The Asia-Pacific region is sharing in the rapid growth achieved by Bombardier’s Skyjet International fixed-rate executive charter program. Before year-end, Bombardier will deliver more of its aircraft to charter operators in that part of the world, illustrating how the Canadian airframer is using Skyjet to stimulate new aircraft sales.
Fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet is offering ferry-fee waivers to and from Europe and Hawaii for share owners of Challenger 300s and 604s. While there is no charge for the waivers, Challenger 300 owners must bring their contracts up to current rates. Additionally, Flexjet announced new international travel options for all owners through its sister organization, Bombardier Skyjet International.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) has received approval from the Federal Civil Aviation Authority of Russia (FCAAR) to perform line and base maintenance work on Russian-registered Bombardier aircraft.
A team of FCAAR experts led by Andrei Lyssykh, chief expert at the Russian Federal Flight Safety and Certificate Center, recently performed an extensive audit at LBAS’ facility in Berlin.
ExecuJet Aviation Group has successfully pursued its ambitions of becoming a truly global business aviation services group while maintaining a relatively low profile compared with rivals such as Jet Aviation. It has accomplished much of its expansion in South Africa, Europe, the Middle East and Australia in close tandem with its long-term partner, Bombardier Aerospace, for which it now distributes its business aircraft in some 35 countries.
Bombardier sold four business jets to Asian customers during July and August. At the ABACE show in Shanghai it announced that Japanese operator Global Wings is buying a second Learjet 45XR. The operator will take delivery of the aircraft in January and will base it at its Kansai International Airport headquarters.
Bombardier Flexjet, the 10-year-old U.S.-based fractional business jet arm of Canadian manufacturer Bombardier, last month announced it would begin operations in the OEM’s homeland. Flexjet Canada has started operations with three Canadian-registered aircraft–two Learjet 45s and a Challenger 604–formerly in the Bombardier corporate fleet and 10 Montreal- based pilots.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Montreal’s Innotech Aviation, a division of IMP Group, a preferred completion center for the Global XRS and Global 5000.
In 1980 Innotech was the first company Bombardier named an authorized service facility for the Challenger. The company is also an authorized service facility and modification center for the Global Express.
Pakistan is the latest new market for Bombardier’s Skyjet International fixed-rate executive charter program with the appointment of Karachi-based Princely Jets as its latest operating partner. Princely Jets was set to take delivery of a new Learjet 45 by the end of last month and later intends to add either a Challenger 604 or Challenger 300 to its fleet.
Bombardier’s Skyjet block-charter program has recruited its first French operator with the arrival of a new Learjet 45 at the Paris Le Bourget headquarters of Aero Services. During a February 1 ceremony at the airport, the Canadian airframer also announced that it is negotiating to appoint Aero Services’ Portuguese parent company, Omni, its exclusive Learjet sales representative for both France and Portugal.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Landmark Aviation an authorized service facility (ASF) for Learjets and Challengers. It is the first ASF in the U.S. to service all of the OEM’s business aircraft lines. Landmark had previously held authorization to conduct maintenance on Globals.