UK-based ConnectJets has launched Jet Card Europe as an occupied-hours, all-inclusive block charter program that incorporates a loyalty plan through which members can earn free flight hours and other benefits. Clients can join by signing up for 25 hours or more per year and earn one free flight hour for every 50 hours flown.
Embraer Phenom 100
The AeroNimbus NMX is another entry in the very light jet market, from a Malaysian company that hopes to begin delivering a new jet in the first quarter of 2016. What makes the NMX different from established VLJs such as the Cessna Mustang or Embraer Phenom 100 is its multirole cabin, which can be switched from six-occupant seating in the business version to seven occupants for air-taxi or five plus patient in medevac configuration.
Embraer’s Phenom 300 received Transport Canada type certification earlier this week. The Phenom 300, which received its initial certification by U.S. and Brazilian aviation authorities in late 2009, is now approved in more than 40 countries.
On Monday, the FAA presented Embraer with a production certificate to assemble the Phenom 100 at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Embraer has delivered five U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s since the first one came off the line in December. In total, the company plans to deliver 23 U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s this year. Embraer will also start production of Phenom 300s in August at the Melbourne facility, with 38 U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s and 15 Phenom 300s expected next year.
The FAA has presented Embraer with a production certificate to assemble the Phenom 100 at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Previously, Phenom jets assembled in Melbourne were certified under the FAA type certificate granted to those produced in Brazil.
Embraer recently added hot-and-high approval to an expanding list of operational capabilities of its Lineage 1000.
The high-altitude takeoff and landing operation tests were completed in February with approvals granted in March by both Brazil’s ANAC and the FAA. The certification allows operation at airports as hot and high as La Paz, Bolivia, where the elevation is 13,357 feet msl and the temperature in January, during summer in the southern hemisphere, can top 110-degrees F. The new performance capability will be offered as an option, initially to Brazilian and U.S. operators.
Three years after entering service, Embraer Executive Jets’ Phenom 100 has surpassed 100,000 total flight hours. “This is a significant milestone achieved in such a short time,” said Luciano Castro, vice president of programs, Embraer Executive Jets.
Mumbai-based charter start-up Invision Air, which has started to take delivery of 12 Phenom 100s and 300s it ordered from Brazil’s Embraer, has launched its Jet Card membership program, one of the first such offerings in India. While the program offers flexibility and a price advantage to regular fliers, it will benefit owners of private aircraft while their own aircraft undergo maintenance, according to company co-founder Vinit Phatak.
Mumbai-based charter start-up Invision Air, which has started to take delivery of 12 Embraer Phenom 100s and 300s, has launched its Jet Card membership program, one of the first such schemes in India. While the program offers flexibility and a price advantage to regular flyers, it will benefit owners of private aircraft while their own aircraft undergo maintenance. Invision presently has two operational Phenom 100s in its fleet, and it expects to be flying its first Phenom 300 by year-end.
Invision Air is seeking to bring economies of scale to kick-start India’s executive charter sector. For the most part, the industry consists of small operators with no more than two or three aircraft each. But the Mumbai-based start-up has a 12-aircraft order with Embraer for a mix of Phenom 100 and 300 light jets.