“Everybody is sensitive to the price of jet fuel,” said Steve Elefant, explaining why he founded fuel-pricing Web site AircraftFuel.com last year. The Web site’s purpose is simple: to consolidate discount and contract fuel programs in one place so pilots and dispatchers don’t have to go to each program’s Web site to find the best price.
NBAA Convention visitors have until 5 p.m. today to register at Booth No. 5166 for a drawing by Jet Support Services, Inc. for a 2007 Mini Cooper convertible. The winner will be picked at 3 p.m. tomorrow at the JSSI exhibit.
Avidyne and Ryan International announced discounts of up to $2,000 when customers buy an Avidyne FlightMax EX500 multifunction display and a Ryan 9900BX traffic alert system together.
Last month Bombardier inaugurated its 238,000-sq-ft distribution center near Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The “superwarehouse,” located less than five miles from the airport, is managed in partnership with Caterpillar Logistics Services.
Aviall of Dallas has teamed with Click Commerce to help it undertake collaborative commerce with its suppliers and customers. Aviall claims to be the world’s largest independent distributor of new aviation parts.
CRS continues to expand support for the business jet community by increasing its parts distribution for Challengers, Gulfstreams, Learjets, Hawkers and Falcons. It has added inventory of high-usage parts to the company’s West Coast facility in Chatsworth, Calif. CRS specializes in support programs for corporate aircraft operators around the world.
Aerospace Products International (API), a wholly owned subsidiary of First Aviation Services, has instituted a new program to enhance spares availability for Beechcraft owners, operators and maintenance providers. API, which provides distribution and supply chain services to the aviation industry, has purchased an inventory of Beech legacy spare parts to support all Beech models including the King Air, Baron and Bonanza.
Cleveland-based fractional provider Flight Options announced three new buyer-incentive programs. Until December 16, buyers of a three-thirty-second share (75 hours of annual usage) in a new Hawker 400XP will get an extra 25 occupied hours per year (a total of 100 hours) with no additional capital outlay.
August is typically a slow month for sales activity on pre-owned aircraft, but growing backlogs for new aircraft are keeping the pump primed for used-aircraft sales this summer.
Are you back to full production yet?
At the time of our acquisition, we needed to restart the production line and reignite the supply chain. Six months later, we are on course to meet our production target for 2006 and will significantly increase it in 2007. Conservatively, I would anticipate full production with a renewed supply chain to be in full effect in 2008.