Jet Fleet International (JFI), a Los Angeles-based company that arranges discounts for products and services for members, last month introduced a fuel discount program currently available at 268 FBOs in the U.S. “Our goal is to get fuel prices 75 cents to $1 lower than the posted airfield price,” said JFI president Finn Moller.
Some markets that have refused to pick up thus far, despite attractive pricing, might finally spark buyer interest this year. The Gulfstream II and GIII as well as the Challenger 600 may have felt all the pain they are going to. Some buyers have described the GII as a throwaway aircraft, meaning simply that if they buy one, they will do so with the intent of parking it once the engines have no more useful life.
Mike Redenbaugh has made quite an impact at Bell in the 18 months since he became the company’s CEO. He moved in at something of a low point in the company’s fortunes, with an aging product line and the embarrassment of competitor Eurocopter claiming more than 50 percent of the domestic turbine market.
For corporate aircraft passengers whose airborne Internet ambitions don’t extend beyond retrieving and sending e-mail, ASI, a small Australian communications engineering firm, is offering FreeMail, a service that allows users to access an e-mail inbox page and view the headers of waiting messages free of charge.
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Air BP is offering a new handbook, Introduction to Aviation Fuels Handling, to FBOs and line personnel. The handbook offers new line personnel an overview of the airport-fueling environment, according to author Mike Mooney. The handbook reviews many aspects of the aviation business and cites real-life examples to show
the consequences of errors in the airport environment.
Cessna announced a new satellite-based, centrally managed parts inventory system for its Citation service centers. The system allows each center easy access to inventory availability at any Cessna-owned facility; previously, each center managed its own inventory. Separately, the Wichita-based aircraft OEM conducted a two-year study of repeat orders to establish sufficient inventory requirements for the most sought-after parts.
TAG Aviation USA has purchased Signature Flight Support’s charter sales network based at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif., a business unit Signature acquired when it bought the AMR Combs chain in the late 1990s. Inquiries for charters at Signature’s more than 40 locations throughout the U.S. will still be referred to the California location for fulfillment. Under Signature, the flights were booked on a variety of charter providers.
Teledyne Controls has released its new E-Services online information service.
The service is designed to provide Teledyne’s customers, partners and suppliers with a secure Web-based portal to conveniently access vital information.
At nearly the halfway point, this year continues to build on what has been an 18-month-long trend of lower pre-owned inventory and stabilizing prices among most models, especially late-model and current-production aircraft. In late 2002, pre-owned inventory rose above 2,050 units and has since backed off to 1,814, roughly a 12-percent decline.