A new European fractional ownership program that will begin operations this month is offering shares in pre-owned Cessna Citation CJ1s. UK-based European Business Jets (EBJ) was launched through a $3.7 million share flotation on the London Stock Exchange’s AIM small companies market in April. It expects to operate a fleet of five CJ1s by year-end and to double that number by the end of next year.
Marquis Jet card owners and guests now have access to medical support from the famed Mayo Clinic of Rochester, Minn., while they are on a NetJets aircraft or at their destination anywhere in the world, 24 hours per day. Marquis Jet sells 25-hour blocks of travel time exclusively on NetJets aircraft.
Fractional provider NetJets has ordered 50 AirCell ST 3100 Iridium satellite communication systems for its fleet of Hawker 400XP light business jets. The satellite phones will be installed in the 400XPs before retail delivery at Raytheon Aircraft Services in San Antonio, in the coming months, according to AirCell, which began marketing Iridium services in 2002.
Contract negotiations between NetJets management and the leadership of Local 1108, which represents the fractional provider’s pilots, seem to have gone from bad to worse, according to the union. The union said that mediated negotiations last month didn’t bring the two groups together but split them farther apart. NetJets management declined to comment.
Holders of the Marquis Jet Card will have new restrictions that will require they book flights farther in advance during peak travel times. Also, starting June 1, cards must be purchased 60 days in advance of a peak travel period to fly during that period. Card holders will also no longer be guaranteed their subscribed airplane model, but only one in its size group during peak travel days.
Cessna 560 Citation Ultra, Leakey, Texas, May 2, 2002–The NTSB blamed the accident on “the pilot’s failure to land the aircraft at the proper touchdown point…
to allow adequate stopping distance.”
Raytheon Hawker 800XP, Smith, Nev., Aug. 28, 2006–Amazingly, there were no fatalities when Hawker N879QS, collided with a Schleicher sailplane at 16,000 feet 42 miles southeast of Reno, Nev. Cleared to descend from 16,000 to 11,000, the Hawker captain saw something out of the corner of her eye to the left. She then saw the glider filling the windshield. She pushed the yoke down and to the right to try to avoid the glider.
It appears that the informational picketing by NetJets pilots, who are represented by the International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 1108, is having the desired effect of putting pressure on company management to hammer out a new contract with the pilot workforce. On May 27 the pilots conducted simultaneous informational picketing sessions at Teterboro Airport, N.J., and West Palm Beach Airport, Fla.
First it was NetJets’ pilots who picketed and finally got a new labor contract; now it’s the fractional’s mechanics and other support personnel who last month began “informational picketing” at the company’s headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Their contract became renewable in January last year.
After the NetJets-operated Raytheon Hawker that collided with a sailplane in Nevada on August 28 (see page 106) prepared to land, one of the jet’s passengers cinched up his seat belt and the inboard portion of the seat belt detached. The passenger moved to another seat and the same thing happened.