Bombardier Aerospace recently delivered the 400th Challenger 300 during a ceremony at the aircraft manufacturer’s facilities in Montreal. The milestone super-midsize jet will be operated by Russian business aviation firm BJet, which also has a Global 5000 and 6000, Challenger 605 and 850 and Learjet 60 in its fleet. The first Challenger 300 was delivered to Bombardier Flexjet in early 2004.
Bombardier has pushed back certification of the Learjet 70/75 to the fourth quarter of this year, from what had been planned to be an early-2013 entry into service. “Our supplier, Garmin, encountered some difficulties in delivering its avionics hardware and software,” a Bombardier spokeswoman told AIN. The Learjet 70/75 were slated to be the first jets certified with Garmin’s G5000 flight deck, although Cessna’s Sovereign might now enter service before the new Learjet.
Al Bateen Executive Airport has been named the preferred hub in the Middle East for German air ambulance and VIP charter jet operator FAI rent-a-jet (d/b/a Flight-Ambulance-Int’l). As part of the arrangement, two dedicated air ambulance jets–a Challenger 604 and Learjet 60–will be permanently based at Al Bateen and served by German aeromedical teams. FAI selected Al Bateen Executive Airport as its Middle Eastern hub because of its “ability to best serve increasing client demand from the region, the Far East and Asia.”
Bombardier’s wholly owned Amsterdam Service Center at Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport will soon add engine services by Dallas Airmotive, interior refurbishment by OHS Aviation and aircraft cleaning and detailing by the Allen Group to its line and heavy maintenance services for Learjet, Challenger and Global business jets, the Canadian company announced here yesterday. Plans call for a series of agreements with the three suppliers to take effect in the second half of this year.
The Challenger 350 will become the time-to-climb leader of the entire Bombardier business jet line once it enters service next year, Bombardier Challenger v-p and general manager Stephane Lablanc told a gathering of reporters during a technical briefing here yesterday. Bombardier expects the super midsize to jet to reach 41,000 feet in 18 minutes, surpassing the current leader, the Learjet 60.
German air ambulance specialist Flight Ambulance International (Booth 1047) has named Abu Dhabi Airports Company’s Al Bateen Executive Airport as its preferred stopover airport in the Middle East region. Under the agreement, Al Bateen will host two Learjet 60s dedicated to air ambulance service and served by German Medical Teams. A Learjet 60 air ambulance can accommodate a medical team, one patient and two patient escorts and can carry critically ill patients between Abu Dhabi and anywhere in the world.
The Challenger 350 will become the time-to-climb leader of the entire Bombardier business jet line once it enters service next year, Bombardier Challenger vice president and general manager Stéphane Leblanc said at a technical briefing at EBACE. Bombardier expects the super-midsize jet to reach 41,000 feet in 18 minutes, surpassing the manufacturer’s current leader, the Learjet 60.
Bombardier Business Aircraft chose Strasbourg, France-based Happy Design (Booth 7011) to render the paint scheme on its Learjet 75 demonstrator here at the EBACE static park. Happy Design’s Didier Wolff has also been commissioned to create designs for the entire Bombardier line of demonstrators, including Learjet, Challenger and Global models.
If you see Michal Dvorak here at EBACE wearing a big smile, congratulate him on his new appointment. He was just named chief financial officer of ABS Jets (Booth 2052), with operational bases in Prague and Bratislava. Dvorak has always had a keen interest in both aviation and finance, and his new job will enable him to leverage his expertise in both areas.
Among the few economic forces behind the rather tepid recovery of the market segment covering small and medium-sized business jets, perhaps the most influential rests with the world’s financiers. While the large business jet segment remains buoyant due to its comparative immunity from the vagaries of liquidity availability, for the rest of the market a lack of attractive financing terms remains a serious problem, according Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) president John Saabas.