For new customers who might enjoy the benefits of flying from quieter airports, with fewer security hassles and on a more convenient schedule, the charter market can appear somewhat incomprehensible, especially when using smaller aircraft. William Herp, CEO of Concord, Mass.-based charter operator Linear Air, has what he sees as a solution to help bring lower-cost charter flying to a much larger audience: a nationwide charter market called the Linear Connect Digital Marketplace.
Private charter operator Qatar Executive–a subsidiary of Qatar Airways–is set to open a new FBO at Doha’s Hamad International Airport shortly, having already moved its headquarters there. The airport, which opened earlier this year after a series of delays, is scheduled to replace Doha International Airport as the Gulf nation’s primary international gateway. The company plans to strengthen its core Middle East, Far East and African markets next year, according to executive vice president David Edwards.
Patrick de Castelbajac was named CEO of Avions de Transport Regional (ATR). He was previously head of contract negotiations for Airbus.
James Colleary was named president of Associated Air Center. He was previously COO and replaces Jack Lawless, who left the company.
The Middle East and North Africa Business Aviation Association appointed Benoit Defforge, managing director of Airbus Corporate Jets, and Renaud Cloatre, international sales director for Dassault Aviation, to its board of directors.
Connecticut-based Volo Aviation has been chosen to manage the FBO at Tampa Executive Airport (VDF) in Florida and brand it as the latest facility in the growing chain. Formerly Leading Edge Aviation Services, the FBO services at the location (Leading Edge still operates an aircraft dealership and maintenance shop at the site) were purchased by Skyport Holdings, an investment company affiliated with Volo. “We see a strong local demand for services in the Tampa area,” said Brian Ciambra, Skyport president and CEO and Volo senior vice president for FBO operations.
Buyers continue to make their collective presence felt in the pre-owned market, pushing worldwide inventory to multiyear lows following a consistent contraction since last year’s NBAA Convention. Since that time, the market outflow of choices has exceeded the inflow and levels have dipped from 2,600 then to about 2,335 today, a level not seen since the summer of 2008. There are likely a number of factors affecting the depletion, including the perception of an improved U.S. economy, which has stimulated sales activity.
Web Manuals, a Swedish company that offers digital operational manual creation, publication, distribution and maintenance services, is set to expand its sphere of operations and open a U.S. office in Boston later this year. The Malmö-based firm streamlines the task of maintaining and sharing up-to-date company operational or maintenance manuals, which are becoming ever more crucial in the current safety management system climate.
Some 13,030 business aircraft worth $325.6 billion (2014 dollars) will be delivered over the next 10 years, according to the Teal Group’s latest business aircraft forecast. This includes 9,361 traditional business jets worth $262.4 billion; 537 bizliners and regional jet conversions worth a combined $44.1 billion; and 3,132 business turboprops worth $19.1 billion.
U.S.- and foreign-based operators flying aircraft on a charter certificate but conducting private, non-revenue operations to Mexico have been given a reprieve from cabotage rules imposed in April by Mexico’s aviation agency, Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil. The new rules, which are effective retroactively to June 3, “clarify that operators with aircraft listed on a charter certificate are once again allowed to operate those same aircraft to Mexico as private, non-revenue flights,” according to NBAA.
On July 31 Clay Jones is retiring as a director and nonexecutive chairman of the board of Rockwell Collins. Independent director and board member Anthony Carbone will become nonexecutive chairman on August 1. Jones joined Rockwell Collins in 1979 and became president in 1999, then CEO in 2001. In 2002 he became chairman and he retired as CEO on July 31 last year.
NBAA announced on Tuesday that Chris Strong, the association’s senior vice president of marketing and member services, has assumed the role of senior vice president for conventions and membership. Strong’s new responsibilities were formerly held by Kathleen Blouin, who stepped down from her position as NBAA senior vice president of conventions and forums on Monday.