Gulfstream Aerospace’s deliveries of completed aircraft more than doubled to 38 aircraft (32 large-cabin and six midsize jets) in the third quarter versus 17 large-cabin jets in the same period a year ago, parent company General Dynamics said during its quarterly investor conference call this morning. In the first nine months, Gulfstream shipped 103 outfitted airplanes (87 large cabin, 16 midsize), a nearly 81-percent rise from the 57 aircraft (52 large cabin, five midsize) handed over to customers in the same period last year.
BizJet International announced here at NBAA 2013 that it has shipped its first BBJ from its Tulsa, Okla. facility to China’s Nanshan Group and has now taken delivery of its first Rolls-Royce Tay Mk611-8C engines for midlife inspections.
“We are underway with achieving midlife inspections and correlating test cell for the -8C,” said Criss Berry, vice-president engine services for the company. BizJet will deliver the completed engines to the customer in November.
Private aviation membership services JetSuite and Wheels Up have forged a new partnership that will give reciprocal benefits to their customers.
The Gulfstream Elite interior concept that made its debut in the G650 and found its second application in the G450, has now arrived–literally–here in Las Vegas, in a G550. It is on display, inside N550GA, at Henderson Executive Airport during NBAA 2013. To date, Gulfstream has delivered some 30 Elite cabins.
Chinese charter provider Deer Jet (Booth No. C10450) and Dallas-based charter/management and maintenance provider Starbase signed a historic strategic alliance on October 22 during NBAA 2013. The alliance will allow Starbase (Booth No. C10450) to operate Deer Jet-owned N-registered aircraft under Starbase’s charter certificate in the U.S. and around the world.
StandardAero Business Aviation has entered into an agreement with Embraer to support the Legacy 450/500 at StandardAero’s Augusta, Ga., Houston, and Los Angeles facilities. It supplements an existing agreement with Embraer as an authorized service center for the Legacy 600/650.
Heading into the homestretch of 2013, the upbeat mood that ushered in the new year has been building into the summer step-climb that gets a catapult shot–courtesy of the NBAA convention–to finish out the year. Someone must have hit the “on” switch after Labor Day weekend in early September, bringing buyers back into the market en masse. While deals have abounded in all model segments for some time, the recent activity is a strong sign of buyer confidence. From top to bottom aircraft are moving, and it’s no wonder considering how low prices have dropped.
Avinode, the online charter marketplace, released its 2014 Business Aviation Market Forecast here at NBAA 2013, followed by a panel discussion by charter operators from the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America.
The business aircraft resale market continues to stall as the sluggish pace of activity seen in the second quarter has persisted, according to Amstat’s business aviation market update, released this week at NBAA 2013. “We were disappointed with the second-quarter transaction performance and were hoping for a better third quarter,” said Andrew Young, general manager of the business aviation market data provider. “In general, transaction activity for business jets and turboprops did pick up in the third quarter and inventories were down–both good signs.
This month Bombardier commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Learjet’s first flight even as the company struggles to launch a larger new flagship, the Model 85, and switch to composite airframe construction. Since 1963, Learjet has become one of the world’s most iconic brands, often generically misused to describe any make/model of private jet, and a conspicuous sign of affluence.