A new jet ownership and charter business called JetSuite is preparing to take delivery of its first Phenom 100 next April and has unveiled details about its business model.
India’s Kingfisher Airlines announced it will launch its first international service on September 3 between Bangalore and London Heathrow Airport. Kingfisher will serve the route with a new Airbus A330-200, the first of 10 on which it holds delivery positions. Indian law requires that an airline operate domestically for five years before authorities consider it for an international air transport license.
Brazil’s Embraer remains firmly on target for November certification of its much-heralded but delay-prone Embraer 170, according to company vice president of commercial programs Fred Curado.
Australian flag-carrier Qantas last month announced it would enlist its wholly owned regional subsidiary, QantasLink, for a large-scale expansion along the country’s eastern seaboard in response from stronger demand from regional points in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
In a curious illustration of how current events make strange bedfellows, the Air Transport Association of America (ATA) has joined Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) and NBAA to fight what they perceive to be causes of record-high oil prices. The two associations are members of the newly formed Stop Oil Speculation Now (S.O.S. Now) campaign, which includes airlines, trucking companies and travel associations. S.O.S.
Indigo, the provider of “regular and frequent” business jet service between Chicago Midway Airport and Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, suspended flights early last month, three months after a relaunch of operations on March 3.
“We fell short on the equity side,” said Indigo chairman and CEO Peter Pappas, by way of a terse explanation. “For the time being, we’re going to focus on our charter and corporate business.”
Don’t let airlines tell you how to design airplanes, EasyJet strategic planning manager Hal Calamvokis cautioned aerospace industry delegates at last week’s NACRE conference.
International Aero Engines has been awarded a follow-on order from Hainan Airlines for V2500 engines to power 13 Airbus A320s. Along with a long-term V2500Select aftermarket agreement, the deal is worth $350 million. The Chinese operator took delivery of the first of 20 V2500-powered A319s in June, becoming the latest Chinese airline to fly the Airbus narrowbody.
Snecma Services has signed a three-year maintenance contract with privately-owned Bahrain Air to support the CFM56-5A engines that power the carrier’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft–which will number four by the end of the year.
There’s that old saying, “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.” And if ever there was an ill wind, it’s the one that has been generated by the price of oil and its effect on the airlines. But that same wind is bringing new opportunities to business aviation, with the prospect of expanded operations and the likelihood of added airplanes to the industry’s fleet.