Cessna Aircraft celebrated milestones for two of its in-development business jets–the Citation M2 and next-generation Citation X–last week.
Fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet says it experienced 96-percent growth in new fractional and jet card sales during the first six months versus the same period last year. The company said sales of new fractional shares climbed by 112 percent, while new jet card sales gained 68 percent. “The skies continue to brighten for Flexjet,” said Flexjet president Deanna White.
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre has strengthened its Asian market position with the signing of a contract to design and outfit an executive Airbus ACJ319.
With a luxurious interior described by the Toulouse, France-based center as a subtle combination of Asian culture, innovative technology and modern design, the creation by ACJC Design Studio head Sylvain Mariat will give the customer “a very special home and office in the sky,” said ACJC CEO Benoit Defforge.
Embraer counts the annual EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show as a key element in its business aviation strategy, especially for the light Phenom 100 and 300 jets, many of which are owner-flown. The Brazilian manufacturer brought examples of each jet to this year’s show, as well as a Super Tucano light-attack turboprop single that participated in the afternoon flight demo with famed aviator Patty Wagstaff at the controls.
While many in the business aviation industry still eye China as fertile territory, a new report from business aviation consulting firm Asian Sky Group (ASG) predicts the Greater China market will see less than half the growth it experienced last year. In its First-half 2013 Greater China Fleet Additions Report, the Hong Kong-based company says that the Chinese fleet of new and used business jets is expected to increase by approximately 18 percent this year, compared with 40-percent growth last year (albeit from a smaller base total).
Bombardier Aerospace’s revenues in the second quarter were flat year-over-year at about $2.3 billion, with more than half of these revenues–$1.259 billion–coming from its business aircraft division. Pre-tax earnings at the company rose by $8 million, to $107 million, while its backlog as of June 30 climbed to $33.4 billion, up from $32.9 billion at the end of last year.
AIN readers again chose Gulfstream’s large-cabin jets as tops in business jet aftermarket service for newer and older aircraft combined, with an 8.3 overall average. In the 2013 Product Support Survey, Embraer took second place with a rating of 8.2, followed by Bombardier Learjet at 7.9, leapfrogging Cessna, which fell to fourth place this year with an average score of 7.8.
Cessna Aircraft is offering a program that covers all scheduled maintenance and parts costs for new Citation Sovereigns for the first five years or 1,500 flight hours. According to Cessna, the Sovereign Shield program “practically eliminates maintenance-related direct operating costs” for 2013 Citation Sovereigns, allowing owners to operate the aircraft for “far less” than other midsize business jets.
Embraer delivered 29 executive jets in the second quarter, compared with 20 in the same period a year ago, the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer said in its second-quarter financial results, released on Friday. The company’s firm-order backlog, including commercial aircraft, jumped from $13.3 billion at the end of the first quarter to $17.1 billion at the end of the second quarter.
Embraer announced its second quarter financial results this morning and the numbers fell into the positive category, with 29 executive jet deliveries, compared with 12 deliveries in the first quarter of this year, and 20 deliveries for the second quarter of last year. The value of the total firm-order backlog, including commercial aircraft, jumped from $13.3 billion at the end of the first quarter to $17.1 billion at the end of the second.