The growth of fractional aircraft share sales has cooled recently, reflected by delayed and canceled orders for new aircraft by fractional providers (AIN, May, page 1). Another apparent reflection of the downturn is the sharp reduction in total pilot hiring by the major fractional providers.
Bombardier has chosen its facility in Querétaro, Mexico, to manufacture the composite structure for the Learjet 85. This facility, which began operations in 2006, already manufactures wiring harnesses and structural components for other Bombardier aircraft.
The last year has been a rewarding one for Jet-Care International of Cedar Knolls, N.J., a subsidiary of UK’s Spectro Laboratories, its representatives reported at NBAA ’02. The company has expanded the list of clients for its services while also gaining good response to the new upgrade for its ECHO (Engine Condition Health Online) software package.
Bombardier Flexjet announced its selection as fractional provider to the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) at a press conference yesterday and introduced a member of the Flexjet/NASA oversight committee, Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 astronaut and the last man to walk on the moon.
Bombardier has cut aircraft production figures for the current 2001-02 financial period in reaction, it said, to the economic crisis sparked by the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S.
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’s Skyjet International executive aircraft charter program will be in safe hands with proposed new Swiss owner VistaJet, according to the Canadian aircraft manufacturer. Bob Horner, Bombardier’s senior v-p for sales, told AIN that the proposed sale would provide a solid base for VistaJet and for operators of the aircraft involved.
When large areas of the Asian economy tanked in the late 1990s, business aviation in the region suffered. In the Macau/Hong Kong vicinity alone, as many as 30 bizjets ceased operating and have yet to return.
While few seemed quite sure what to expect from the postponed NBAA Convention, those who made the trip to New Orleans last month generally expressed satisfaction with the number of attendees and the atmosphere of the show overall. The rescheduled event was held December 12 to 14 inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center as the rest of the city was launching into its unique brand of holiday revelry.
A familiar name moved up at Bombardier Aerospace in October when Pierre Beaudoin replaced Michael Graff as president and COO.