Today’s economy probably has less effect on corporate aircraft use than most believe. Understanding how the economy affects business aviation requires an understanding of how the nature of business aircraft use has changed over the past 15 years or so, according to Barbara Beyer, president of Arlington, Va.-based Avmark.
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“So this is the post-September 11 face of the international airshow.” That was probably the dominant thought for many visitors to Asian Aerospace 2002 (held February 26 to March 3) as they got in line to have their cars inspected from hood to trunk before having to pass through top-level airport-style screening to enter the show site.
Universal Weather & Aviation opened a business aircraft handling operation at Sydney (Australia) Kingsford Smith International Airport on November 11. The facility is located in the offices of executive charter and aircraft management group ExecuJet Australia. Meanwhile, Sydney’s only other FBO, Qantas Executive, will close on December 31.
Japan’s All Nippon Airways has placed an order for four 74-seat Bombardier Dash 8Q-400s, the first of which it plans to place into service next fall. The estimated $80 million deal will allow ANA to augment a 115-nm route between the western cities of Kochi and Osaka, where the group controls unused slots for propeller airplanes at Itami Airport.
While most startup airlines enjoy at least a short honeymoon with local press and industry pundits, Michael Jones spent some of his first moments on the job last month as boss of Australia’s newest regional carrier deflecting criticism about his business plan.
Bell Helicopter expects its commercial product backlog to reach $2 billion by the end of the year. The backlog stood at $1 billion on January 1, but the company expects this figure to double once the first production Bell 429 flies late this year, enabling existing customer purchase agreements to move officially into backlog.
Last month I participated in a panel discussion about maintenance of the airline fleet. For a long time the airlines have depended on certified repair stations to make repairs they couldn’t tackle because of a lack of facilities or required tooling.
Despite the beginning of the Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day (a popular holiday in Hong Kong), the fast-approaching Singapore Airshow and temperatures low enough to break a 40-year-record, the third Asian Business Aviation Conference &
Lufthansa Technik’s Asia Pacific joint ventures are expanding in line with the region’s air transport growth. Ameco Beijing (Stand No. D78) is due to inaugurate the biggest maintenance hangar in Asia next month, Lufthansa Technik Philippines (Stand No. H65) has opened a second widebody hangar in Manila and Lufthansa Technik Shenzhen has added new capabilities.
The world’s airlines may have made $5.6 billion profit last year and achieved record load factors of 77 percent but Lufthansa Technik CEO August Wilhelm Hennigsen said here yesterday, “With fuel at $100 a barrel and the smell of recession coming from the U.S. the question is whether the industry will continue to grow.”