Gulfstream is on track to open its new service center in Beijing Capital International Airport by the end of this year.
Gulfstream Aerospace named Steven Meng the regional sales manager for product support sales in Southern California. He reports to Jace Stone, director, product support sales, West Region. Meng, who is based in Long Beach, Calif., is responsible for the sale of maintenance, paint and interior upgrades as well as avionics modifications to Gulfstream and non-Gulfstream operators in Los Angeles, San Diego and the surrounding areas. Before his promotion, Meng was a senior internal sales manager for product support sales at Gulfstream’s facility in Long Beach.
Gulfstream Aerospace named Steven Meng as the regional sales manager for product support sales in Southern California yesterday. Based at the company’s Long Beach, Calif. facility, Meng will be responsible for the sale of maintenance, paint and interior upgrades as well as avionics modifications to Gulfstream and non-Gulfstream operators in Los Angeles, San Diego and the surrounding areas. Previously he was a senior internal sales manager for product support sales at the Long Beach facility.
Gulfstream Aerospace is expanding its pre-owned aircraft sales to include aircraft brokerage services. Dubbed Gulfstream Preowned Brokerage, the service will use the company’s worldwide customer and prospect database to present sellers’ aircraft. Gulfstream will also assist buyers with finance options and competitive rates, as well as consultation for aircraft customization. New owners will also be able to take advantage of Gulfstream aircraft programs, including prepaid parts program PlaneParts.
Gulfstream Aerospace donated $50,000 to Corporate Angel Network, which arranges free flights to treatment for cancer patients using empty seats on business aircraft. Gulfstream was one of the first corporate flight departments to join as a CAN participant in 1982 and has donated both flight time and funds to the organization. “When treatment centers are far from home CAN provides free flights, allowing patients to travel without compromising their weakened immune systems,” said Gulfstream president Larry Flynn.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Christopher Ellender as a senior regional sales manager for product support sales. Ellender is based at the Gulfstream facility in Luton, England, and reports to Jeff Hill, Gulfstream’s director of international product support sales. Ellender is responsible for maintenance sales to Gulfstream operators in Denmark, Finland, France, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Most recently, Ellender led the Global aircraft sales and acquisitions division for FirstFlight.
Gulfstream Aerospace has added a mobile support vehicle to its Brunswick, Ga. facility. A spokeswoman for the company said typically there are one to three technicians assigned to a support vehicle on a road trip, depending upon the situation. “In many cases an inspector will go with a technician [mechanical or electrical/avionics] and, if needed, even an interior technician could be dispatched,” she told AIN. The vehicle will cover an area equivalent to a maximum of about eight hours of driving time.
Gulfstream Aerospace will not disclose how many wide-cabin G650s it delivered last year until January 25, when parent company General Dynamics will hold its fourth-quarter investor conference call. Following FAA provisional certification of the G650 in mid-November, the Savannah, Ga.-based aircraft manufacturer reconfirmed plans to deliver 10 to 12 G650s by the end of 2011. Investors are keen to find out if that target was met, especially in light of Gulfstream’s increasing importance to General Dynamics’s future growth.
A 14-year production run came to a close when the last Gulfstream G200 rolled off the final-phase assembly line at the manufacturer’s assembly plant in Dallas last month. That airplane is scheduled for customer delivery before year-end. The G200, initially certified by the FAA in 1998, was originally introduced as the Galaxy by Israel Aircraft Industries subsidiary Galaxy Aerospace, which Gulfstream acquired in 2001.
Gulfstream International Airlines has reached an agreement with Saab Aircraft Leasing to buy six 34-seat Saab 340Bplus turboprops, the Fort Lauderdale-based airline announced in late October. It plans to deploy all the airplanes on its Florida/Bahamas routes, where they will replace 19-seat Beech 1900Ds.