Czech-based aircraft management and charter operator ABS Jets is seeking to step up its ambitious expansion plans through negotiations with prospective Russian and Austrian partners. The company hopes to establish a new subsidiary in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, as well as a possible new operation in Kazakhstan. At the same time, ABS has been negotiating for a prospective tie-up with an FBO in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Republic Airways Holdings
Former Alenia executive Carlo Logli (senior vice president of strategies and business development) replaced Alessandro Franzoni as CEO of Superjet International as part of a management shakeup that saw Franzoni move to Alenia Aermacchi to become its chief operating officer. Meanwhile, Alenia Aermacchi CEO Carmelo Cosentino replaced Amedeo Caporaletti as Superjet International’s chairman of the board.
ABS Jets is ready to start supporting Embraer Legacy operators in the Middle East now that it has secured CAR 145 maintenance approval from the United Arab Emirates to provide base and line support for these aircraft. The Czech-based company, which operates six Legacys, will now be seeking the same approval from other Arabic states.
Embraer expects to achieve a commercial aircraft book-to-bill ratio of a little more than one this year, reflecting solid demand from an airline market that continues to show definitive signs of a sustained, if not robust, recovery.
Republic Airways signed a firm order last month for six Embraer E190s, all of which it plans to deploy with its Denver-based Frontier Airlines subsidiary between August and December of next year. The companies also concluded negotiations on a conditional order for another 18 E190s and/or E195s. Embraer expects the conditional order to become firm by April 15 next year.
Last month’s China International Aviation & Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai provided a boost for those in business aviation growing tired of hearing about the country’s seemingly limitless, but so far unfulfilled, scope for growth in this sector. The number of business jets in China is set to soar from its current level of 100 or so to between 700 and 900 by 2019, according to the latest manufacturer projections made at the event.
Beijing-based Embraer China Aircraft Technical Services, which was inaugurated in July, has been named an Embraer-authorized service center and will support Tianjin Airlines. It is the first airline in China to be so designated. Under the terms of the agreement the Chinese company will carry out line and heavy maintenance for the ERJ-145 and E190 in accordance with China Civil Aviation Regulation Part 145.
As airline traffic continues to recover from the global recession, airframe and engine manufacturers continue to develop new models and consider follow-on products. Several companies provided updates at the European Regions Airline Association assembly in Barcelona in late September.
Out on the NBAA static display Comlux Aviation is showcasing an upgraded addition to its charter/management fleet in the shape of an Airbus A318 Elite featuring performance- and appearance-enhancing polished wings slats. The Switzerland-based business aviation services group has now certified the modification in partnership with Belgian aerostructures specialist Sonaca and is offering it to other Airbus Corporate Jetliner operators.
No one would ever accuse Embraer CEO Frederico Curado of letting ego or impatience influence his decision-making. So when he insisted Embraer’s advantageous competitive position affords him the luxury of time as he deliberates over a new product strategy for the single-aisle airliner market, the company’s stakeholders could rest assured that Curado soberly considered the implications of waiting.