Gulfstream Aerospace expanded the role of Geneva, Switzerland-based Prestige Jet to handle Gulfstream aircraft transactions in France, in addition to Italy and Switzerland. Under the arrangement, Prestige Jet CEO Thierry Le Tourneur and his team will work with Gulfstream central and southern European vice president Rebecca Johnson and international sales senior vice president Trevor Esling, who will continue to oversee Gulfstream sales in the region. Prestige Jet has a staff of eight sales representatives working in Geneva, Milan and Paris.
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NBAA launched a new regional program called Insights Connection to improve communication with the association’s members. “We had requests for more personal interaction between members and senior staff at NBAA,” said NBAA director of regional programs and Southwest regional representative Stave Hadley. “The idea is to form a two-way connection between NBAA staff and members in their own backyard. That way, together we can focus on the issues that are important to all of us.” The first NBAA Insights Connection meeting will be held in the northeastern U.S. early next year.
With business remaining relatively stagnant in Europe and North America, the business aviation industry is looking to other parts of the world for growth, and nowhere is growing faster than Africa. An economic explosion in the exploitation of oil/gas and mineral reserves is driving a need for a boom in corporate aviation, not only to support internal operations, but also to bring in the executives from overseas who represent a major increase in inward investment into the continent, especially from China.
Dubai Airshow organizer F&E Aerospace is pressing the reset button on the biennial event, staging the Middle East’s premier aerospace and defense gathering at a new purpose-built site at Dubai World Central. The show is to be permanently based in the new Aviation City zone at DWC, which is a vast new economic development hub built around the new Al Maktoum International Airport near the Jebel Ali seaport.
By all accounts, this year’s NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition was an outstanding success, bringing together the usual group of aircraft manufacturers, suppliers, operators, flight crew, mechanics, owners, buyers and anyone with an interest in the world of business aviation.
While total industry billings increased by nearly 25 percent during the first three quarters of the year compared with the same period last year, business jet deliveries overall continued to slide, according to numbers released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Bombardier released its third quarter 2013 financial results this morning with most of its numbers showing a slight decline in comparison with the same period last year. Revenues for the corporation as a whole totaled $4.1 billion at the end of the quarter on September 30, compared to $4.2 billion for the same fiscal quarter last year. Bombardier Aerospace accounted for $2 billion in the quarter, compared to $2.3 billion last year.
Brazilian tax authorities will auction a Challenger 300 and a Falcon 900 seized last June, supposedly imported by Brazilians without payment of customs duties, on November 25. The 17-month seizure-to-auction cycle is rapid for Brazil, which is working to clear Viracopos Airport of aircraft that deteriorated to scrap while the courts debated their fate.
Embraer plans to expand its current facilities at Melbourne International Airport, Fla., with the addition of a new assembly line for the Legacy 500/450. If approved by the appropriate authorities, construction of the new facility will begin next year.
The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer has an assembly plant and paint facility for the Phenom 100 and 300 at the airport, as well as its customer center for executive aircraft.
The company is also constructing a new engineering and technology center, which will become part of Embraer’s Melbourne campus next year.
The 2013 NBAA Convention, which closed on Thursday in Las Vegas, was a “resounding success,” according to NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen. “The energy and enthusiasm among exhibitors and attendees has demonstrated once again the tremendous value the industry continues to place on this event as a premier national and international business aviation venue.”