Eurocopter has unveiled plans for a new rotor-blade factory in Dugny, near Paris Le Bourget Airport, to open in 2014. When the new facility is up and running, the 800 employees at the existing blade production lines in neighboring La Courneuve will move to Dugny, where they will be joined by some research engineers who will relocate from EADS Innovation Works’ offices in Suresnes (west of Paris).
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Paris Air Show commissioner Louis Le Portz wants nothing but the best for this week’s Farnborough International show, while predicting that next year’s Paris show will be as successful as its 2009 edition in terms of the number of exhibitors and country delegations expected. “Le Bourget and Farnborough are crucial for our profession; the industry needs us both,” he said.
On the opening day of Ebace 2010, EBAA and NBAA delivered 2010 European Business Aviation Awards to Elie Zelouf, senior vice president of Jet Aviation, and officials at Aéroports de Paris. According to NBAA, “This year’s award recipients have both demonstrated unwavering commitment and dedication to advancing the business aviation industry.
France has not been as badly hit as many other countries by the financial crisis and neither has its business aviation community, according to the French chapter of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
Dubai-based JetEx Flight Support chose Paris for the first step in a planned international expansion that it says will see its FBOs established as far afield as the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and India. The company (Booth No. 7050) has completed a comprehensive upgrade of the former Flying Group facility at Le Bourget Airport, which it acquired in February 2009.
Paris’ Le Bourget Airport (Booth No. 547) has pressed ahead with its long-term development plan despite the economic climate and is focusing on improving access to the site. The first phase of the Le Bourget redevelopment plan, which is to run through to 2023, was completed last year with only a few minor aspects of the work deferred.
Wijet (pronounce Weejet), a start-up company based at Paris Le Bourget Airport, has begun operations under its own air operator’s certificate (AOC) with a Cessna Citation Mustang and is planning to increase the fleet to four by the end of this year. The first commercial flight took place in mid-November, after French civil aviation authorities issued the AOC.
Business aviation group Comlux plans to expand its services into the FBO sector by establishing a new facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The new base, being developed in partnership with Landmark Aviation, is due to open in March next year.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) established a new airports, handling and ground operations committee (AHGOC).
France-based helicopter operator Ixair is stopping its private pilot training business and laying off about 10 employees. These changes, combined with slow demand for passenger transport, have caused a reorganization of the company’s sites throughout the country.