Jet Aviation is looking for an executive to fill its top U.S. position permanently after Terrance Kelley stepped down in late February as president and COO of the aircraft charter, management and service company’s U.S. operations.
Two more facilities in Europe have been designated by Bombardier as approved service centers. Berlin-based Lufthansa Bombardier Aviation Services (LBAS) recently started providing factory service for Learjet 60s and Challengers from the Jet Connection Business Flight hangar at Rhein-Main Airport in Frankfurt, Germany. Challenger operators may now also choose to take their aircraft to Metro Business Aviation at London Stansted Airport.
Bombardier Flexjet has reduced to 25 the minimum block of flying hours required to join the company’s Jet Membership charter program. The previous minimum was 50 hr. Customers’ cost of enrollment in the 25-hr program will depend on various factors, “most notably their flight profile and the aircraft selected for the trip.” Outside Europe, Jet Membership clients can use their hours for travel in the U.S., company officials said.
The first Global Express entered service in July 1999, and late last year the 100th copy of the business jet was delivered. Recipient of the centennial Global Express was Stanford Financial Group of Houston. Bombardier said the 91 in-service Global Expresses have achieved dispatch reliability of 99.18 percent.
Bombardier’s bottom line last year was bolstered by “solid” demand for its business jets, and the company said it plans to increase production to ease record backlogs. In its third-quarter FY2007 results released in late November, the Canadian company saw pre-tax profits reach $201 million, compared with $105 million during the same period last year.
Bombardier’s bottom line was bolstered by “solid” demand for its business jets, and the company said it plans to increase production to ease record backlogs. Additionally, the Canadian company said that the Bombardier and Beaudoin families’ management dynasty will continue, with the appointment of Pierre Beaudoin as president and CEO of Bombardier, effective June 4. Pierre’s father, Laurent Beaudoin, remains chairman of the board.
New on the In The Works list this month is Bombardier’s latest midsize jet, the Learjet NXT. The company hasn’t provided many details about the program but did say the eight-seat airplane will offer speeds up to Mach 0.82 and an 1,800-nm range.
Bombardier announced it has added two more service facilities for Challenger and Global business jets, bringing its total number of aircraft-support facilities around the world to 44. Of those, seven are OEM service centers and 37 are authorized service or line-maintenance facilities.
Abu Dhabi’s Prestige Jet (Stand E322), a year-old business aircraft charter and management service, sees growth in the private air travel market fueling its need for more aircraft.
Currently using Bombardier Challenger 601/604 and Gulfstream III large business jets, the company has two Grob SPn light business jets on order for delivery next year, and may announce more orders here at the Dubai Air Show.
The impressive growth of business aviation in the Middle East hasn’t excluded the region’s executive charter companies, some of which have been enjoying their most lucrative stretch ever. Awash in available capital, they’ve not only added equipment and new markets, they’ve begun expanding into related businesses such as FBOs and maintenance services.