Teterboro, N.J.-based charter, FBO and maintenance provider Meridian (Booth 1878) has added a newly refurbished Bombardier Challenger 604 to its managed fleet, which currently includes 25 business jets ranging from a Gulfstream G550 to a Cessna Citation Mustang. The 12-passenger large cabin aircraft, based in Bedford, Mass., is available for charter on the company’s certificate.
Airbus is discussing with airlines the possibility of building an extended-range version of the A321neo narrowbody airliner that would offer a replacement for the Boeing 757, which is no longer in production. An Airbus spokesman confirmed the outreach effort, which is at an early stage.
Duncan Aviation is installing a Honeywell Aerospace Ovation Select cabin management system (CMS) in a Falcon 50EX in conjunction with a Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 retrofit and full interior completion. Ovation Select allows passengers to control both in-flight entertainment and environmental conditions–including lighting, seats, temperature, galley and window shades–with a touch-screen interface.
Gulfstream Aerospace has named Cindy Halsey vice president for completion planning and design. She reports to Scott Neal, senior vice president for worldwide sales and marketing. Halsey has 36 years of experience in aircraft completions and interior design. Before joining Gulfstream, she was senior vice president for interior design engineering for Textron Aviation, where she was responsible for leading interior design, industrial design and interior engineering functions for all Textron Aviation products.
Signature Flight Support continues to expand its North American footprint with yesterday’s signing of a licensing agreement with Toronto-based aviation service provider Skyservice, which will add the Canadian FBO operator’s three locations to the Signature brand. While Skyservice will remain independently owned, as part of the Signature network they will be able to use the BBA Aviation subsidiary’s systems and services as well as marketing support.
NBAA traditionally fills the opening general sessions to the largest trade event in business aviation with distinguished speakers from the industry, legislative and regulatory areas. The opening session at NBAA 2014 in Orlando, Fla., yesterday was no exception, as NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen welcomed Pennsylvania Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Pa.); Christopher Hart, acting secretary of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB); and Enterprise Holdings chairman Andrew Taylor.
Aerion’s long-awaited AS2 supersonic business jet (SSBJ) program received a major boost last month when Airbus signed up for a partnership involving an exchange of knowledge and capabilities in design, manufacturing and certification. According to Aerion, the collaboration will support the Mach 1.6, $100+ million AS2 through to certification. Although the industrialization plan for the new jet has still to be confirmed, the Reno, Nev.-based group said that this will happen “over the course of the next year” and confirmed that it is no longer searching for a manufacturing partner.
Nav Canada, UK NATS and Air France said they have demonstrated that aircraft can safely change their flight profiles to more efficiently cross North Atlantic airspace. The so-called Engage II project will lead to “significant changes” in oceanic procedures, Nav Canada said October 17.
For Learjet 20-series operators, Dec. 31, 2015, has been looking like a dark day. That’s the last day aircraft with takeoff weight of less than 75,000 pounds will be allowed to operate in the contiguous U.S. if they do not meet Stage 3 noise standards. But Trine Aerospace (Booth 4492) has a solution that does not involve selling offshore or parting out airplanes.
A German court has denied Lufthansa’s plea to forcibly end the latest strike by its pilots over a retirement benefits dispute, virtually ensuring that the airline must move ahead with plans to cancel the majority of short- and medium-haul flights to and from Frankfurt and suspend almost all long-haul traffic from that hub. The airline expects to operate about half of its planned short- and medium-haul flights from Munich during the strike period thanks to regional subsidiary Lufthansa Cityline, while roughly half of its mainline flights from Munich continue under a special flight plan published Monday afternoon.