Germany’s DC Aviation, in a bid to become Europe’s largest operator of private jets, last month took delivery of a new Gulfstream G450, bringing its fleet to 31 business jets, ranging from the Learjet to the Airbus A319 ACJ. Delivery of the G450 follows the Stuttgart-based company’s May announcement that three Airbus A319 ACJs will join the fleet within 12 months. A total of 12 new aircraft will be added to the fleet this year.
Global Aviation of Hillsboro, Ore., is now a Bombardier Business Aircraft-authorized AOG/line maintenance facility, strengthening service center coverage on the West Coast. Bombardier’s selection of Global Aviation authorizes the company to offer line maintenance on the Learjet 40, 45 and 60; the Challenger 604 and 605; and the Global series.
Marshall Aerospace, in response to what it described as “the changing nature of the corporate market,” has restructured its corporate aviation activity by “ceasing work on Gulfstream and Bombardier aircraft types to concentrate fully on Cessna Citation maintenance and support.” The UK-based facility had been a partner with Bombardier in doing green aircraft interior completion work on the Canadian company’s Global Express.
With a fresh coat of paint and 60 hours of logged time under its wing since it started flying on March 7, the first of two flight-test versions of Bombardier’s new Global 5000 made its public debut at the week-long Paris Air Show last month.
Peter Edwards, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft, joined the company in 1995 as vice president of marketing and international sales. In 2000, he was named executive vice president of sales and was appointed president in November of last year.
Among all the factors that influence a buyer’s decision to purchase one business jet over another, brand loyalty is well recognized as one of the strongest. Citation owners, looking to replace or add another steed to their stables, usually buy another Citation. Falcon owners, for the most part, buy another Falcon. And Gulfstream owners generally buy Gulfstreams.
When TAG Aviation took over Aeroleasing in Switzerland and Aviation Methods in California, and finally Wayfarer Aviation on the East Coast, all in 1998 and 1999, the aim was to set up an operation that would be active in all major markets.
Three separate forecasts released last month indicate a steady increase in demand for and deliveries of business jets over the next two decades.
Dallas-based Bombardier Flexjet announced at the end of April that it had added the new Challenger 605 to its fractional fleet. Five Challenger 605s are among 24 new aircraft scheduled to enter service with Flexjet this year. Other new arrivals will include the super-midsize Challenger 300 and midsize Learjet 60XR.
Bombardier Aerospace late last week announced that it will manufacture the all-composite structure for the new Learjet 85 at its facility in Querétaro, Mexico. In addition, the Querétaro site will be responsible for making the electrical harness and performing subassembly systems installation for the twinjet.