Cessna Aircraft today announced at the NBAA Convention that it will offer Aircell Gogo Biz high-speed airborne Internet as a factory option for the Citation CJ4, starting in the first quarter of next year. Cessna plans to certify the system on the light jet by January.
Boeing Business Jets president Steve Taylor yesterday revealed at NBAA 2011 that the well-publicized delays of the company’s commercial 787 and 747-8I twin-aisle aircraft programs would affect deliveries of these models to VIP completion centers.
Bombardier Aerospace announced today at the NBAA Convention that it completed critical design of its all-composite Learjet 85, allowing production of the light jet to begin. Development and production teams in Wichita; Montreal; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are now “actively engaged” in the manufacturing validation phase, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer said.
After four years of decline, business aviation is poised for moderate recovery beginning in 2012, according to Honeywell Aerospace’s annual Business Aviation Outlook, released yesterday at the NBAA 2011 Annual Meeting and Convention in Las Vegas, Nev. The Honeywell forecast is based on surveys of more than 1,500 flight departments around the world.
Greenpoint Technologies (Booth No. C9423), which recently delivered its 17th Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) five weeks ahead of schedule, is working in what it considers an increasingly healthy business environment. This month, the Kirkland, Wash.-based center is well along in outfitting its eighteenth BBJ and expects to see the nineteenth arrive this month.
In 1998, the National Business Aviation Association started honoring member companies that have flown 50 years or more without an accident, and in 2006, the association added companies that have 60-year records. In 2010, three companies were honored for having 75 years of safe operation: Lane Aviation, Columbus, Ohio; South Carolina Aeronautics Commission, Columbia, S.C.; and Exxon Mobil, Dallas, Texas.
Nextant Aerospace received FAA STC approval for the 400XT–the model name for its remanufactured Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP–yesterday.
News Corp./News America chief Rupert Murdoch’s Boeing Business Jet was recently listed for sale, not long after AIN’s page-one story on the sybaritic wanderings of the airplane and the hypocrisy of the proprietor of The Wall Street Journal.
Rockwell Collins is moving aggressively into the light jet and turboprop market with a new version of Pro Line Fusion targeted at smaller aircraft.
Qantas and Airbus have converted a tentative commitment signed in August to firm orders for 78 A320neos and 32 standard A320s, the European manufacturer announced today. The deal for 110 A320-family aircraft ranks as the largest single order in Australian aviation history in terms of units, said Airbus.