Signature Flight Support launched a new program, dubbed Signature Select, that allows independent FBOs to use its same systems, service and safety standards, training, sales, marketing and purchasing power. Each member company maintains its independent brand with the addition of the Signature Select badge, Signature said.
Citing the “uncertain” economic recovery, Avantair has laid off about 20 employees, mostly at its FBOs that it owns and operates but also marketing staff in Cleveland, “to reduce costs and better position the company for its strategic future.” The company emphasized that “none of the reductions affects pilots or the safety, maintenance and service aspects of our operations.” As part of the move, Avantair has relocated
While the pre-owned market has had to grind it out over the last couple of years to turn a deal, buyers have made a considerable dent in the number of choices since then, with 500 fewer aircraft available compared with the number of choices at the peak. As the industry heads into what is typically one of the most active periods of the year, the trend should continue.
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Aerospace manufacturers recognize the need to deliver more comprehensive and valuable support to customers around the world, but they have failed to adequately respond to the challenge, according to new research by Accenture. The management consultancy concluded that a string of “disconnects” have prevented OEMs from gaining the improvements in customer support that they say they want to achieve.
“Although an industry-wide recovery remains stalled, it appears that select markets for [pre-owned] newer, later-generation [current production] business jets are showing signs of stability in market price, reduced inventory levels and absorption rates,” according to Aircraft Post president Dennis Rousseau.
Whether you’re looking for a job or trying to hire someone, the key to success is getting the attention of the right people. JSfirm.com has partnered with other media within the aviation industry to provide a way of doing it. “We’ve created partnerships with industry-related websites and feed them our job advertisements,” Jeff Richards, the company’s business development manager, told AIN.
Aftermarket aircraft parts supplier Aeroinv.com will now be listing more than 150,000 part SKUs worth $350 million on Inventory Locator Service. ILS provides an electronic marketplace that enables subscribers to buy and sell parts, equipment and services. The inventory includes major brands of parts and components for most aircraft models.
“The first five months of the 2011 pre-owned market showed early-stage recovery signs,” with used business jet retail sale transactions growing by 19.7 percent during the period, according to data released by business aviation information firm JetNet.
Business aircraft sales firm Jetcraft is “seeing clear evidence” of a return to a more stable pricing environment for large-cabin, long-range business jets. “There has been a significant reduction in the gap between buyer and seller price expectations, due in part to the reduction of distressed assets that flooded the market in late 2008,” noted company co-owner Jahid Fazal-Karim.