In the weeks before last month’s NBAA Convention, industry speculation about whether and how it would compete with the G650 forced Bombardier to partially reveal its hand sooner than it had intended, when on September 30 it admitted that the Global line of ultra-long-range business jets would be expanding.
WinAir of Taiwan announced at the NBAA Convention that it will launch a charter and aircraft management service in Taipei, Taiwan, on October 29. It will be the country's first such service. WinAir, which began as a private flight department, operates two U.S.-registered aircraft, a Gulfstream IV and a G450. The company recently took delivery of a G550 that was the first business jet to receive Taiwanese registration.
FlightSafety International (Booth No. 1227 and 1327) is marking a year of advances at NBAA, capped by the recent completion of construction of the first Gulfstream G650 flight simulator.
Gulfstream Aerospace (Booth No. 2043) has been able to “proactively manage our business to respond to market realities,” said company president Joe Lombardo. “When you consider today’s market realities, we’re doing relatively well.”
Describing the cabin of Gulfstream's new G650, senior v-p of programs, engineering and test Pres Henne said it began with a sketch of a cup holder and a single window. "That simple drawing led to an aircraft interior where form follows function."
Bombardier introduced two new jets, the Global 7000 and Global 8000, to the top end of its Global family of ultra-long-range business jets at NBAA yesterday. The larger Global 7000 features a four-zone cabin and will have a 7,300-nm range, and the shorter Global 8,000 has a three-zone cabin and a 7,900-nm range.
Describing the cabin of Gulfstream’s new G650, senior v-p of programs, engineering and test Pres Henne said it began with a sketch of a cup holder and a single window. “That simple drawing led to an aircraft interior where form follows function.”
The buzz, as these words are written, is that Bombardier planned to unveil a “Super Global” here at the NBAA Convention, and in the end the company was not able to maintain complete radio silence. Possibly alarmed at the prospect of too much substantial chatter erupting ahead of time, the company chose to confirm the basic premise of its planned announcement on September 30.
PPG Aerospace (Booth No. 4053) Total Service Solutions Group has signed a multi-year contract with Savannah, Ga.-based Gulfstream to provide comprehensive chemical support for the airframer’s G450, G550 and G650 programs. The group provides customers with a modular approach for customized chemical management.
Large-cabin business jets continue to lead Gulfstream’s order and delivery figures, while sales outside the U.S. continue to surpass domestic sales. Both elements are helping to keep the bottom lines of Gulfstream and parent company General Dynamics relatively stable, while they provide a glimmer of end-of-the-tunnel light for the second half of this year and perhaps even some optimism for higher revenue next year.