Global charter broker Air Partner International has acquired UK executive charter operator Gold Air for around $8.1 million. From its base at London Biggin Hill Airport, Gold Air now operates six new Bombardier Learjet 45s and a British Aerospace HS 125-800 under management contracts for their owners.
Bombardier Aerospace announced that on October 5 Transport Canada granted approval for the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite and aircraft window modifications on the Challenger 605, one month ahead of schedule. Approvals by the FAA and other regulatory agencies were expected this month, a company spokesman said.
Global charter broker Air Partner International has acquired UK executive charter operator Gold Air for £4.4 million ($8.1 million). From its base at London Biggin Hill Airport, Gold Air now operates six new Learjet 45s and a Hawker 800 under management contracts for their owners.
According to Air Partner managing director David Savile, the company bought Gold Air primarily to ensure a supply of charter capacity for its clients.
After a two-year period that saw Bombardier lay off thousands of aerospace workers, divest itself of aviation and non-aviation assets, close a key service center (in Indianapolis) and consolidate business aircraft manufacturing, the company’s board of directors last month acted on the recommendation of its human resource and compensation committee to fire CEO Paul Tellier.
Aware that its aircraft owners and operators have been growing increasingly dissatisfied with product support and service in recent years, Canadian business jet manufacturer Bombardier has launched a major initiative it says will remedy the problem. The solution, including restructuring, expansion and training, began about 18 months ago, said Dave Orcutt, v-p of customer support for business aircraft.
Bombardier arrived in style at LABACE 2005, bringing with it a Global 5000, a Global Express, a Challenger 300 and Special Edition Learjet 60 for the static display, and announcing the sale of two of its new Global 5000s to launch customers in Central and South America.
A veteran jet salesman who claimed in a lawsuit filed in August 2003 that he was fired from Bombardier Aerospace in 2002 because he refused to drink and smoke with customers got retribution. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ordered Bombardier Aerospace to pay $159,000 to Michael Kolman.
Bombardier has received FAA, Transport Canada and European certification for the enhanced-vision system (EVS) developed for its Global line of business jets, making the Canadian company the second business jet builder to have gained such approval after Gulfstream did it in 2001.
Following on the heels of several other OEMs, Bombardier Aerospace will build a component manufacturing facility in Mexico (in this case in Querétaro) that will begin operations in May, initially producing wiring harnesses but eventually having the capability for “final aircraft assembly.” Later next year the facility is scheduled to start manufacturing “major structural aircraft components” currently being built by Asian suppliers.
Last month Bombardier inaugurated its 238,000-sq-ft distribution center near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The “superwarehouse,” located less than five miles from the airport, is managed in partnership with Caterpillar Logistics Services.