For the first time since 2008, worldwide deliveries of business jets were higher than the previous year, according to 2013 year-end numbers released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Airframers handed over 678 business jets last year, six more than in 2012.
The Learjet 85 is one step closer to beginning its flight-testing phase after the announcement yesterday by Bombardier that the FAA issued the jet’s first flight-test permit. Engineers have run flight test vehicle 1’s (FTV1) Pratt & Whitney Canada PW307Bs and completed low-speed taxi testing. Before the first flight, preparations will include finalizing “the configuration of the aircraft, more engine runs and high-speed taxi tests,” according to Bombardier.
Business jet operator Jet Management Europe (JME) has signed a maintenance support agreement with JetSupport. Under the terms of the contract, the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport-based MRO will provide JME with services ranging from hangarage and departure services to maintenance for JME’s two Falcon 900s stationed at Schiphol.
JetSupport managing director Ton van Deursen said the agreement launches what is intended to be a long-term relationship between the two parties.
Bombardier Aerospace’s business jet division accounted for the bulk of net orders and deliveries last year at the company, according to full-year 2013 results released today. The company delivered 238 aircraft (180 business jets and 58 airliners) last year, up from 233 (179 business jets and 54 airliners) in 2012, boosting revenues by 11 percent, to $18.2 billion, and profits by $87 million, to $893 million. It expects to deliver 280 aircraft–200 business jets and 80 airliners–this year.
During Bombardier’s 2013 financial results conference call this morning, president and CEO Pierre Beaudoin provided some insight into the delays affecting the all-composite Learjet 85 program, which had originally been slated to enter service in 2013. Last year, Bombardier revised this to projected first flight of the first flight test vehicle, FTV1, by year-end 2013, though the midsize jet still has yet to fly. Certification and entry into service were also moved to mid-2014 earlier last year, but that timeline will undoubtedly have to be once again pushed farther right into the future.
The paint shop by Hawker Pacific at Singapore Seletar Airport has seen brisk business in its first year of operation, and the company is anticipating demand continuing to grow during the this year. Built inside an aircraft hangar with a floor area of nearly 11,000 sq ft, the facility is the only paint shop in the region dedicated to business aircraft. It can handle the larger business jets such as Bombardier Global Express, Dassault Falcon 7X and Gulfstream G550. Among the tasks already undertaken are OEM warranty repairs, livery changes and full resprays.
Cessna is set to deliver three Citation CJ4 business jets to the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport’s Civil Aviation Bureau through its special mission affiliate Kanematsu Corporation. The contract calls for Cessna to equip the airplanes with flight inspection systems to confirm the accuracy of air navigation capabilities, air routes and air traffic control facilities.
Embraer is endeavoring to boost executive jets sales and support its existing fleet in Asia, and says that the market is developing well despite widespread red tape that impedes business aviation in the region. On the static display here at the Singapore Airshow, the very large-cabin Lineage 1000E–Embraer’s largest business jet–is making its Asian debut.
Gulfstream Aerospace is here with its entire line of business jets, hoping to keep its Asia Pacific fleet growing after a spectacular surge over the 2008-2014 period. On the static display, airshow visitors can see the G150, G280, G450, G550 and G650 models, with the super-midsize G280 and the ultra long-range G650 being debutants at the Singapore Airshow. The airframer is continuing to invest in its sales force and product support offering in the region, Roger Sperry, senior regional v-p international sales told AIN.
After falling for five consecutive years, business jet deliveries this year are poised to rise for the first time since 2008, according to a forecast released by JetNet iQ on Friday at the NBAA Aircraft Registration, Finance and Legal Conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. The prognostication calls for 685 jets worth $21 billion to be shipped this year, compared with an estimated 644 jets worth $20.5 billion delivered last year.