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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.

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

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

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.

Safran shifting its focus to ‘more-electric’ technology

French aerospace conglomerate Safran (Booth No.

Pilatus boosts capacity of PC-12NG production

Fresh from the announcement by Pilatus (Booth No.

French Riviera airport sets sights on business aviation

Le Castellet International Airport, the first private business aviation facility on
the Côte d’Azur, has hung another lure on its line to attract bus

With its new terminal complete, Le Bourget plans next project

Dassault Aviation and Unijet, two companies that have a long history at Paris Le Bourget, have been selected to operate from the new terminal at the dedica

New Paris Terminal Opened for Regionals

Air France and Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport on September 8 inaugurated a new terminal designed to consolidate traffic operated by the flag carrier’s thr
Charter & Fractional

Germany’s DC Aviation fleet aims high

Germany’s DC Aviation, in a bid to become Europe’s largest operator of private jets, last month took delivery of a new Gulfstream G450, bringing its fleet

Negotiations continue in Socata, Daher pairing

Recent industry scuttlebutt that Daher Aerospace will take a majority stake in EADS Socata is likely to be confirmed next month following “exclusive negoti

ATR mulls options for larger turboprop

French-Italian regional turboprop manufacturer Avions de Transport Régional (ATR) is considering a new aircraft to complement its 46/50 passenger ATR 42 an

Safran gets ready for ‘more electric aircraft’

France’s Safran group plans to embark on a restructuring effort to better advance the so-called more electric aircraft concept and the increased applicatio

Dassault troubled over effects of weak dollar

Dassault Aviation CEO Charles Edelstenne is confident about the future of the French company’s broadening line of Falcons as it ramps up completion efforts

Aircelle aims for foothold in next-gen narrowbodies

After missing out on key program selections for the new Airbus A350XWB and Boeing 787 programs, French nacelle maker Aircelle is laying plans for what