The U.S. DOT’s unwillingness to ease unpopular restrictions on foreign charter operators flying into the U.S. is jeopardizing moves on the other side of the Atlantic to reform rules covering fractional ownership.
Avtrak also announced that NetJets has signed a five-year agreement for GlobalNet for the tracking and management of NetJets’ growing worldwide fleet of fractionally owned aircraft. “Finding the right solution that will support our current and future fleet has been a major undertaking here at NetJets,” said Jerry Schlesinger, NetJets Aviation executive vice president.
The second annual Avex airshow to be held in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, is attracting leading business aviation exhibitors. At press time the confirmed roster for the March 7 to 10 event included Cessna, Dassault, Bombardier, Gulfstream and Aero Vodochody.
Nine months after reaching a tentative sales agreement, Raytheon Aircraft and NetJets signed a contract for the purchase of 50 Hawker 4000s (née Horizons) for the latter company’s fractional fleet. Deliveries are scheduled to start next year and continue through 2013. In mid-2003 NetJets canceled a 1999 order for 50 of the jets because of certification delays.
It’s no secret that the NetJets pilot contract ratified in late November raised the bar for fractional pilot pay. Within hours of the tentative agreement’s release in early October, speculation began about when pilots at the other major fractionals would get an equivalent raise.
Rockwell Collins engineers are hard at work ona top-to-bottom overhaul of NetJets’ information management back office, an effort that Collins said will allow the fractional operator to automate its scheduling, maintenance and document update tasks.
With its Private Jet service, Lufthansa is Europe’s only airline to offer connection flights with business jets to and from its overseas links departing or arriving in Frankfurt or Munich. Point-to-point flights anywhere within the European Union, as well as Switzerland and Norway, are also available.
At press time NetJets had not named a new president, the position from which Bill Boisture resigned early last month. During his two-year tenure, Boisture, 59, was the company’s front-line negotiator with the pilot and flight attendant unions. Both groups ratified five-year labor contracts with NetJets management late last year.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has been split by a major disagreement over what operating rules should apply to fractional ownership in Europe.
The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) has deferred a decision on proposed security arrangements for fractional-ownership flights operating into Europe. The Paris-based organization discussed the issue at a meeting on December 7 and 8, but a spokesperson reported that ECAC has not yet reached a final decision.