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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

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

New engine, avionics drive PC-12 NG

Pilatus Business Aircraft (Booth No.

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,

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.

Tuninter Crash Pilots Get 10-Year Jail Sentence

A court in Palermo, Sicily, has sentenced Capt.

ATR confident it can weather the storm

ATR took in record revenues of $1.3 billion in 2008 and says that despite the financial crisis it will top that figure this year.

First showing in region for VIP Airbus ACJ

The Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) on display here at the MEBA show is the first to be shown with a true VIP interior.
Charter & Fractional

European charter operator expands fleet of turboprops

Despite its name, Luxembourg-based Jetfly is a fractional ownership aircraft program that uses single-engine turboprops exclusively.

Weak dollar forcing some companies out of Europe

While orders notched by European aerospace OEMs and suppliers in the last year have reached record levels, the continued weakness of the U.S.

Despite design milestones, Snecma still seeks Silvercrest launch platform

Snecma remains “very satisfied” with the performance of its Silvercrest core engine demonstration program despite its failure to secure a launch platform f

Airbus finds growing market for its corporate widebodies

Airbus, to date, has sold more than 100 single-aisle airplanes in executive configuration, including its first double-deck A380 “Flying Palace” and, in the
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Piaggio to double Avanti production

Italy’s Piaggio Aero has introduced a third cabin choice for its six- to seven-seat Avanti II twin-turboprop, and expects to almost double production this

Safran shifting its focus to ‘more-electric’ technology

French aerospace conglomerate Safran (Booth No.