As scheduled, Pilatus Aircraft opened the orderbook for the PC-24 twinjet yesterday at EBACE 2014 and all day long at the Pilatus booth chairman Oscar Schwenk and CEO Markus Bucher signed contracts with avid buyers. The first contract was inked by Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, with an order for four PC-24s. U.S. fractional-share PC-12 operator PlaneSense placed an order for six PC-24s, and other buyers included Falcon Aviation Services of the UAE, with two; Luxembourg-based Jetfly, four; U-Haul International in the U.S., two; and many others.
As scheduled, Pilatus Aircraft opened the order book for its PC-24 today at EBACE, and it had orders for 75 of the utility twinjets by the time the show closed for the day. The first contract was inked by the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, with an order for four PC-24s. U.S. fractional-share PC-12 operator PlaneSense placed an order for six PC-24s, and other buyers included Falcon Aviation Services of the UAE, with two; Luxembourg-based Jetfly, four; and U-Haul International in the U.S., two.
PlaneSense took delivery of the 1,200th PC-12 at its Portsmouth, N.H. headquarters last month during a ceremony hosted by company founder and CEO George Antoniadis. The aircraft is the 49th PC-12 acquired by PlaneSense since its founding in 1995 and launch in 1996. With retirements (typically after 6,500 hours of service) and replacements over the years, PlaneSense’s current fleet counts 30 of the turboprop singles, with an average age of five years (including the four core aircraft).
Yesterday afternoon fractional operator PlaneSense took delivery of the milestone 1,200th PC-12 at its Portsmouth, N.H. headquarters, during a ceremony hosted by PlaneSense founder and CEO George Antoniadis. Pilatus Business Aircraft president and CEO Thomas Bosshard was among the guests.
Daher-Socata is jointly studying plans for a new aircraft development under an exclusive agreement with Allied Aviation Technologies, which owns the assets of the SPn light business jet program on behalf of the main creditor for the aircraft's former developer Grob Aerospace.
The fractional share marketplace is changing rapidly in response to the lengthy global recession. While most fractional operators already reduced staffing levels to match lower levels of customer activity, it wasn’t until September 11 that NetJets announced layoffs of 350 nonunion employees.
An agreement for German investors to take over the trainer aircraft business of the insolvent Grob Aerospace group might have cleared the way for a separate deal to resurrect the SPn light business jet program. On January 28, Grob’s insolvency administrator, Dr.
Pilatus Aircraft has appointed Pro-Star Aviation of Londonderry, N.H., a sales representative and service center for its PC-12NG turboprop single in the northeastern U.S. The company’s territory will cover New Hampshire, New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts and Michigan. Pro-Star also has offices in Caldwell, N.J., and Portland, Maine. Thomas Bosshard, CEO of the Swiss manufacturer’s U.S.
Grob Aerospace is holdings talks in
Europe this week with an undisclosed prospective new investor. The proposed memorandum of understanding would provide fresh capital for Swiss-based parent company Grob AG that would allow it to buy complete control in its insolvent German manufacturing subsidiary, Grob GmbH.
as the economy lurches from bad to worse news, the aviation industry is holding its breath, waiting to see how this downturn will affect the business jet market and elements of that market such as the fractional share business.
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