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.
Elite Jets Fulfills Arabian Promise
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.
It was just a few short years ago that Embraer, with only one business jet in its stable and the market for 50-seat regional jets maturing, made the decision to suit-up for the business jet game. Now, at NBAA 2008, nobody doubts that this Brazilian manufacturer is pursuing its campaign as fiercely, and successfully, as it fought Bombardier et al for RJ sales.
The first of what could be as many as 80 Bombardier Challenger 300 super-midsize jets has entered service with block charter operator XOJet. The airplane features a distinctive interior developed by Bombardier for XOJet. It is on static display at Orlando Executive Airport.