Paris Le Bourget Airport is pressing ahead with the second phase of its 20-year modernization and development plan, having had to delay it two years ago in response to the financial crisis. The first phase of the program was completed in 2009, and this improved several key buildings and provided better access.
The first Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental flew into a blustery Le Bourget Airport Sunday morning, fittingly marking its international airshow debut in its distinctive reddish-orange Sunrise livery.
ExecuJet Aviation (Stand 242) has added three Spanish FBOs at Gerona, Ibiza and Palma de Mallorca to its ground-handling portfolio. “ExecuJet has chosen to expand into Spain as we view it as an area of economic opportunity,” said the group’s managing director for Europe, Cedric Migeon. By growing our FBO bases now we are well positioned for when the Spanish economy begins to rebound.
Eurocopter has unveiled plans for a new rotor-blade factory in Dugny, near Paris Le Bourget Airport, to open in 2014. When the new facility is up and running, the 800 employees at the existing blade production lines in neighboring La Courneuve will move to Dugny, where they will be joined by some research engineers who will relocate from EADS Innovation Works’ offices in Suresnes (west of Paris).
ExecuJet Europe and France’s Ad- vanced Air Support (AAS) launched their new joint-venture FBO at Paris Le Bourget on October 7. AAS is part of France’s Jet Services Group, which has invested almost $1.4 million in the facility that it acquired when it bought Aero Services Handling last year. Now it is set to invest up to another $13 million to upgrade the group’s maintenance operation at Le Bourget, and also to add two more hangars.
Paris Air Show commissioner Louis Le Portz wants nothing but the best for this week’s Farnborough International show, while predicting that next year’s Paris show will be as successful as its 2009 edition in terms of the number of exhibitors and country delegations expected. “Le Bourget and Farnborough are crucial for our profession; the industry needs us both,” he said.
France has not been as badly hit as many other countries by the financial crisis and neither has its business aviation community, according to the French chapter of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).
Paris’ Le Bourget Airport (Booth No. 547) has pressed ahead with its long-term development plan despite the economic climate and is focusing on improving access to the site. The first phase of the Le Bourget redevelopment plan, which is to run through to 2023, was completed last year with only a few minor aspects of the work deferred.
Business aviation group Comlux plans to expand its services into the FBO sector by establishing a new facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The new base, being developed in partnership with Landmark Aviation, is due to open in March next year.
France-based helicopter operator Ixair is stopping its private pilot training business and laying off about 10 employees. These changes, combined with slow demand for passenger transport, have caused a reorganization of the company’s sites throughout the country.