International Airline Group (IAG) and British Airways have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) calling for the purchase of 18 Airbus A350-1000s along with options on another 18, Airbus announced Monday.
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Bangkok, Thailand-based charter group OrientSkys recently announced a new strategic business alliance with Beijing Airlines (formerly Air China Business Jet). Beijing Airlines, which Air China established in 2003 as the state-owned airline’s private charter arm, operates a Bombardier Challenger 605 and a Global Express XRS, as well as a Gulfstream G450 and a 28-seat Boeing Business Jet for charter.
Hong Kong-based business aviation consultancy Jetsolution International Services announced a partnership with Switzerland’s Global Jet today at ABACE. Under the agreement, Global Jet will support Jetsolution in providing its clients with aircraft-acquisition assistance and associated services, such as registration, compliance and operational services. Jetsolution will also use the services of Global Jet’s sister company, Pegasus Design, to assist its customers with cabin completion and refurbishment needs.
When Boeing introduced its iconic Boeing Business Jet, the company emphasized the aircraft’s 6,000-mile range. The airplanes, derivatives of the Boeing 737 airliner, were sold “green,” meaning without a finished interior or final exterior paint scheme. From the production line, they went to a cabin completion center, where Boeing estimated that buyers would spend around $5- to $7 million for customized cabins.
Last year the Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai was reborn on a wave of growing confidence in China as an emerging market for business aviation goods and services. It drew 156 companies to the 43,000-sq-foot exhibit floor.
Bristol Flying Centre at the UK’s Bristol Airport opened its newly expanded FBO last week. The now 6,500-sq-ft facility has doubled from its previous size to offer two separate lounges for private and charter flights, as well as a separate crew lounge and redesigned passenger reception areas. The southwest England FBO has recently seen a “massive” increase in handling business, resulting in 1,700-percent growth in annual passenger numbers. Starting next month, Bristol Flying Centre will complete its service capability with the acquisition of a dedicated fuel farm.
Commercial air travel in the U.S. grew only slightly last year, staying in line with the slow recovery of the overall economy. Domestic and international capacity expressed in available seat miles (ASMs), a measure of airline industry output, increased by just 0.1 percent, to 995 billion, following a 3.4-percent capacity increase in 2011. System wide, revenue passenger miles (RPMs) increased by 0.9 percent, to 822 billion, and passenger enplanements rose 0.8 percent, to 736.7 million.
Malaysian Airlines has signed a deal with Canada’s Viking Air to take six new 19-seat Twin Otter Series 400s for use in scheduled service by its regional subsidiary MASwings. Viking plans to deliver all the airplanes by the end of next year.
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Associated Air Center has signed an agreement for the heavy maintenance, interior systems upgrade and major cabin refurbishments of a Boeing Business Jet for a far Eastern head of state. The work will take place over the next several months with a detailed work scope that includes a 12-year maintenance check and landing gear overhaul, a new cabin management system, new in-flight entertainment, replacement of all VIP passenger seats and refurbishment of all soft goods in the aircraft interior.