With business remaining relatively stagnant in Europe and North America, the business aviation industry is looking to other parts of the world for growth, and nowhere is growing faster than Africa. An economic explosion in the exploitation of oil/gas and mineral reserves is driving a need for a boom in corporate aviation, not only to support internal operations, but also to bring in the executives from overseas who represent a major increase in inward investment into the continent, especially from China.
The maintenance operation at Sunrise Jets is an outgrowth of the company’s long-term charter and management service.
Bombardier released its third quarter 2013 financial results this morning with most of its numbers showing a slight decline in comparison with the same period last year. Revenues for the corporation as a whole totaled $4.1 billion at the end of the quarter on September 30, compared to $4.2 billion for the same fiscal quarter last year. Bombardier Aerospace accounted for $2 billion in the quarter, compared to $2.3 billion last year.
Legacy Aviation Services has hired Russ Hampton as a senior service technician at its Clarence E. Page Municipal Airport facility in Yukon, Okla. Hampton joins Legacy with more than 25 years of repair and maintenance technical experience on all types of aircraft from single-engine piston through large corporate jet. He also has many years of supervisory experience as a shop supervisor for Commander Aircraft as well as a Gulfstream-owned service center in Oklahoma. The Twin Commander is a specialty of Legacy Aviation.
Brazil’s Embraer announced several “product enhancements” to its midsize Legacy 500 and “mid-light” Legacy 450 business jets at last week’s NBAA 2013 Convention in Las Vegas.
With the first prototype of the Legacy 450 due to fly by year-end, the manufacturer revealed that it has extended the fuselage of the jet by more than half a foot to provide six additional inches of cabin length. Embraer has also increased the range specification of the Legacy 450 from 2,300 to 2,500 nm with four passengers by increasing the aircraft’s full-fuel capacity.
California-based Clay Lacy Aviation is seeing the highest growth in its managed aircraft fleet in the company’s history. Over the past six months 15 business jets ranging from a Gulfstream G550 to a Learjet 45XR have joined its corporate charter fleet, which now numbers 75 aircraft.
Embraer Executive Jets President Ernest “Ernie” Edwards announced his pending year-end retirement last week during his company’s NBAA 2013 press conference. Edwards joined the Brazilian airframer in 2005 as vice president of executive jet marketing and sales for North America and the Caribbean. He served as president of Embraer’s executive jet division since 2011, and his four-decade-plus aviation industry career also included senior sales stints at Gulfstream and Cessna.
Fractional jet share and charter companies from NetJets to JetSuite to Executive AirShare are choosing to stack their fleets with Cessna Citation jets, large and small, according to Brad Thress, senior vice-president of business jets for Cessna Aircraft Company (Booth No. C8843).
NetJets, the largest Citation Jet operator in the world with 50 Citation Xs in its fleet, is perhaps one of the clearest examples, Thress pointed out. NetJets has 25 Cessna Citation Latitudes on order and options for 125 more, all of which will begin deliveries in 2016.
Dassault Aviation’s long-awaited unveiling of the Falcon 5X large-cabin, long-range business jet is being accompanied by a number of Falcon 5X supplier announcements.
JetSuite has exercised options for 10 more Cessna Citation CJ3s to provide additional capacity for its new partnership with private flight membership program Wheels Up. In a deal confirmed here at the NBAA show, JetSuite agreed to take the first of the 10 additional aircraft on November 22, with one more to join its fleet every 90 days.