NetJets, the Berkshire Hathaway-owned fractional-share operator, completed a purchase agreement late last night for up to 120 new Bombardier Global jets, a deal worth $6.7 billion if all aircraft options are taken. Notably, this is NetJets’ first order for Bombardier business jets; previous large-cabin acquisitions by the fractional provider have been for Gulfstreams and Falcons.
China's business aviation sector took a leap forward last year when the number of private jets registered in the country went into three figures for the first time, reaching a total of 116. The figure is part of a report published in February by the Firestone Management Group, which advises companies how to break into the emerging Asia-Pacific market.
Hawker Pacific will build an $11.6 million customer sales and service center at Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore. The move confirms the expansion of its regional headquarters and relocation of its current Seletar operations at East Camp, Singapore.
Hawker 4000 set for major upgrade progra
Soaring sales of its business aircraft family have prompted Hawker Beechcraft to enlist ExecuJet Aviation to boost its product support network here in the Middle East, as well as in Africa and Australasia. In a recently agreed partnership, ExecuJet has been appointed to run service centers for the U.S. manufacturer here in Dubai, as well as in Lagos, Nigeria, Cape Town and Lanseria in South Africa, Melbourne and Sydney in Australia.
Hawker Beechcraft’s new Hawker 200, unveiled at the NBAA Convention in October, is a makeover of the Beech Premier II with an extensive cabin upgrade.
Taking into account the average passenger load of about 2.5 to 3 people per flight, Hawker’s designers created a luxurious interior that would seat four in spacious comfort, yet still allow the option of a high-density configuration.
Hawker Beechcraft finally revealed firm plans for the long-expected new King Air 250 at the NBAA Convention in October and announced the rebranding of the Premier line as the Hawker 200 as well as a major upgrade program for the Hawker 400XP.
Faced with an FAA mandate to modify all of the Hawker 4000s delivered thus far with fuel system upgrades that meet the latest certification standards, Hawker Beechcraft is combining that work with an extensive upgrade and enhancement program. The fuel system modifications require removal of the interior and fuel system wiring harness isolation and other changes, all of which bring the 4000 to amendment 102 standards of Part 25.
Year-over-year airplane deliveries declined again in the third quarter, but revenue at the manufacturers took a much smaller dip. According to the third-quarter shipment report released last month by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), this marked the industry’s eighth straight quarterly slide in deliveries, with overall shipments down 14.5 percent compared with the first three quarters of last year.
Faced with an FAA mandate to modify all of the Hawker 4000s delivered thus far with fuel system upgrades that meet the latest certification standards, Hawker Beechcraft is combining that work with an extensive upgrade and enhancement program.