Bombardier’s Learjet 45 has completed certification to fly into London City Airport– the downtown facility with a 5.5-degree steep approach and a single 4,327-foot runway. The approval, which the European Aviation Safety Agency issued on October 11, covers all Learjet 40s, 45s and 45XRs registered in EASA member states.
The Transatlantic Express fixed-price charter service Bombardier introduced this summer has taken off, with round-trip flights booked between Europe and the U.S. at least once a week. In fact, the manufacturer is so encouraged by demand for the service that it is considering plans to expand it beyond the East Coast of the U.S. The service currently provides access to some 700 airports in Europe and the Eastern U.S.
Although a strike last summer at Learjet facilities in Wichita held down aircraft deliveries in the third quarter of this year, Bombardier reported that it delivered 143 business jets in the first nine months of its fiscal year ending October 31, compared with 132 in the corresponding nine months in 2005.
Executive charter operator Cirrus Middle East has joined forces with flight planner Universal Weather & Aviation to open a new FBO at Lebanon’s Beirut International Airport. The partners are the first company to apply for Lebanon’s new general handling certificate. Trading under the name Universal Aviation Beirut, the FBO operates from the airport’s general aviation terminal.
German charter operator Cirrus Aviation is joining forces with Luxair of Luxembourg. The alliance will result in Cirrus operating a fleet of 17 executive jets, including various Cessna Citations, Bombardier Learjets and larger aircraft up to the Global Express.
East Alton, Ill.-based Premier Aircraft, a joint venture between Premier Air Center (Booth No. 2262) and Yankee Pacific Aerospace, has a launch customer for its Falcon 50-4 performance upgrade program. The program is on track for December STC certification and, with support from Honeywell (Booth No.
Increasing demand from wealthy individuals for the Bombardier Skyjet International fixed-rate block charter program has prompted the company to experiment with a new option called Jet Membership Light. This option–which gives customers 25 hours in light jets for $135,000 (€112,500)–is currently available only in Europe.
German executive charter operator Cirrus Aviation has established a UK sales and marketing office at London Biggin Hill Airport. The company is set to increase the size of its owned and managed charter fleet, with the introduction over the next few months of a Global XRS, two Global 5000s, two Challenger 300s, a Learjet 40 and a Legacy.
As the launch customer for the new Learjet 40XR, Bombardier Flexjet announced the induction of the first three of the new type into the fractional provider’s fleet. Flexjet will take delivery of four more Learjet 40XRs by year-end. In the accompanying photo, Flexjet chief pilot Rick Handschurch welcomes the arrival of the first 40XR.
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