Having revealed plans for fleet expansion and a southeast Asia office at EBACE yesterday, local operator VistaJet completed the picture today with an announced firm order for 35 Bombardier business jets. In a purchase plan potentially worth a claimed $1.2 billion, the Swiss company is to buy 11 Challengers 605s, 13 Learjet 60XRs and 11 Learjet 85s.
AINalerts » May 20, 2008
During today’s EBACE opening session, European Commission director for air transport Daniel Calleja pledged more “proportionate” rules for business aviation in the future, acknowledging that this segment of air transport has “too often been neglected in the past.” According to Calleja, “The EC this year is launching key initiatives to make aviation more efficient, safer and environmentally sustainable.” He recognized the importance of general
Honda Aircraft made a big splash in its first official presence at EBACE today, announcing the appointment of three European HondaJet dealers to provide sales and service support to customers in the region, as well as revealing Formula 1 driver Jenson Button as the European launch customer for the compact twinjet.
Airbus today at EBACE received its largest-ever order for corporate jetliners with a $1.5 billion order for six A350 Prestiges by Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-based MAZ Aviation. The aircraft, one A350-800 and five A350-900s, scheduled for delivery between 2015 and 2019, are for separate private customers in the Middle East who are already owners of Airbus aircraft, said MAZ Aviation founder and chairman Mohammed Al-Zeer.
Embraer took advantage of the EBACE stage to officially introduce the latest additions to its line of business jets–the Legacy 450 and 500, formerly referred to as the mid-light jet (MLJ) and midsize jet (MSJ), respectively.
Farnborough International Ltd. (FIL) has chosen Shaun Ormrod, who hails from the events industry, to be its new chief executive. Ormrod will take over the role after the July airshow. He will replace managing director Trevor Sidebottom, who is retiring in November.