Gulfstream Aerospace has already signed purchase agreements for two or three G650ERs, Larry Flynn, president of the U.S. manufacturer (Booth 5129), told a small group of reporters during a breakfast flight in a Gulfstream G550 over the Alps yesterday morning. The company had announced the extended-range upgrade of the ultra-range, top-of-the-line G650 on Monday at EBACE 2014 in Geneva.
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Having enjoyed spectacular success with the launch of the Isle of Man Aircraft Registry in 2007, Brian Johnson moved to Appleby (Booth 4439) to help the legal services company and offshore specialist advise Jersey, in the Channel Islands near France, launch its own registry. Ironically, Johnson was recently thrown back into his old role as his replacement in the Isle of Man, Hartley Elder, took early retirement.
Tatiana Ojjeh is back at EBACE again adding a now customary touch of art to the show at the TAG Aviation chalet at EBACE. The hotly-anticipated theme this year is “Between Here and the Surface of the Moon” featuring a collaboration between Artliner and Patricia Low Contemporary (which has galleries in Gstaad and St. Moritz). The exhibition is named after a work by Darren Almond and includes paintings, sculpture and photographs by 14 established international and up-and-coming artists, and points to “physical travel and adventure.”
Gulfstream Aerospace has already signed purchase agreements for two or three G650ERs, president Larry Flynn told AIN today at EBACE. The company announced the $2 million extended-range option for its flagship G650 on Monday. “We’ve just scratched the surface of the G650 customer base,” he said, explaining that Gulfstream did not tell its customers about the upgrade before the announcement. He added that the Savannah, Ga.-based OEM also signed an agreement for a G450 with an Africa-based customer yesterday at the show.
Daher-Socata (Booth 6540) has already delivered 12 examples of the new TBM 900 turboprop single and is planning on handing over another 39 this year. Four production slots are still available in 2014 for the $3.711 million per aircraft, CEO Stéphane Mayer said at an EBACE press conference on Monday.
As of May 16, 11 aircraft had been delivered in North America and one in Europe. A handful are to enter into service in 2014 in other regions. North America maintains a dominant position in Daher-Socata’s order book, while the Asian market remains very slow.
Embraer Executive Jets has brought five aircraft to Geneva for the EBACE show as the company continues to expand its business aviation portfolio. The ultra-large Lineage 1000E is making its show debut, sporting a new interior among other enhancements that include options for autoland and an enhanced vision system. While the midsize Legacy 500 made its EBACE debut last year, it is the first time that show-goers can see it with a fully fitted cabin interior.
Nextant Aerospace has been pleasantly surprised by the level of interest shown in Europe for its 400XTi remanufactured light jet, of which six are currently flying on the continent, and forthcoming G90XT turboprop. The company expects that interest will continue to grow, and has expanded its sales network in the continent.
Fly Comlux has added an Airbus ACJ318 to its managed fleet. The aircraft was previously managed by another operator but is now part of the Comlux stable in the Middle East. It is operated purely for its owner and will not be available for charter.
Fractional-share provider NetJets Europe (Booth 6656) expects to receive its first new Bombardier Challenger 350, built to the specifications of NetJets’s Signature Series, in mid-2015. NetJets U.S. will begin taking deliveries of the model this summer. Additional aircraft on order are planned for delivery over the next few years.
Gama Charters has hired 100 pilots to support ongoing deliveries of Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft ordered by private aviation membership club Wheels Up, and plans to recruit 100 more as the twin-engine turboprops roll off the assembly line in Wichita. Gama Charters, the U.S. subsidiary of Gama Aviation (Booth 5551), of Farnborough, UK, dry leases and serves as exclusive operator of the Wheels Up-registered 350i aircraft for member flights in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast and Southwest.