The near catastrophic collapse of leading Icelandic banks has forced Reykjavik-based executive charter operator Icejet to take refuge further south by basing four of its five Dornier 328Jets overseas. Two of the aircraft now reside at Oxford Airport in the UK–a 14-seat VIP Envoy model and a 19-seat corporate shuttle version. Another Envoy is based at Paris Le Bourget Airport and a third aircraft operates out of the Latvian capital Riga.
EBAA France, the French chapter of the European Business Aviation Association, is exhibiting at EBACE for the first time (Booth No. 1301) as part of a new public relations effort to support a struggling industry. The group is demanding the French government issue tax waivers to ease the financial pain of the industry.
Inevitably, the 2009 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE, May 12 to 14) in Geneva will be viewed by a concerned industry as a barometer for how the business is weathering a global economic storm that shows little sign of abating. At face value the show seems set to present a brave face, with the overall scale of the exhibits down only slightly on last year’s record-setting edition.
Lufthansa Technik has invested nearly $67 million in its new 161,500-sq-ft overhaul center for engines in Hamburg. The new facility will be staffed by about 700 employees, and capacity for overhauls rises from the present 320 to more than 400 engines per year. By commissioning the new facility, the company is making a significant contribution to securing the more than 2,000 engine maintenance jobs at the Hamburg site over the long term.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has launched a media campaign to make a case for the use of business aircraft during the current economic recession. It is asking its members to distribute a letter written by EBAA president Brian Humphries that explains the benefits of business aviation to their local newspapers and media outlets.
Choosing one person as AIN’s Newsmaker of The Year for 2008 swiftly proved to be an exercise in fiddling while Rome burned. The economy made news in 2008 like nothing and nobody else, whether the headline was in $, £, £ or bbls.
The European Commission has sent Italy a letter of formal notice asking for information on its compliance with a 2008 judgment of the European Court of Justice regarding contracts with AgustaWestland’s Italian subsidiary, Agusta SpA. If the Italian authorities still do not comply, the Commission said, it may ask the Court to impose a penalty payment.
DAO Aviation is Honeywell’s newest TPE331 major-level service center, authorized to work on the TPE331-1 through -14 turboprop engines. DAO is based at Roskilde Airport near Copenhagen, Denmark.
A memorandum of understanding between Jet Aviation and Vnukovo Invest, co-owner of Moscow Vnukovo International Airport, has created a joint venture that will significantly expand Jet Aviation’s Vnukovo aircraft maintenance operation starting next year.
European Regions Airline Association members face three “front-line” issues as they prepare for their annual general assembly in Manchester, England, this month: the environment, the so-called Single European Sky (SES) and safety regulation. Director-general Mike Ambrose concedes that the industry’s concerns haven’t changed much over the past year, but the scrutiny on these topics has become “more intense” since the last general assembly.