BAE Systems Regional Aircraft plans to extend its contract engineering work this year, raising the proportion of such revenues coming from third parties outside the BAE group to 92 percent. “The proportion has grown from 35 percent in 2010,” according to managing director Alan Fraser. “We have reshaped our engineering business and geared it for growth. [Our] skills, expertise and aircraft-design capability are [generating] a steady flow of new business.”
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Start-up UK regional Varsity Express has closed after Linksair, the wet-lease operator that flew Varsity’s single daily round-trip service between Oxford and the Scottish capital Edinburgh, withdrew its Jetstream 31 after five days, citing unpaid bills.
New UK domestic regional airline Varsity Express plans single weekday flights between Oxford (60 miles northwest of London) and Edinburgh, Scotland, starting March 1. For the first 10 days, the flights will offer all seats for £49 (about $85) one way. Thereafter, fares will range from £49 to a walk-up “business-class” price of £149 (about $250).
Aviation parts supplier Turbine Engine Consultants (TECI) has announced the availability of a consignment program called Excess Inventory Management (EIM). Joplin, Mo.-based TECI (Booth No. 5321) owns a 75,000-sq-ft climate-controlled warehouse for EIM inventory. The facility includes multiple loading docks and makes use of a variety of shipping methods, the company said. Founded in 1991, TECI
In a welcome development for operators who are flying VIP-converted Jetstream J31/J32s, UK-based Saywell International (Booth No. 1805) became the sole spares distribution center for the BAE Systems-built airplanes this year and is rapidly increasing its support capabilities.
BAE Systems, in conjunction with Cranfield Aerospace and Cranfield University, executed an entire flight without human intervention in a BAE Systems Jetstream 31 turboprop. The event was the first “unmanned” flight with a flight crew onboard. “To comply with current aviation regulations, the Jetstream is a ‘surrogate UAV,’ meaning that it always has aircrew on board,” said Nick Colosimo, program manager with BAE Systems.
BAE Systems Aircraft Services Group is looking to build on the success of the deal it forged at the NBAA show last year, when it announced a lease agreement for 10 pre-owned Jetstream 32 twin-turboprops to Corporate Aircraft Partners (CAP). The Cartersville, Ga.-based operator has just received the sixth aircraft for its fractional-leasing program. The 19-seat commuters were converted to 10- to 12-seat configurations for the new service.
If you have excess inventory sitting in your hangar, Turbine Engine Consultants (TECI) of Joplin, Mo., has a solution. The aviation parts supplier has introduced a consignment program called excess inventory management.
St. Louis-based Trans States Airlines announced last month that it will retire its last six BAe Jetstream 41s by the fall and end its American Connection service to Columbia, Springfield and Joplin, Mo.; and Decatur and Springfield, Ill. American Connection partner RegionsAir has offered to negotiate with the affected communities to fly its 19-seat Jetstream 31s to St. Louis.
British Aerospace Jetstream 3101, Caracas, Venezuela, Nov. 18, 2004– Jetstream YV-1083C (Venezuelan registration) lost directional control and crashed into the airport fire station while landing in IMC and heavy rain at Simon Bolivar International Airport, Caracas, Venezuela. The domestic Venezolana Linea Aerea Bolivariana flight from El Vigia, Venezuela, was on an IFR flight plan.