A new 20-year market forecast issued by Bombardier Aerospace in late June reflects less optimism for the 20- to 149-seat commercial aircraft segment than that conveyed by the company’s projections from a year earlier. Bombardier’s latest analysis, which includes outlooks for both turboprops and jets, projects deliveries of 12,800 airplanes worth some $630 billion over the next 20 years.
Denmark’s Nordic Aviation Capital has signed a firm purchase agreement for 12 Bombardier CRJ1000s, all of which it plans to lease to Garuda Indonesia–Bombardier’s previously announced Asian launch customer for the 100-seat jet.
The 200th Falcon 7X rolled off the production line at Dassault’s Bordeaux-Merignac production facility in southern France on July 9, and the aircraft has since entered the final cabin completion process. “We are especially proud of this milestone,” said Dassault Falcon president and CEO John Rosanvallon. “The 7X is clearly the best seller in the current Falcon family and remains one of the most sought-after jets in itscategory.”
Gore Design Completions recently delivered its first aircraft of 2012, an ACJ320-200 for a returning head-of-state customer. The first cabin outfitting project for the unidentified head of state was a Boeing 767 completed in 2008.
The ACJ320-200 represents the first in a string of single- and twin-aisle bizliners scheduled for delivery by the San Antonio-based center this year.
Atlantic Aviation, an FBO at Birmingham International Airport in Alabama, has been chosen by Cessna Aircraft to be the base of operations for a new mobile service unit (MSU). Cessna MSUs provide on-site technical expertise and immediate support for Citation operators. The specially outfitted trucks carry most of the same tools and equipment found in Cessna Citation factory service centers and can perform a variety of procedures up to and including engine exchanges. This latest MSU joins 17 others already in service in the U.S. for a total of 22 throughout North America and Europe.
Dassault Falcon has signed an agreement with Indian charter operator Taj Air to operate a Dassault Falcon authorized line service station at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The 35,000-sq-ft facility, which is now operational, will provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and inspections for all Falcon 2000s. Initially it will serve Indian-registered Falcons but EASA approval is expected early next year.
Today Embraer delivered the first Lineage 1000 to go to a mainland China customer, Xinjiang Guanghui Industry Investment Group. Since the first delivery of a Legacy 600 in Greater China in 2004, Embraer has booked firm orders for 28 executive jets in this market, 15 of which were written last year. The company forecasts Chinese demand for 635 executive jets from all manufacturers in the coming 10 years.
UK-based ConnectJets has launched Jet Card Europe as an occupied-hours, all-inclusive block charter program that incorporates a loyalty plan through which members can earn free flight hours and other benefits. Clients can join by signing up for 25 hours or more per year and earn one free flight hour for every 50 hours flown.
Unseasonably bad weather at the 2012 Farnborough International airshow required exhibitors and visitors alike to dig deep into the reserves of resilience and flexibility that they have had to draw on in business conditions that remain uncomfortably unpredictable. But despite the near-relentless British rain, the event delivered no small amount of encouragement for the aerospace sector (primarily on the commercial side of the fence) and plenty of points of interest for industry watchers.
Associated Air Center (AAC) has taken the art of cabin completion and refurbishment to a new level with the June 28 opening of a 4,000-sq-ft design center at its Dallas Love Field site.
“The bulk of all interiors we provide to our customers are conceived, detailed and built by our own internal design department,” said v-p and general manager Chris Schechter. “This new design center will showcase the best of what we do at AAC: creative and innovative design, talented craftsmen and an overall commitment to quality.”