Six months after launching its midsize Citation Latitude, Cessna Aircraft today at EBACE announced a $25.9 million stretched version–the Longitude–that will fly 4,000 nm at Mach 0.82. First flight is scheduled for 2016, with entry into service in 2017. “The aircraft is long on range, high on value and low on price,” Cessna president and CEO Scott Ernest said at the unveiling.
AINalerts » May 14, 2012
EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba and NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen gave a panel of European regulators an earful about the EU Emissions Trading Scheme this morning at the EBACE 2012 opening general session. The EU officials included Matthew Baldwin, the European Commission’s director for aviation and transport policy; Marian Jean Marinescu, a member of the European Parliament; and Salvatore Sciacchitano, executive secretary of the European Civil Aviation Conference.
Qatar Airways and fractional jet ownership provider Flexjet announced plans today at EBACE to form an alliance that will offer the Middle East airline’s passengers a seamless charter service throughout North America. The agreement also provides Flexjet fractional ownership customers with access to Qatar Airways flights in North America and to the all-Bombardier fleet operated by the airline’s private aviation arm, Qatar Executive.
Following a year of planning, the African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) marked its official launch yesterday at EBACE, with the goal of “establishing business aviation as an asset that is recognized, valued and supported by governments, their respective civil aviation authorities and enterprises throughout Africa,” according to Tarek Ragheb, chairman of the new organization.
Mumbai-based charter start-up Invision Air, which has started to take delivery of 12 Embraer Phenom 100s and 300s, has launched its Jet Card membership program, one of the first such schemes in India. While the program offers flexibility and a price advantage to regular flyers, it will benefit owners of private aircraft while their own aircraft undergo maintenance. Invision presently has two operational Phenom 100s in its fleet, and it expects to be flying its first Phenom 300 by year-end.
Today at EBACE, Bombardier announced the Learjet 70 and 75, longer-range variant successors to the Model 40XR and 45XR. Set to enter service early next year, both jets will feature a new Bombardier Vision flight deck based on the Garmin G5000 digital avionics suite, complete with synthetic vision.
Inside, the aircraft will offer a black and white interior inherited from the Learjet 85, including new seats and an advanced cabin management system with individual pop-up touchscreen monitors. The cabins will also have LED lighting, a large baggage area and a spacious galley.
Greenwich AeroGroup and its affiliates have agreed to sell, support and install the Iridium OpenPort-Aero broadband aviation communications platform on business aviation aircraft. LiveTV, a wholly owned subsidiary of JetBlue Airways that introduced the system to airline passengers several years ago, signed a distribution agreement with Greenwich to branch out into business aviation today at EBACE. Iridium OpenPort-Aero works across the planet, including over oceans and the poles. Greenwich AeroGroup expects to begin installations in the third quarter.
Signature Flight Support today at EBACE signed an agreement with Berlin Schönefeld Airport to provide supervisory handling at the airport’s general aviation terminal, beginning next month. The FBO will offer private crew and passenger lounge areas, as well as on-site customs and immigration. The airport is due to be renamed Berlin Brandenburg International in a few weeks.
Signature also said its Frankfurt facility is now providing fueling services through Rheinland Air Service, in a joint endeavor to enhance the customer experience there.
British business aviation catering firm Royalblue has acquired Cuisine Air to form Royalblue Cuisine, a new company to serve operators flying in and out of the UK. In addition to its range of European and Asian cuisine, Royalblue serves freshly made sushi and Middle Eastern dishes. The company now serves all major London airports, as well as regional airports such as Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds and Southampton.
Honeywell has introduced an upgraded version of the Saber combustor for its HTF7000 series engine, which powers the Bombardier Challenger 300, Embraer Legacy 450/500 and Gulfstream G280. The Saber had already reduced emissions by 25 percent, and the company claims that the Saber2 will further reduce emissions while also increasing performance.