According to economist Brian Beaulieu, 2015 will be the start of a strong economic rebound in the U.S. Speaking last week at the third annual JetNet IQ Summit in New York, Beaulieu, CEO of financial data analyst ITR, added, however, that he expects another fiscal slowdown next year before the start of the upswing cycle.
Embraer Executive Jets named Brenda Paauwe-Navori as the Western region regional sales director for its large and ultra-large business jet division. She previously managed sales for a business aircraft manufacturer and a fractional ownership firm. Paauwe-Navori has experience in market strategy and prospecting, financial analysis and customer loyalty, Embraer said. She has also been employed in airline charter work, including a stint as senior director of large-cabin sales and operator relations for Virgin Charter and VIP Inflight Liaison at Northwest Airlines.
Nextant Aerospace launched the 400XTi (the i stands for innovation), the latest evolution of the remanufactured light business jet, last month at EBACE. Compared with the 400XT, the new version introduces a number of improvements, including an all-new cabin that offers more space and reduced noise.
For the first time since the end of 2006, quarterly deliveries of business jets, turboprops and piston-powered aircraft finished in the positive, according to first-quarter 2013 statistics released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). “We are pleased to see a shift to the positive for GA airplanes, which extends across all airplane segments,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.
Dassault Falcon Jet announced yesterday that it will increase the size of its completion center in Little Rock, Ark., “to accommodate future Falcons,” the first of which will likely be the Falcon SMS now in development. Dassault Falcon Jet has said it delivered 66 business jets last year and “expects that number to increase in the coming years.” The company plans to invest $60 million in new construction and refurbishment of existing facilities. The new construction will include 250,000 sq ft dedicated to production and completion facilities and a 14-bay hangar.
Gulfstream Aerospace signed an exclusive spare parts consignment agreement with aviation services provider Air Works India Engineering, the Savannah, Ga.-based business jet manufacturer announced yesterday. Under the agreement, Gulfstream can position frequently needed aircraft replacement parts at Air Works’ warehouse on the outskirts of India’s Bengaluru International Airport, while Air Works arranges for parts warehousing, customs clearance and delivery to customers.
Embraer Executive Jets has a 32- to 36-seat VIP shuttle concept of the Embraer E195 on its drawing board. The E195 Shuttle is essentially a stock airliner with an interior that has “a high-end business aircraft touch and feel,” said Embraer Executive Jets vice president of interior design Jay Beever. “It would work equally well as an all-first-class airliner, an executive jet charter aircraft for large groups, such as sports teams, or a company shuttle.”
Orlando, Fla.-based The Allen Groupe, which has operations in Europe and the U.S., signed an agreement last week at EBACE to provide aircraft cleaning, detailing and paint repair services on all Bombardier business jets at the airframer’s wholly owned Amsterdam Service Centre at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport. In addition, Bombardier tapped OHS Aviation Services of Berlin to create custom interiors and perform cabin repairs on all Bombardier business jets at the Amsterdam facility.
According to charter broker Air Partner, Conklin & de Decker released research during EBACE 2013 indicating that the use of charter jet cards is on the rise in Europe. The report assesses the jet card products offered by NetJets Europe (Booth 7011) and Air Partner across six key criteria: accessible service areas; notice period; aircraft choice; pricing; flexibility; and quality assurance, service and safety.
Inflight Executive Jet Centre at Stansted Airport in London has appointed Steve Grimes as its new managing director. Grimes is assigned the mission of expanding business for Inflight’s FBO and its maintenance shop.
“I am looking forward to growing the business in both areas,” said Grimes, “which could mean expanding with new locations for both operations and maintenance.” Inflight also said its growth strategy includes expanding into aircraft completions and interior refurbishment.