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.
Embraer Executive Jets announced on Friday that it recently made its first international delivery of a U.S.-assembled Phenom 100. The light jet went to Canadian businessman Tasso Kostelidis, who is an instrument-rated private pilot. He plans to use his Phenom 100 to connect his far-flung network of four distribution centers throughout Canada for his Montreal-based packaging and materials business company, Conglom. Two additional warehouses are under construction, and Kostelidis will fly his Phenom to also check on their progress.
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.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation has completed an STC for Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet and Wi-Fi system in the Phenom 300. It is the first such approval for the Phenom 300 and includes a satellite phone.
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport-based Constant Aviation received STC approval yesterday for a Wi-Fi system, as well as Aircell’s Gogo Biz in-flight Internet system and a satcom, in a Phenom 300. Constant said this is the first-ever STC of this combination for the Phenom 300. To date, the company has done about 40 installations of this combined Wi-Fi and Gogo Biz system, six of which are in Phenom 300s.
Embraer recently delivered its 300th Phenom jet, some three years after the first Phenom 100 was handed over. Appropriately enough, the milestone aircraft was a Phenom 300. To date, half of the Phenoms delivered have been taken by North American customers, with Latin American operators accounting for another 30 percent; Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), 17 percent; and Asia, 3 percent. The Brazilian aircraft manufacturer delivered 98 Phenoms in 2009, 126 in 2010 and 83 last year.
On Monday December 5, Embraer delivered the first U.S.-assembled Phenom 100 light jet from its new Phenom final assembly facility at the Melbourne (Fla.) International Airport to Kansas City, Mo.-based Executive AirShare. This milestone airplane marked the 18th Phenom jet to enter the fractional provider’s fleet.
Embraer has named Constant Aviation’s Birmingham, Ala. facility an authorized service center for the Phenom 100 and 300. The facility will be allowed to provide complete maintenance and avionics services as well as modifications, composite repairs and work required by Airworthiness Directives and Service Bulletins on the Phenom series.
Barrington Irving, founder of Experience Aviation, will use a donated Embraer Phenom 100 light jet as a flying classroom to encourage students to pursue education in science, technology, engineering and math (Stem). Entrepreneur and philanthropist Fabio Alexander is providing the jet, with “continuing support” covered by Embraer, for Experience Aviation’s “Journey for Knowledge” program.