Bombardier Aerospace delivered 45 business jets (seven Learjet 70/75s, one Learjet 60XR, 12 Challenger 300/350s, six Challenger 605s and 19 Global 5000/6000s) in the third quarter, compared with 36 (two 60XRs, 12 Challenger 300s, eight 605s and 14 Globals) in the same period a year ago. Year-to-date as of September 30, it shipped 126 business jets (16 Learjets, 55 Challengers and 55 Globals) versus 120 (nine Learjets, 66 Challengers and 45 Globals).
BizJet International, Lufthansa Technik’s U.S. subsidiary, has opened a dedicated maintenance and refurbishment hangar in Tulsa, Okla., large enough for a BBJ 737-800. Brian Barber, v-p of completions, said, “Building up capacities to service VIP and special-mission aircraft, especially for U.S. customers, is crucial for the market demand. With the opening of a new hangar we are able to serve our customers with faster turn times, while retaining the Lufthansa Technik world-class quality.”
Lufthansa Technik is expanding its U.S. footprint, and while its BizJet International executive and VIP aircraft completions division in Tulsa, Okla., has opened a new maintenance and refurbishment hangar, the company also announced the opening of a new Original Equipment Innovation division in Montreal.
The new Tulsa hangar can house an aircraft up to a BBJ 737-800 in size and also has offices that allow customers to be in close proximity to their aircraft as they undergo modification.
Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems (MABS) manufactures a wide range of braking systems for aircraft in commercial, business and military sectors. The company has been awarded a contract to provide the autobrake system for the Gulfstream G650 and G650ER ultra long-range aircraft. The system will become standard for future production aircraft and introduced via the Gulfstream service network to existing aircraft. Meggitt (Booth 3070) provides the brakes for the entire in-service and in-production Gulfstream portfolio.
Seeing the need for additional capital to meet increasing customer demand, Red Aviation of Georgetown, Texas, a supplier of parts and services for Bombardier, Dassault and Gulfstream business jets, has completed “a majority recapitalization” with The CapStreet Group, a Houston-based, private-equity firm that invests in owner-managed, middle-market companies.
“We are thrilled to have the CapStreet team as partners,” said Steve Davis, president and CEO of Red Aviation, and “look forward to leveraging their expertise to take Red Aviation to the next phase of growth.”
Dassault recently wrapped up flight-testing that is expected to see its Falcon 7X become the first certified business jet to operate at the world’s highest commercial airport–14,470-foot-high Daocheng Yading Airport in China’s Sichuan province.
Microturbo is exhibiting an auxiliary power unit (APU) and an engine starter here at NBAA 2014 and also is developing two new APUs. Last summer, the Safran group company assumed full responsibility for two programs in which it was a minority partner: the APUs for the Dassault Falcon 5X and the Bombardier Global 7000/8000. Microturbo now wants to play a greater role in business jet APUs, including meeting the needs of future system architectures.
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Jetcraft (static display) has brought five business jets to sell at NBAA 2014: two Bombardier Globals, two Dassault Falcons and a Bombardier Challenger, which are on display on the static display ramp at Orlando Executive Airport this week.
Teterboro, N.J.-based charter, FBO and maintenance provider Meridian (Booth 1878) has added a newly refurbished Bombardier Challenger 604 to its managed fleet, which currently includes 25 business jets ranging from a Gulfstream G550 to a Cessna Citation Mustang. The 12-passenger large cabin aircraft, based in Bedford, Mass., is available for charter on the company’s certificate.
Deer Jet, Asia’s largest business jet operator, is gradually transforming from a regional operator to a global one as it approaches its 20th anniversary. The Beijing-based company now has a fleet of 85 aircraft, based not only in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, but also in the U.S., Dubai and Moscow. According to Zhang Peng, who was promoted to president of the company in August, Deer Jet’s international flight operations have increased by 80 percent over 2013, now up to 6,800 annual flight hours to more than 300 airports worldwide.
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