Marketing

April 10, 2012 - 4:00pm

Demand for charter flights appears to be climbing again, though charter hourly rates continue to be flat. Online charter portal Avinode says its April 1 demand index was 126.14–some 22 points higher than a year ago and about three points higher than last month.

At 98.1, though, the forward-looking price index for April was little changed from both last year and March 1. Charter pricing in the North American market dropped by two points from a year ago, while in Europe pricing solidified, rising about five points since April 2011.

April 6, 2012 - 2:00am

Someone with more energy than I have is one day going to come up with a gauge that will accurately forecast the direction of aircraft sales just as the list of leading economic indicators predicts the future direction of the economy. Most of us in the industry seem to use our gut instincts to figure out where we are headed, but every day we get bankable hints. One of our sales directors mentioned to me the other day that exclusive aircraft listings are becoming harder to get, adding, “I think that’s probably a good thing.” He’s probably right.

February 16, 2012 - 3:40pm

Fuel supplier BP announced today that it has ended its licensing agreement with Epic Aviation, its exclusive North American licensee for the Air BP brand, which distributes fuel to approximately 350 FBOs in North America. According to the announcement, BP intends to enter the U.S. general aviation business as a direct fuel supplier to FBOs.

February 11, 2012 - 8:50pm

Component Control, at Booth No. 7321, has released “Remote Inventory,” an inventory management tool for Component Control’s core product, Quantum Control. Its users can set minimum and maximum inventory levels online, then track, manage and bill upon consumption for inventory co-located at any customer facility. The Remote Inventory program accelerates replenishment of stock to keep up with work in progress.

February 10, 2012 - 6:00am

JetNet is offering demonstrations at its Heli-Expo booth (No. 9763) of customer relationship management (CRM) features recently added to its piston and turbine helicopter database. JetNet CRM allows database subscribers to tap into data on aircraft owners and operators throughout the world.

February 3, 2012 - 2:10am
Source: Jetnet

By most accounts the fourth quarter of last year was active. While not atypical for that period, the activity was a good sign for the market that tradition seems to be intact, or at least reestablished after being pushed off course a few years ago. With the U.S. economy doing incrementally better, the hope is that this activity will spill into the first quarter and beyond. Many eyes now are cast upon Europe, where last month S&P lowered its credit ratings on nine nations.

January 25, 2012 - 2:10pm

Conklin & de Decker will host its “Essential Tools for Your New Maintenance Manager’s Role” from February 15 through 17 in Irving, Texas. “The seminar provides helicopter maintenance managers the necessary tools needed to master their challenging position,” said Brandon Battles, v-p and co-owner. “Many maintenance professionals, when thrust into a management role, feel behind the power curve.

January 17, 2012 - 3:15pm

Signature Flight Support launched a new customer loyalty program and a fuel card this week at the NBAA Schedulers and Dispatchers Conference in San Diego. The Signature TailWins loyalty program rewards customers with points for fuel and handling purchases within the Signature network. Points can be used for products, services and experiences, or they can be donated to charity. Those using Signature’s new aviation card, which is underwritten by U.S. Bank and Multi Service Aviation, earn double points.

January 5, 2012 - 12:15am

The FAA spelled out how it intends to start charging for digital navigation charts at a December 13 meeting held by FAA Aeronautical Navigation Products (AeroNav).

January 3, 2012 - 3:10am
Cessna Latitude

Cessna is doing more than introducing new business jet models. The Wichita airframer is changing the way it does business with its customers. That is the message from Cindy Halsey, the company’s long-serving vice president of interior design and engineering.

 
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