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.
Bombardier Global Express
Switzerland-based charter operator VistaJet here on Monday unveiled an unusual tail painting on one of its Bombardier Global XRS business jets–a work of art by U.S. street artist Retna. Intended to bring together the art world and the business aviation world, as VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr put it, the original graffiti uses Retna’s lettering theme.
List Components of Austria (Stand 165) has selected Ontario, Canada-based Flying Colours (Stand 1935) as its preferred completion center in North America for its stone flooring and countertops in all aircraft types. Flying Colours recently installed a List stone floor in a Bombardier Global 5000 and has been chosen to install a similar floor in a Bombardier Challenger 601.
Asked at the 1986 Farnborough airshow what market share Canadair wanted for the Challenger corporate jet, Donald Lowe said simply, “We want our third.” Lowe was chief executive designate at the government-owned aircraft company that Canadian mass-transit manufacturer Bombardier had agreed to acquire just three weeks earlier.
Innotech Aviation (Stand 1827) is introducing the SkyPad wireless in-flight entertainment system, for which it recently awarded California-based Esoteric a contract to supply 35 ship sets for Bombardier and Cessna business jets.
Bombardier has selected four additional suppliers for the new Global 7000 and 8000 business jets. The companies join General Electric Aviation, which will provide the integrated propulsion system to the aircraft.
First, France’s Aerolia will design and manufacture the center fuselage. The contract is the first major external order win for the EADS subsidiary.
Global Jet Concept is cautious when asked whether the market for aircraft charter and management is yet in a state of full-blown recovery. But maybe its actions speak louder than words since it has just made the investment to move into new, larger premises here in Geneva.
EBACE exhibit stands are still being assembled and the static display area is still mostly bare at the Geneva Palexpo convention center, but some key industry players are predicting the show will mark a turning point for the business aviation industry. “I think this show will be about optimism,” said Jahid Fazil-Karim, a partner at Raleigh, N.C.-based global aircraft brokerage Jetcraft.
Bombardier on Thursday 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.