Gulfstream Aerospace has come to MEBA on the crest of a wave with deliveries of 104 large-cabin jets forecast by the end of the year, albeit “green” aircraft ready for completion and painting for customers. The company has brought a G450 and G550 to the MEBA static display but was unable to fly a G650 or the new G280 to Dubai, because it is focusing on delivering these new jets to customers.
Look out, independent charter operators! Hello, charter passengers! The launch of the world’s first corporate jet charter alliance was announced here at MEBA 2012 yesterday.
One of VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 6000 business jets made a brief stop here at the MEBA show on Monday as part of a 12-city promotional tour. The itinerary began in London on December 2 and has included visits to Hong Kong, Beijing, Vladivostok (Russia), Ulan Bator (Mongolia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Moscow, Kiev, Delhi and Mumbai.
The aircraft was due to fly on to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday before returning to London after a stop in Istanbul. The block charter operator is due to conduct a tour of 12 or more African cities in February.
Airbus Corporate Jets is exhibiting at MEBA 2012 (Chalet A9) having sold more than 170 aircraft since it was set up in the 1990s. Sixty of them have been in the wide-body category, mostly serving with government and VVIP operators.
Arinc Direct has brought a range of its products to the MEBA show, underlining its position as a leading flight services solutions provider for business aviation. The company (here at Stand 387) is showcasing its Connect Communication System, a new development that provides three-in-one capability in a single portable device.
Business for general aviation providers in India is generally slow as the economy shows signs of slackening, yet 60-year-old Mumbai-based Air Works Engineering is looking at innovative ways to expand its business in India and abroad.
Sabena Technics (Stand 619) is promoting its capabilities in VIP aircraft completion and refurbishment, as company officials see the Middle East as a fertile region for its business. The company, whose parent TAT Group is based in Tours, France, also is engaged in aircraft leasing and real estate businesses. It plans to open a showroom in Bordeaux, France, where customers can plan their interiors.
The U.S. NTSB is assisting Mexico’s Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) in the investigation into the crash of a chartered Learjet 25 that claimed the life of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera early Sunday morning. The twinjet disappeared from radar just minutes after it took off from Monterrey, Mexico, at 3:15 a.m. local time following her concert there, for a flight to Toluca.
A senior AgustaWestland executive told AIN late last week that the company was giving serious consideration to building production models of the AW609 civil tiltrotor in the U.S., possibly in Texas. Robert LaBelle, managing director of the AgustaWestland Tilt-Rotor Co., said the aircraft initially would be built partially in Italy and the U.S., but that the ultimate decision on where to conduct final assembly would be “driven by the customer base” and that “35 percent of that is predicted to be in the United States.”
Lufthansa Technik is preparing to receive a second Boeing 747-8 for VIP conversion by the company’s completions facility in Hamburg, Germany. Those preparations include an intensive engineering planning phase, qualification programs and modifications to the hangar space to accommodate the aircraft. The first 747-8 arrived at the end of August and is now into its completion program. The second aircraft is scheduled to arrive later this month, following contract signature at the Dubai Air Show last year. Both of these 747-8s are due to be delivered to their customers in 2014.