Czech-based aircraft management and charter operator ABS Jets is seeking to step up its ambitious expansion plans through negotiations with prospective Russian and Austrian partners. The company hopes to establish a new subsidiary in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, as well as a possible new operation in Kazakhstan. At the same time, ABS has been negotiating for a prospective tie-up with an FBO in Sofia, Bulgaria.
ABS Jets is ready to start supporting Embraer Legacy operators in the Middle East now that it has secured CAR 145 maintenance approval from the United Arab Emirates to provide base and line support for these aircraft. The Czech-based company, which operates six Legacys, will now be seeking the same approval from other Arabic states.
Ocean Sky Acquires Hangar
Embraer has opened a service center dedicated exclusively to its executive
jets at its headquarters in São José dos Campos. “As promised at the last Labace, we have met our goal of delivering this new service center dedicated to executive aviation to our customers,” said Edson Carlos Mallaco, Embraer vice president for customer support and services-executive jets. Since the facility opened late
Embraer last month officially opened a service center dedicated exclusively to executive jets at its headquarters in São José dos Campos. The company is offering a new support and services option especially for Latin American customers.
Embraer (Booth No. 7030) has named ABS Jets its authorized sales representative for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Founded in 2004, ABS Jets is an Embraer authorized service center and one largest Legacy 600 operators in Europe, with a fleet of six of the large-cabin executive jets.
In October 2006, the Embraer board of directors authorized expenditure of $100 million on customer support. At the same time, the Brazilian manufacturer announced an expansion of its Executive Jets authorized service network in the U.S. and Europe and said that by mid-2008 its customer support network would comprise seven wholly owned and 38 authorized service centers in all regions of the world.
Phenom and Legacy support will now be offered at two new members of the Embraer service center network: ABS Jets and Hawker Pacific.
Embraer’s May 2005 announcement that the company was launching two new business aircraft–the Phenom 100 very light jet and the Phenom 300 light jet–certainly raised some eyebrows. The company garnered even more attention a year later when it revealed its plans to build the Lineage 1000, a business-jet version of its E190 airliner.
The 54,000-sq-ft former Learjet maintenance facility at Denver International Airport has been acquired by Denver-based Aviation Development Group, which plans to lease it in whole or in part to corporate aviation interests. The property includes 19,250 sq ft of office space and 34,750 sq ft of hangar area. Bombardier Aerospace vacated the premises a couple of years ago as part of a company-wide consolidation.