JPMorgan North America Equity Research is forecasting a 5-percent rise in business jet deliveries this year, according to the firm’s latest monthly business jet report. It predicts that 627 business jets (excluding very light jets) will be shipped this year, compared with an estimated 596 jet deliveries last year.
In a late fourth-quarter sales blitz, Bombardier logged 12 new business jet orders. On December 21, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer secured an order for five Global 6000s worth $293 million from an undisclosed customer. Six days later, another undisclosed customer placed an order for six Learjet 75s worth approximately $81 million. The first Learjet 75 is scheduled to be delivered later this year.
The crash of a U.S.-registered Learjet in Mexico last month raised operational control issues because Mexican officials initially indicated that the aircraft was conducting a Part 135 trip at the time of the accident. The pilot-in-command’s U.S. pilot certificate specifically restricted him from such operations. However, Starwood Management, the aircraft’s owner, claimed the aircraft was operating legally under Part 91 rules.
The nation’s third-largest fractional jet program will continue to pursue a “stealth wealth” clientele while offering them customized solutions to their private aircraft travel needs beyond traditional fractional sales, and that may mean bringing more capital into the company, according to Flexjex president Deanna White.
Questions about the legality of the Learjet flight that cost Latin singer Jenni Rivera and six others their lives when it crashed December 9 began almost as quickly as the accident investigation itself. The 1969 Learjet 25–registered in the U.S. to Las Vegas-based Starwood Management as N345MC–crashed in a mountainous region 70 miles south of Monterrey, Mexico.
Lagos-based Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) has received approved maintenance organization (AMO) certification from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority. The MRO has the equipment in place to maintain Saft batteries and aircraft wheels across a range of aircraft including the Dornier 328 and Bombardier Learjet, Challenger and Global Express.
CRS Jet Spares has named Randy Shelton sales manager for the north central region.. Shelton brings a diverse, 20-year background to the business jet community. Previously he has worked with Gulfstream Aerospace, Pentastar Aviation and Comlux servicing Learjets, Hawkers, Gulfstreams, Challengers, Falcons and Beechjets. “Randy has the background to provide our customers with a blend of knowledge and experience that will benefit operators in his region,” said Jack Caloras, CRS vice president of sales and business development.
One of VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 6000 business jets made a brief stop here at the MEBA show on Monday as part of a 12-city promotional tour. The itinerary began in London on December 2 and has included visits to Hong Kong, Beijing, Vladivostok (Russia), Ulan Bator (Mongolia), Almaty (Kazakhstan), Moscow, Kiev, Delhi and Mumbai.
The aircraft was due to fly on to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday before returning to London after a stop in Istanbul. The block charter operator is due to conduct a tour of 12 or more African cities in February.
The U.S. NTSB is assisting Mexico’s Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC) in the investigation into the crash of a chartered Learjet 25 that claimed the life of Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera early Sunday morning. The twinjet disappeared from radar just minutes after it took off from Monterrey, Mexico, at 3:15 a.m. local time following her concert there, for a flight to Toluca.
MHS Aviation, a charter and aircraft management provider based in Munich, Germany, recently signed up with Multi Service Aero. The company operates three Dornier 328s, two air ambulance-equipped Learjets (31 and 55 models), two Learjet 45XRs, one Learjet 60 and four helicopters (two AgustaWestland A109s, a Eurocopter AS350BE and a Bell LongRanger).