NetJets is preparing to launch its NetJets China business in the middle of this year, by which time it expects to receive Chinese government approval for an air operator certificate. Upon its launch, NetJets’ Chinese joint-venture operation, NetJets Business Aviation Ltd., will provide aircraft management services.
Early next year, FlightSafety International will provide Embraer Legacy 650 training at its learning center at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The factory-authorized program will include initial, recurrent and update training for pilots, maintenance technicians and flight attendants who operate and support the Brazilian-built twinjet. The program will feature a FlightSafety-built level-D-qualified full-motion flight simulator.
NetJets has embarked on a U.S. demonstration tour of its new Bombardier Challenger 350 to current and prospective customers in more than 20 cities. The aircraft is a demonstrator model, since NetJets won’t take delivery of its first Challenger 350 until this summer. The private viewing events will provide guests with the opportunity to view the redesigned aircraft, which includes larger passenger windows, onboard Wi-Fi and HD entertainment system.
FlightSafety International completed the first line and base maintenance course for the Rolls-Royce BR725 offered at its Learning Center in Savannah, Ga.
The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 284 executive boards launched the NetJets Unions Coalition last week, citing “minimal progress and unjustifiable demands” during ongoing contract talks. NJASAP represents the more than 3,000 NetJets pilots, while Local 284 represents some 500 NetJets dispatchers, flight attendants, maintenance controllers, mechanics and stock clerks.
FlightSafety International’s Pratt & Whitney Canada engine training programs in China will be offered in Haikou through a cooperative agreement with Lufthansa HNA Technical Training. FlightSafety will train Lufthansa HNA’s instructors and provide all courseware and training engines.
The North Texas Business Aviation Association’s (NTBAA) second annual Safety Showdown is set for April 3 at the Million Air Dallas FBO located at Addison (KADS) Airport. The day-long event includes a dozen different safety presentations by speakers drawn from the NTSB, NBAA safety committee, FlightSafety/Medaire, the Van Allen Group and Jackson & Wade.
Airbus Corporate Jets has appointed Benoit Defforge managing director. He will also maintain his previous role as head of the Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC).
Bill Chiles, president and CEO of helicopter operator Bristow Group, announced he will retire at the end of July but will remain with the company in a consulting role for another two years. He will be replaced by senior v-p and CFO Jonathan Baliff.
NetJets accounted for more than a third of the revenue increase at Berkshire Hathaway’s “other service” businesses last year, according to the parent company’s year-end results released on Saturday. The division, which also includes FlightSafety International and several other non-aviation companies, saw revenues climb by $821 million, to $9 billion, with NetJets’ share rising by $288 million–up 7.5 percent year-over-year–thanks to higher sales of fractional aircraft shares.
Private flight club Wheels Up is offering its members guaranteed access to midsize, super-midsize and large-cabin jets via a new alliance with Jet Aviation Flight Services. Through a new program announced today, its clients will be able to book aircraft with 24 hours’ notice and at fixed occupied hourly rates. Members will have the option of buying pre-paid blocks of flight hours, in which case they will have guaranteed access to aircraft with just 10 hours’ notice.