VistaJet put itself back in full-blown growth mode yesterday, placing a major order with Bombardier for 18 jets in a move that will take its fleet to more than 50 aircraft. The $383 million deal signed here at EBACE includes 12 Globals and Challengers and six Learjet 60 XRs. Deliveries should begin next year.
EBACE Convention News » May 18, 2011
ExecuJet Middle East (Stand 242) and Bilen Air Services have signed a “strategic partnership agreement” to develop an FBO at Istanbul Ataturk airport. The building, currently operated by Bilen, will undergo a full refurbishment over the next few months. It already offers crew facilities, passenger lounges, a private hangar and ramp parking.
Prague, Czech Republic-based ABS Jets (Stand 775) has announced the creation of a joint venture with Vienna, Austria-based Avcon Jet to open an Embraer line maintenance station at Kiev Borispol airport in Ukraine. The agreement also covers warranty work. Both companies are Embraer sales representatives, and both operate Legacy 600s–five and four, respectively.
Another Boeing BBJ2 is slated for completion at Jet Aviation Basel, following the signing of a new contract with an undisclosed client. Jet Aviation (Stand 7060), founded in Switzerland in 1967 and now a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, has completed more than 30 wide- and narrowbody jets during the past 15 years.
Airbus announced that Comlux America has been appointed an Airbus cabin outfitter in the U.S., following a detailed audit of the Indianapolis, Indiana-based company. The addition of Comlux America to the Airbus-approved VIP cabin outfitting network brings the list of approved outfitters to nine.
Austrian light jet charter operator GlobeAir (Stand 2231) has undergone a major fleet expansion to become the world’s largest fleet operator of Cessna Citation Mustangs. The company has also been awarded with both Wyvern and IS-BAO certification.
Switzerland-based charter operator VistaJet here on Monday unveiled an unusual tail painting on one of its Bombardier Global XRS business jets–a work of art by U.S. street artist Retna. Intended to bring together the art world and the business aviation world, as VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr put it, the original graffiti uses Retna’s lettering theme.
Austria’s International Jet Management (IJM) and CAE signed a four-year training agreement on Tuesday at here at EBACE. Under the contract, more than 100 IJM pilots will train at CAE facilities in the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. on a number of aircraft. IJM provides aircraft management, charter and sales.
Comlux Middle East and Saudia Private Aviation have signed an agreement for joint development of charter business opportunities in the Middle East. Comlux Middle East, one of Comlux the Aviation Group’s companies, holds a European air operators certificate and will make its fleet of six Airbus corporate jets (soon to be eight) available for Saudia Private Aviation customers.
Everjets signed a contract yesterday for an Embraer Phenom 300 executive jet to be placed in charter service. After taking delivery in December, Everjets will serve southern Europe from its base in Portugal.