Boeing Business Jets gave more details about its line of fuel-efficient and longer-range BBJ Max single-aisle bizliners today at the NBAA Convention. Looking forward, the new BBJ Max 8 and BBJ Max 9 are designed to replace the current BBJ2 and BBJ3, respectively, and feature significant range improvements, thanks mostly to new CFM Leap engines and advanced winglet technology.
Boeing Business Jet
Teterboro, N.J.-based Jet Aviation Flight Services (Booth No. N1932) announced here in Las Vegas that it has received authorization from the Bermuda Department of Civil Aviation (BDCA) as a Continued Airworthiness Management Organization (Camo), allowing the company to manage the maintenance of Bermuda-registered aircraft.
“This approval expands our operational base globally by enabling us to continue to meet our customers’ growing needs,” said Don Haloburdo, the company’s v-p and general manager. “We are pleased to meet the high-level standards of the BDCA.”
If you want to see the inside of a really big business jet–one that’s the size of an airliner–at the NBAA 2013 static display at Henderson Executive Airport, you may encounter a silk rope draped across the handrails at the bottom of the passenger stairs. A professionally attired man or woman standing by the rope will explain that the aircraft is being shown and then politely suggest, “Please come back later.” Later could take a long time.
Jet Aviation Singapore is constructing a new hangar at Seletar Aerospace Park slated to be completed in early February next year. The new 100,900-sq-ft structure will triple the size of the current facility, and it will have two floors providing 43,700 sq ft of space for shops and offices. The new facility will also add 100,965 sq ft of apron area.
The new construction, which is alongside Jet Aviation Singapore’s current maintenance and FBO operation, will be unveiled at an opening celebration at the Singapore Airshow in February.
Hong Kong-based Asian Sky Group recently closed four “high-level contracts to provide corporate sales and service work for important Asian-based clients,” it announced today. The transactions included the outfitting acceptance on schedule for a new ACJ318 completed by Lufthansa Technik for a Japanese client; an agreement to oversee and manage an ACJ319 from green delivery through to its redelivery from the Airbus Corporate Jet Center for a Chinese client; the sale of a pre-owned ACJ319 to a Chinese client; and the green delivery of a new BBJ1 from Boeing for a Chinese client.
Boeing is set to deliver two more of its Boeing Business Jets to Russian clients later this year, taking the total number of the airliner-class aircraft in VIP service in the country to 23. Its total sales tally to date for Russia and the neighboring CIS countries numbers 25 aircraft, with Russia accounting for 19 of these.
Jet Aviation Basel has signed an agreement with an undisclosed client to complete a BBJ interior. The 737 derivative will be delivered green to the Basel completion center in Switzerland in next year’s first quarter.
Jet Aviation has been completing aircraft at its Basel facilities since 1977 and has created more than 200 cabin interiors. The Jet Aviation Basel Design Studio was established in 2001 and employs 12 designers. The studio is responsible for about 40 percent of the company’s single-aisle bizliner interior creations.
Pats Aircraft Systems recently delivered a BBJ3, marking the 14th such turnkey interior completion performed by the Georgetown, Del.-based center. The aircraft was turned over to a Middle East customer who described the interior as “quite elegant and…a dynamic space in which to relax or work.” Cabin amenities include a customized in-flight entertainment system with simultaneous audio-visual on-demand (AVoD) available at 70 locations in the aircraft, and a system that allows inflight use of mobile phones.
By the end of this year, the Aviation Partners Boeing joint venture is expected to receive certification of the new split-scimitar winglet for the Boeing 737. This modification should be of interest to Boeing BBJ owners, too. A United Airlines 737-800 equipped with the split scimitar winglet made its first flight on July 16 at Boeing’s Everett, Washington plant. United is retrofitting its 737-800 and -900ER fleet with the new winglets, starting early next year after certification is complete.
Pats Aircraft in Georgetown, Del., has rationalized its workflow to build on the record performance it achieved last year.
Once part of DeCrane Aerospace, Pats was spun off as an independent company in 2010 when Goodrich acquired DeCrane. (United Technologies subsequently acquired Goodrich.) In late 2011 Pats was restructured in a debt for equity swap and today it is majority-owned by Minnesota-based Wayzata Capital Partners.