French President Nicolas Sarkozy will be flying in a style more becoming the nation’s leader with a recent government decision to acquire an Airbus A330-200 that will be outfitted as the country’s newest head-of-state aircraft.
BAA Jet Management last month took delivery of its first managed Airbus, an A318 Elite, making the Hong Kong-based company the first in Asia to operate the executive version of the narrowbody airliner. The 18-passenger Elite is also the first A318 to be registered in the People’s Republic of China and is based in Shenzhen, where it is available for charter.
BAA Jet Management has taken delivery of its first managed Airbus, an A318 Elite narrowbody bizliner, making the Hong Kong-based company the first in Asia to operate the executive version of the A318 single-aisle airliner. The 18-passenger Elite is also the first A318 to be registered in the People’s Republic of China and is based in Shenzhen, where it is available for charter.
UK-based aircraft management and charter operator Twinjet Aviation is assessing several possible locations for a new base here in the Arabian Gulf region. According to CEO Keith McMann, being established permanently in this part of the world would improve prospects for securing more management contracts in a market he still expects to achieve 15- to 20-percent growth despite serious economic problems in the wider world.
Brazilian OEM Embraer has signed a contract with the Brazilian government to supply two E190 airliners for government transport. The two twinjets will be configured with a secure communication system, head-of-state executive chambers and a total seating capacity for 40. Auxiliary fuel tanks will give the aircraft non-stop range from the Brazilian capital, Brasilia, to any destination in South America.
The FAA and Transport Canada last month granted type certification for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW617F, which powers the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet. The fadec-controlled PW617F delivers 1,615 pounds of thrust. Brazilian and FAA certification of the Phenom 100 is “imminent,” and Embraer expects to deliver between 10 and 15 of the twinjets to customers by year-end.
Gore Design Completions (Booth No. 2289) will be welcoming its sixth Boeing 767 into the company’s hangar in San Antonio for cabin completion when the big twinjet comes off the Boeing line in early 2010. The aircraft, destined for a Central Asia head-
of-state, will be the sixth airplane contracted to Gore Design from a head-of-state in that region.
A spokesman for Honda R&D Americas has revealed that the company expects to begin flight tests “soon” of its new light jet–the HondaJet–at its facilities at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. The light twinjet, he said, will be powered by a turbofan designed and built by Honda, but beyond that he declined to comment.
Airbus has appointed Rockwell Collins as the avionics supplier of reference for its Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ). Under the deal announced here yesterday, all ACJs will be delivered with Collins communications, navigation and surveillance equipment–unless otherwise specified by the customer.
Six operators were represented at the first operators conference for the Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ) held at the manufacturer’s Toulouse, France headquarters on September 14. In total, 15 pilots and managers made the trip, representing Aero Services Executive, DaimlerChrysler Aviation, Twinjet, the Italian and French government flight departments, as well as one other undisclosed operator.