Bombardier of Canada arrived at MEBA on the crest of a wave, having just landed the biggest order for business aircraft in the company’s history.
Bombardier Global Express
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.
Steve Varsano, founder of private aircraft sales company The Jet Business, took AIN through the selection process for a typical customer based in Dubai and wanting a jet that can fly nonstop to and from London. With a required range of 2,955 nm, The Jet Business database indicated it contained 26 suitable aircraft, such as the Bombardier Challenger 605. To go travel further, the shortlist could be extended to include a Gulfstream G550, Dassault Falcon 7X and Bombardier Global Express.
Many wealthy Middle Easterners visit London at least once a year, usually for a break from the hot summer, so perhaps it is no surprise that the first shop window for business jets is in an up-market area of the UK capital at One Grosvenor Place–just across the road from Buckingham Palace.
Based at London-Biggin Hill, Oryx Jet begins operations this month with a new flagship: a Bombardier Global 5000. The company already operates a managed fleet of Hawker, Falcon 50 and Challenger jets, plus a number of helicopters.
Bombardier Aerospace delivered NetJets’ first “signature series” Global 6000 at a special ceremony today in Montreal at Bombardier’s Global Completion Centre. “Today NetJets has unquestionably become part of the Bombardier Business Aircraft family,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi.
Canada-based Flying Colours has announced its first Saudi-registered aircraft maintenance project. Arriving early next year, the Challenger 604 will undergo a variety of major inspections, service bulletins and interior refurbishment at Flying Colours’ Peterborough, Ontario facility.
VistaJet announced a deal today worth up to $7.8 billion for 56 Bombardier Globals, with options for up to another 86. Deliveries of this latest batch of Bombardier jets under firm order are due to begin in January 2014 and run through the end of 2017.
Dallas Airmotive has been selected by Bombardier Aerospace to provide engine support at its North American service centers. The two parties have signed an engine service agreement whereby Dallas Airmotive will support the Learjet 30, 40, 50 and 60 series; Challenger 300 and 600 series; Global Express, XRS, 5000 and 6000.
Rolls-Royce has signed an agreement with Bombardier Aircraft Services that allows the MRO’s centers in Dallas, Tucson, Hartford (Conn.) and Fort Lauderdale to perform maintenance on the BR710. The engine powers the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000. A spokesman for Bombardier told AIN the new relationship between the two companies allows the centers to perform line maintenance on the Rolls-Royce engines and also to remove them for shipment to the OEM for heavy maintenance.