Jeppesen announced three new products at a press conference here Tuesday–a terrain database, a training system and an onsite trip planning service.
Boeing Business Jets celebrated its 10th anniversary yesterday with cake, champagne and good news. Company president Steven Hill said, “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate ten years of success in the VIP market than with a new family member.”
In the midst of continuing economic growth, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its numbers for the first half of this year and revealed deliveries of 544 turbine business airplanes, 123 more than for the same period last year.
Boeing has taken the first orders for executive versions of its new 787 Dreamliner and the next-generation 747-8 Intercontinental. According to the OEM, two 787s are listed as sold through Boeing Business Jets. A source at Boeing Business Jets confirmed the 787 orders but declined to provide additional details. Selection of an independent completion center to do the interior has yet to be made.
Boeing’s plans to shut down its Connexion satellite Internet service after failure to turn a profit in six years of operation put a damper on what should have been only good news this month for Rockwell Collins. The avionics maker announced that a newly manufactured Bombardier Global Express XRS became the first customer airplane to enter service with eXchange Internet hardware, which uses the Connexion satellite link.
Aviall, one of the largest independent distributors of new parts for business aircraft, said the European Commission “has not raised any antitrust issues” related to its proposed acquisition by Boeing, and “therefore cleared the transaction to proceed.” Antitrust clearance in the U.S. was received in June and all other regulatory approvals that are needed have now been obtained, said Aviall.
Sales expectations were modest when Boeing formed its business jet unit in 1996 to market an executive/VIP version of the company’s Next Generation 737-700. The mild ride that many anticipated turned out to be “a wild ride” in the words of the division’s first president, the late Borge Boeskov.
In the world of private aircraft in the bizliner category there are three subcategories–big, bigger and biggest. After several years in which the ripple of sales activity for bizliner manufacturers was only slightly more impressive than a ping-pong ball dropped into a glass of water, the market appears to be on the rebound. Just how good is the situation now? Think bowling ball and a bathtub.
Operators looking for better range from their executive/VIP single- or double-aisle jumbo jets–as well as enhanced safety–might find what they’re looking for at the BaySys Technologies’ NBAA booth.
On September 1 Boeing’s new 737-900ER, the platform for the new BBJ3, made its first flight. The first 900ER is destined for Indonesia’s Lion Air. Boeing last November at the Dubai Air Show announced plans to offer a BBJ3 derivative (though not for the first time), but a formal launch decision has yet to be made. A Boeing spokesperson said more information on the BBJ3 will be forthcoming at the NBAA Convention next month in Orlando.