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JetEx opens Kiev FBO, plans network expansion

After a successful opening of a luxury FBO at Paris Le Bourget Airport as the first step in its international expansion plans, JetEx Flight Support has est

French aerospace awaits 2011 recovery

For French aerospace industry association GIFAS the crisis year of 2009 was a “year of resilience” and 2010 is “a year of transition,” with air traffic inc

Paris expects vintage Le Bourget show in 2011

Paris Air Show commissioner Louis Le Portz wants nothing but the best for this week’s Farnborough International show, while predicting that next year’s Par

ATR cabin development loses weight, gains comfort

French-Italian regional turboprop manufacturer ATR earlier this month unveiled a new partnership with Italian design house Giugiaro Design for the developm

Embraer looks to KC-390 to bolster its defense portfolio

Embraer expects its revenues from the defense sector to grow by almost a third this year, reaching approximately $650 million compared with $500 million in

Embraer’s stable continues to grow

Embraer is ahead of schedule in achieving its self-imposed 2005 goal of becoming “a major player in the business aviation market by 2015.” The Brazilian ma
Maintenance and Modifications

ATR outfits regional t-props for life in executive service

Most business aircraft users are trying to get away from airliners, so you might imagine that trying to market a model that has earned its reputation as a
Charter & Fractional

Lufthansa’s Private Jet finds new clients during downturn

The major airlines have taken a big hit on high-yield premium fares during the economic downturn, and German flag carrier Lufthansa has removed first-class

JetEx Le Bourget is first node in global network

Dubai-based JetEx Flight Support chose Paris for the first step in a planned international expansion that it says will see its FBOs established as far afie

EBAA France sees signs of impending economic recovery

France has not been as badly hit as many other countries by the financial crisis and neither has its business aviation community, according to the French c

Redevelopment projects continue at Le Bourget

Paris’ Le Bourget Airport (Booth No.

Thales to ink service, spares deal with Hainan

Thales is opening a new facility in Singapore today that will employ more than 400 in activities encompassing its complete electronics and systems product

Turbomeca looks to boost its presence in Asia Pacific

Safran’s helicopter subsidiary Turbomeca could be back in the contest to provide the powerplant for the Z15 helicopter following China’s recent decision to

Leap-X to power Chinese airliner

The recent selection of CFM International’s LEAP-X1C engine to power the 150- to 190-seat C919 airliner family being developed by Commercial Aircraft of Co

Asia-Pacific region is key to Airbus’s future

Airbus closed 2009 on a positive commercial note with orders for 85 aircraft received in December–27 from Asia-Pacific customers, including 16 A330-200s fo

Lineage 1000 starts life in Arabian Gulf service

Embraer’s first Lineage 1000 executive jet is making a debut here at the Dubai Airshow, six months after it was delivered to launch customer Aamer Abdul Ja

ATR’s new 600 series to enter service in 2010

Avions de Transport Regional (ATR) is a little over a year away from completing certification of the new -600 version of its ATR 72 twin turboprop, with th

ATR formally unveils -600 series

Franco-Italian regional aircraft maker ATR last month presented to the public the ATR 72-600 during a ceremony in Toulouse, France, where it also confirmed

Daher-Socata mulls NTx power, says partners will determine type

Daher-Socata’s target of formally launching a new eight- to 10-seat or equivalent weight twin-engine business airplane sometime next year is still planned,

New engine, avionics drive PC-12 NG

Pilatus Business Aircraft (Booth No.

MyAir grounding forces CRJ1000 order recall

Bombardier Aerospace has lost its firm order for 15 CRJ1000s from MyAir after Italy grounded the airline and suspended its license to fly on July 24.

French Riviera sees sharp decline in bizav traffic

Business airport traffic in the Côte d’Azur, France’s wealthy Mediterranean Riviera, suffered dramatically as a result of the global financial crisis in th

Dassault looms large over Thales

Thales, Europe’s third largest civil and defense aerospace group, makes its first appearance at Le Bourget since it acquired a new shareholder and executiv

Safran/GE progress new nacelle venture for future powerplant

Safran and General Electric are stepping up activities at their newly formed nacelle joint venture with the appointment of Steve Walters as president.

Orders drop at CFM, but LEAP-X goes on

New engine orders slumped badly for CFM International during the first five months of this year.

French aero industry must rally in crisis

French aerospace industry association GIFAS believes the current crisis will be long.

Daher-Socata mulls NTx powerplant decision

Daher, the French family-run firm that now owns Socata, is pressing ahead with investments to ensure the maker of the TBM 850 single turboprop is well-plac

Spain’s growing bizav sector weathers the economic storm

In the not-too-distant past, Spain’s business aviation sector consisted of one major operator, Gestair, and a sprinkling of smaller companies each opera

Daher-Socata Going Forward with NTx Plans

Daher-Socata early next month at EBACE will formally announce plans to invest almost $330 million to develop a new eight- to 10-seat twin-engine aircraft t

Le Bourget FBO sale win-win for the FlyingGroup, JetEx

Dubai-based JetEx Flight Support has made its first move into FBO management by buying the FlyingGroup facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport.