Russian Helicopters has disclosed numbers on its financial and commercial performance last year. Revenue grew by 10 percent, to RUB138.3 billion ($3.9 billion), while earnings (Ebitda) rose 27 percent to RUB26.3 billion ($737 million), representing a margin of 19 percent. Deliveries, however, declined slightly, at 275 aircraft. CEO Alexander Mikheev attributed the negative change to rescheduling of deliveries. The backlog, as of December 31, totaled 808 helicopters, a 5.5-percent decrease.
Macquarie Infrastructure, the parent company of Atlantic Aviation, announced its first-quarter financial results last week, posting a 3.2-percent increase in Atlantic’s GA jet fuel sales on a same-store basis, over the opening quarter of last year. The chain’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) rose by 6.9 percent year-over-year. Macquarie expects to complete refinancing of Atlantic’s long-term debt this month, a move the company expects will give it more resiliency in case of another downturn in GA activity.
Clearwater, Fla.-based fractional provider Avantair saw its year-over-year revenues climb nearly 24 percent to $35.4 million in its second fiscal quarter, which ended December 31. It also narrowed its quarterly loss to $600,000, down 87 percent from the same period a year earlier.
Sentient Jet Holdings, parent of Sentient Flight Group, today revealed that its financial backers have agreed to provide a new supply of funding to help the charter, aircraft management and jet card firm continue growing and address a cash-flow problem that has resulted in delayed payments to vendors. Sentient also revealed that Gregory Campbell, Sentient’s chairman of the board of managers, is assuming the role of CEO.
Many business gurus believe knowledge is power, but the ability to transform that wisdom into action is the real measure of success. With just that goal in mind, 17 general aviation business leaders–CEOs, presidents, CFOs and operations managers–gathered at Northwestern University’s Transportation Center recently for the Strategic Management for Aviation Service Firms conference.