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 added stops at major cities in Mexico between October 17 and 20 for its Global 6000 world demonstration tour. One of the stops will be at Mexico City/Toluca Licenciado Adolfo López Mateos International Airport, according to a Bombardier spokeswoman. “Customer feedback for our Global 6000 in Latin America is superb,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft regional vice president for Latin American sales Fabio Rebello. Thus far, the Global 6000 demonstrator has logged more than 400 hours since entering service in March.
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.
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.
The ninth annual Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in São Paulo, Brazil, will be the site for an expanded Bombardier Aerospace Safety Standdown Latin America. The two-day seminar will take place August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hyatt São Paulo Hotel.
Farnborough, UK is the site of the newest Bombardier Aerospace regional support office (RSO). It is the 10th to open outside North America in the past four years and will anchor regional support capabilities for Bombardier’s business aircraft customers in Europe. The new RSO is located with Bombardier’s international sales office within the TAG Farnborough Airport Terminal building and alongside Bombardier’s authorized service facility, TAG Farnborough Engineering.
This year’s Canadian aerospace presence at Farnborough is larger than ever, with nearly 130 organizations attending. Although some companies have their own stands, the national pavilion (Canadian Pavilion, Hall 4 Stand C17-19), one of the largest at the show, reflects the diversity of the country’s aerospace and defense sector and, in particular, the capabilities of its regional clusters.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Fernando Lacerda Da Silva as sales director of new aircraft for Brazil. Lacerda joins Bombardier with 25 years of previous aircraft sales experience, nearly half of which was in Latin America. “The Brazilian market continues to evolve as business aviation grows in the region,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft regional vice president of sales in Latin America Fabio Rebello.
Bombardier Aerospace is conducting a Learjet 60XR demo tour this week in Poland. The tour, which started yesterday, is being done in conjunction with Polish-based charter firm Blue Jet, with stops for private viewings planned in Wroclaw, Krakow, Warsaw, Poznan and Gdansk, as well as a media viewing during the Warsaw leg. “This is an exciting tour for Bombardier and Blue Jet,” said Bombardier Business Jets vice president of sales for Russia, CIS, Central/Eastern Europe, China, Asia-Pacific and Australia.