Bombardier Aerospace launched a “Tweet spot” campaign for MEBA 2012, where attendees Tweet a picture of themselves at designated places at the static display area. The company plans to move its Tweet spots around during the show, but all locations will have Bombardier aircraft in the background. Bombardier said it decided to engage attendees with Twitter at the show, since social media is very popular in the Middle East. Tweet spot photos taken at MEBA should be tagged with #BBAWorld and #MEBA12.
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Bombardier Aerospace delivered NetJets’ first “signature series” Global 6000 at a special ceremony today in Montreal at Bombardier’s Global Completion Centre. “Today NetJets has unquestionably become part of the Bombardier Business Aircraft family,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi.
Dallas Airmotive has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace to provide engine support at its North American service centers. The two parties have signed an engine service agreement whereby Dallas Airmotive will support the Learjet 30, 40, 50 and 60 series; Challenger 300 and 600 series; Global Express, XRS, 5000 and 6000.
With a thriving business in extending the life of the venerable DHC-6 Twin Otter, Ikhana Aircraft Services (Booth No. 4827) recently announced another expansion of its production facility at French Valley Airport in Murrieta, Calif. A third hangar with more than 12,000 square feet is expected to be ready for occupancy in the first week of November this year, expanding the total footprint to 55,000 square feet.
“Building the third hangar reflects our commitment to serving our customers’ needs and will create up to twenty new jobs,” said president and CEO John Zubin.
Ikhana Aircraft Services is expanding its production facility at French Valley Airport, in Murrieta, Calif. A third hangar with more than 12,000 sq ft is several weeks from completion and will expand the company’sfootprint to 55,000 sq ft, including three enclosed hangars. This facility expansion is designed to support the company’s current production needs and future growth predictions.
Bombardier Aerospace has approved a second line maintenance facility in India. Air Works in New Delhi is authorized to work on the Challenger 604, Challenger 605, Global Express and Global Express XRS. The facility will complement Air Works’ center in Mumbai, which has been part of Bombardier’s authorized service facility network since 2008.
Bombardier Aerospace has opened a new regional support office in Moscow. The RSO, operated by Bombardier Aerospace Services Russia, will serve as a regional support hub for the growing number of commercial aircraft customers in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It complements Bombardier’s customer services expansion strategy and is the 11th regional support location to open outside North America in the past four years.
Bombardier today reported aerospace revenues for the second quarter increased to $2.3 billion from $2.1 billion helped by business aircraft deliveries that grew to 46 aircraft, up from 35 in the same period last year. Business aircraft orders for the quarter were 134 versus 43 in the same quarter last year, boosted by the firm NetJets order for 100 Challengers. Bombardier Aerospace’s backlog has grown to $25.2 billion, up from $22 billion as of Dec.
Bombardier Aerospace scored another fleet order for its Global series early last month, announcing a firm order for eight of the ultra-long-range business jets from an undisclosed customer. The order consists of three Global 6000s and five Global 8000s, a deal valued at approximately $507 million based on 2012 list prices. Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi said, “Sales momentum for the Global product line is strong, and we are experiencing tremendous success with the new Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets.”
A new 20-year market forecast issued by Bombardier Aerospace in late June reflects less optimism for the 20- to 149-seat commercial aircraft segment than that conveyed by the company’s projections from a year earlier. Bombardier’s latest analysis, which includes outlooks for both turboprops and jets, projects deliveries of 12,800 airplanes worth some $630 billion over the next 20 years.