Asked about Aerion’s redesigned supersonic business jet announced this week at EBACE, Gulfstream Aerospace president Larry Flynn said, “I think everyone knows Gulfstream has had an interest in supersonic and we have a small research and development project that has been under way for several years. The project is mostly focused on suppressing the sonic boom. Our intentions would be to fly a supersonic airplane over land.
Veling Tayara, a new business jet leasing firm led by former Embraer Executive Jets president Ernie Edwards, was launched yesterday at EBACE. The Dubai-based company is a subsidiary of airliner lessor Veling, which counts Emirates and Sri Lankan Airlines among its clients.
Veling Tayara (the latter word meaning “aircraft” in Arabic) is focusing on five-year leases for young (three years old or newer) pre-owned and new midsize to large-cabin jets. It is targeting clients in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and former Soviet blocs, though it will also provide leases in other regions.
U.S. charter, sales and management company Prime Jet is the latest member of AirClub, a corporate jet alliance launched in October 2012 to bring together a number of like-minded business aviation companies. Sharing the principles of offering the highest quality services with the highest levels of safety, AirClub members also operate a pooled charter service to maximize utilization across their combined fleet, and they have introduced an innovative and easy-to-use booking system.
Embraer Executive Jets has brought five aircraft to Geneva for the EBACE show as the company continues to expand its business aviation portfolio. The ultra-large Lineage 1000E is making its show debut, sporting a new interior among other enhancements that include options for autoland and an enhanced vision system. While the midsize Legacy 500 made its EBACE debut last year, it is the first time that show-goers can see it with a fully fitted cabin interior.
Cessna Aircraft announced several expansions in its network of seven European company-owned service centers, including new OEM line service support stations at London Luton Airport and Cannes Mandelieu Airport and a third to open this summer in Geneva, Switzerland. They will provide line maintenance, defect rectification and AOG support for Beechcraft, Cessna and Hawker aircraft. Company-owned facilities in Zurich, Switzerland and Düsseldorf, Germany, currently provide maintenance, modification and upgrade services.
Fractional-share provider NetJets Europe (Booth 6656) expects to receive its first new Bombardier Challenger 350, built to the specifications of NetJets’s Signature Series, in mid-2015. NetJets U.S. will begin taking deliveries of the model this summer. Additional aircraft on order are planned for delivery over the next few years.
EBACE draws to a close this evening at the end of a successful show that has already seen new products launched, partnerships announced and aircraft ordered, with a full day of business still to go. Joint hosts EBAA and NBAA were pleased to see the show grow since the 2013 edition with nearly 500 exhibitors participating, an increase of 8 percent. Booth spaces sold for the show totaled 2,276 sq m (24,500 sq ft), up 4 percent from 2013. The contiguous nature of the revised hall layout has drawn approval from exhibitors and show visitors alike.
CAE is preparing to open a fourth training center for Embraer’s Phenom light jets later this year. According to Carlos Mallaco, vice president for Customer Support & Services with Embraer Executive Jets, the additional training capacity will likely be added in the U.S. through the long-established Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) joint venture. Phenom pilots already have three ECTS facilities at their disposal in Dallas, Texas; Burgess Hill in the UK; and São Paulo in Brazil.
Aerion announced today at EBACE that it is redesigning its proposed supersonic business jet (SSBJ) with a larger cabin and more range, reflecting feedback from a recent survey of potential operators. The new aircraft–dubbed AS2, for Aerion supersonic second design–has three as yet unspecified engines versus the two P&W JT8Ds intended for its now-scrubbed predecessor.
Bombardier Aerospace unveiled a full-scale mockup of its Global 7000 today at EBACE in Geneva, and the lines of people waiting to get in for a look often exceeded its 111-foot length. Bombardier says it is the largest-ever business jet mockup and “showcases the aircraft’s spaciousness, luxury and comfort.” The ultra-long-range jet, slated to enter service in 2016, also features what Bombardier claims is the “largest window area currently offered on a business jet.”