Jetalliance Aviation Group and Aeroflot Russian Airlines have formed a joint-venture company called Jetalliance East to offer charter services within Russia. Yesterday, Cessna Aircraft and Jetalliance signed a leasing agreement for a new Citation CJ3 and a Sovereign for the venture.
EBACE Convention News » May 6, 2010
In response to the growing demand for business aircraft in Africa, charter operator VistaJet has launched a regional operation on the West African coast, based out of Lagos, Nigeria. The Switzerland-based company has partnered with Kola Aluko, a West Africa-based businessman and longtime VistaJet client.
This week’s gathering here in Geneva is the tenth staging of the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE). Yesterday’s edition of EBACE Convention News explained how the show quickly captured the industry’s imagination in its first four years. Today, AIN picks up the story in 2005 and runs through the highlights of shows from the second half of the last decade.
Over the 12 months since EBACE 2009 there has been a major improvement–you might almost say a revolution–in prospects for Russian business aviation. “Last year marked a turning point in the attitude of the Russian government and aviation authorities to our needs,” said Leonid Koshelev, chairman of the new Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA).
JetBrokers Seeks New Clients in Germany and Italy
Piaggio Aero (Booth No. 1325) took a bold stance during the recession to broaden worldwide recognition of its P180 Avanti II twin turboprop, according to John Bingham, president and CEO of Piaggio America and chief marketing officer for Piaggio Aero. “It paid off for us,” Bingham told AIN. Potential buyers who might not have considered purchasing an Avanti have added the turboprop to their shopping lists, he said.
Viking Air Announces Its First Authorized Centers
Viking Air (Booth No. 983) has appointed Team JAS of Jacksonville, Florida, and Universal Avionique of Miami, Florida, as its first two factory-endorsed component centers (FECC) for the Twin Otter Series 400 and legacy de Havilland Canada aircraft.
This year’s Farnborough International airshow (July 19 to 25) is virtually sold out despite the continued economic uncertainty. Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) has invested in upgrading the show, for example by adding a themed conference program and a “meet your buyer” event.
While the industry at large has suffered a severe downturn since 2008, very light jets (VLJs) have enjoyed a “secret boom,” according to German aviation consultancy Wingx Advance. The company based its conclusion on Eurocontrol data showing that over the past six months the number of VLJ flight movements in Europe grew by 100 percent compared with the same period a year earlier.
ExxonMobil Avitat FBO Network Expands