Russia’s seventh annual Jet Expo show is set to open on September 27, with organizers expecting more than 100 exhibiting companies from 27 countries and up to around 50 business aircraft at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport.
Bombardier Challenger 300
Bombardier delivered a Global 5000 to Lebanon-based Jana Aviation last week. The ultra-long-range jet will be managed by Executive Aircraft Services and based in Beirut, Lebanon. This aircraft joined a Bombardier Challenger 300 already in operation in Executive Aircraft Services’ fleet.
NetJets announced yesterday that it placed the largest general aviation aircraft order in history–for up to 425 Bombardier and Cessna jets worth as much as $9.6 billion. The deal includes a firm order for 75 Bombardier “Challenger 300 series” twinjets, and options on 125 more, with deliveries beginning in 2014; a firm order for 25 “Challenger 605 series” jets, and options on 50 more, with deliveries beginning in 2015; and a firm order for 25 Cessna Citation Latitudes, and options on another 125, with deliveries starting in 2016.
Some 10,120 business jets worth $257 billion are expected to be delivered over the next 10 years (2012-2021), according to the third annual industry forecast published late last month by Zenith Jet, a Montreal-based business aviation services company.
More than a month before release of the FY2010/11 financial results by parent company Bombardier, Inc., Bombardier Aerospace released business jet delivery numbers for FY2010/11, and despite an “especially strong” fourth quarter, deliveries for the fiscal year were down, to 143 from 176 in FY2009/10.
The number of business jets in China is set to soar from the current 100 or so to between 700 and 900 by 2019, according to manufacturer projections made at this week’s China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai. Bombardier did its bit to help make this a reality when it announced a $121 million deal for five Challenger 300s from Donghai Jet, which is based in southern China.
Bombardier and Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 6763) have extended their authorized service center agreement to include the latter’s newest maintenance facility, located in Provo, Utah. Duncan Aviation-Provo joins Duncan Aviation’s full-service facilities in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich., as a Bombardier authorized service center. Duncan Aviation-Provo began operations in early August.
Bombardier BD-100-1A10, Wheeling, Ill., Feb. 24, 2010–The Challenger 300 was substantially damaged when it was struck by a de-icing vehicle while preparing for departure for a Part 91 flight from Chicago Executive Airport. Marginal VMC existed at the time of the accident. Neither pilot on board was injured.
Silentium Air has received FAA STC approval for its Silentium Air 300 soundproofing system for the Bombardier Challenger 300. According to Nicholas Houseman, the company’s president, the system will “generally reduce overall cabin noise levels by at least three decibels, which approximately represents an average 30-percent reduction in perceived noise throughout the cabin.
Bombardier reported $4.6 billion in revenues for its fiscal third quarter (ending October 31), which is on par with the previous year. However, third-quarter revenues at Bombardier Aerospace fell from $2.3 billion in 2008 to $2.1 billion due to fewer aircraft deliveries, namely a 42-percent drop in business jet shipments. During the quarter, Bombardier delivered 33 business jets versus 57 in 2008.