The iconic bubble-canopied Bell 47 helicopter is coming back. Scott’s-Bell 47 announced yesterday at Heli-Expo that it will build new Bell 47 helicopters, dubbed the 47-GT6, powered by the Rolls-Royce RR300 engine. The aircraft will be built from scratch, not remanufactured, and will be based on the 47G-3B-2A type design, taking advantage of the 3,200-pound max gross weight with external load that model was originally designed for. Internal useful load will be 1,400 pounds and external load 1,650 pounds.
British businessman and entrepreneur Lord Sugar, a 25-year veteran of business aircraft ownership, touted the benefits of aircraft at the BBGA gathering. Sugar told members that owning an aircraft had enabled him to spend one day a week in Denmark, leaving London at 6 a.m. to work an eight-hour day in his Danish office.
Virgin Charter, the online charter brokerage launched with great fanfare in mid-2007, ceased operations on October 23. “With the severe decline in corporate travel, Virgin Charter was unable to generate sufficient sales to underpin its business plan,” according to a company statement, “and has taken the difficult decision to close its doors.”
Online charter broker Virgin Charter stopped “active operations” on October 23, according to a company statement. “With the severe decline in corporate travel, Virgin Charter was unable to generate sufficient sales to underpin its business plan and has taken the difficult decision to close its doors.” Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin USA launched Virgin Charter in mid-2007, with a focus on allowing charter users to
Online charter broker Virgin Charter stopped “active operations” on Friday according to a company statement.
Virgin Charter today announced that it has partnered with global travel management company Radius, which will use the online marketplace to find and book charter flights for its clients. The news is tempered, however, by reports that Virgin Charter has laid off a number of employees.
Despite its well-known brand name, Virgin Charter has not been immune to the economic downturn. The charter marketplace saw a drop in business last month, and particularly within the last two weeks, according to founder and CEO Scott Duffy. The reported decrease is in line with the drop in revenue reported by a majority of charter operators and brokers. Most indicate that business has dwindled by 10 to 40 percent.
In an exclusive interview with AINtv, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson and Virgin Charter founder and CEO Scott Duffy describe what brought them together to form a new online, charter-booking company. Since the launch of the Virgin Charter Web site last Tuesday, the company reports registering 3,500 new users (in addition to those who participated during the six-month beta test) and receiving more than 1,000 trip requests.
Early next year the only non-living member of the former rock group The Beatles will have the airport in Liverpool, England, named after him. Next spring, coinciding with the opening of a new airline terminal, the airport will become Liverpool John Lennon Airport. The logo for the airport will include a Lennon self-portrait and the printed line “Above us only sky” from one of his most endearing and enduring hits, Imagine.
Signature Flight Support parent BBA Aviation sold Oxford Airport in the UK to private investment group OA Acquisitions for £40 million ($80 million) late last month. The new owner is part of the Aldersgate Investments group, controlled by multi-millionaire British real estate developers David and Simon Reuben.