Dassault Aviation is close to getting approval for its Falcon 7X aircraft to operate from London City Airport. The airport is just a couple of miles from the UK capital’s financial district and has a 5.5-deg steep approach.
London City Airport
ExcelAire (Stand Nos. 908/200) has received UK Civil Aviation Authority approval to operate its Embraer Legacy 600s into London City Airport (LCY) and is offering charter services effective immediately.
Next month London City Airport (LCY) will officially open its purpose-built Jet Centre for business aircraft. One month later it expects to take delivery of a new Falcon 900EX that the airport management will operate in the executive charter market, as well as for the airport’s private owner, Irish entrepreneur Dermot Desmond.
The London City Airport operator has entered the executive charter market with a new Dassault Falcon 900EX. Early in October it secured a commercial AOC for the aircraft, which will also be flown for Irish entrepreneur Dermot Desmond, who owns the airport.
Location, location, location is the premise on which London City Airport (LCY) has built its new Jet Centre, and it is on the same premise that it will charge business aircraft operators landing and handling fees averaging two to four times those at its nearest
Embraer’s 37-seat ERJ-135 regional jet last month won JAA approval to fly the steep approach into London City Airport. The certification marks Embraer’s first successful bid to approve an airplane for operation into the downtown airfield, where noise restrictions limit access to aircraft and pilots capable of demonstrating safe execution of its 5.5-degree glideslope.
British Airways last month announced plans to create a business-class service from London City Airport (LCY) to New York via Shannon, Ireland. The airline was forced to incorporate a tech stop due to payload restrictions associated with LCY’s 3,934-foot-long runway. British Airways said it will acquire Airbus A318s configured with 32 business-class seats to operate the service.
Cessna’s Citation CJ2 has been approved by the U.S. and Germany for steep approaches, such as that required to use London City Airport. Other European countries are expected to follow with the same approval. Currently, six Citation models have such U.S. approvals.
Irish entrepreneur Dermot Desmond has acquired majority ownership of Zurich-based ExecuJet Aviation Group, the company announced today. Though the terms were not released, Desmond will hold more than 51 percent of ExecuJet and join the board as chairman. According to ExecuJet CEO Niall Olver, who will remain in place “for the time being,” ExecuJet sought the investment to recapitalize for future development.
This Raytheon Hawker 800XP operated by UK charter firm Markoss Aviation has been approved to operate at London City Airport. The UK Civil Aviation Authority requires that the aircraft type and individual operator’s aircraft and crew get clearance to use the downtown gateway’s 5.5-degree steep approach. Markoss is based at nearby Biggin Hill Airport and its 800XP is currently the only UK-based example of its type approved for London City.