With record business-aviation traffic expected to descend on London for this summer’s 2012 Olympic Games, Air Culinaire (Stand 2366) is expanding its kitchen there to ensure it can keep pace with the anticipated demand for in-flight catering.
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Qatar Airways and fractional jet ownership provider Flexjet are to form an alliance to offer the Middle East airline’s passengers a seamless charter service throughout North America.
Hong Kong’s Asian Sky consulting group has announced it is teaming up with international aircraft broker Avpro, which is looking to extend its global footprint into the Asia region. Avpro’s annual gross sales average $1.5 billion with an average of 90 aircraft transactions per year. Asian Sky, meanwhile, offers a range of business aviation solutions to the fast-growing private aviation markets of Greater China and the Asia Pacific region.
Private aircraft makeover specialist Flying Colours is embarking on what may well be the company’s most ambitious project. Known for its Execliner renovations, which turn Bombardier’s CRJ family of regional airliners into well-appointed business jets (also known as Challenger 850s), the Canadian cabin completions specialist has begun work on what it describes as its first “fully loaded” CRJ200 conversion.
Boeing launched its first iPad app, “Milestones in Innovation,” yesterday. The app brings nine decades of aviation innovation to the tablet through imagery and an interactive timeline. “This is the history of Boeing as a digital coffee-table book,” said Boeing vice president of brand and advertising Fritz Johnston.
German flag carrier Lufthansa took delivery of the first 747-8 Intercontinental airliner from Boeing in ceremonial fashion on May 1, then flew the so-called “Queen of the Skies” from Everett, Wash., to its base in Frankfurt after a touch-and-go landing in Hamburg.
Notwithstanding consistent losses through which the regional airline industry’s publicly traded carriers have suffered lately, the last three years have proved a period of considerable progress on several fronts. Perhaps most notably, the industry has not registered a fatal accident since the Feb. 12, 2009 crash of Colgan Air Flight 3407, in which 50 people died primarily due to pilot error.
As highly taxed fuel, mounting debt and aggressive ticket pricing stifle the fledgling airline industry in India, the government seems ready to renege on its promise to allow foreign direct investment (FDI) in the country’s carriers. Current rules do not permit foreign airlines to invest in domestic carriers, although non-aviation-related investors can hold up to a 49-percent stake.
Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is en route to conclude its so-called “Dream Tour” with a sweep of appearances in the UK, Scandinavia and Italy. The trip has been a promotional odyssey that has already taken in the U.S., South America, China and Africa.
BizJet International of Tulsa, Okla., a Lufthansa Technik subsidiary, has signed an agreement with Boeing that gives BizJet the status of an approved completion center and an official member of the Boeing Business Jet completion network.
According to BizJet president and CEO Kai Roepke, the agreement allows the center to offer refurbishment, green completion and maintenance services for Boeing aircraft.