Brazilian business aviation faces a squeeze between official restrictions and unofficial competition, vying with airline traffic for limited slots at the country’s major airports and with illegal “pirate” air taxi services for customers. Hosting the World Cup soccer tournament at 12 host cities around the country in June and July served as a stress test of the country’s aviation infrastructure. Although no major problems occurred, many, including industry group ABAG, feel that business aviation was sacrificed for that apparent success–and that this does not bode well.
Following years of growth, which recently has outpaced the U.S. and Europe in the aftermath of the global economic downturn, 2014 has proven so far to be a bit of a corrective period for business aviation sales throughout Brazil and Latin America. Despite weakening performance in some areas, however, OEMs remain bullish about long-term demand for their business aircraft offerings.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has instructed the country’s transport officials to draw up plans to block the use of Russian airspace by European Union (EU) airlines for flights to and from Asia.
STS Component Solutions has opened a new support office in Turkey and hired Omur Basol to spearhead its marketing and sales activities. Basol is a former purchasing executive for several Turkish airlines and MROs. The new office complements existing locations in the U.S., Brazil, Europe and Singapore. “Expanding our global footprint is an essential step in our strategic growth strategy,” said Tom Covella, group president. “We are excited to provide expanded support to our customers while continuing to meet growing demands within the Turkish region.”
Malaysian Airlines has confirmed that one of its Boeing 777s has crashed in eastern Ukraine, about 31 miles from the border with Russia. Flight MH17 was en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 280 passengers and 15 crew on board. According to Ukrainian air traffic controllers, they lost contact with the aircraft at around 14.15 UTC almost 20 miles from the waypoint at Tamak.
Aircraft support specialist AJW Aviation (Outdoor Exhibit 10) has been chosen by Air Serbia to provide a five-year, hourly cost maintenance service to supply spares for its Airbus narrow-body fleet. The contract covers seven Airbus A319s and two A320s.
AJW Aviation is building a network of support hubs in Eastern Europe to provide greater support and minimize AOG situations, although a 24/7 AOG service is also provided.
Bombardier Aerospace announced orders and letters of intent (LOIs) valued in excess of $1.65 billion at the Farnborough Airshow yesterday, as well as the selection of an authorized training provider and details of its service and support program during its update on the in-development C-Series twinjet.
Meanwhile, with the issues regarding the recent engine fire reportedly identified and being addressed (see box), the Montreal-based company sees no further impediments to the CSeries entry into service in the second half of 2015.
A video published last week highlighted a close call at Barcelona Airport when an Airbus A340 operated by Aerolíneas Argentinas taxied onto the runway in front of a landing Boeing 767 flown by UTair. The Boeing executed a successful go-around and later landed safely. AeroBarcelona posted the video.
Boeing sees little chance that it will have to cut production of the 777 during the transition to the 777X, notwithstanding recent conjecture from analysts that a so-called sales “drought” since the launch of the program during last year’s Dubai Air Show could portend a period of market weakness–and a possibility that it won’t find enough orders to maintain its 8.3-per-month rate into 2020.
With India’s airlines still mired in losses, the country’s new budget, announced on July 11, did little to address some of the aviation industry’s most pressing concerns. It offered nothing on reforms in taxation on aviation fuel and maintenance, repair and overhaul—long issues of contention the aviation industry hoped India’s new government would address.
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