Online charter portal Stratajet (Booth 673) announced at EBACE that it’s ready to add European charter operators to its platform and will begin offering its Stratafleet online booking services to charter customers in the third quarter.
The European Business Aviation Association has recognized four European companies for their safety achievements, presenting awards here at EBACE 2013. Both Robert Bosch Corporate Aviation and Tyrol Air Ambulance were honored with EBAA’s Platinum Safety of Flight award for completing more than 50 years or 100,000 hours of safe flying, while a gold award for 40 years or 80,000 hours without an accident was bestowed on VistaJet. FAI rent-a-jet received a bronze award for achieving 20 years or 40,000 hours of safe operation.
VistaJet announced yesterday that it is enrolling 50 Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s with the Platinum engine and APU hourly-cost maintenance program operated by Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI). Valued at more than $205 million at 2013 list prices, the deal is possibly the largest ever concluded for any hourly-cost maintenance program.
VistaJet’s bullish expansion plans have long turned the heads of more conventional charter sector rivals suspicious of how well-founded its business plan would prove to be in a sector that has struggled to regain profitability since the ravages of the financial crisis.
Among the few economic forces behind the rather tepid recovery of the market segment covering small and medium-sized business jets, perhaps the most influential rests with the world’s financiers. While the large business jet segment remains buoyant due to its comparative immunity from the vagaries of liquidity availability, for the rest of the market a lack of attractive financing terms remains a serious problem, according Pratt & Whitney Canada (PWC) president John Saabas.
Embraer has appointed Jet Aviation Basel as a fully authorized service center for the Legacy 600 and 650, allowing it to provide line and base maintenance for the super midsized business jets.
“We can now provide any kind of maintenance, exterior painting and IFE upgrades, as well as warranty and AOG support, to the growing Embraer customer base in EMEA,” said Johannes Turzer, v-p and general manager of the maintenance center at Jet Aviation Basel.
Geneva-based Global Jet (Booth 485) has continued the dramatic expansion of its fleet with 10 new aircraft already added in the first half of 2013. Altogether, its managed fleet now stands at more than 65 aircraft. Eight of the 2013 arrivals are available for charter, increasing the commercial fleet to 25, comprising four Bombardier Global Express/XRSs, three Falcon 2000s, three Gulfstream 550s, a pair of Falcon 7Xs, Falcon 900s, Gulfstream 450s and Challenger 604s.
The first production iteration of the Bombardier Learjet 75 will make its debut next week at EBACE, one year after the company announced the Learjet 70 and 75–upgraded versions of the Learjet 40 and 45, respectively–at EBACE 2012. “This debut of the Learjet 75 marks another exciting year of innovation and we look forward to delivering the first one in the fourth quarter,” said Bombardier Business Aircraft president Steve Ridolfi. The Canadian aircraft manufacturer will also have a Challenger 300, Challenger 605 and Global 6000 on display alongside the new Learjet.
Jet Aviation Flight Services introduced three new packages–silver, gold and platinum–to aircraft management customers in North America. Its silver package, designed for customers who own a light to midsize business jet, delivers primary management services. The gold package, targeted at large-cabin jet owners, includes the same primary management services, as well as financial budgeting and reporting. Jet Aviation’s platinum plan includes “all of the core management services required to manage and maintain aircraft.”
Global Jet, a charter/management firm headquartered in Geneva, has added new business jets to its fleet and re-launched its website to deliver more information about its services and the aircraft that it has available for charter.