Bombardier Aerospace took the wraps off the Challenger 350–an upgraded Challenger 300 with a new wing, more powerful engines, larger windows and redesigned interior–today at EBACE. NetJets was also announced as the launch customer for the new $25.8 million twinjet, which is $1 million more than its fraternal twin that Bombardier will continue to offer. First deliveries of the new Challenger are scheduled to begin in May 2014.
AINalerts » May 20, 2013
Today at EBACE, Nextant Aerospace launched the $4.95 million 400XTi (the “i” stands for innovation) as the latest evolution of its remanufactured Beechjet. Compared to the 400XT, the new version introduces a number of improvements, including an all-new cabin that offers more space and reduced noise.
Flight planning and support group Jetex Flight Support forged a new alliance with Honeywell to jointly offer their flight-planning, aircraft datalink, flight-following and international trip support services, the companies announced today at EBACE.
The new Embraer Legacy 500 made its first public appearance outside Brazil as it flew to Geneva, where it is on display at the EBACE static park. Today at the show, Embraer Executive Jets president Ernie Edwards reported that the airplane successfully underwent cold-soak tests at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, following its first leg from São Jose dos Campos, Brazil. The next leg was a short hop to Embraer’s U.S. manufacturing facilities in Melbourne, Fla., where guests viewed the airplane and order-holders defined their preferred interior configurations.
Tough business conditions in Europe have gone on much longer than anyone here at this year’s EBACE would have liked, show organizers said today at a media briefing, but the continent’s business aviation community is putting those concerns to one side this week as it seeks to convince policy makers of the value the sector delivers. The value of the show itself is in no doubt, with the amount of exhibit space occupied this year at Geneva’a Palexpo center matching last year’s record numbers and the static display having to be increased in size to accommodate no fewer than 52 aircraft.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced today at EBACE that it is bolstering its sales and marketing presence in Europe as the Gulfstream fleet continues to expand there. As part of this effort, Gulfstream is opening a new sales and design center in London’s exclusive Mayfair district next month. In addition, Gulfstream has appointment four new company-authorized independent sales representatives in Europe and Africa: Tim Leacock Aircraft Sales in the UK; ATP Aviation in Ankara, Turkey; Loyd’s Aviation Group in Slovakia, Czech Republic; and Evergreen Apple Nigeria in Lagos.
Piaggio Aero announced a reduced maintenance program for Avanti I/IIs today at EBACE, extending the heavy inspection intervals for the twin turboprop. Under the new inspection schedule, C and D checks–previously due at 1,500 and 3,000 hours, respectively–have been stretched to 1,800 and 3,600 hours.
Dassault is still waiting for a recovery of the U.S. business aircraft market–a market that has “no reason not to be back,” company officials said today at EBACE. They are perplexed by worldwide sales trends. “In 2013, we had a good early start in January and February but then things were disappointing,” said Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO John Rosanvallon. In the U.S., CEOs say they are confident about the economy “but the dynamics in Washington are not helping,” he said. In Europe, flying hours show no sign of recovery yet.
TAG Farnborough Airport unveiled plans today at EBACE for new facilities that will include additional premium office space available for rent, and a customer-dedicated second entrance to the airport. Plans for the expansion follow the company’s recent purchase of a 38,000-sq-ft office building and associated land on the airport’s northeast boundary. The expansion will provide space in the TAG terminal for additional passenger lounges and enhanced facilities, with further details due to be announced later this year.
World Fuel Services announced today at EBACE that Harrods Aviation, located at Stansted and Luton airports, is joining its Air Elite FBO network, becoming the first facility in the UK to do so. The deal brings the total number of FBOs in the network, established by World Fuel in late 2011, to 29 worldwide. Both of Harrods’ FBOs provide convenient access to London.