GAMA released its revised 2011 annual report today, now that Hawker Beechcraft has issued its fourth-quarter and Fiscal Year 2011 financial results. Turboprop deliveries fell from 368 aircraft in 2010 to 361 last year, down 1.9 percent, while business jet shipments descended to 703, down 7.9 percent from 763 jets in 2010. Billings decreased slightly to $19.644 billion last year, down 0.4 percent from $19.715 billion in 2010.
Deliveries of business jets at Embraer increased by more than 60 percent in the first quarter, rising from eight last year (six light jets and two large jets) to 13 (12 light jets and one large jet) in the just-ended three-month period. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer projects that it will ship 75 to 85 light business jets (Phenom 100s and 300s) and 15 to 20 large executive jets (Legacy 600/650s and Lineage 1000s) this year.
The 2012 Bombardier Maintenance & Operations (M&O) Conference for the Learjet, Challenger and Global is set for April 17 through 19 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, Québec.
Bombardier Aerospace is rapidly expanding its presence in the emerging aviation markets in Asia and the Middle East. Today, the company inaugurated its new office in Shanghai, which is now home to the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft teams working with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), Bombardier Aerospace’s supply chain organization in China and the company’s commercial aircraft sales and marketing team for China and North Asia.
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.
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.
Bombardier Aerospace announced on Tuesday that Arab Wings of Amman, Jordan is the first operator in the Middle East to take delivery of a Global 5000, which features the Bombardier Global Vision flight deck. The new Global joins Arab Wings’ fleet of business jets, which also includes a Challenger 604 and 605. The Vision flight deck is based on the Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion integrated avionics suite.
Airbus logged its first corporate jet sale in Japan this week, adding a new customer and building its presence in the Asia-Pacific market. The aircraft, an Airbus ACJ318, will go to a customer whose identity remained undisclosed. “Our first Airbus Corporate Jet sale in Japan builds on the growing presence of our modern airliner family, as well as encouraging greater use of business jets to help grow what is, today, the world’s third-largest economy,” said Airbus COO for customers John Leahy.
Boeing and BizJet International recently signed a supplemental license agreement giving BizJet the status of a Boeing Approved Completion Center and making it an official member of Boeing’s BBJ completion network. BizJet has invested approximately $6 million in the expansion of its infrastructure, including the extension of shops, acquisition of new equipment and employee training.
With approximately 320 employees, BizJet offers MRO services for VIP and business aircraft, including the Airbus ACJ and Boeing BBJ, as well as FBO services.
Australia-based AVWest placed a firm order on Friday for five Global 6000s (née Global Express XRS), a deal worth approximately $292.5 million. The ultra-long-range jets will feature the new Bombardier Vision flight deck. Last June, AVWest placed firm orders for four Global 7000s and two Global 8000s. Besides being a “large Australian corporate jet operator,” AVWest also owns and operates the Perth Jet Centre FBO.