In March, Cambridge, UK-based Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group acquired FlairJet for its Aviation Services division. Based at Oxford Airport, FlairJet is a pioneering aircraft charter company that currently has a managed fleet of four Embraer Phenoms; a fifth was to arrive around the time of the EBACE show.
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In parallel with global business jet sales, pilot training activity is, for the most part, stable and growing somewhat, particularly in new markets. At the same time, flight-training providers are reporting unprecedented growth in the civil helicopter sector, with much of this being driven by a surge in demand for rotorcraft support in the booming offshore oil and gas industries, plus the deployment of new-generation helicopter simulator technology.
Geneva-based Global Jet (Booth 485) has continued the dramatic expansion of its fleet with 10 new aircraft already added in the first half of 2013. Altogether, its managed fleet now stands at more than 65 aircraft. Eight of the 2013 arrivals are available for charter, increasing the commercial fleet to 25, comprising four Bombardier Global Express/XRSs, three Falcon 2000s, three Gulfstream 550s, a pair of Falcon 7Xs, Falcon 900s, Gulfstream 450s and Challenger 604s.
The first quarter of 2013 was mixed for used business aircraft sales, according to the latest market update report from Amstat (Booth 931), although the good news is that inventories of used aircraft continue to drop from the 2009 highs.
Zurich-based aviation services provider ExecuJet Europe has launched an iPad app for its aircraft management customers and is demonstrating it to EBACE visitors at Booth 851. The app, called myExecuJet, enables customers to locate their aircraft and access information such as fuel consumption, schedules and crew.
Pilatus Aircraft has added Tronrud Aviation as its newest PC-12 sales and service center, for a territory covering Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. Tronrud Aviation is a subsidiary of Tronrud Engineering, which is based at the 600-acre Eggemoen Aviation and Technology Park, about 30 miles northwest of Oslo, Norway. Tronrud Engineering was founded in 1977 by Ola Tronrud and employs more than 170 people in Norway and Singapore.
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The proverbial “flight to quality” seems to be the best explanation for why ExecuJet Aviation Europe is still bucking the downward trend in the continent’s business aviation sector. According to newly appointed managing director Gerritt Basson, movements at its 10 FBOs around Europe increased last year as did the size and activity levels of its charter/management fleet.
Germany’s new Berlin Brandenburg International Airport (formerly Schoenefeld) has emerged as one of ExecuJet’s most significant handling centers in Europe. The company is responsible for operating the whole general aviation terminal, including its own FBO. ExecuJet has also established a base at Frankfurt International Airport, as well as a satellite operation at the nearby Egelsbach Airport.
On May 2, CFM International froze the design for the Leap-1B engine that is to power Boeing’s 737Max narrowbody and, eventually, the Boeing Business Jets derived from the airliner. The engine manufacturer, which is a joint venture between Snecma and GE, has said it on track to achieve the first full engine test in mid-2014, followed by initial flight testing in 2015 and powerplant certification in 2016. The 737Max is due to enter service in 2017.