“We can capture almost 100 aircraft in the business aviation market,” CEO of Superjet International (SJI) Nazario Cauceglia told AIN.
The “persistent and recently escalating” Ukraine crisis continued to hamper business aviation flight activity in Europe last month, according to data released today by WingX Advance, a business aviation research and consulting firm based in Hamburg, Germany. There were 61,831 business aircraft departures in Europe last month, down 3 percent (1,974 flights) from a year ago–the largest drop so far in 2014, the company said. Year-to-date, the market is 1 percent below last year’s trend and is 21 percent off the pre-2009 peak in European flight activity.
Month-over-month, projected demand for charter flights over the next 30 days is set to dip across all aircraft categories, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode. However, on both sides of the Atlantic and for all aircraft categories, demand levels were ahead of where they stood a year ago, with higher increases seen in North America.
Gulfstream Aerospace promoted Leda Chong to senior vice president for Asia-Pacific yesterday, a position where she will be responsible for business development, strategic planning and government relations within the Asia-Pacific region for both Gulfstream and the aerospace business group at parent company General Dynamics. Chong, who is based in Beijing, has also joined Gulfstream’s leadership team and now reports directly to Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.
The super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 350 received full type certification from the EASA on Tuesday, following similar approvals from Transport Canada and the U.S. FAA in June. “Our Challenger 350 successfully entered into service this past June and made its European debut at the Farnborough airshow in July.
NTSB acting chairman Christopher Hart will speak at the October 21 opening general session at NBAA’s Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, which will be held in Orlando, Fla. “We are excited to hear his thoughts and perspectives on safety issues affecting our industry,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. Hart was sworn in as a member of the NTSB in August 2009 and has served as acting NTSB chairman since April 26.
Air BP is acquiring aviation fuel business Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation (SFR Aviation) from Canada-based Alimentation Couche-Tard, the company announced yesterday. The deal will add some 73 new airports in the Nordic countries and Northern Europe to Air BP’s global fuel network of more than 600 locations. Subject to regulatory approvals, the deal is expected to close by year-end. On completion, around 59 SFR Aviation employees, currently based in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, are also expected to join Air BP.
The ninth annual JetExpo business aviation show opened at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport on Thursday morning. According to organizers, the three-day event (September 4-6) has attracted around 75 exhibiting companies from Russia and overseas and up to 8,000 visitors are expected.
Bell Helicopter announced the signing of two new purchase agreements on the opening day of the JetExpo 2014 show. Two undisclosed Russian private customers each have signed for a Bell 407GX single-engined aircraft. The new contracts were announced on the same day as Bell delivered three other helicopters to Russian clients.
Airbus has again brought the largest aircraft to the annual JetExpo show at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport, an Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) based on the A320 airliner family.