NetJets put some more distance between itself and mere market mortals at the Paris Air Show last month with an order for 96 new Cessna Citations valued at more than $1 billion.
NetJets, the founder of fractional aircraft ownership and the world’s biggest purchaser of business jets, put some more distance between itself and mere market mortals yesterday with an order for 96 new Cessna Citations valued at more than $1 billion.
Despite a successful outing at the EBACE business aviation trade show a mere three weeks ago in Geneva, Cessna and other business jet makers view the Paris Air Show as an important venue. After all, what Le Bourget lacks in coziness, it more than makes up for in sheer volume with tens of thousands of visitors streaming through its gates each day.
Cessna Citation 560 Ultra, Farmingdale, N.Y., April 10, 2007–Taxiing at Republic Airport on Long Island, the NetJets Citation hit a parked maintenance van. There was minor damage to the van and the aircraft, but no injuries were initially reported. The Citation was registered to NetJets Sales, c/o Macafee & Taft, Oklahoma City.
Recovery efforts are continuing today for the wreckage of a 1981 Cessna Citation II that crashed into Lake Michigan soon after takeoff from Milwaukee late yesterday afternoon, killing all six aboard. The dead included two doctors and two specialists from the University of Michigan Health System, who were in Milwaukee harvesting human lungs for transplant.
Cessna delivered the first Cessna Citation Encore+ last month, nearly five months after receiving FAA type certification. The company expects to deliver another 24 by year-end. The $8.1 million business jet seats between seven and 11 passengers and is equipped with fadec Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) PW535B engines, the newest member of P&WC’s PW500 line. The newest Encore also has more payload and new interior features.
If two competing companies have their way, Cessna 550 owners will soon be able to take their jet farther and higher, all while paying less per mile to do it.
JetAlliance CEO Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer signed a contract here yesterday for 25 Cessna Citations valued at $280 million. Some of the aircraft will be used by Austrian Business Jet, a new operation launched on Monday by JetAlliance and Austrian Airlines to integrate regional private jet and intercontinental airline travel.
Skylliance, a charter partner program set up by Jet Aviation for smaller air-taxi companies and first announced at EBACE 2006, now has five members: Homac Aviation in Germany; GainJet in Greece; Spain’s Executive Airlines; Silver Cloud in Germany; and VIP Avia of Latvia. Members of Skylliance are required to apply operating standards defined by Jet Aviation aimed at providing consistent high-quality service.
Eurocontrol plans to launch a so-called Very Light Jet Integration Platform (VIP) to discuss issues relating to the introduction of the new generation of business/personal aircraft. But is the European air traffic management agency overestimating the potential impact VLJs will have on the crowded European airspace or are the concerns warranted?