Fractional ownership giant NetJets Europe (Stand 7051) is diversifying into aircraft management services. In an interview with AIN, sales director Marine Eugene explained that NetJets Aircraft Management has been established as a separate operation and will soon have its own air operator’s certificate (AOC). It will focus on large-cabin and long-range business jets, from the size of the Dassault Falcon 2000 upwards.
Lyon Bron Airport (Stand 1164), which serves France’s second most populous urban area, is back in traffic-growth mode. After reporting a 6.1-percent drop in traffic last year, to around 6,300 movements, it has recorded 2 percent more aircraft movements for the January to April 2012 period.
While the number of business jet deliveries and overall industry billings continued to slide in the first quarter of 2012, there was a minor retrenchment for the turboprop segment, according to numbers released late last week by the U.S. General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). For the first quarter of the year, OEMs handed over 122 bizjets, a decrease from the 128 it delivered in same period last year, a decline of 4.7 percent, while the number of turboprops rose by two year-over-year, representing a better than 3-percent gain.
Pilatus (Stand 7031) and Daher-Socata (Stand 1439), both manufacturers of business turboprop singles, seem to be having trouble defining time frames for producing larger, twin-engine airplanes, respectively dubbed the PC-24 and the NTX. Both designs are still being worked out on but few details have emerged to date.
The PC-24 was to be unveiled in 2012, according to a Pilatus annual report released earlier this year. This has changed, the company told AIN on Tuesday at the EBACE show and now an announcement is to be made at the EBACE 2013 show–in a year.
Rizon Jet (Stand 2017), the Doha-based aircraft charter, management and MRO provider, has received EASA Part 145 and Cayman Islands maintenance approvals for its headquarters maintenance facility. The approval allows the company to offer all line and base maintenance and a full range of maintenance and overhaul packages for Challenger 604/605, Hawker 750/800XP/850XP/900XP and Global BD-700 series business jets in Doha.
Swedish start-up Cloudbase (Stand 2205) is here at the EBACE show launching its new flight scheduling software. The Cloudbase software targets small-to-midsize business aircraft operators. Easier work sharing and better pilot involvement in the planning process are its main claimed benefits, making for greater simplicity and efficiency in operations. Cloudbase is being offered for a monthly fee, without any installation or update charges.
Goodrich (Stand 539) is offering a service called “Total Cabin Capability,” which includes service and support for its customers. The U.S. company’s newest products on display in cabin interiors include VIP seats, interior and exterior lighting, veneers, cabinetry, in-flight entertainment systems and cabin management systems.
European charter operators are the least efficient in the world due to a higher rate of empty-leg flights, Avinode managing director Oliver King said here at the EBACE show. On average, the online charter broker said that approximately one out of every three flights (33 percent) conducted by European operators is an empty leg, versus a global average of 29 percent.
Maintenance, repair and overhaul group SR Technics (SRT) is stepping up its push into the aircraft completions business, but is in no hurry to grab market share at any price. “We want to be the best and reliable rather than jumping for every dollar,” SRT president Andre Wall told AIN yesterday. “We’re so big…we want to make sure we’re not under pressure…[because] if the customer is not happy, they will never come back,” he added.
The Middle East Business Aviation Association (MEBAA) is looking to go local from next year. Ali Al Naqbi, founding chairman of the organization, confirmed here at the EBACE show that the association has chosen Beirut, Lebanon, as the site for the organization’s first forum, in 2013.