Charter airlines

February 27, 2009 - 11:24am

Middle East-based executive charter operator Rizon Jet has bucked the downturn in new business aircraft sales by placing a firm order for four Bombardier Learjet 85s worth $68 million. The jets will join a fleet that is also soon to include three Challenger 605s and a second Hawker Beechcraft 900XP. One of the three Challenger 605s will be coming from a source other than Bombardier but the seller has not been identified.

February 5, 2009 - 11:10am

Montreal-based Bombardier Aerospace last year delivered 239 business jets, seven more than the previous year, and further took net orders for 262 more, though it is girding for a tougher 2009. The aircraft manufacturer said today that it expects to ship about 10 percent fewer business aircraft this year due to the global recession.

January 21, 2009 - 8:59am

After 14 months as COO of U.S. operations for Jet Aviation, Jim Ziegler is leaving the company but will retain an advisory role. A 1979 graduate of Wichita State University, Ziegler spent 23 years at Learjet and Bombardier, including stints as president of Bombardier Aviation Services and vice president and general manager of Bombardier’s Learjet manufacturing operations.

November 16, 2008 - 9:20am

While the global economy is reeling in the wake of the credit crisis, the Middle East is largely insulated from these problems, which bodes well for companies hoping to sell business jets in the region. In fact, the estimates of $1 billion in annual business jet sales in the Middle East “is rather conservative,” Jahid Fazal-Karim, the co-owner of Jetcraft Corp.

November 16, 2008 - 8:01am

While the global economy is reeling in the wake of the credit crisis, the Middle East is largely insulated from these problems, which bodes well for companies hoping to sell business jets in the region. In fact, the estimates of $1 billion in annual business jet sales in the Middle East “is rather conservative,” Jahid Fazal-Karim, the co-owner of Jetcraft Corp.

November 16, 2008 - 5:35am

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.

November 16, 2008 - 12:28am

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.

November 13, 2008 - 11:57pm

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.

November 10, 2008 - 9:33am

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.

November 6, 2008 - 10:51am

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.

 
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