Ljubljana, Slovenia-based business aircraft charter and management firm Elit’Avia opened an office in Accra, Ghana. It is currently managing four business aircraft for West African clients–two Bombardier Global 6000s and a Bombardier Global XRS in Nigeria and a Dassault Falcon 2000 in Ghana. Elit’Avia also expects to take delivery of a Gulfstream G550, Dassault Falcon 7X and Bombardier Challenger 605 for West African clients before year-end, which will almost double the size of its fleet in this region.
Fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet says it experienced 96-percent growth in new fractional and jet card sales during the first six months versus the same period last year. The company said sales of new fractional shares climbed by 112 percent, while new jet card sales gained 68 percent. “The skies continue to brighten for Flexjet,” said Flexjet president Deanna White.
Bombardier Aerospace’s revenues in the second quarter were flat year-over-year at about $2.3 billion, with more than half of these revenues–$1.259 billion–coming from its business aircraft division. Pre-tax earnings at the company rose by $8 million, to $107 million, while its backlog as of June 30 climbed to $33.4 billion, up from $32.9 billion at the end of last year.
Jet Aviation St. Louis has launched an iPad app for customers to design the interior and exterior of their jets, beginning with Bombardier Challengers. Dubbed iDesignJets, the app allows customers to choose the color, fabric, design themes and floor plans for the interiors of their jets, as well as designs and colors for the exterior. The company said it plans to expand the app to all of the airframes that Jet Aviation St. Louis completes, which includes business aircraft from Boeing, Bombardier, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Gulfstream and Hawker.
Jet Support Services (JSSI) and VistaJet International signed a deal under which JSSI will provide hourly-cost maintenance coverage for the Rolls-Royce BR710 engines and Honeywell APU on the operator’s first of 50 Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s on order. The long-term agreement is valued at more than $205 million.
“This is the largest contract in our history and, to the best of our knowledge, one of the largest if not the largest ever in the hourly-cost maintenance sector,” Neil Book, JSSI’s president and CEO, told AIN.
The European Commission removed Philippines Airlines from the black list of 278 air carriers banned from entering European Union airspace. Philippines Airlines has been on the list for three years because of numerous safety violations and is the only airline from that country that will be allowed access to Europe. All other Philippines-based airlines remain on the black list.
Second-quarter 2013 earnings are likely to bring few signs of recovery for aviation, according to the July Business Jet Monthly report from analyst J.P.Morgan, which highlighted several manufacturers.
The report predicts that demand for smaller Cessna Citations will remain depressed but “We will look for more color on the Sovereign and XLS, key midsize offerings.”
Vienna-based International Jet Management has signed a deal with Jet Aviation Basel for the MRO to provide line and base maintenance for the company’s fleet of managed and charter aircraft. Currently covered under the terms of the agreement are two Globals, one Challenger 850, two Challenger 605s, one Challenger 604, two Challenger 300s, one Learjet 40, one Citation Excel, seven Falcon 900s, one Falcon 2000 and one GV.
Grossmann Jet Service, a Prague-based aircraft management and charter group, has contracted with Jet Aviation Basel to perform the 96-month inspection on a Legacy 600. It will be the MRO’s first inspection of this magnitude on the type.
Bombardier’s Flexjet subsidiary reported a strong first quarter, led by growth in new buyers as well as higher levels of activity by existing fractional-share, jet card and lease customers. In the first quarter, new business was up 83 percent, fractional share sales up 108 percent and jet card sales up 48 percent over the same period last year. “Our flying is not only up with all the new sales,” said Flexjet president Deanna White, “but also our existing customers are ramping up their flying time. People are starting to open their wallets again.”