The CEO of oil giant Total, Christophe de Margerie, was killed in the crash of a Dassault Falcon 50EX business jet at Moscow Vnukovo airport last night. The three crewmembers aboard also perished in the accident. The Falcon, registered as F-GLSA, was operated by Le Bourget-based Unijet, part of the Luxaviation group.
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Jet Aviation Moscow Vnukovo has signed a new agreement with Bombardier for additional spare parts. Building on a spare parts agreement signed in 2012, Jet Aviation Moscow Vnukovo and Bombardier have agreed to bolster the inventory of critical spare parts at Jet Aviation’s line maintenance and AOG facility in Moscow. Under the agreement, Jet Aviation is arranging customs clearance and transportation for the parts that Bombardier will ship.
Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport still lays claim to being not only the busiest business aviation hub in Russia, but one of the busiest in Europe. According to the airport administration’s statistics made public as it was hosting the Jet Expo show, the airport’s Vnukovo-3 business aviation terminal served 19,437 business jet flights (with 133,000 travelers aboard them) last year.
The ninth annual JetExpo business aviation show opened at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport on Thursday morning. According to organizers, the three-day event (September 4-6) has attracted around 75 exhibiting companies from Russia and overseas and up to 8,000 visitors are expected.
The fall-out from ongoing military conflict in eastern Ukraine has taken its toll on business aviation traffic out of Russia, according to new data released on September 4 by WingX.
Several business aircraft maintenance providers are among the 75 companies set to exhibit at the JetExpo show, which opens at Moscow Vnukovo Airport on September 4. The ninth staging of the annual event runs through September 4 and has once again drawn all leading business aircraft manufacturers despite rising political tensions over the worsening military standoff in eastern Ukraine. Among the maintenance specialists exhibiting at JetExpo are Denmark’s Air Service Vamdrup, Jet Aviation, ABS Jets from the Czech Republic and Vnukovo-based VTS Jets.
The ninth annual JetExpo business aviation show is set to open on Thursday at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. According to organizers, the three-day event (September 4 to 6) will draw around 75 exhibiting companies and up to 8,000 visitors. No details of the planned static display were available as of press time, but 30 aircraft are expected to be on show–a reduction from the 40 that participated in the 2013 event.
Increasing customer demand is the motivation for a new agreement under which Tulpar Interior Group of Kazan will provide scheduled interior refurbishments from Jet Aviation’s maintenance facility at Moscow Vnukovo Airport. Tulpar is said to be the only company in Russia that provides a full range of aircraft interior services for commercial and VIP aircraft.
Moscow FBO Avia Group has opened a helipad at the Russian capital’s Sheremetievo International Airport as part of its plan to offer a more viable alternative business aviation gateway to Vnukovo Airport. The company, which operates Terminal A as a business aviation center, is responding to rising demand for helicopter transfers in and out of the airport, especially in view of the heavy road traffic in surrounding areas.
September’s JetExpo show at Moscow’s Vnukovo Airport once again provided a fascinating snapshot of how Russia’s business aviation market is continuing to develop. The overall impression from this eighth annual event is that, after a powerful growth surge, the market may be leveling off somewhat, but with every prospect of further expansion.
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