Beirut-based ImperialJet plans to add airplanes to its charter and management fleet at an impressive rate in the next six months as the three-year old company seeks to grow its Middle East client base. The firm took delivery recently of two new Learjet 60XR models and plans to add two more 60XRs and three Challenger 850s in the coming months.
VistaJet (Stand No. 524) has embarked on an ambitious growth plan that could see it operating a fleet of almost 100 business jets by 2012. The Zurich, Switzerland-based group recently has completed the acquisition of Bombardier’s Skyjet International block charter program and is now running this in tandem with its new Flight Solutions leaseback program for aircraft owners.
Bombardier is making plans to open a pilot training facility for its business aircraft family here in the Middle East. Dubai has been earmarked as the likely venue for the new center and, according to Khader Mattar, the Canadian airframer’s vice president for Middle East and Africa, it could be open before the end of next year.
Over the past few years executive charter brokers complained that there were not enough suitable aircraft available in the Middle East to meet the spiraling demand for private flying. But with each passing month, more new jets are flocking to this part of the world, boosting the fleets of local operators and correcting the supply/demand imbalance.
Fractional aircraft provider Bombardier Flexjet has an innovative answer to the question of what to give to someone who already has everything–a jet card, of course.
Bombardier Aerospace announced its Smart Parts program will be available for the new all-composite Learjet 85 upon its entry into service. Enrollment in the business aircraft Smart Parts programs now exceeds 900 aircraft and is expected to surpass 1,000 by year-end. Smart Services plans currently cover 15 Bombardier aircraft models within the Learjet, Challenger and Global lines.
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Singapore’s first Private Aviation Show, held at Seletar Airport on September 26 and 27, attracted more than 200 visitors. The event was supported by the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) and organized by Millionaire-Asia. Exhibitors included Bombardier, Dassault, Hawker Beechcraft, Lufthansa Private Jets, OrientSKYs, The Flying Club and VistaJet.
For the first time in several years the unabashed exuberance that has prevailed at the annual NBAA Convention was replaced by concerns– if not outright fear–that business aviation’s rapid rate of climb is now nosing over into a descent that will likely be felt beginning in 2010 or 2011 and last for at least two years.
Bombardier Aerospace has announced that its Smart Parts program will be available for the Learjet 85 when the all-composite aircraft enters service. Smart Parts, first introduced in 1986 to support the Challenger 600 and 601, now covers airframe system components on nearly 1,000 aircraft, including 15 Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global models.