Toronto-based Bombardier Q400 operator Porter Airlines plans to issue a $120 million initial public offering as it prepares for expected competition from Air Canada Jazz at the downtown Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Aviation International News » June 2010
Ocean Sky is accelerating its plans to become a major international business aviation services group with the acquisition of FBO groups in Spain and Italy. The UK-based company has just completed the takeover of Spain’s Aviation Handling Assistance (AHA) and has also signed a letter of intent to buy a controlling stake in Euroloa, an established FBO at Bologna, Italy.
Switzerland’s Amac Aerospace has extended its aircraft completions portfolio by securing approval from Airbus as an official completions center for its line of VIP aircraft. Meanwhile, the Basel-based facility has also just won two big completions projects for Boeing 777 widebodies, which are due to be delivered green to Amac in November and December.
Inflite Engineering of London Stansted Airport is keeping pace with growing demand for executive Avro Business Jet (ABJ) reconfigurations of BAE Systems regional jets. The latest is a late-model Avro RJ100, which joins Presidential Flight of Abu Dhabi’s existing executive RJ70. The interior dimensions of the bigger RJ100 version allowed for a split-cabin configuration.
Bombardier Flexjet and Korean Air formed a marketing alliance dubbed Flexjet Connect. As part of the partnership, Flexjet fractional owners will receive incentives to purchase first-class tickets on Korean Air when traveling between the Americas and East Asia and other benefits, including elite status for one year. Korean Air passengers participating in the program have guaranteed access to more than 5,000 U.S.
The GAMA board recognized Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) and Rep. Vernon Ehlers (R-Mich.) for their “unwavering” support for general aviation. Both legislators will retire at the conclusion of their current terms. As a pilot from a rural state, Sen.
In response to the growing demand for business aircraft in Africa, charter operator VistaJet has launched a regional operation on the West African coast, based out of Lagos, Nigeria. The Switzerland-based company has partnered with Kola Aluko, a West Africa-based businessman and VistaJet client.
Although the outcome of US Airways Flight 1549 could not have been much better, the accident nevertheless prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to issue 33 recommendations to U.S. and European aviation authorities and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Bombardier Learjet 45XR, Telluride, Colo., Jan. 3, 2009–The failure of the pilots to positively identify the runway before landing caused this accident, according to the safety board. The twinjet was substantially damaged as it made an off-runway landing at a snow-covered Telluride Regional Airport (KTEX).
Piper PA-46-500TP, San Antonio, Texas, Jan. 18, 2008–The NTSB determined that the pilot’s failure to execute an instrument approach was the cause of the crash, which destroyed the Meridian and killed the owner-pilot, the sole person on board. Contributing to the accident was the pilot’s impairment due to use of over-the-counter medication.