Jet Aviation has made several key personnel changes. Johannes Turzer, formerly v-p and general manager at Jet Aviation Dusseldorf, is now v-p and accountable manager of maintenance services at Jet Aviation Basel. Sebastian Groeger, v-p and general manager at Jet Aviation Singapore, will succeed Turzer at Dusseldorf. Philippe Crevier has moved into the v-p and general manager spot at Jet Aviation Singapore.
Offshore oil and gas operator Bristow is divesting its holdings in Nigeria’s Pan African Airways (PAAN) to Nigerian ownership to comply with the country’s new Nigerian Oil & Gas Industry Content Development Act. PAAN’s helicopters, mostly Bell 412s, 407s and 206s, will now operate under separate livery and out of company and customer bases in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Warri and Escravos.
Eurocopter has opened a new global logistics facility in Les Florides industrial park near its production plant in Marignane in the south of France. It joins a logistics distribution system that includes facilities in Donauwörth, Germany; Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport, France; and Hong Kong as well as customer service centers in both Hong Kong and Dallas.
The Singapore Airshow (Chalet D54) is consistently among the world’s top three airshows and has aspirations of taking over the top spot in 2012. According to Angelica Lim, the Singapore show’s general aerospace and defense group manger, the 2012 event expects 259 delegations from more than 80 countries, more than 900 exhibitors and in excess of 53,000 paid visitors.
Freedom Aero Service has partnered with Merrill Field Instruments to provide an accessory shop on Merrill Field in Anchorage.
A new association brought a ray of sunshine into EBACE this week. The Caribbean FBO Alliance (CFBOA, Stand 957) chose Geneva as its launch venue as it wishes to attract more European private aviation business to the region. Interim president Deborah Aharon explained, “The key difference between us and existing chains is that we are not a chain; we are an alliance of nine unique companies.
Dubai-based Aviation Services Management (ASM) recently opened a new branch in Mumbai, the company’s second in India, to accommodate an increasing number of high-net-worth individuals taking advantage of corporate jet travel. The operation is staff by a team of six sales representatives.
Middle East-based flight operations group Nexus is moving into Africa with plans to establish a flight operations center (FOC) in the Rwandan capital Kigali. Nexus has just signed a memorandum of understanding for the project with the Rwanda Development Board.
Taj Air and Metrojet have formed a joint venture offering aircraft maintenance and management services in India. Based in Mumbai, the operation initially will use the existing Taj Air facility while a new, larger facility is being built. “Metrojet is proud to embark on this venture and combine with Taj Air to better serve the Indian market,” said Björn Näf, CEO of Metrojet.
NBAA said that major business aircraft manufacturers have committed to exhibit at the 2012 Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (Abace), which will be held February 28 to March 1 next year in Shanghai. NBAA’s announcement about the exhibitors’ commitments follows an Abace planning meeting held last month in Shanghai between Bolen and high-ranking government and Hongqiao Shanghai Airport officials.