Bombardier has brought just over one third of the business aircraft on display here at the ABACE show. Appropriately enough, that’s just about the share of the market in China claimed by the Canadian airframer, according to Christophe Degoumois, Bombardier’s vice president of business aircraft sales for Russia, CIS, Asia Pacific, China and Australia.
Bombardier Challenger 600
Challenger, Global 7000 and Global 8000 operators now have two new engine service options. GE Aviation is offering its OnPoint engine maintenance coverage to Challengers equipped with GE CF34 engines.
Charter and management firm JetFlite International (JFI) has signed a partnership agreement with Moscow’s Best-Jets to help JFI penetrate the Russian market. Named JFI Russia, the new entity comes partly as a result of Best-Jets acting as JFI’s handling agent in the country for the past five years.
Bombardier has appointed movie star and pilot John Travolta as one of its business aircraft brand ambassadors. Over and above being a licensed jet pilot and advocate for corporate aviation, Travolta has an incredibly busy schedule of filming, publicity and charity work. He also likes to take his wife and children with him wherever possible and will add a Challenger 601 to his fleet shortly. “It made sense.
Despite worries over government debt in the U.S. and Europe that have led to roller-coaster-like stock markets, the business jet market remains stable, according to business aircraft sales, acquisitions, trading and brokerage service firm Jetcraft. “Fundamentally, Jetcraft’s market outlook remains unchanged, despite recent financial uncertainties in Europe and the U.S.,” says Jetcraft president Chad Anderson.
Jet Works Air Center is the product of the merger of Jet Works Aviation and Denton Business Air Center, combining the former’s avionics repair capabilities with the latter’s aircraft paint, interior refurbishment and completions center abilities. The FAR Part 145 repair station offers airframe maintenance, engine line maintenance, avionics service and installation, exterior paint and interior refurbishment.
The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system is “good to go,” reported chairman, president and CEO Clay Jones during an April 21 earnings call. The FAA issued the final in a series of 50 hardware and software technical standard orders (TSO) for the Pro Line Fusion in April, and Rockwell Collins is now working on a supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation in its Challenger 601 test airplane.
Bombardier has appointed two new aircraft-on-ground line maintenance facilities (AOG LMF), one to serve the Middle East and the other Australia. In Amman, Jordan, Arab Wings now has AOG LMF status for the Challenger 604 and 605 aircraft. AVWest in western Australia will cover both of these types, too, as well as the Global Express family.
Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (Stand 43) has secured Part 145 approval to perform maintenance services for Bombardier Challenger 604/605s registered in Qatar. An undisclosed customer has signed a maintenance agreement with LBAS and plans to use the company’s services when flying in Europe. In addition to aircraft maintenance services, LBAS provides interior modifications as well as service for engines and avionics.
Orders for Bombardier’s Challenger 850 are keeping Canadian MRO, completion and refurbishment center Flying Colours (Stand 1935) busy installing interiors in these purpose-built executive/VIP descendants of the Canadair CRJ200 regional jet.