Fractional-share provider NetJets has ordered up to 425 Bombardier and Cessna jets worth as much as $9.6 billion, with deliveries to begin in 2015. The purchase is the largest general aviation aircraft order in history and includes a firm order for 75 Bombardier Challenger 300s (plus options on another 125), a firm order for 25 Challenger 605s (plus options on 50 more) and and a firm order for 25 Cessna Citation Latitudes (plus options on an additional 125).
Bombardier Aerospace “is confident in the strong, long-term potential of the business aircraft industry” and, in its latest 20-year forecast for the business aircraft market, released today, it predicts deliveries of 24,000 business jets (excluding very light jets and bizliners) worth $648 billion from 2012 to 2031. Broken down in 10-year increments, the forecast anticipates 9,800 business jet deliveries worth $266 billion from 2012 to 2021 and 14,200 deliveries worth $382 billion from 2022 to 2031.
Richmond, B.C.-based London Air Services placed a firm order for five Learjet 75s worth some $65 million, Bombardier Aerospace announced yesterday. The order makes the aircraft charter firm the launch Canadian customer for the light jet, a derivative of the Learjet 45 announced last month at EBACE. London Air currently has a fleet of five Learjet 45XRs, a Challenger 604 and two Challenger 605s. It also has a Global 7000 on order for delivery in 2017.
CAE (Stand 468) has announced it has become an authorized training provider for Bombardier’s Learjet 31 and Learjet 60, in addition to the Learjet 40XR, 45, 45XR, 60XR; Challenger 300, 604, 605; and Global 5000, Global Express and Global Express XRS business jets. Training for pilots ranges from classroom-based courses to level-D flight simulators.
Bombardier drew a huge crowd yesterday at the EBACE show as it announced two new aircraft types in the light-midsized jet segment: the Learjet 70 and 75. “We are pleased to be building on the Learjet heritage and forecast a strong recovery in the business aviation market,” declared Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.
Jordan’s Arab Wings has become the first Middle East operator to fly Bombardier’s Global 5000 aircraft with its new Vision flight deck suite.
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.
“It’s true we may have been a bit complacent; we were maybe arrogant,” Eric Martel, president of Bombardier customer services and specialized and amphibious aircraft, said of his company’s past attitude to business-jet product support on Monday at the 2012 Bombardier Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Conference for the Learjet, Challenger and Global in Montréal, Québec.
The 2012 Bombardier Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Conference for the Learjet, Challenger and Global is set for April 17 through 19 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, Québec.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has developed a Wi-Fi STC for the Bombardier Challenger 300, Global Express and Global Express XRS. The new STC joins existing Wi-Fi STCs for the Gulfstream V, Challenger 605, Learjet 40 and Learjet 45. Wi-Fi coverage is now available for both domestic and international operations, providing full Internet functionality in the aircraft.