Rolls-Royce has again peered into its crystal ball and is predicting steady growth in business jet deliveries through the remainder of the decade, it said yesterday here at EBACE. In a longer view, the company forecasts a demand for 39,000 new business jets, ranging from very light jets to bizliners, worth some $715 billion over the next 20 years.
EBACE Convention News » May 20, 2008
XOJet, the fast-growing on-demand charter company operating a fleet of Cessna Citation X and (starting this fall) Bombardier Challenger 300 aircraft, has secured $2.46 billion in financing to fund an ambitious plan to expand further both in North America and internationally, in what the company claims is the “largest publicly announced business aircraft financing package in history.” It is also evaluating larger aircraft, such as the Bombardi
Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based Banyan Air Service is expanding its capabilities to include avionics installations in large-cabin business jets. The company’s avionics department recently completed the installation of a cabin entertainment system in a Gulfstream IV-SP, EVS in a Falcon 900B and satellite TV and high-speed-data satcom in a privately owned Boeing 747SP.
Microturbo, a subsidiary of Safran Group company Turbomeca, has finalized a partnership with Triumph Gear Systems of Park City, Utah, for the development of a gearbox for its new e-APU line of auxiliary power units, which are being specifically designed for business jets requiring 15 to 90 kWe power (up to 150 shaft horsepower).
This morning, BAE Systems Regional Aircraft (Booth No. 2055) plans to reveal teaming arrangements with a completion center and a design house for the Avro Business Jet (ABJ), a corporate version of its BAe 146/Avro RJ regional-quadjet, for which it claims “all-time high” market interest. “Sales of the aircraft have taken off in the past twelve months,” said sales executive Andy Whelan.
Following an earlier initiative in the luxury-yacht market, international banking and insurance financial-services provider Fortis (Booth No. 1175) has formed Fortis Executive Aircraft Group. Capitalizing on the experience of Swiss lessor Dreieck Industrie Leasing, which it acquired two years ago, the group has established a “competence center” in Lausanne, Switzerland, with representatives in London and the Isle of Man.
Would-be business jet OEM Spectrum Aeronautical (Booth No. 1947) of Carlsbad, California, announced the selection of Honeywell’s Primus Apex integrated avionics system for its all-composite S-40 Freedom midsize jet. Company president Austin Blue said Apex was chosen for the S-40 because it is a reliable and mature product that offers “best in class” functionality, in addition to Honeywell’s established international support capability.
Executive charter operator FlyingGroup (Booth No. 439), which has bases at Paris Le Bourget, Cannes and Antwerp, has launched a CO2 emission offset program and has thus become a “CO2-neutral” company, according to Belgian organization CO2logic’s standards. FlyingGroup has promised to cut its emissions and educate customers. Customers are not required to sign up, however.
Flight Display Systems, a leading manufacturer of in-flight entertainment equipment, has unveiled at EBACE the updated version of its 7-inch widescreen LCD monitor, “developed with European dealer concerns in mind.” The FD70CV-M upgrade model has an all-metal housing (replacing the plastic version, which is still being offered). It is 14-percent thinner and 12-percent shorter than its predecessor and has FAA parts manufacturer approval.
Following a review of its operations by efficiency consultants, CRS Jet Spares has revealed a range of measures that will help the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company “go green.” These include encouraging car pooling, reducing paper waste, recycling packaging material, placing recycling bins around the company’s facilities, changing to high-efficiency lighting and eliminating Styrofoam cups with “long-lasting, eco-friendly coffee mugs.”