Yesterday Bombardier reported a healthy overall jump in fiscal second-quarter profits to $211 million, a 53-percent leap from last year’s $138 million. Business aircraft sales–large-cabin jets in particular–accounted for 45 percent ($903 million) of the company’s $2.085 billion revenues in the second quarter; services accounted for 20 percent ($408 million) of revenues.
Bombardier Global Express
Eurocontrol is trying to improve the accuracy of the ETS Support Facility, which is intended to give so-called small emitters a relatively easy way to calculate carbon dioxide emissions for the purposes of compliance with the European Union’s controversial emissions trading scheme.
Bombardier announced last month at the Paris Air Show that Swiss private aviation provider VistaJet has placed a firm order for 10 copies of the Global 8000 ultra-long-range business jet it is developing.
With sister company NetJets due to receive Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s, FlightSafety International is adding flight training for the types at its Columbus, Ohio learning center. FSI is currently designing a level-D simulator, as well as other advanced training equipment and courseware, for the two Bombardier Global Vision-equipped business jets.
Bombardier’s Global Vision cockpit for the Global 5000 and 6000 (formerly XRS) received certification from Transport Canada, although advanced features such as synthetic vision and enhanced vision on the head-up display will come later. Global Vision is based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion flight deck, which received FAA approval of all applicable technical standard orders in April.
Bombardier Aerospace has added four field service representatives and two customer support account managers to cover Europe and South Africa. The appointments bring to 25 the total number of field service reps and customer support account managers supporting business aircraft customers in Europe.
At the Paris Air Show, Bombardier announced it had received another order for the latest ultra-long-range Globals. Australian private lift provider AvWest inked the order for four Global 7000s and two Global 8000s worth approximately $400 million. The company, which also owns the Perth Jet Centre FBO, currently operates a Challenger 604 and three Global Express XRSs among its charter fleet.
Bombardier renamed its Global Express XRS with the new Global Vision flight deck as the Global 6000. The move is not all that unexpected given that the model became sandwiched between the Global 5000 and the Global 7000 and 8000, the latter two being announced in October at the NBAA Convention. The Global Vision flight deck, which separates the Global 6000 from its predecessor, is on track for entry into service in 2012.
The Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics system is “good to go,” reported chairman, president and CEO Clay Jones during an April 21 earnings call. The FAA issued the final in a series of 50 hardware and software technical standard orders (TSO) for the Pro Line Fusion in April, and Rockwell Collins is now working on a supplemental type certificate (STC) for installation in its Challenger 601 test airplane.
VistaJet put itself back in full-blown growth mode yesterday, placing a major order with Bombardier for 18 jets in a move that will take its fleet to more than 50 aircraft. The $383 million deal signed here at EBACE includes 12 Globals and Challengers and six Learjet 60 XRs. Deliveries should begin next year.