Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre General Manager Carey Matthews is upbeat about business aviation trends in mainland China. In a press briefing at NBAA’12 he reported that year over year growth is 13 percent for business aviation movements at both Hongqaio (SHA) and Pudong (PVG) airports in Shanghai, China. “We expect total movements to be around 4,000 at the end of 2012,” said Matthews.
Airbus is announcing significant cabin enhancements to its ACJ318 corporate jet, including LED lighting, resculpted and restyled passenger seats, a media lounge, HD entertainment system and an optional shower in the aft lavatory. Wing sharklets will also be available on the aircraft, increasing its range to 4,350 nm from 4,200 nm.
Among the modular layouts available on the aircraft are an aft stateroom with either a divan convertible bed or a permanent double bed, a third lavatory for installation in the mid-cabin and a forward VIP/crew-rest lounge.
CTT Systems is piling up contracts for its Cair cabin humidification system.
In early August the Nykoping, Sweden-based company announced an order for a Cair package from Lufthansa Technik. The system is being installed in a 747-8 undergoing outfitting at the German completion center’s Hamburg facilities.
Last March, the business aviation spotlight shined brightly on Shanghai at the relaunch of the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE). While the show was considered a rousing success by nearly all accounts, for the host venue, Shanghai Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Service Centre–the sole FBO at Hongqiao International Airport–the event served as a golden opportunity to showcase itself.
Yesterday Boeing delivered a Boeing Business Jet 747-8 with the first Greenpoint Technologies Aeroloft system, which provides an extra 393 sq ft of cabin space (for a total of 5,179 sq ft) via the addition of a loft area above the main cabin between the upper deck and tail. It was installed by Boeing Global Transport & Executive Systems in Wichita.
Lufthansa Technik Switzerland (LTSW) in Basel will undergo extensive restructuring to concentrate exclusively on line maintenance, light base maintenance and logistics services for its customers at Euro Airport. The company plans to reduce its 304-employee workforce to 82.
The Boeing 747-8 will achieve its pre-delivery guarantees on fuel burn “in a year or two,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Jim Albaugh told attendees at the company’s May 15 Investors’ Conference in St. Louis.
London-based Andrew Winch Designs is well on its way to establishing its brand in the aviation sector, having worked on 12 completions and two refurbishments in the past decade. The company will end the year with the delivery of an ACJ, A340 and a BBJ2 (based on the 737-800), said Jim Dixon, Andrew Winch’s director and head of the aviation design department, told AIN here at the show yesterday. The company also expects to deliver two more next year.
Lufthansa Technik has renewed its general agreement to provide interiors and finishing for Airbus VIP and executive jets, including the ACJ318. So far, the company has delivered 15 ACJ318 cabin completions from it facility in Hamburg, Germany, and two ACJ318s from its U.S. subsidiary, BizJet International, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Three more aircraft are scheduled for completion in Tulsa.
Idair (Stand 783), the joint venture between Lufthansa Technik and Panasonic Avionics, is debuting Eclipsair, its wireless “infotainment” system, here at EBACE. Aimed at the VIP and business jet markets, Eclipsair delivers news, video, audio data and flight information. The company anticipates it will be available for customer installations in the second quarter of 2013.