“Positive distortion” caused by geopolitical and other factors inflated February 2012 traffic results reported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), whose statistics showed an 8.6-percent improvement in passenger demand and a 5.2-percent rise in cargo demand compared with the same month last year.
At a ceremony late last month, Narita International Airport opened the first dedicated terminal for business and private jets. Operated by the airport authority, Premier Gate–which will be open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.–promises privacy for passengers along with swift inbound and outbound passport control procedures through the use of dedicated onsite customs, immigration and quarantine facilities. In conjunction with the opening of the new terminal, the airport said it will extend the permissible duration for corporate jet parking to 30 days from 14.
Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans Lakefront Airport, a new FBO has opened there, bringing the total number of service providers to three and signaling the continued revitalization of the historic gateway. The newest FBO, AeroPremier Jet Center, occupies a renovated former National Guard helicopter facility that was seriously damaged by the storm. The structure’s fate was uncertain until AeroPremier won a bid to operate an FBO in 2008 and received Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to help restore the building.
John Holland Aviation Services (JHAS) has been appointed an Embraer authorized service center to provide line and heavy maintenance services for E-Jets from its base in Melbourne. JHAS is the first aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul services organization in the Asia-Pacific region to obtain such an authorization from Embraer.
Crediting “unprecedented growth,” Aerospace Technologies Group unveiled a new 65,000-sq-ft corporate headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., on March 5.
The new headquarters is the workplace for 130 manufacturing, administrative, research and development personnel and functions as the site for the group’s various production lines.
ATG was founded in 1998 and designs and produces window shade systems for both business aircraft and airliners. Business aviation customers include OEMs Airbus, Boeing, Cessna, Dassault Falcon Jet and Gulfstream.
Someone with more energy than I have is one day going to come up with a gauge that will accurately forecast the direction of aircraft sales just as the list of leading economic indicators predicts the future direction of the economy. Most of us in the industry seem to use our gut instincts to figure out where we are headed, but every day we get bankable hints. One of our sales directors mentioned to me the other day that exclusive aircraft listings are becoming harder to get, adding, “I think that’s probably a good thing.” He’s probably right.
Accra, Ghana-based Aero Surveys, operating under the commercial name Starbow, plans to lease two more BAe 146 regional jetliners starting in May. The aircraft, one BAe 146-300 and one BAe 146-200, will double its fleet size to four aircraft and will add capacity to satisfy increasing demand.
Among the new products announced yesterday at the 55th Aircraft Electronics Association Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., were more new ways to hook Apple iPads to cockpit electronics. Aspen Avionics is nearing certification of its Connected Panel iPad interface, now due by July.
Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories continued to subside in February, according to data released today by market information firm JetNet. Inventory of used business jets fell to 13.9 percent in February, down 0.4 percentage points from the year-ago period. Business jet sales transactions rose 7.7 percent year-over-year, while at the same time asking prices rose 3 percent. Average days on the market for a business jet dropped to 346 days, down 82 days from February last year.
Embraer’s business aircraft deliveries declined to 99 last year from 144 in 2010, according to the Brazilian OEM’s fiscal-year 2011 and fourth-quarter 2011 results, released recently. Embraer Executive Jets’ share of total company revenue dropped to 19 percent last year from 23 percent in 2010. The company delivered 50 business jets (more than half the annual total) in last year’s fourth quarter, 11 fewer than for the same period in 2010.