Smartphone maker BlackBerry (née RIM) plans to close its corporate flight department as part of a comprehensive restructuring plan aimed at stemming losses that are set to total as much as $995 million during its second fiscal quarter, which ended last month. New chief executive Thorsten Heins has decided to sell a Bombardier Global Express that the Waterloo, Ontario-based company bought pre-owned as recently as July for an undisclosed price.
Bombardier Global Express
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 first of VistaJet’s 50 Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s ordered last November has been enrolled in the JSSI program. The long-term $205 million deal, announced at EBACE, will cover the Global 5000s’ and 6000s’ Rolls-Royce BR710 engines and Honeywell APUs under JSSI’s hourly-cost maintenance program.
The 500th Bombardier Global has entered service, with the milestone aircraft, a Global 6000, delivered to French corporation Groupe Bollore earlier this week. “We are delighted to mark this event with Groupe Bollore, a true example of global corporate leadership,” said Michel Ouellette, Bombardier Business Aircraft vice president and general manager for Globals. The first Global-series jet, a Global Express, was delivered in July 1999, to AirFlite, which operated the aircraft on behalf of Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A.
A team of field service representatives from Dallas Airmotive’s F1rst Support global field service organization completed its first removal of a Rolls-Royce BR710 engine. The work was completed at the Bombardier Service Center in Dallas.
Rolls-Royce has named ExecuJet Service Centre in Dubai, UAE, an authorized service center to perform engine line maintenance, removals and installations on Rolls-Royce BR710 and AE3007A powerplants. The BR710 powers the Bombardier Global Express, Global Express XRS, Global 5000 and Global 6000, and the AE3007A is on Embraer’s Legacy 600 and 650.
Duncan Aviation addresses the common questions and concerns regarding Challenger and Global Express landing gear work in its new field guide, Caring for an Aircraft’s Legs: Explaining Bombardier Challenger and Global Express Landing Gear Restoration Uncertainties. “We are constantly asked about timetables, pricing, what to expect, what the customer needs to provide and how we determine whether to repair or replace a part or the entire gear.
VistaJet announced yesterday that it is enrolling 50 Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s with the Platinum engine and APU hourly-cost maintenance program operated by Jet Support Services Inc. (JSSI). Valued at more than $205 million at 2013 list prices, the deal is possibly the largest ever concluded for any hourly-cost maintenance program.
VistaJet’s bullish expansion plans have long turned the heads of more conventional charter sector rivals suspicious of how well-founded its business plan would prove to be in a sector that has struggled to regain profitability since the ravages of the financial crisis.
VistaJet is enrolling 50 Bombardier Global 5000s and 6000s in Jet Support Services Inc.’s (JSSI) Platinum engine and APU hourly-cost maintenance program. Under the more than $205 million agreement JSSI will support VistaJets’ Rolls-Royce BR710A2-20 engines and Honeywell RE220 APUs on its Bombardier Globals. The Platinum program covers scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, rental engines, supplemental lift, engine removal and replacement and shipping. Besides driving down maintenance costs, the program also provides budget stability, JSSI said.