In the weeks before last month’s NBAA Convention, industry speculation about whether and how it would compete with the G650 forced Bombardier to partially reveal its hand sooner than it had intended, when on September 30 it admitted that the Global line of ultra-long-range business jets would be expanding.
Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) is adding three membership programs to further support its customers, the company announced at the NBAA Convention on Monday. The company is introducing a Platinum engine maintenance program for large-cabin aircraft, an unscheduled engine maintenance program and an option for supplemental lift coverage.
Unable to maintain radio silence of an expected unveiling of a Gulfstream G650 competitor at the NBAA Convention next month, Bombardier this morning announced it will launch a "new Global aircraft family" on the eve of the business aviation show. "It was strategically necessary for Bombardier to announce the program as soon as possible," business aviation analyst Brian Foley told AIN.
George Tsopeis, Zenith Jet’s vice president of aviation services and a former member of Bombardier’s business aircraft strategy and business development team, expects Bombardier to unveil a new ultra-long-range aircraft later this month at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta.
Zenith Jet vice president of aviation services George Tsopeis expects Bombardier to unveil a new ultra-long-range aircraft next month at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta. He made the prediction late last week during a Desjardins Securities conference call about the 10-year outlook for the business jet market.
Qatar Airways will use Goodrich wheels and carbon brakes for its 30-strong Boeing 787 fleet, which is scheduled to begin delivery next year. Goodrich (Stand OE4) has been chosen for nearly 80 percent of 787 orders to date.
Start-up engine manufacturer Price Induction began endurance testing on its 575-pound-thrust Dgen 380 turbofan in late March.
In late December, the FAA granted type approval for Rolls-Royce’s BR725 turbofan, which powers the Gulfstream G650. The certification covers a thrust rating of 16,100 pounds and follows EASA certification in June. The G650 flight-test program has been under way since November 25, and Gulfstream expects the ultra-long-range wide-cabin business jet to enter service in 2012.
Under a bright blue sky on September 29, Gulfstream Aerospace rolled out the first wide-cabin G650 under the power of its two Rolls-Royce BR725 engines before a crowd of about 7,000 people at the company’s Savannah, Ga. headquarters. The $64.5 million (2009 $) twinjet–dubbed T1, for test aircraft one–is currently undergoing ground tests and is scheduled to fly by year-end.
Gulfstream rolled out two new jets recently, the large-cabin flagship G650 on September 29 in Savannah, Ga., and the super-midsize G250 in Tel Aviv, Israel, on October 6. Both jets’ programs remain on schedule and they are expected to fly before year-end and achieve certification in 2011. The $64.5 million Mach 0.925 G650 is powered by two Rolls-Royce BR725 turbofans and is Gulfstream’s first clean-sheet new type certificate since the GII.