Deanna White was named president of Bombardier Flexjet yesterday, following the retirement of Fred Reid, who has been at the helm of the fractional provider since August 2008. The appointment was made “effective immediately,” suggesting the change was sudden. White joined Flexjet in 2005 as the finance director and most recently served as the company’s vice president of finance. “Deanna possesses a passion for driving strategic change and implementing business plans that support the organization’s long-term strategies,” said Bombardier president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin.
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.
A Bombardier Learjet 45XR was officially the first jet to land during the dedication of the Rooks County Regional Airport in Stockton, Kan., on Saturday. Kansas governor Sam Brownback was on hand to inaugurate the new business and general aviation airport. “We are honored to have been able to participate in the dedication of the Rooks County Regional Airport,” said Learjet vice president and general manager Ralph Acs. The airport has a single 5,000-foot runway (18/36) and offers 24-hour fueling services.
New online aircraft charter broker CharterBox is bringing the “name your price” concept to the charter aviation market through a real-time marketplace that matches buyers and sellers of charter. The company says its model will help operators supplement their traditional retail charter business by optimizing the transient movement of their aircraft. CharterBox uses only operators that are Argus Gold or better and/or Wyvern Wingman compliant.
Bombardier Flexjet is again offering its Flexjet 25 jet card program, which is operated by U.S. air carrier Jet Solutions, for the holiday season. The 25-hour jet card pairs private jet travel with no-extra-cost travel benefits from Executive Golfer, Abercrombie & Kent, Lake Austin Spa Resort, Korean Air and Qatar Airways. The jet cards start at $100,000 and provide access to Flexjet’s Learjet or Challenger fleets, with the cost of each flight deducted from the debit card balance.
Cessna Aircraft announced an agreement on Friday with Calgary-based AirSprint Private Aviation for at least nine Citation CJ2+ twinjets worth about $60 million at list prices. Innotech-Execaire, Cessna’s authorized sales representative in Canada, helped facilitate the sale. AirSprint is adding the light jets to advance its focus on “boutique customer service” and regional private air travel.
Bombardier’s Global 6000 aircraft, featuring its Global Vision flight deck, attracted a lot of attention at this week’s Jet Expo show in Moscow. The Canadian airframer hopes the appearance of the new long-range model will boost its position in a Russian market, where it already claims the number one slot with a 35 percent share of deliveries in terms of business aircraft registered in Russia or operated by local operators.
The Russian market has continued to be a key factor in the recovery that Czech Republic-based ABS Jets has seen in the business aviation sector over the past 12 months. Russians own several of the 13 aircraft that the company has under management contracts, with their insurance companies and banks eager to have these assets in the hands of operators based in the European Union.
Demand for charter flights dipped early this month, according to data from online charter portal Avinode. At 143.21, the company’s forward-looking demand index for the 30-day period from September 10 was 40 points down from where it was a month prior, seemingly showing the market cooling slightly at the end of the northern hemisphere summer season. However, the September 10 index was still almost 37 points higher than where it was 12 months earlier.