NBAA said that major business aircraft manufacturers have committed to exhibit at the 2012 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition, which will be held February 28 to March 1 next year in Shanghai.
Air charter group Spot Air is expanding its services into additional European countries after experiencing significant growth during the past two years. Headquartered in Cairo, the Spot Group (Stand C720) includes Spot Air Egypt, Spot Reisen in Germany, Spot Air UK, EU Air and partner company Astra Associated Services in Italy.
NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association are resurrecting the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace). Under a recently struck agreement, the event will be held annually beginning in 2012 at Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai, China. Abace 2012 will be held in the new Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Center from Feb. 28 to March 1, 2012.
An ATR 72-212 turboprop operated by Cuba’s Aero Caribbean crashed yesterday at 5:40 p.m. local time in the central Cuban province of Sancti Spiritus, killing all 61 passengers and seven crewmembers. Flight 883, en route from Santiago de Cuba to Havana, lost contact with air traffic controllers after declaring “an emergency situation.”
The Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) will return to Shanghai in 2012, NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen announced yesterday here at the NBAA convention. The NBAA and the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) will cohost the three-day event (February 28 to March 1, 2012).
Jet Aviation Moscow Vnukovo recently announced that it has expanded its base and line service maintenance coverage to include Bombardier Challenger 300s and Gulfstream G200s under its EASA 145 maintenance approval. The operation has continuously expanded its service capabilities since it became a legal Russian entity in May.
After a successful opening of a luxury FBO at Paris Le Bourget Airport as the first step in its international expansion plans, JetEx Flight Support has established a second site in Europe with a facility at Kiev, the capital of the Ukraine. In addition to further FBOs planned in Ukraine, the company, which is headquartered at Dubai International Airport, plans to open a facility in that country next year.
Ameco Beijing (Stand F81) is promoting its maintenance services to increase the use of its new facilities. “Our logistics center is to fully open in May,” CEO Andreas Meisel told AIN. The company recently completed a A380 hangar and a 747 shop expansion, for a total $220 million investment between 2005 and 2010. He is counting on Asia’s growth, especially in China.
Evo Jet Services is expanding its operations eastward with new ground handling and flight support operations in India, Nepal and China, as well as across the Caucasus region and central Asia. The company also has secured a full handling license for Germany’s Berlin Schoenefeld International Airport and will start operations there on January 11.
Pratt & Whitney Canada last month announced that it is cutting 410 jobs and closing its Longueuil plant near Montreal, citing the global slowdown in the aerospace market. It plans to eliminate 250 jobs by year-end and another 160 by the end of next year, when it shuts down the Longueuil facility.