For years one of the most difficult aspects of creating a business aircraft interior has been providing a realistic representation of the finished product to the client. This is the first stage of the completion process, and it is critical to the on-time delivery of the finished airplane, within budget and meeting or exceeding the client’s expectations.
IBM Euroflight has become the first European corporate flight department to complete the new International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) certification process. The IS-BAO certificate now covers IBM’s European and U.S. flight departments, which are based respectively at Paris Le Bourget Airport and White Plains, N.Y.
IBM predicts a sea change in the aerospace industry over the next five to 10 years, one that will transform the prevailing business model from one dominated by what IBM aerospace and defense industry sector partner Michael Hackerson called vertical silos to a more egalitarian and cooperative approach.
IBM Euroflight, the computer giant’s European corporate flight department, is to close down before the end of June due to “insufficient activity.” Its two Dassault Falcon 2000 jets are to be sold and bargaining between management and the unions as to the future of the operation’s 20 permanent employees–including seven pilots and seven maintenance technicians–at its Paris Le Bourget Airport base is at an advanced stage.
Kenneth Emerick of GM Worldwide Travel has been elected chairman of the NBAA board of directors, replacing Donald Baldwin, who resigned to pursue other career interests. At its regular quarterly meeting last month in Washington, the board also named Jeffrey Lee of IBM to fill the post of vice chairman previously held by Emerick.
Euroflight, IBM’s European corporate flight department, will shut down by mid-year, resulting in the sale of its two Dassault Falcon 2000s despite their each logging between 800 and 900 flight hours annually. The unions are negotiating with management on the future of the operation’s 20 permanent employees–including seven pilots and seven maintenance technicians–at its Paris Le Bourget airport base.