According to business aviation consultant Brian Foley, pent-up demand for business jets in the U.S. and European markets is helping aircraft manufacturers keep production lines humming. Deliveries for the first half of 2012, reported by Amstat, showed a 20-percent increase in the U.S., compared with the same period last year, and a 34-percent increase in Europe, he noted. The pent-up demand, building since 2008, “[is] finally starting to manifest itself as real buyer action as confidence improves, just in time to reinforce the recovery and keep it from faltering.”
A September 7 creditors meeting is expected to appoint liquidators to handle the assets of the UK-based Ocean Sky group’s aircraft charter, management and brokering divisions.
Emirates and Qantas took the wraps off a proposed global aviation partnership today that would result in the Australian flag carrier moving its hub for European flights from Singapore to Dubai starting next April.
Piedmont Aircraft is taking over the aircraft maintenance operation at Moore County Airport at Pinehurst/Southern Pines, N.C. The maintenance facility, which up until now has been operated by the airport authority, has been rebranded as Piedmont Aircraft Services.
London Oxford Airport-based aircraft management and engineering company Hangar8 has enhanced the support capabilities at its Oxford, UK, MRO facility to cover a broader range of business aircraft. Within a year of acquiring EASA 145 approval, the company now provides Camo-Part M and line support for all Hawkers, the Dassault Falcon 2000, Citation 525 series and Embraer Phenom 100.
GA Telesis has appointed Rebecca Longo to the position of vice president of its Aircraft Systems Group, where she will oversee all airframe component sales from the company’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters. Before joining GA Telesis, Rebecca served as the vice president of Strategic Development for PartsBase in Boca Raton, Fla., where she was responsible for the global sales team as well as oversight of business development strategies.
Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN), the first private FBO facility in Nigeria, is reporting a steady increase in operations since it opened last year. From July to December 2011, the facility at Murtala Mohammad International Airport in Lagos handled 478 movements. That total rose to 976 movements between January and June. To meet that growing demand, the facility has increased staff to 39 from 11.
Facing 100 percent hangar occupancy at Atlanta’s Cobb County Airport/McCollum Field, the Atlanta Executive Jet Center (AEJC) has completed its Corporate Row Hangar Project, a $7 million development. Occupying a six-acre plot leased by the AEJC in 2010, it consists of 100,000 sq ft of corporate hangar space along with 240,000 sq ft of new ramp at the airport, which averages 183 movements a day. The new complex is expected to generate $9 million a year for the local community.
New York-based Allied Aviation has signed a deal with Canada’s Niagara District Airport to purchase the airport’s fuel farm and establish an FBO. Operations began at the end of August. The airport, which is located near Niagara Falls, sees approximately 40,000 movements annually. It sold the 5,300-gallon jet-A and 5,300-gallon avgas capacity fuel farm that it took over in 2008 after the previous FBO operator left the airport. The airport authority has been providing rudimentary services since.
Pre-owned business jet and turboprop inventories held steady in July month-over-month, according to data released late last week by business aviation market information firm JetNet. Inventory of used business jets ticked up from June by three aircraft, to 2,521 in July, representing 13.5 percent of the in-service fleet. This was down by 0.2 percentage points year-over-year.