Around the time of the last Dubai Airshow in November 2007, the prospect of getting into the Middle East’s burgeoning business aviation market must have seemed like a license to print money.
The business aircraft charter market is down by at least 15 percent this year, but VistaJet (Stand E540) expects to achieve 20-percent growth for 2009, and it wants to establish a more permanent presence here in the Middle East through a local partner that would help it to connect with prospective charter clients. It is investigating options to expand into markets such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
In a ceremony here yesterday, Bombardier Aerospace and Lufthansa Technik cemented an agreement that will make the latter’s cabin management system standard on the Canadian OEM’s new, all-composite Learjet 85.
The cream has risen to the top and has not gone sour is how Comlux would characterize today’s charter market, which is to say that demand for high-end, airliner-class aircraft has held up well in relation to the marked downturn still being suffered by operators of smaller jets. This explains why the Swiss-based group has come to Orlando (Booth No.
ACC Columbia Jet Service is the newly formed company resulting from the merger of Cologne Flugzeugwartung (ACC) and Columbia Jet Service. According to a spokesman, the new company will focus on providing aircraft repair and maintenance at the airports in Cologne and Hanover, Germany. “The merging of the two companies strengthens our position and makes us more competitive in the marketplace,” he said.
Organizers of the second Asian Aerospace show in Hong Kong (September 8 to 10) have claimed progress in developing the new show in tough market conditions. According to Reed Exhibitions, the amount of exhibitor space sold was up 60 percent on the inaugural September 2007 event (even though the total number of individual exhibitors was actually down, to 356 from 575).
Bombardier Aerospace announced today that it has “terminated its firm and conditional order purchase agreement with Jet Republic.” The cancellation removes 25 firm orders for Learjet 60XRs worth $340 million from Bombardier’s backlog. Jet Republic launched a European fractional-share company last year with an order for 110 Learjet 60 XRs and financing by Austria’s Euram Bank. Deliveries of the first airplanes were to have begun this October.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Indianapolis-based Comlux Completion USA an authorized AOG/line maintenance facility. The authorization allows Comlux to perform work on the airframer’s Learjet, Challenger and Global series. The company’s 44 aircraft maintenance technicians, 12 support personnel and 24 completions employees provide both maintenance and VIP cabin completion services out of Comlux’s 47,000 sq ft of dedicated hangar space.
Jet Aviation Singapore has expanded its EASA Part 145-approved base and line maintenance service offerings to include maintenance for the Bombardier Challenger 601/604/605 and Cessna 560XL. The facility now handles BBJ and Bombardier aircraft, including the Global Express, as well as Cessna Citations and the full range of Gulfstream jets.
Bombardier Aerospace has issued a new market forecast for regional and business aircraft which paints a picture of temporary gloom giving way to long-term strength, with overall 20-year order and delivery (O&D) expectations not much lower than the Canadian manufacturer was predicting a year ago.