Lufthansa Technik inked a deal today at ABACE to outfit the interior for Yunnan Jingcheng Group’s new, yet-to-be-delivered Boeing BBJ. Work to finish the green bizliner will start in November at Lufthansa Technik’s BizJet International facility in Tulsa, Okla. The fully completed VIP BBJ is scheduled to be handed over to Jingcheng in July 2014, according to the Hamburg, Germany-based aircraft maintenance and completions firm.
Boeing Business Jet
Boeing Business Jets (Chalet 140) is pulling double duty here at ABACE 2013, showcasing the BBJ, the VIP version of the Seattle-based airframer’s 737 airliner, while simultaneously celebrating the 40th year of Boeing commercial sales in China and the delivery of the 1,000th Boeing airliner to the market, a 737-800 purchased by China Eastern Airlines.
The past 12 months have seen Comlux increase its Asian footprint with aircraft management contracts and a high-profile assignment to complete the interior of a large-cabin jet on order by a major automobile group from the region. On display at the ABACE show this week in Shanghai are an Airbus ACJ318 and a Bombardier Global Express operated by the Swiss-based business aviation services group. The company is also introducing its new Chinese name, “Yi Hua,” meaning “comfort and luxury.”
The China Corporate Jet Alliance, founded last year at ABACE as the “China Business Jet Shanghai Alliance” to promote the sustainable growth of the business aviation market in China, inducted four new members today at ABACE 2013.
The second-annual Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition (ABACE) kicks off next week at the Hawker Pacific Business Aviation Centre FBO at Shanghai Hongqiao Airport in China, and it promises to play a vital role in stimulating and facilitating growth in the adoption of business aircraft as productivity tools in the region.
The Middle East presents plenty of opportunity for business aviation growth, and at last month’s Abu Dhabi Air Expo businesses reported that their investment in the region–and beyond–is paying dividends.
Jet Aviation St. Louis received its first Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) last month, and a second is scheduled to arrive later this spring. Both aircraft will undergo maintenance and minor interior upgrades. Construction of a hangar sized for single-aisle bizliners, training of technicians and investment in infrastructure paved the way for the BBJ projects. The MRO sent technicians to its sister facility in Basel, Switzerland, to gain first-hand experience working on BBJs. The cooperative work program began in early 2010.
Jet Aviation St. Louis welcomed its first Boeing Business Jet last month and its second BBJ is scheduled to arrive this spring, the company announced today. Both aircraft will have maintenance and minor interior upgrades performed at the facility. To capture BBJ completions and maintenance work at the St. Louis outpost, the company built a hangar sized for single-aisle bizliners and invested in other infrastructure. It has also sent St. Louis technicians to Jet Aviation’s sister facility in Basel, Switzerland, to gain first-hand experience working on BBJs.
Pending a judgment against Associated Air Center that could total as much as $49 million, the Dallas Love Field-based company is already planning an appeal. In the suit, brought by Tary Network and Citadella International Group in a Dallas district court, attorneys claimed that Associated and related entities engaged in a breach of contract “that led to tens of millions in losses for the jet owners, including lost profits, out-of-pocket damages and lost value.”
Aircraft window specialist ATG has been awarded contracts to supply its Powertech MS2 Window Shade Systems for two BBJ interior projects. Delivery of the two aircraft is slated for the third quarter.