The Asian market is waking up to the fact that companies using business aircraft earn more than those that don’t (141 percent more, according to an NBAA analysis). However, there are many obstacles remain to developing the private aviation sector in that part of the world.
Aviation International News » July 2011
While Cessna Aircraft’s new CEO, Scott Ernest, may not be ready to sit down for wide-ranging interviews with outside media yet, he did indicate what his priorities are during a brief Q&A he gave for its internal newsletter, the Cessnan, just two days after he joined the company on May 31.
NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen’s letter to The Wall Street Journal:
“Your front-page story detailing the movements of ‘general aviation’ airplanes by businesses (‘Corporate Jet Set: Leisure vs. Business,’ June 16) unfortunately neglected to mention that the personal use of a company’s airplane typically accounts for only a tiny fraction of the aircraft’s flights.
If there remained any doubt after its February 14 piece on the alleged excesses of “Air Bloomberg” (AIN, March, page 62), The Wall Street Journal effectively declared hostilities on business aviation last month.
If start-ups are indicators of a healthy completion and refurbishment industry, there is cause for optimism in an industry that has been hard hit over the last several years. Recent months saw the creation of new centers, designers, vendors and consultancies as well as expansion by existing MRO facilities to include cabin outfitting.
GAL Aviation began formal operations in April, focusing on two niche markets in the executive industry with two divisions: GAL Interiors and GAL Technical.
Having Lufthansa Technik show up at an aviation trade show is a bit like having Santa Claus show up at the company party with a bag of toys, and this year’s Ebace was no exception.
Pats Aircraft Systems, best known for its auxiliary fuel systems, is emerging from a major restructuring phase to focus on four core competencies as a stand-alone company.
Georgetown, Del.-based Pats has long been under the DeCrane Aerospace umbrella but found itself an only child when DeCrane sold most of its other assets to aerospace systems and services provider Goodrich
There are growing signs that business aviation is entering a recovery period, and reports from the completion and refurbishment side of the house suggest that cabin outfitting is shaking off the effects of a prolonged recession.
Jet Aviation has signed another BBJ2 cabin completion contract with an unidentified customer, even as the Basel, Switzerland-based center gears up to meet growing demand for single-aisle and twin-aisle airliner reconfigurations.