Bombardier Aerospace recently opened a new office in Shanghai. It is home to the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft teams working with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Bombardier Aerospace’s supply chain organization in China, and it also serves as the headquarters for the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft sales and marketing team for China and North Asia.
Sokol JSC, a Russia-based maintenance provider, has signed an agreement with GE Aviation to become an authorized service center for the M601 and H80. Under the agreement Sokol JSC will provide all aspects of line maintenance as well as on-wing heavy repair, troubleshooting, TBO extension inspections and a stock of spare parts.
Marshall Aerospace has appointed Steve Jones as managing director of Marshall Business Aviation (MBA) and Marshall Executive Aviation (MEA). Before joining MBA/MEA, business units within Cambridge, UK-based Marshall Aerospace, Jones was general manager of three general aviation airports in the United Arab Emirates. Before that he was managing director at Oxford Airport in the UK. Marshall Business Aviation is currently gearing up to pursue new business opportunities for business jet and general aviation maintenance repair and overhaul.
The U.S. Senate passed a bill yesterday to extend the charter of the U.S. Ex-Im Bank for another three years and raise its debt ceiling from $100 billion to $140 billion, at least temporarily issuing a reprieve to Boeing and other U.S. aerospace companies that depend on government-backed loan guarantees to sell their products to foreign customers unable to access pr
Participation in the next-generation European airspace system will require business aircraft operators to invest in new equipment–to the tune of some $3.45 billion between now and 2024–as the concept of “first-come, first-served” is gradually retired, Patrick Ky, executive director of the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) Joint Undertaking, told EBACE attendees yesterday.
European charter operators are the least efficient in the world due to a higher rate of empty-leg flights, Avinode managing director Oliver King said this week at EBACE. On average, the online charter broker calculates that approximately one out of every three flights (33 percent) conducted by European operators is an empty leg, versus a global average of 29 percent.
Charter operators in Russia/CIS are the most efficient, with only a 25-percent empty-leg rate, followed closely by the U.S. and Canada at 27 percent. Middle East operators have a 31-percent empty-leg rate.
Hawker Beechcraft inked an order for six Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprops from Hawker Pacific yesterday at EBACE. The deal with Hawker Pacific, a business aircraft sales and support firm in the Asia Pacific region, will support Hawker Beechcraft’s growing commercial and special missions operations across Australia and Southeast Asia. The six deliveries will be phased over the next three years, with the first delivery taking place later this year, three deliveries in 2013 and the final two aircraft being delivered in 2014.
Eurocontrol director general David McMillan and International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) director general Don Spruston received 2012 European Business Aviation Awards from EBAA and NBAA on Monday at EBACE.
Galmena, a joint venture formed between Canada’s Gal Aviation and Bahrain-based Mena Aerospace Enterprises, signed a new service agreement with global business aircraft organization ExecuJet Middle East this week at EBACE. Under the agreement, the two companies are joining forces to deliver an all-inclusive cabin interiors service to major OEMs’ aircraft platforms, and their existing client bases.
UK-based ConnectJets this week at EBACE announced a loyalty program for jet-card customers who expect to fly a total of 25 hours or more in a year. Jet Card Europe starts at $6,006 per hour for very light jets, and ranges up to $7,458 for light jets and $9,900 for midsize jets. The card comes with several benefits, including guaranteed availability, no peak-day restrictions, no positioning costs, no monthly management fees, no extra fuel or airport surcharges and discounts on same-day return trips.