CAE is launching training services for business aircraft pilots and mechanics in Asia. From later this year and extending into 2013, the North American company will introduce programs covering the following seven aircraft: Bombardier’s Global 5000, Global Express and Global XRS; the Gulfstream G450 and G550; Dassault’s Falcon 7X; and the Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter.
China’s newest charter operator–AllPoints Jet–ordered a pair of Gulfstream jets yesterday. The long-range G450 and G550 aircraft will be delivered in the first quarter of 2013 to the company’s base at Chengdu International Airport, from where AllPoints provides charter, management and maintenance.
The first flight of Embraer’s new Legacy 500 has been delayed until the third quarter of this year, due to software problems with its fly-by-wire controls. Nonetheless, the 500 and its shorter-haul, smaller sibling, the Legacy 450, are set to shine as the latest entries in the Brazilian manufacturer’s burgeoning book of business jet offerings, which range from the entry-level Phenom 100 to the uber barge Lineage 1000.
Just over three years ago, Hawker Beechcraft began delivering what is arguably the best of the venerable 125-series aircraft: the Hawker 750. Performance and price both help to make this midsize-cabin model a strong contender.
The four panelists participating in the last session held at the March 19 to 20 International Society of Transport Aircraft Traders (ISTAT) conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., reacted to what CIT Group Transportation Finance president and panel moderator Jeffrey Knittel called the “mega order syndrome” with mixed but carefully considered opinions, while most attendees appeared concerned about an
“China is the business jet market for the next decade,” Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor said here yesterday at ABACE. He predicted “steady growth” for BBJ orders and deliveries in China, fueled mainly by aircraft charter operator customers that–unlike in other parts of the world–are the dominant players for new business jets in the Asian country.
ABACE show host Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Center (SHPBASC) has been approved by China’s Civil Aviation Administration (CAAC) to perform maintenance on Bombardier’s Global 5000 and ultra-long-range Global Express/XRS series of business jets. Shanghai Hawker Pacific is the first approved Part 145 facility in China.
Lufthansa Technik (LHT) will establish a completions center in Asia, “sooner rather than later,” the company told an ABACE show press conference yesterday. “In the medium term the Chinese market is very interesting,” said Walter Heerdt, the company’s senior marketing and sales vice president. “We have to be here, otherwise we will not get the best share we can out of this market.”
The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has approved the Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre (SHPBASC) to add the Dassault Falcon 7X to its Part 145 Maintenance Organization approval. This is the first approval by the CAAC for the 7X in China, according to SHPBASC.
Embraer has delivered the first of 13 Legacy 650s to China’s Minsheng Financial Leasing (MSFL). Minsheng signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the business jets last July, and this was supplemented by an additional agreement signed at the Singapore Airshow last month for three Lineage 1000s.