the treacherous undercurrents whipped up by a financial crisis of historic proportions, they are having to avoid being dragged down by the unwelcome weight of a new wave of regulatory requirements.
The European division of Women in Aviation International will be hosting its annual conference in Ferrara, Italy, from September 4 to 6. The focus of this year’s event is “transforming your life, company and industry for a better tomorrow.” Women in Corporate Aviation is sponsoring the registration of two full-time college students.
CAE (Booth No. 1525) has expanded its portfolio of Web-based pilot and technical training courses for business aviation customers. The company is providing online courses and solutions customized for business aviation on the level of the same practices and solutions used in commercial aviation.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 1051) delivered its first Airbus A340 completion earlier this month, to a Middle Eastern customer. The project, considered a VVIP interior, consisted of a partial reconfiguration and refurbishment of a commercial airliner.
PrivatAir, the Geneva-based company specializing in executive charter with large aircraft, announced the launch of a training service for employees of private jet operators. The new service aims to help operators cope with upcoming regulatory changes requiring mandatory and regular flight-crew training in areas such as safety procedures, medical requirements, handling of dangerous goods, security and crew resources management.
Brazil’s Embraer and Boca Raton, Florida-based Volvo Aero Services have entered a four-year partnership that makes Volvo Aero an official distribution center for Embaer aircraft parts. Included in the initial agreement are about 4,000 part numbers for the EMB 110 Bandeirante, EMB 120 Brasilia and ERJ 145 jet family.
Marshall Business Aviation (Booth No. 1449) has successfully achieved full approval to provide maintenance and modifications on the new Citation Mustang from Cessna Aircraft. The UK group, which has been a Cessna service center for more than 35 years, welcomed its first Mustang into its new 50,000-sq-ft $7.6 million maintenance facility at Cambridge in February. The Mustang is owned by Klyne Air.
Ruag, the Swiss aerospace and defense group, announced a joint venture with List of Austria to offer customers a one-stop shop for simultaneous maintenance and interior refurbishing of executive aircraft. In its facilities in Bern, Geneva, Lugano, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stuttgart and Zurich, Ruag (Booth No.
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