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.
Dassault’s market share for business jets in Africa has made strides, with 10 Falcons slated for delivery in the region between now and the end of next year. Most of these orders are for the company’s flagship Falcon 7X. Eight examples of the type are already in service in the region. For the first time, Dassault Falcon will attend the Marrakech Air Show, being held tomorrow through Saturday in Morocco.
General Dynamics has promoted Phebe Novakovic, the head of its marine unit, to the newly created positions of president and COO.
February’s Singapore Airshow confirmed a trend that has been brewing for some time: that Indonesia is emerging as a business aviation hotspot in the Asia Pacific region. Last year the country’s economy grew at its fastest pace since the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, with gross domestic product expanding by 6.5 percent.
CAE is launching training services for business aircraft pilots and mechanics in Asia. Starting later this year, the company will introduce programs covering the Bombardier Global 5000, Global Express and Global XRS; the Gulfstream G450 and G550; Dassault Falcon 7X; and the Sikorsky S-76C++ helicopter. Still to be determined is where in Asia CAE will install training centers to cover the new programs.
The Jet Business is here at ABACE 2012 looking for a second venue to capitalize on the success of its novel private jet “showroom” in London’s exclusive Knightsbridge district.
“We are still evaluating another venue that could be in China or elsewhere in Asia, but we have had some interesting conversations at the show,” company founder Steve Varsano told AIN.
This year, Bombardier will launch one of the most ambitious flight-test programs in business aviation history. The Learjet 85 is scheduled to enter service in 2013 and as many as five test aircraft could make their first flights in the coming months.
Avinode (ABACE Booth H525) believes its online charter portal can make it easier for operators and customers to maximize usage of available capacity in Asia. More and more Asian operators are joining the Avinode network, with the most recent additions being Korean Air, Hong Kong Jet, Asia Jet, Deer Jet and First Mandarin.
Cessna is looking to give longer legs to its new mid-size $14.9 million Citation Latitude in a move that should suit the Asian market. The company recently announced a 15-percent range increase for the aircraft, to 2,300 nm (4,257 km) and was quick to point out all the interAsian city pairings this made possible.
No one doubts that demand for business aviation is growing in Asia, but is the available aircraft capacity being developed sufficiently to meet this demand? It is not, according to Jean Noel Robert, president of the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA), who believes that the lack of available charter aircraft is a real impediment to growth.