Business aircraft trading has started to move more freely, but the fallout from the financial crisis continues to cast a shadow over the market, according to JetBrokers Europe. The UK-based group says brokers are having to work harder and be more inventive to get deals closed. And buyers are facing much closer scrutiny from lenders.
Financial records at French air charter operator Blue Line are being scrutinized following the company’s compulsory liquidation on October 6 with debts of €37 million ($52 million). The suddenness of the 200-employee company’s demise prompted the judge in charge of the liquidation to tap a certified public accountant to investigate Blue Line’s financial affairs. A preliminary report is to be released by year-end.
Revenues at Berkshire Hathaway’s NetJets fractional aircraft subsidiary climbed 17 percent during the first nine months of this year versus a year ago “due to an increase in worldwide flight revenue hours and increased fuel cost recoveries, partially offset by lower management fees due to fewer aircraft in the NetJets program.” According to the third-quarter financial report, NetJets logged pre-tax earnings of $158 million in the first
The recovery in the business jet market was mixed again last month, according to JPMorgan North American Equity Research’s latest monthly business jet report, released on Friday. Indicators for pre-owned business jets deteriorated a bit further last month, the firm said, while manufacturers saw increased order activity for new aircraft.
According to a report in today's edition of The New York Times, the U.S. government has cleared General Motors to use charter aircraft for its initial public offering (IPO) roadshow, starting today. GM, which yesterday announced a $13 billion public offering, did not respond to AIN's request for comment at press time. This will mark the first time that GM has been allowed to use private aircraft since Dec.
According to JPMorgan’s latest business jet monthly report, improvement in the pre-owned market has stalled. However, it expects the trend toward lower inventories to restart and continue. The nearly 3-percent decline in pre-owned inventories in
A Delaware bankruptcy court could decide as early as today whether to allow Emivest Aerospace to continue operations after the company filed for creditor protection and reorganization under Chapter 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code late last week. The maker of the $7.5 million SJ30 light jet indicated that it could obtain up to $4 million in debtor-in-possession financing to keep its doors open and continue to support the four in-service SJ30s.
During a time when careful shoppers might be expected to make every effort to save money, the charter brokerage business has continued to grow, despite the fact that there is nothing stopping consumers from contacting charter providers directly and negotiating their best deal.
Conditions for general aviation businesses “have noticeably improved” in the year since the last NBAA Convention, according to New Jersey-based aviation consultant Brian Foley. “There’s an entire spectrum of the industry seeing these better results, including MRO, FBO, charter and fractional companies,” he said.
For more than a year, recovery mode in the pre-owned aircraft market has meant more an outflow than intake. Although the number of choices has decreased, there has been no corresponding increase in prices, making it extremely attractive for buyers. Currently, purchasing an aircraft is more about operating cost than it is about acquisition costs.