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.
Embraer Executive Jets and ABS Jets will jointly provide maintenance services for Embraer Executive Jets during the Olympic Winter Games this month in Sochi, Russia. A special maintenance team will be on standby to provide immediate technical support and, if needed, ABS Jets can fly in parts from its depots in Prague or Moscow. In addition to Sochi International Airport, the services can also be provided at nearby Krasnodar and Anapa Airports. Maintenance personnel will be speaking English, Russian and the local Ossian language.
If you see Michal Dvorak here at EBACE wearing a big smile, congratulate him on his new appointment. He was just named chief financial officer of ABS Jets (Booth 2052), with operational bases in Prague and Bratislava. Dvorak has always had a keen interest in both aviation and finance, and his new job will enable him to leverage his expertise in both areas.
Embraer has appointed Jet Aviation Basel as a fully authorized service center for the Legacy 600 and 650, allowing it to provide line and base maintenance for the super midsized business jets.
“We can now provide any kind of maintenance, exterior painting and IFE upgrades, as well as warranty and AOG support, to the growing Embraer customer base in EMEA,” said Johannes Turzer, v-p and general manager of the maintenance center at Jet Aviation Basel.
Embraer Executive Jets’ Legacy 650 recently received type certification from Indonesia’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, paving the way for customer Premiair to put the aircraft into service. With the approval, all in-production Embraer Executive Jets are now certified in this country. When Premiair takes delivery of two Legacy 650s it has on order, the Indonesian charter operator will have eight Embraer jets in its fleet.
Embraer has named Taikoo (Shandong) Aircraft Engineering (Staeco) of Ji’nan, China, its authorized service center in China. Staeco will provide line and heavy maintenance for E-Jets in accordance with China Civil Aviation Regulation Part 145 standards.
The Chinese regional aviation market will be responsible for 15 percent of worldwide deliveries of 61- to 120-seat jets in the next 20 years. Embraer forecasts a demand in China for 1,005 new jets up to 2031 in this category (455 jets in the 61- to 90-seat segment and 550 jets in the 91- to 120-seat segment).
Execaire parent company IMP Group acquired Toronto, Ontario-based Image Air Charter. Image Air, which has about 60 employees, manages a fleet of 20 business airplanes and specializes in executive travel via its air charter and aircraft management services. With the acquisition, Execaire will now serve clients with more than 290 employees and a managed fleet of 53 business jets.
Embraer has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Mumbai-based Indamer to provide maintenance support for the midsize Legacy 500. The Legacy 500, which is expected to enter service in 2014, is currently in the flight-test stage following the maiden flight of the first prototype late last year.
Prague-based ABS Jets is highlighting its operation control center services this week at the Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas. The company provides a range of services to business aircraft operators and owners seeking to outsource flight-planning services on either a part- or full-time basis.
Cessna Aircraft has acquired Jet Aviation’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in Zurich, Switzerland, and Düsseldorf, Germany. The OEM had recently renewed their designations as authorized service facilities. Both facilities went into operation as Cessna Citation Service Centers on January 1. Under the terms of the agreement, Jet Aviation will continue operating the FBO facilities at both locations.
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