VIP completion specialist Aeria Luxury Interiors (Booth 3539) of San Antonio, Texas is displaying conceptual renderings prepared by its interior design team for Boeing narrow- and wide-body aircraft. Aeria, the completions division of ST Aerospace, is now preparing for its first BBJ green cabin completion, said Ron Soret, vice president and general manager of completions.
The first order for the new BBJ Max 8 model in March was a major breakthrough for Boeing Business Jets in its efforts to convince buyers of the value that the new generation of 737, with its more efficient CFM International Leap-1B engines, will deliver to VIP operators. The airframer believes the additional range and cabin space provided by the new Max 8 will give the BBJ family a significant extra edge at the top end of the business aviation market.
Eclipse Aerospace has partnered with Boeing Digital Aviation subsidiary Jeppesen (Booth 3234) on a new web-based E-chart and navigation data delivery system for subscribers. The digital download will end the physical shipping of disk media to customers and ease update tasks for users that will no longer have to manually enter data into their avionics systems.
AIN recently launched its updated news app, which is now available for all Android and Apple iOS smartphones and tablets. The app, previously available only for the iPhone, provides a real-time feed of all aviation news published online by AIN. It also includes exhibitor lists, exhibit hall/static display maps and other information at the airshows and business aviation events where AIN publishes daily print issues.
Fokker Services of the Netherlands, emphasizing its green ACJ and BBJ completions, touted the recent delivery to a Chinese customer of “the only A320 that can carry 26 passengers and be operated for commercial use,” said James Aspell, Fokker’s v-p for technical services and aircraft completions and conversions. The completion shows off both the company’s interiors artistry and its approvals agility.
Boeing’s ABACE static display featured a BBJ delivered by Bizjet International of Tulsa, Okla., Lufthansa Technik’s single-aisle completions subsidiary, to Nanshan Jet in October for an undisclosed Chinese customer.
Pilots who want to practice using FltPlan’s new FltPlanGo moving-map and charts app can do so using Laminar Research’s X-Plane flight-simulator program. FltPlanGo running on Apple iPads can show simulated own-ship position, and pilots can fly X-Plane while using FltPlanGo just as they would in a real aircraft. “It’s important for pilots who don’t fly often or those who have been away from flying to practice workflows and procedures,” said Sarah Wilson, principal/director of new technologies at FltPlan.
Completions, refurbishment and auxiliary fuel tank provider PATS Aircraft Systems of Delaware (Booth H412) announced here at ABACE 2014 the redelivery of a BBJ2 to the Government of Indonesia for presidential transport, and the contract award of a VVIP interior completion on a new BBJ2 for an Asia Pacific customer.
Boeing Business Jets (Chalet 7) announced last week the first sale of its new BBJ Max 8 executive airliner. Burbank, Calif.-based Avjet Corporation negotiated the deal on behalf of the purchaser, a current BBJ operator.
“Our VIP customers are always demanding new improvements in comfort, speed and range,” said Steve Taylor, president of BBJ Aircraft Division, which is based in Seattle, Wash. “The BBJ Max will extend our lead in this segment and ensures our customers getting the best of both worlds.”
At ABACE last year, Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) marked the service entry of a BBJ owned by charter operator Nanshan Jet Co., which is based in Yanti, China. This year BBJ and Nanshan Jet are partnering on their presence at ABACE 2014 and are also cohosting a dinner for select customers, according to Chuck Colburn, BBJ director of marketing.