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.
JetNet iQ director Rolland Vincent is “very optimistic” about the outlook for business aviation in Europe as well as the rest of the world, he said yesterday at EBACE. Over the next 10 years, the company is calling for deliveries of 9,317 business jets worth $257 billion. In 2022, the projected business jet fleet would thus reach 25,937, a 36-percent increase from the 19,016 jets flying today.
Created in 2012 by industry veterans Cass Anderson and Jeff Habib, Intercontinental Aircraft Group (IAG) is a New York City-based consultancy service that provides third-party advice for business jet acquisitions and operations. IAG can provide aircraft needs assessment, mission-profile analysis, financial comparison and optimization, aircraft technical comparison, market analysis, aircraft valuation and contract negotiation.
Denton, Texas-based Odyssey Aerospace Components is excited to bring samples of its VVIP 747-8 interior cabinetry to EBACE 2013. At Booth 1027 attendees can closely examine the quality of the company’s business jet custom cabinetry. “Back in Texas we are in the middle of many design reviews [on the 747-8] and the results are positive,” said Trey Bryson, president of Odyssey Aerospace Components.