Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) will have to pay $14.2 million to close a two-year-old dispute with Airbus, which manufactures Hawker business jet airframe components for Wichita-based HBC. An arbitrator–the International Chamber of Commerce–imposed the award for damages relating to HBC’s purchase volume obligations for fuselages, wings, track kits and spare parts under an airframe purchase and support agreement.
Aviation International News » June 2011
Three super-midsize G250 flight-test airplanes have flown more than 1,150 hours and 400 flights, and the jet remains on schedule for certification later this year, Gulfstream Aerospace said. The Honeywell HTF7250G turbofan received FAA certification on March 18 and delivers substantially lower emissions compared with its HTF7000 sibling. All static, limit/ultimate load testing has been completed on the G250, and fatigue testing is under way.
ExecuJet Aviation added three Spanish FBOs at Gerona, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca to its ground handling portfolio. According to managing director for Europe Cedric Migeon, “By [expanding] our FBO bases now we are well positioned for when the Spanish economy begins to rebound.
Daher-Socata CEO Stéphane Mayer has added the title of president, replacing François Lépinoy, who will become president of the executive board for the Air Caraïbes Group.
The Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) celebrated its 15th anniversary last month at Ebace. To date, 207 BBJs have been sold and the backlog of 37 airplanes is worth $5.4 billion. This includes firm orders for eight VIP 747-8s and orders for “about a dozen” VIP versions of the 787-8 and 787-9. Deliveries of the VIP 747-8s will begin in the fourth quarter, with VIP 787s shipments to commence in 2013.
Bombardier renamed its Global Express XRS with the new Global Vision flight deck as the Global 6000. The move is not all that unexpected given that the model became sandwiched between the Global 5000 and the Global 7000 and 8000, the latter two being announced in October at the NBAA Convention. The Global Vision flight deck, which separates the Global 6000 from its predecessor, is on track for entry into service in 2012.
With Williams FJ44-3AP certification finalized on May 12, the Nextant Aerospace 400XT is on course for full approval of its remanufactured Beechjet 400A/400XP this month. At press time, FAA officials were scheduled to wrap up their flight tests by the end of last month, and Nextant president James Miller said function and reliability testing is planned to be completed by June 15. This would pave the way for STC approval by June 30.
Bombardier Aerospace’s all-composite Learjet 85 is on track to enter service in 2013, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer announced at Ebace. Development and production teams in Wichita; Montreal; Belfast, Northern Ireland; and Querétaro, Mexico, are actively engaged as work has transitioned from the detail design phase to the build, test and validate phase.
During the past year national charter brokerage firm Sentient Jet grew by 30 percent in revenue and charter leg spaces sold, according to Marty Guinoo, CEO. Last year, he said, the overall charter market was flat or grew slightly, by about 5 percent. “A lot of it has to do with the aircraft you operate,” he explained. “In our business we didn’t see the deterioration of large-cabin fliers.
At Ebace last month, Airbus rebranded its bizliner offerings with more consistent names–each model in the company’s stable of corporate jet offerings will now be preceded by “ACJ.” Thus, the A318 Elite becomes the ACJ318 and so on, all the way up to the largest of all bizliners, the ACJ380.