Los Angeles-based aircraft charter and management firm Jet Edge was named “Private Jet Services Company 2012” yesterday by the Institute of Transport Management. Bill Papariella–a business aviation industry veteran with experience at Sentient, Marquis Jet and NetJets–founded Jet Edge last July with the help of Bard Capital Group CEO Richard Bard, Western Jet Aviation CEO Jim Hansen and four other former NetJets senior sales executives. The company has five large-cabin Gulfstreams among its fleet.
“It’s true we may have been a bit complacent; we were maybe arrogant,” Eric Martel, president of Bombardier customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft, said of his company’s past attitude to business-jet product support on Monday at the 2012 Bombardier Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Conference for the Learjet, Challenger and Global in Montréal, Québec.
BizJet International of Tulsa, Okla., a Lufthansa Technik subsidiary, has signed an agreement with Boeing that gives BizJet the status of an approved completion center and an official member of the Boeing Business Jet completion network.
According to BizJet president and CEO Kai Roepke, the agreement allows the center to offer refurbishment, green completion and maintenance services for Boeing aircraft.
Tornadoes that tore through Wichita on Saturday night left a path of destruction at several aircraft manufacturers but thankfully no fatalities. Damage at Hawker Beechcraft was “limited and isolated damage to the roof” of Plant IV, where final assembly of business jets and turboprops is performed, a company spokeswoman told AIN. “There is no effect on operations,” she added. Repair is under way on the building and employees have been reporting for work as scheduled this week.
GAMA released its revised 2011 annual report today, now that Hawker Beechcraft has issued its fourth-quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 financial results. Turboprop deliveries fell from 368 aircraft in 2010 to 361 last year, down 1.9 percent, while business jet shipments descended to 703, down 7.9 percent from 763 jets in 2010. Billings decreased slightly to $19.644 billion last year, down 0.4 percent from $19.715 billion in 2010.
Deliveries of business jets at Embraer increased by more than 60 percent in the first quarter, rising from eight last year (six light jets and two large jets) to 13 (12 light jets and one large jet) in the just-ended three-month period. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer projects that it will ship 75 to 85 light business jets (Phenom 100s and 300s) and 15 to 20 large executive jets (Legacy 600/650s and Lineage 1000s) this year.
The 2012 Bombardier Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Conference for the Learjet, Challenger and Global is set for April 17 through 19 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, Québec.
Bombardier Aerospace is rapidly expanding its presence in the emerging aviation markets in Asia and the Middle East. Today, the company inaugurated its new office in Shanghai, which is now home to the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft teams working with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), Bombardier Aerospace’s supply chain organization in China and the company’s commercial aircraft sales and marketing team for China and North Asia.
Crediting “unprecedented growth,” Aerospace Technologies Group unveiled a new 65,000-sq-ft corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., on March 5.
The new headquarters is the workplace for 130 manufacturing, administrative, research and development personnel and functions as the site for the group’s various production lines.
ATG was founded in 1998 and designs and produces window shade systems for both business aircraft and airliners. Business aviation customers include OEMs Airbus, Boeing, Cessna, Dassault Falcon Jet and Gulfstream.
Embraer’s business aircraft deliveries declined to 99 last year from 144 in 2010, according to the Brazilian OEM’s fiscal-year 2011 and fourth-quarter 2011 results, released recently. Embraer Executive Jets’ share of total company revenue dropped to 19 percent last year from 23 percent in 2010. The company delivered 50 business jets (more than half the annual total) in last year’s fourth quarter, 11 fewer than for the same period in 2010.