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Pilatus boosts capacity of PC-12NG production

Fresh from the announcement by Pilatus (Booth No.

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

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

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

French industry calls on Sarkozy to fulfill his promise

French aerospace orders last year remained at record levels but the long-term weakness of the U.S.

French regional files suit against SAir Group

Air Littoral, one of the three French regional airlines sold by SAirlines this summer, has filed a lawsuit in Switzerland to recover funds owed to it by th

Air Bretagne files for bankruptcy

French regional airline Air Bretagne has gone into financial observation after filing for bankruptcy.

CCM bucks the trend by relaxing ties with Air France

Compagnie Corse Méditerranée (CCM) Airlines, the French regional airline that specializes in routes between France and Corsica, wants to buck a trend estab

Air Liberté/AOM’s future now in hands of bankruptcy court

The future of the SAirGroup’s troubled French regional airline subsidiaries hung in the balance as the Swiss airline conglomerate awaited a decision from t

Reims introduces new turboprop twin

France’s Reims Aviation, one of the few remaining independent aircraft manufacturers and structure subcontractors in Europe, last month launched the F406 M
Charter & Fractional

New executive terminal built at Paris Le Bourget

France’s prime business aviation gateway is set to pass the next stage in its ongoing redevelopment when a new executive terminal opens at Paris Le Bourget

Barcelona Gets Improved Bizav Terminal

The Spanish airports and air navigation authority (AENA) has granted Executive Airlines a license as one of two companies to manage Barcelona El Prat Airpo
Charter & Fractional

Executive Airlines soars on charter growth curve

Executive Airlines (Booth No.

New TBM Cockpit Is Jet-Class

EADS Socata’s latest TBM 850 business/utility aircraft is now available with an upgraded cockpit, based on a Garmin G1000 avionics suite.

Socata weighs jump into air taxi class

EADS Socata, in a bid to enter the growing small corporate flight department and air taxi market, is evaluating the case for developing a new turboprop or

Airbus looks ahead to strong sales of large VIP transports

Airbus recently passed the 100 sales mark with its Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) family and is now achieving breakthrough sales with its new larger VIP t

Silvercrest still on target for 2011

Though still without a launch program for its new 9,500- to 12,000-pound thrust engine, Snecma reports good progress in developing its new Silvercrest powe

Air Littoral rises anew from ashes of Swissair

Marc Dufour, president of French independent regional airline Air Littoral, finds the prospects “encouraging” for this year–a bold statement coming just mo

LAL hopes to survive wait for EU nod

Lietuvos Avialinijos, better known as Lithuanian Airlines (LAL), was established in 1991 when Lithuania won its independence after the collapse of the Sovi

Airline pilot hopes to nurse AOM/Air Liberté back to health

French regional airlines AOM and Air Liberté have escaped the jaws of bankruptcy through their purchase by an Air France pilot.

Dassault buys three newspapers

Serge Dassault has purchased three local newspapers in the area in which he is expected to campaign for a seat in the French National Assembly in next year

Pilots plan R-lines takeover

As one French regional airline bites the dust, another is ready to take its place, operated by the company’s former pilots.

Dassault foresees drop in production next year

Dassault Aviation chairman and CEO Charles Edelstenne is “satisfied” with the business and military aircraft manufacturer’s financial performance for the f

ATR preps for record production rate

ATR plans to deliver more than 60 new aircraft this year and expand production capacity to answer a surge in demand for its regional turboprops, while incr