Barely two weeks after filing for U.S. Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, Hawker Beechcraft Corporation (Stand 7060) told a pre-EBACE press conference on May 13 that it will be “well positioned for the future” when it emerges from that status later this year.
Europe remains solid for business aviation and will remain a high priority for Cessna, company president and CEO Scott Ernest said today at EBACE. This vote of confidence in an apparently ailing market will likely be endorsed tomorrow at the show, with Cessna expected to make an announcement “about a new product.” There are now more than 1,000 Cessna Citations in Europe, the largest fleet outside of the U.S.
Nexus Flight Operations Services, the Arabian Gulf-based business aviation support group, is extending its operations into Europe. Today at the EBACE, the company announced its new Nexus Europe joint venture with French air transport logistics group Flytrans.
Airbus has gained Part 135 operations approval for the ACJ318 and ACJ319. Previously, unscheduled commercial operators flying the ACJs had to undergo a more onerous approval process, such as Part 121 airline rules. Although operators still have to apply for a Part 135 certificate, these charter rules are simpler since they recognize that business jets typically carry fewer passengers, fly less frequently and operate in a less demanding environment. The new stipulations state that the aircraft have a payload no greater than 7,500 pounds.
Universal Aviation has opened an FBO at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. The 24/7 facility offers ground handling, fuel and trip-support services, as well as concierge and customs, immigration and quarantine. The Venice base augments the company’s three other Italian bases at Rome Ciampino Airport and Milan’s Malpensa and Linate airports.
Czech ground handling support provider Euro Jet Intercontinental is expanding its operations into Western Europe as part of a new global expansion plan. The company recently appointed Gareth Danker as its new director of global sales and marketing; it also named Matej Gunda head of its Western European operations. Gunda will operate from a new office in Brussels.
Aviation data service provider JetNet (Stand 571) of Utica, New York, is showcasing new features and upgrades to its subscriber products here at EBACE. These include a new commercial airliner database, a sales price index (SPI) option for aircraft sales professionals and interface enhancements for Mac and multi-browser compatibility, along with mobile and web-enabled device compatibilities.
Simulation technology and flight training provider CAE (Stand 468) will set up its first Asian business aviation facility in Shanghai, China later this year. The Canada-based group, which is celebrating 65 years of business in 2012, will then have eight training centers around the world.
Greenpoint Technologies (Stand 839), a completions center for Boeing Business Jets, is showcasing cabinetry craftsmanship here at EBACE, where it is displaying cabinetry manufactured and designed for the 747‐8 VIP. The U.S. company is one of only 15 approved BBJ completion centers worldwide.
Jet Aviation is to give operators access to discounted fuel through a new partnership with World Fuel Services. The deal, which will be available in tandem with the company’s existing fuel program, will be available through all its FBOs and maintenance facilities.
“The ability to meet all our customers’ provisioning needs under one roof is of great value to our global MRO and FBO network,” said Frank Kusserow, director FBO Services EMEA & Asia. “This offer is the result of our continuous efforts to improve efficiencies in order to maximize customer benefit.”