Gulfstream Aerospace “is the primary growth engine for both earnings and revenue” at General Dynamics, parent company chairman and CEO Phebe Novakovic said yesterday during a fourth-quarter investor call. The company’s aerospace unit, which includes Gulfstream and Jet Aviation, had a “very good year” in 2013, she added.
Jet Aviation Basel has been selected to complete the interior of an Airbus ACJ320 for an undisclosed head-of-state. The aircraft will be delivered to the Basel completions center in the third quarter.
Configuration of the ACJ320 includes a luxurious bedroom, bathroom, lounge and office area in addition to a large executive staff area. The aircraft will be redelivered to the client at the end of next year.
Next month, as the Super Bowl and its pageantry take the New York City area by storm for the first time, local GA airports and service providers are hoping that metaphorical storm will be the only one on the radar.
In time for next month’s Super Bowl, Jet Aviation has completed a 70,000-sq-ft expansion of its ramp at Teterboro Airport, bringing the total footprint of its facility there to more than 1.6 million sq ft. The added space will create room for 20 to 25 more aircraft, which is important since the FBO is expecting some 200 business aircraft movements during the week of the Super Bowl. The company also completed renovations on a 20,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar and adjoining offices.
In response to an increase in passenger traffic at Dubai World Central’s Al Maktoum International Airport, Jet Aviation has added services at its FBO. Now available are 96-hour visa facilities, oxygen and nitrogen, airside storage, improved catering options from local suppliers, 24/7 limousine service using 7-series BMWs and airside transportation from a fleet of new buses. The FBO, Jet Aviation’s second in Dubai, opened a year ago and features two customer lounges in the VIP section of the passenger terminal.
General Dynamics made some changes to its subsidiary leadership. Jason Aiken, previously senior v-p and CFO of Gulfstream, has been promoted to General Dynamics CFO. He replaces L. Hugh Redd, who is retiring. Daniel Clare, formerly president of Jet Aviation, succeeds Aiken. Robert Smith was promoted from Jet Aviation’s CFO to president.
As Super Bowl XLVIII approaches, major business aircraft manufacturers are putting plans in place in the New York area to support their operators who are in town for the game. Here’s what’s in the works to help ensure the worst thing you have to worry about is what happens to your team on the field.
The transfer of business aviation from Dubai International (DXB) to Dubai World Central (DWC) is picking up speed as business jet operators face a tightening squeeze at Dubai’s existing airport caused by dwindling slots and timing restrictions. Four charter operators have set up FBOs at DWC: Jet Aviation, Jetex, ExecuJet and DC Aviation-Al Futtaim. Dubai-based officials said 3,000 to 4,000 bizav aircraft movements would have to be transferred from DXB to DWC during the closure of DXB for runway rehabilitation, set to run for almost three months this year.
Atlantic Aviation parent company Macquarie Infrastructure announced late last week that it acquired Galaxy Aviation, a Florida-based FBO chain with six facilities, for $195 million. The agreement is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, subject to government approvals.
Jet Aviation Teterboro received FAA approval to perform base, line, repair and overhaul maintenance support for the Gulfstream G650. The authorization also extends to Jet Aviation’s Cayman and Bermuda AMOs and EASA repair station authorities. “We have made a significant investment in tooling, training and data to support the needs of our clients moving to this new aircraft type,” said David Smith, director of quality assurance, MRO services.