Bombardier Aerospace’s decision to suspend its long beleaguered C Series has naturally raised questions about what direction the company will take now that it has spent more than a year and $100 million on a still undefined program.
Jet Personales (Booth No. 957) is a newcomer to Spain’s growing business aviation industry and it claims to be the country’s first executive charter firm that owns all the aircraft it operates. Launched in December 2004, the operator, which is the exclusive sales representative of Bombardier Business Aircraft in Spain, is based at Madrid’s Torrejon Airport where it has an FBO and a fleet of five aircraft.
Gold Air International has ordered two new Bombardier Global 5000s in a deal valued at close to $80 million. The UK executive charter operator is to receive the long-range jets between late 2008 and early 2009, allowing it to take on full-blown intercontinental missions.
Bombardier Aerospace (Booth No. 1300) is gradually building parts inventory levels at its new super-warehouse near Germany’s Frankfurt Airport and is already beating its own performance targets at the facility, which opened last December. By the end of next month, the airframer expects to have some 25,000 individual parts on the shelves, a total that could grow to 40,000.
Owners of Ferrari F430 sports cars will be educated about the advantages of business jet travel and the specific benefits of the Bombardier Skyjet International charter service, thanks to an agreement signed here yesterday with Team Ferrari West Europe.
Bombardier has appointed Lisbon-based Omni Aviacao and its French subsidiary, Omni Aero Services, exclusive sales representatives for the Learjet line of executive aircraft in France and Portugal.
Omni is an aircraft charter and services company headed by Jose Miguel da Costa, who acquired Aero Services, the largest business aircraft operator in France.
Midcoast Aviation and Bombardier have, in principle, agreed to slots at the former’s St. Louis, Missouri completion center for the outfitting of up to 41 business aircraft–15 Global 5000 or Global Express XRSes, 18 Challenger 605s and eight Challenger 850s–over the coming three years. Midcoast completed its first “green” Challenger in 1983.
Boasting a rich heritage of developing special mission aircraft stretching back more than 40 years, Bombardier has only recently formed a Specialized Aircraft Solutions unit with Derek Gilmour as its vice president. Over that period the company has designed, built and delivered well over 300 special mission aircraft for customers worldwide.
Highlighting the rising demand for business jets in Europe, Bombardier Aerospace yesterday announced sales for its two newest models, the Challenger 605 and Learjet 60XR. Developed as replacements for existing models, the airplanes included in the deals are slated for delivery to operators in Austria and Eastern Europe.
Bombardier is forecasting continued growth for the business aviation industry over the next half-decade and is positioning itself to take advantage of the market. Its research suggests that among the market hotspots, super-midsize business jets will be generating the most heat.