Iraq Gate, the first business jet operator based in Iraq, is celebrating its first anniversary. Operating five aircraft–one Bombardier CRJ-200, three Hawker 800XPs and one Beechcraft King Air B200–for charter services, it also offers flight planning and ground handling. Abu Ghazaleh is the CEO and general manager of the holding company, Jordan-based International Wings Group.
Odyssey Aerospace Components (Booth 3034), a VIP interiors manufacturer for OEMs Boeing, Bombardier, Airbus and Gulfstream, announced at EBACE 2014 that it received a contract to provide cabinetry and interiors for two 787 BBJs. The Denton, Texas-based company will provide monument engineering, systems integration, manufacturing and installation. Meanwhile Odyssey, a Greenpoint Company, is currently finalizing a VIP 747-8 BBJ completion.
In July Qatar Executive (Booth 415) will add a second Bombardier Global 5000 Vision to its fleet. The corporate jet division of Qatar Airways will get the new aircraft just in time to meet the increased demand of the summer season. The operator received its first Global 5000 Vision in late 2013, having earlier bought two Global 5000s. The wholly-owned eight-aircraft fleet also includes three Challenger 605s and a Global XRS.
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) has announced that it will hold its annual conference at a new venue–The Wing, Silverstone (the UK’s Formula One racing circuit)–on June 10. Conference sessions in the morning will be followed after lunch by a workshop with key personnel from the UK CAA, and the conference will conclude with a business development session with the likes of Arinc Direct and Kennedys Law. The evening will include a jazz band playing on the terrace during a champagne reception.
VIP aircraft services provider Lufthansa Technik has unveiled new offerings for cabin completions and a major corporate investment and reorganization aimed at keeping its pipeline filled with innovative ideas, products and services.
Under its Innovation Boost program, introduced here at the EBACE show, Lufthansa Technik (Booth 5634) is quadrupling its research and development spending, committing €200 million through 2017. The company is also changing its organizational structure to create a better environment for innovation and new product development.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based consultancy firm MAZ Aviation and satellite airtime provider Satcom1 (Booth 821) are joining forces to design a new, faster satcom system for the Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ. According to the partnership agreement, the system will be based on Ka- and Ku- band solutions and will offer greater bandwidth for airborne communications. Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband and its safety services features will be used for cockpit communications needs.
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre has added new contracts in 2014 for its cabin and airframe services for Airbus Corporate Jet aircraft. Two Asian customers have appointed ACJC as their continuous airworthiness management organization (CAMO) for the outfitting phase of their ACJs, while an eastern European government operator of two ACJ319s has extended its VIP Pass contract for another year. The VIP Pass was introduced in 2009 as a total support package covering CAMO services, maintenance checks and component support.
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia-based charter operator Alpha Star Aviation Services (Booth 3824) has equipped its entire fleet with electronic flight bags (EFBs). The six VIP aircraft include three Airbuses (ACJ318, ACJ319 and ACJ320), one Gulfstream G550, one Hawker 900XP and one ATR 42. The company intends to have its pilots using EFBs–iPads connected to a Rockwell Collins system–during the entire flight in the short term. “Our crews were trained by Lufthansa and FlightSafety,” CEO Salem Al Muzaini added.
Asked about Aerion’s redesigned supersonic business jet announced this week at EBACE, Gulfstream Aerospace president Larry Flynn said, “I think everyone knows Gulfstream has had an interest in supersonic and we have a small research and development project that has been under way for several years. The project is mostly focused on suppressing the sonic boom. Our intentions would be to fly a supersonic airplane over land.
Executive charter operator DC Aviation (Booth 4859) has again passed the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) with a very positive assessment, the Stuttgart, Germany-based company announced this week. In February, five auditorsreviewed more than 1,000 standardsand processesat DC Aviation. The areas covered aviation lawand regulations, technology and safety and quality management and flight operations. Many new questions had to be answered as part of the audit, according to DC Aviation.