In a deal three years in the making, the state-run airline Indian (formerly Indian Airlines) yesterday signed a firm order for 43 Airbus A320-family jets, marking the domestic carrier’s first fleet expansion in 15 years. Under the estimated $2.5 billion contract, deliveries will start in late October or early November and continue at a rate of one per month until March 2010.
The proposed procedure for reimbursing FBOs, flight schools and other providers of general aviation ground-support services at five airports in the Washington, D.C. area for financial losses they incurred while the airports were closed after 9/11 is “a cumbersome government process” for small businesses and they will be “intimidated,” according to the National Air Transportation Association (NATA).
Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.), the ranking minority member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is no fan of aviation user fees. General aviation interests should be heartened because he is expected to become chairman of the committee that is responsible for FAA funding when the 110th Congress convenes early next month.
Swissport Executive Aviation plans to open a dedicated business aircraft handling operation at Zurich International Airport on January 1. Passengers will be
accommodated in Zurich’s general aviation center or a VIP lounge in the main terminal. Current handlers at Zurich are Jet Aviation, which operates from the GA center, and ExecuJet Aviation, which occupies the former Signature Flight Support terminal.
Imagine this. It is the year 2020 and a coup by a radical political movement has taken over a southeast Asian government. The new administration has seized power in a state that has some of the latest weaponry available. The neighboring city state of Singapore is now locked in a tense standoff with the new regime that puts them on the verge of war.
The concern of some watchers is just what the end game is for China’s more than 15-year drive to modernize its defense industrial base. Part of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) goal is to keep generating revenue with the type of foreign arms sales that made so much money for it in the 1980s.
Under a freshly signed contract, Embraer will provide the Indian government with a complete support package for its five Legacy 600 business jets. The 10-year agreement covers a spare part exchange program, a repair program and a number of technical assistance services. The latter include technical publication updates, recurrent training, a rental program for ground support equipment, field support and back-office engineering.
Jet Aviation (Booth No. 780) announced it has received French government approval to operate the Cessna Citation Bravo into Saint Tropez- La Môle International Airport. According to the company, it is the first air-charter operator to receive this authorization. La Môle, only nine miles from Saint Tropez, is the closest airport to the popular Mediterranean resort destination.
AgustaWestland is not relocating all its military helicopter manufacturing to the UK, as had been assumed by some in the wake of last month’s dual announcements of a UK Ministry of Defence order for 70 Future Lynx helicopters and the news that the firm’s AW149 model will be built at its facility at Yeovil in southwest England.
Western aerospace executives may be wary about attending the Iran airshow, but will be missing out on a great future business opportunity if they don’t go, according to the event’s organizers. The show is scheduled from November 28 to December 1 at the Kish Island Free Trade Zone–located close to Dubai and one of the main trading links between Iran and its neighbors in the Gulf.