Africa is not the easiest part of the world in which to conduct executive aviation services, which is why Landover Aviation Services was established 14 years ago to foreign operators penetrate the complex bureaucracy in the region. Since then the company has become the leading source of assistance not only in Nigeria–where it is based in Lagos, but also in many other parts of Africa.
EBACE is a European show by definition, yet it attracts visitors from far away. Su Ningxia Mayer, responsible for Europe at Beijing-headquartered Deer Jet, visited the show on the second day.
Raytheon yesterday sold five Premier IA jets in two separate deals announced here at the EBACE show.
First, fast-growing UK executive charter operator Club328 agreed to acquire four more of the light jets from Raytheon Aircraft. The buyer has been operating two Premier Is since January and says the aircraft have been booked solid for leisure and business purposes.
Jet Aviation’s Dubai maintenance facility is just about to start serving the Hawker 800 business jet series. Raytheon Aircraft has named the company an authorized service center. Jet Aviation Dubai will thus perform line and base maintenance, as well as provide warranty and spare parts support. Operations are to start by mid-May.
While the Premier IA and Hawker 850XP business twinjets are targeted at very different buyers, Raytheon (Booth No. 1044) is here to explain why each airplane features traits sure to appeal to European buyers.
Back in 2000, customers were not thrilled with Raytheon’s product-support performance, and neither was the airframer itself. Ed Dolanski was brought in from retail giant Wal-Mart and over the past six years he has made significant progress by pushing through new processes and technology.
Raytheon Aircraft (Booth No. 1044) is considering plans for a new jet to fill the light- to mid-sized gap in its Hawker family. The new model would fit between the 400XP and 800XP aircraft and would compete with Cessna’s Citation XLS and Bombardier’s Learjet 45XR.
Sixty operators have now completed registration under the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO), an industry code of best practice. The latest to sign up for the standard is the corporate flight department of the UK’s Specsavers chain of retail opticians.
NetJets Europe has bought a pre-owned Raytheon Beech 1900D twin turboprop to ensure timely positioning of flight crews, aircraft technicians and spare parts throughout Europe. Raytheon Airline Aviation Services has laid out the aircraft with a 12-passenger forward cabin and toilet separated by a movable bulkhead from an aft freight compartment that is loaded via a cargo door.
With 319 Beechcraft-built T-6 trainers delivered to date and almost 500,000 flight hours to their credit, Raytheon has concluded that the time is ripe to launch the AT-6 joint airborne weapons system derivative. Promoted as a platform for the net-centric battlefield, the AT-6 has been readied for its new mission by the addition of sensors, datalink, cockpit protection and various weapons configurations.