As Pilatus Aircraft prepares the prototype PC-24 twinjet for its official rollout on August 1, the company is displaying a PC-12NG single-engine turboprop painted in Sauber F1 racing team livery at the ABACE 2014 static display. The appearance of the Sauber PC-12 fits neatly with the next big event in Shanghai after ABACE, the Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix, roaring into town on April 20.
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Embraer delivered 20 business jets during the first quarter of this year, compared with just 12 during the same period a year earlier.
The 66-percent increase in deliveries in the company’s executive jet business accompanied an increase in its overall, firm-order backlog from $18.2 billion to $19.2 billion during the quarter, driven mainly by a firm for 50 E2 E-Jets to India’s Air Costa during February’s Singapore Airshow. The business jet sales tally included three Phenom 100s, 14 Phenom 300s, two Legacy 650s and a single Lineage 1000.
Vulcanair last month delivered the first P68 Observer 2 in China soon after the Civil Aviation Administration of China granted type certificate validation for the high-wing piston twin, in addition to its P68C and Vr (P68R) siblings. According to the Italian manufacturer, the P68 Observer 2’s entire front fuselage is made of clear plexiglass, giving occupants “excellent helicopter-like visibility” needed for mapping, survey, and surveillance missions. Meanwhile, the more conventional-nosed, fixed-gear P68C and retractable-gear Vr are aimed at the training and private aircraft markets.
Over the past several years, Piaggio has increased its worldwide service network and committed to expansion in the Asia Pacific region. In furthering these initiatives, the airframer on Tuesday designated Tianjin International Airport-based Freesky Aviation as its first authorized service center on mainland China.
Boeing Business Jets (Chalet 7) announced last week the first sale of its new BBJ Max 8 executive airliner. Burbank, Calif.-based Avjet Corporation negotiated the deal on behalf of the purchaser, a current BBJ operator.
“Our VIP customers are always demanding new improvements in comfort, speed and range,” said Steve Taylor, president of BBJ Aircraft Division, which is based in Seattle, Wash. “The BBJ Max will extend our lead in this segment and ensures our customers getting the best of both worlds.”
Although Dassault Falcon Jet’s current line of business jets satisfies the needs of buyers who want large, wide cabins, there is no Falcon Jet that flies as far as the ultra-long range Gulfstream G650 or upcoming Bombardier Global jets. But that should soon change, as the Falcon family is slated to see an announcement about a new member at the EBACE show in Geneva next month.
Nextant Aerospace is announcing today at ABACE 2014 that it has selected AVIC International Aero-Development as its exclusive sales representative for the Greater China region (China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau). This follows Nextant’s appointment of Nextant Pacific as its dealer in the Asia-Pacific region (not including Greater China).
With the aim of easing the buying process for its customers, Airbus has introduced a new model of its ACJ319 Corporate Jet here at ABACE. Called the ACJ319 Elegance, the new derivative relieves the customer of some of the nearly endless design decisions by offering a new modular cabin that still allows them to choose from a wide range of lounge, office, dining and conference configurations.
JetNet, the U.S. aircraft fleet analysis company, is here at ABACE (Booth P519) demonstrating the updated version of its Evolution Marketplace product. The update includes a new data export module and new folder management feature, as well as new user analytic functions (so users can gauge how often their aircraft are being viewed) and account administrator tools.
Nextant Aerospace (Booth P713) has expanded its marketing reach with the appointment of newly formed Nextant Pacific as its dealer in the Asia Pacific region. Nextant Pacific is headquartered in Sydney, Australia, and was founded in February by managing director John Oppenheim, who previously was sales manager for Hawker Pacific.
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