GlobeAir to launch scheduled services using current Citation fleet

GlobeAir is set to launch scheduled services using its current fleet of Cessna Citation Mustangs. In her 6 June 2017 news article published at the FlightGlobal website, Kate Sarsfield reports that the Austrian air taxi company is launching the service “as part of its strategy to provide a range of offerings to existing and potential

DC Aviation expands fleet, wins safety award

Germany-based DC Aviation has added a Gulfstream G650 to its fleet. A news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 2 June 2017 confirms: “The 7,000 nm jet has one of the largest and most comfortable cabins in its class and is immediately available for charter from its home base at

Mid-size and large business jet market growing, says research

A recently released research report shows growth in the markets for mid-size and larger business jets. Terry Spruce’s 5 June 2017 news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website states that a research report published by Global Jet Capital “reveals that 27% of the 1,742 private jets in Europe are midsize, large and jet

FlexJet to manage Surf Air’s Phenom 300 fleet

FlexJet Europe has landed a deal to manage Surf Air’s Phenom 300 fleet in Europe. The deal will see FlexJet, through its UK-based subsidiary FlairJet, take charge of the fleet, according to Terry Spruce’s 25 May 2017 news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website. The fleet management agreement between FlexJet and Surf Air

Grand Caravan EX preferred air taxi for Waves Technologies

Waves Technologies has settled on the Cessna Grand Caravan EX as the preferred aircraft for the launch of its new air taxi service. “The aircraft is expected to be delivered in the next few months and will support the launch of Waves’ new on-demand, user-driven air taxi service for the Channel Islands,” according to a

Waypoint completes delivery of helicopters to Omni Taxi Aero

Waypoint Leasing has successfully delivered two Sikorsky helicopters to a Brazil-based energy company. As Alex Baldwin reports in a 25 May 2017 news article published at the Helicopter Investor website, Waypoint “has delivered a Sikorsky S-92 and S-76C++ to Brazilian offshore oil and gas operator Omni Taxi Aero (OTA).” Charter contracts The OTA deal has

Jetex completes Spanish expansion

Jetex has successfully completed its expansion into the Spanish private aviation market. The Dubai-based operator is set to provide ground-handling services from three locations in the major cities of Barcelona, Madrid and Malaga, according to Curl Epstein’s 16 May 2017 news article published at the AINonline website. Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona-El-Prat and Malaga-Costa del Sol

Jersey Jet Centre unveils private air taxi platform

Jersey Jet Centre has unveiled its Isle-Fly private air platform, according to Terry Spruce’s 15 May 2017 news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website. The solution is well suited for business jet and private charter aircraft operating in the island and neighbouring destinations. The company has chosen an eight-seat Cessna as the launching

JSSI’s indicators show first quarter bizav growth

The latest report from Jet Support Services Inc (JSSI) is signalling favourable growth trends for the business aviation industry in 2017. In a news article published at the AINonline website on 8 May 2017, Chad Trautvetter reports that according to JSSI’s findings, “global business flight activity in the first three months represented the highest level

Falcon gets GCAA approval for Al Maktoum line maintenance operations

Falcon Aviation now has the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA’s) approval to commence line maintenance operations at its Dubai facility. According to Terry Spruce’s 8 May 2017 article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website, the company “has received approvals from the GCAA to perform third-party line maintenance at its new Dubai South facility.”

Aviator reveals plans to expand Georgian rotary services

Aviator is reportedly considering the expansion of its rotary services in Eastern Europe. According to a 10 May 2017 news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website, the Tbilisi, Georgia-based private aviation operator has been successful in providing these services thus far. The decision by Aviator’s management to expand its Georgian operations

Genesis Global Nigerian rotary operations get AOC nod

Genesis Global Aviation (GGA) has successfully acquired an AOC for flying choppers in Nigeria. An article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 5 May 2017 reports that GGA “has been granted an AOC by the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority to fly a fleet of EC155 helicopters, some reported to have previously

Zenair takes kitplane workshops to Europe

Zenair is scheduled to hold inaugural kitplane workshops in Europe. According to Dave Calderwood’s news article published at the FLYER website on 2 May 2017: “The first will be on 29-30 June at Nancy, France, hosted by Zenair agent Barge Aviation.” The expansion of this particular workshop to Europe has been inspired by a similar

Pilatus reports impressive 2016 end-year results

Pilatus Aircraft has reported significant revenue growth in 2016. According to Kate Sarsfield’s news article published at the FlightGlobal website on 2 May 2017, the company’s “general aviation division recorded a 30% hike in revenues during 2016, with the surge due almost entirely to the stellar performance of its flagship PC-12NG single-engined turboprop.” Sarsfield reports

HeliValue$ projects sales rebound for light used choppers

HeliValue$ is predicting better days for the light used helicopters market. According to Mark Huber’s 24 April 2017 news article published at the AINonline website, a report from the aircraft valuation services company is indicating that “the used helicopter market might be rebounding off the bottom, based on its first-quarter 2017 analysis released late last

GainJet’s medical evacuation unit sets up shop in London

GainJet has completed the process of setting up its London Stansted base for European medical evacuation operations. “GainJet will provide the service using one of the group’s Bombardier Challenger 604 medevac aircraft registered under its Irish AOC, GainJet Ireland,” according to Terry Spruce’s 21 April 2017 news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website.

Falcon’s Dubai VIP heliport becomes operational

Falcon Aviation’s UAE division has successfully commenced its VIP heliport operations in Dubai. According to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 26 April 2017, the company “has opened a VIP heliport at Dubai South Al Maktoum International Airport, where it will have two based charter helicopters.” VIP Heliport

Air Harrods gets new head

Air Harrods has a new head executive following the appointment of Dawn Wyatt to the helm of the company, according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 20 April 2017. Wyatt was Air Harrods’ Head of Operations before her promotion to the top position at the company. Air

China’s Minsheng makes US debut with private jet deal

Minsheng Financial Leasing has debuted in the US private jet market with a deal for the lease of three of its business jet aircraft. Minsheng has entered a deal with Jet Edge for the lease of three Embraer Legacy 650 business jets, according to Greg Waldron’s 17 April 2017 news article published at the FlightGlobal

Skyplan Services sets up shop in Tokyo

Skyplan Services has finally established a presence in Tokyo with the opening of a new office in the Japanese capital. A news article published at the AINonline website on 12 April 2017 reports that Skyplan “has opened an office in Tokyo to serve the Japanese market and the wider region.” The new Tokyo office effectively

Dassault reports rising business jet sales in China

Dassault Aviation is experiencing favourable business tidings in the Chinese aviation market. According to a news article published at the AINonline website on 11 April 2017, the company “is showing its flagship Falcon 8X this week at ABACE 2017 in Shanghai, and if the success of the 7X in China is any indication, the 8X

ACASS fast tracks European expansion

ACASS has completed the recruitment of personnel to key regional positions in efforts to fast track its European expansion. In a news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 7 April 2017, Terry Spruce reports: “ACASS has strengthened its European presence with the appointment of Andrew Hoy as its new Vice President of

Global Jet Capital predicts growth in Asia’s private jet demand

Global Jet Capital is predicting that Asia will experience growth in demand for operating leases for private jet purchases. As Terry Spruce reports in a news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 13 April 2017: “Global Jet Capital expects demand for operating leases for the purchase of mid to heavy private jets

Aerowest adds Encore+ to fleet

Aerowest has expanded its fleet with an additional Citation Encore+. “Aerowest has seen plenty of activity from is Citation Encore+, which replaced a Piper Cheyenne in the company’s fleet earlier this year,” according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 7 April 2017. Aerowest is based in Germany,

Hawker Pacific bags Embraer ERJ service centre status

Hawker Pacific Asia’s Singapore MRO facility has been appointed to operate as an authorised service centre for Embraer business jets. According to a news article published at the Aero Australia website on 4 April 2017, the MRO facility will serve “as the authorised service centre for the ERJ 135 and ERJ 145 commercial jets for

Luxaviation adds CL604 to charter fleet

Luxaviation UK has boosted its charter fleet with an additional Challenger 604. The private jet aircraft is based at Athens International Airport, from where it is available for immediate charter, according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 29 March 2017. The aircraft is destined for operations in

HondaJet scheduled for debut flights to Hong Kong and Taipei

The HondaJet is scheduled to make its debut in the key aviation markets of Hong Kong and Taiwan. On 29 March 2017, Honda Aircraft Company announced that the HondaJet is due to take its inaugural flights to Hong Kong and Taipei in April, according to a news article posted at the Aero Australia website. These

Pilatus PC-12 tops 2016 turboprop sales

The Pilatus PC-12 was the top-selling turboprop business jet model in 2016. In a news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 23 March 2017, Terry Spruce reported that “Pilatus delivered 91 PC-12 NG single-engine turboprops, making it officially the top-selling turbine-powered business aircraft in the world.” Compared to the rest of the

Hawker Pacific secures Dassault’s authorisation for Malaysian MRO facility

Hawker Pacific’s MRO in Malaysia is now a Dassault-authorised facility. In a news article published at the AINonline website on 24 March 2017, Curt Epstein cites the airframer’s report indicating that the facility “has been designated an authorised service centre (ASC) for the Dassault Falcon 8X, 7X, 2000EX EASy and the Falcon 900EX EASy series.”

EBAA appoints new CEO

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has announced the appointment of Brandon Mitchener as its new Chief Executive Officer, according to a 22 March 2017 news article published at the EBAA website. Mitchener’s appointment takes effect on 3 April 2017. This news brings the organisation’s recruitment of Mitchener to its top executive position to a

Regulatory disarray crippling Sub-Saharan Africa’s Bizav sector

Sub-Saharan Africa’s business aviation industry is yet to achieve its full potential as a result of chaotic regulatory regimes. Citing speakers at the Aviation Africa conference held in Kigali, Rwanda, Peter Shaw-Smith reports in his 18 March 2017 AINonline news article: “The business aviation industry in sub-Saharan Africa faces several challenges to profitable and efficient

Skytime Jets and Ryan Aviation enter partnership deal

Skytime Jets and Ryan Aviation Group have agreed to enter a strategic partnership deal for European market operations. Terry Spruce’s 20 March 2017 news article for Corporate Jet Investor reports: “Skytime Jets will be partnering with Los Angeles-based private jet company Ryan Aviation Group to specialise in global music tours.” The deal brings to fruition

Beijing 999 adds Gulfstream G550 to fleet

The Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Centre (Beijing 999) has purchased a Gulfstream G550 to support its disaster relief and medical evacuation operations. In a news article published at the FlightGlobal website on 20 March 2017, Kate Sarsfield reports: “The large-cabin twinjet will be outfitted at the US airframer’s maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in

Chinese government relaxes rules for business jet buyers

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) relaxed jet-buying regulations for certain classes of business jets. As Alud Davies reports in a news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 9 March 2017: “China’s CAAC has abolished a rule stating that Chinese buyers needed to gain government approval before buying and registering business

Diversity taking root as aviation companies hire more women

Companies in the global aviation industry are continuing to hire more women to positions across the board. This encouraging trend was revealed at the 2017 International Women in Aviation Conference, which was organised by Women in Aviation International (WAI), according to Amy Laboda’s 10 March 2017 news article published at the AINonline website. One conspicuous

Flexjet successfully launches European operations

Flexjet has successfully launched its long-awaited European operations. “Flexjet has taken delivery of its first jet in Europe in the form of a Nextant 400XTi, and CEO of the company’s UK operations Ray Jones says that everything has gone to plan so far,” states a 9 March 2017 news article published at the European Business

Australia transforming into major target market for aircraft manufacturers

Several business aircraft manufacturers are turning their focus towards the increasingly flourishing Australian private aviation market. Leading business jet manufacturing brands Embraer, Dassault and Gulfstream were among the participants that graced an international air show event at Australia’s Avalon City between 28 February and 5 March, according to a FlightGlobal news article by Emma Kelly.

EFS relocates base to Landvetter amid operations expansion prospects

European Flight Service (EFS) has found a new home in Gothenburg for its head office operations. According to a 3 March 2017 news article from European Business Air News (EBAN), EFS “has relocated to Landvetter International Airport in Gothenburg and is building an FBO there.” The relocation comes at a time when the company is

FAI finally phases out Learjet 35A aircraft

FAI rent-a-jet has finally phased out the Learjet 35A aircraft from its fleet. The company recently completed the sale transaction of the last of its four Learjet 35A aircraft to a new owner in Mexico, according to a 6 March 2017 Corporate Jet Investor news article by Terry Spruce. This is a significant development regarding

Knox House appoints new Business Development Director

Knox House Trust Limited has announced the appointment of James Porter as the company’s new Business Development Director, according to Terry Spruce’s 28 February 2017 news article for Corporate Jet Investor. Porter’s elevation to this position has come hot on the heels of the recent appointment of Anthony Page as the company’s Managing Director. Porter

Nomad Aviation expands charter fleet with Citation CJ

Nomad Aviation’s charter fleet has expanded following the successful acquisition of an additional jet. In his 24 February 2017 news article published at the Corporate Jet investor website, Terry Spruce reports that the company “has added another Switzerland-based Citation CJ business jet to its charter fleet.” Nomad has also indicated that the jet is ready

Dassault launches 3D tool for training engineers

Dassault has completed the design and development of an innovative 3D tool for training engineers. Greg Waldron’s 28 February 2017 news article for FlightGlobal reports that the France-based aircraft manufacturer “has unveiled a virtual reality tool designed to help engineers for its Falcon business jet family.” The successful launch of the training tool is a

India’s Invision Air and Canada’s ACASS enter partnership deal

Invision Air, an India-based aircraft management and charter company, has entered a strategic partnership deal with the Canada-based ACASS business aviation company, according to Neelam Mathews’ news article published at the AINonline website on 13 February 2017. In early-February, the two companies signed a joint venture agreement that established the ACASS India enterprise. Both companies

FAI Technik appoints new head of Maintenance Planning

FAI Technik has completed the recruitment of a new executive for its Maintenance Planning and Customer Support segment. In a news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 9 February 2017, Terry Spruce reports that “the Maintenance division of German-headquartered FAI Group has appointed Dario Fetahović as the head of Maintenance Planning and

Metal Master on course to completing first light aircraft

Metal Master has hit the homestretch in its ongoing preparation for mass production of a single-engine light private jet aircraft. In a news article published at the FlightGlobal website on 13 February 2017, Kate Sarsfield reports that the company “is in the final stages of ground testing its Flaris LAR-1 personal jet and plans to

Luxaviation diversifies into the helicopter management market

Luxaviation Group has diversified into the helicopter management business with a new subsidiary known as Luxaviation Helicopters. In a news article published at the AINonline website on 6 February 2017, Chad Trautvetter reports that, in early February, the organisation “launched a global VIP helicopter management company with services that include crew provisioning and training, maintenance

NHV appoints new executive chairman

The NHV Group, in conjunction with its controlling shareholder Ardian, has announced the appointment of Dominique Lafont as the new executive chairman of the company, according to a 2 February 2017 news article from European Business Air News (EBAN). Prior to his elevation, Lafont held an independent member position on the Belgium-based rotary operator’s board,

RUAG concludes Bombardier Challenger CL604’s heavy maintenance project

RUAG Aviation has announced the successful completion of heavy maintenance work for a Middle East-registered Bombardier Challenger. According to Terry Spruce’s 3 February 2017 news article at the Corporate Jet Investor website, the Munich-based MRO facility “optimised the downtime required for a Bombardier Challenger CL604 heavy maintenance event by also completing a full cabin refurbishment.”

Bell’s Prague aircraft customisation centre completes first choppers

Bell Helicopter’s new European aircraft customisation centre in Prague has announced the completion of its first batch of choppers, according to Mark Huber’s news article published at the AINonline website on 26 January 2017. As Huber reports, on 25 January, Bell Helicopter “delivered the first three fully customised aircraft to be completed at its new

Textron to manufacture fewer Cessna Citation jets in 2017

Textron Aviation has announced plans to manufacture fewer units of the Cessna Citation aircraft in 2017 due to pricing challenge in its target markets. According to Alud Davies’ news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 26 January 2017, the company “says it will adjust production rates of some of its Cessna business

VistaJet bags prestigious award in China

VistaJet has bagged a prestigious award from a leading Chinese consumer survey company. In a news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 26 January 2017, Alud Davies reports: “VistaJet recently won the Hurun Report’s ‘Best of the Best’ award in the best business jet operator category.” According to Davies, the award was

Daher reports marginal dip in annual aircraft delivery

Daher, a France-based manufacturer of aircraft and aerostructures, has reported a slight decline in its 2016 deliveries of TBM single-engine turboprop jets. The company’s TBM deliveries reduced to 54 jets in 2016, down one unit from 2015, according to Kate Sarsfield’s news article published at the FlightGlobal web site on 24 January 2017. Daher’s market

Private aviation membership club JetEight launches in Germany

JetEight is poised to become Germany’s first private aviation membership club, according to Ian Sheppard’s news article published at the AINonline website on 23 January 2017. Sheppard reports that Germany is due to “get its first private aviation membership club with the anticipated launch of the JetEight ‘all-you-can-fly’ service in July, ‘partnering with leading private

TAG Aviation hires Geneva charter department head

TAG Aviation Europe has completed the recruitment of a senior manager for its Geneva charter operations. The company appointed Vladimir Velebit to head its Geneva charter department, according to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 23 January 2017. As Spruce reports: “Velebit will lead the ongoing development of TAG

JetSmarter set to open new office in London

JetSmarter is on course with plans to open a new office in London as part of its ongoing expansion programme in Europe. In a news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 16 January 2017, Terry Spruce reports that the company will be opening the new office in Knightsbridge. The opening of the

Luxaviation UK expands fleet with two additional aircraft

Luxaviation UK has announced the addition of two aircraft to its fleet. According to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 12 January 2016, the company “has welcomed a factory-new Citation Mustang and Challenger 350 to its fleet, bringing the total number of aircraft in its fleet to 26.”

Atlas Air Service acquires FAA certification

Atlas Air Service has been awarded an FAA certification for operating as an MRO facility. According to Curt Epstein’s news article published at the AINonline website on 15 January 2017, the German-based private aviation services provider “has received a FAA certification as a Part 145 repair station and is now authorised to perform limited repairs

Dassault Falcon fails to recover as 2016 shipments dip

Dassault Falcon’s annual aircraft shipments dipped for the second year running in 2016. The slump in the company’s shipments is attributable to a persistent lull in the market for large-cabin business jets, according to Kate Sarsfield’s news article published at the FlightGlobal website on 10 January 2017. Sarsfield quotes figures from a preliminary 5 January

Global Trek Aviation set to expand Belfast FBO facility

Global Trek Aviation is on course with plans to expand its FBO facility in Belfast after securing the regulatory approval for the project. “The facility will double in size, giving more space for client amenities as well as having room to expand the company’s operational control centre,” according to a 10 January 2017 Corporate Jet

Rega completes signing of agreement for new rotorcraft

Rega has successfully signed an agreement to purchase six new H145 rotorcraft to replace the current fleet. According to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website, the Swiss air rescue operator is purchasing the new H145s to “replace its current EC145 fleet and will commence operations in 2018.” This is

Dassault forecasts growth for Southeast Asia’s business jet market

Dassault is projecting short-term to medium-term growth of sales in Southeast Asia’s business jet market despite the market lull in Northeast Asia. Dassault forecasts that more customers in Southeast Asia will place orders for business jet aircraft in 2017 as a result of positive changes in the region, according to Greg Waldron’s news article published

Luxaviation UK adds Falcon 2000LXS to charter fleet

The Dassault Falcon 2000LXS has become the latest addition to Luxaviation UK’s charter fleet. according to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 19 December 2016. The brand new aircraft has already arrived in Luton, from where it will provide charter services. This has effectively increased the total number of

Jet Aviation to rebrand on 50th anniversary

Jet Aviation is planning to mark its 50th anniversary with a change of its corporate identity. According to Samantha Cartaino’s news article published at the AINonline website on 19 December 2016: “Jet Aviation is set to kick off its 50th anniversary year with a new corporate identity to be used beginning January 1, 2017.” The

Abu Dhabi Aviation partners with CAE in training deal

CAE has agreed to expand its flight training services to Abu Dhabi Aviation (ADA). “The expansion encompasses the commercial, business and helicopter aviation training collaboration between the two companies and also includes the sale of two full-flight simulators and CAE instructor-led training,” according to Charles Alcock’s news article published at the AINonline website on 8

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim expands managed fleet with Falcon 7X

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF) has announced the addition of a privaetely-owned Dassault Falcon 7X aircraft to its managed fleet. “With the addition of the new aircraft, DCAF has increased its fleet under management to five, including two Bombardier Challenger 604s, a Gulfstream G200, a Bombardier Global XRS and the Falcon 7X,” according to Terry Spruce’s

Naljets adds King Air C90 to charter fleet

Naljets is reporting tremendous progress in its pursuit of charter fleet expansion. The UK-based charter operator has taken delivery of a King Air C90 GTX, according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 8 December 2016. Naljets is looking forward to harnessing the strategic advantage provided by the

Indochina Aviation promoting Mekong region’s business aviation opportunities

The Indochina Aviation Centre is taking the opportunity provided by the ongoing MEBAA Convention to promote the Mekong region as an outstanding destination for private aviation operators. The company is a first-time exhibitor at the event, and it is already making a big statement about the tremendous potential of the Mekong region, according to Matt

TAG Aviation Europe expands managed fleet portfolio

TAG Aviation Europe has announced the acquisition of new clients and additional aircraft to its managed fleet services. According to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 5 December 2016, the company “has added 17 new clients and 20 aircraft to its management portfolio in 2016.” The company’s management is

Dassault’s Falcon 8X makes Middle East debut

Dassault is showcasing the Falcon 8X business jet at the MEBAA Convention in Dubai. According to Kate Sarsfield’s news article published at the FlightGlobal website on 5 December 2016: “Dassault’s Falcon 8X is making its Middle East debut less than a month after the first example of the ultra-long-range business jet was handed over to

JetSmarter launching maiden Middle East-bound shared private jet flights

JetSmarter is scheduled to launch maiden Middle East-bound shared private jet flights. “The company will offer its members single seats on flights between London and Dubai,” according to Terry Spruce’s news article, published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 23 November 2016. This development will see JetSmarter spread its route network beyond Europe and

Superior Air adds charter and training helicopters to fleet

Superior Air has expanded its fleet with five additional aircraft. The Greece-based operator of charter services and training academy will allocate three aircraft to training and the other two – an EC120B and an EC130 — to charter services, according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 23

TAG reports rising demand for mobile maintenance services

TAG Aviation Europe is reporting an increased demand for its mobile aircraft maintenance services. “Since its launch just over a year ago, the maintenance services mobile repair team (MRT) at TAG Aviation has seen a rise in the demand for critical response,” according to Curl Epstein’s news article published at the AINonline website on 28

Dassault unveils new Falcon MRO facility in France

Dassault Falcon Service has announced the launch of operations at its Falcon MRO facility in Bordeaux-Mérignac, France. “The 49,000m2 (527,000ft2) building is next to the airframer’s Falcon final assembly facility and will be able to accommodate up to six business jets at a time,” according to Kate Sarsfield’s news article published at the FlightGlobal website

Luxaviation launches new hangar facility

Luxaviation Belgium has launched a new hangar facility at the Kortrijk-Wevelgem International Airport, according to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 16 November 2016. The new facility will see the company accommodate as many as 15 additional business jet aircraft. It will also house ExecuJet’s MRO operations in Belgium.

Surf Air announces plans to deploy light jets in Europe

Surf Air has announced plans to deploy light-jet aircraft when it launches European operations in early 2017. The company’s management has already opened negotiations with different light-jet aircraft manufacturers. According to Kerry Lynch’s news article published at the AINonline website on 21 November 2016: “California-based Surf Air is in discussions with Cessna and Embraer over

Business aircraft manufacturers report slumping shipments

The global business jet manufacturing industry has recorded lower shipments in the first three quarters of 2016 compared to the previous year. In a news article published at the FlightGlobal website on 14 November 2016, Kate Sarsfield reports: “Worldwide shipments of fixed-wing business and general aviation aircraft fell across all segments during the first nine

Nomad Aviation hires Aircraft Management Vice President

Nomad Aviation has announced the appointment of Andreas Pfisterer to the roles of Senior Vice President for Aircraft Management and Accountable Manager, according to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 11 November 2016. Pfisterer’s appointment to one of these crucial positions underscores the company’s resolve to fast-track its operational

Wiking adds brand-new H145 helicopter to offshore fleet

Wiking Helikopter Service has added a brand-new H145 helicopter to its offshore operations. The H145 is the first of two identical choppers that the company has ordered from Airbus Helicopters, according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 10 November 2016. The company expects to take delivery of

Acropolis Aviation’s cabin crew attends culinary training course

Acropolis Aviation sent its cabin crew to a two-day culinary training course at the Ireland-based Tannery Cookery School, according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 3 November 2016. Tannery is located in Dungarvan, County Waterford, from where it is operated by renowned chef Paul Flynn. The training

Germany’s Air Hamburg welcomes eighth Legacy 650 aircraft

Air Hamburg has finally taken delivery of a new Legacy Embraer 650 business jet aircraft, according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 3 November 2016. This jet is now the eighth L650 in the company’s aircraft fleet. The L650 is a heavy and generously spaced jet that

Jet Aviation adding a third hangar in Singapore facility

Jet Aviation Group has commenced the construction of a third hangar at its MRO and FBO facility in Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park, according to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 4 November 2016. The company is developing the additional hangar in response to the growing demand for MRO and

Bombardier Business Aircraft expanding network operations

Bombardier Business Aircraft has announced plans to increase operational activities at its Service Center Network. The Canadian company has indicated that expansion of the Customer Response Team (CRT) will be accompanied by the immediate hiring of personnel in all segments of the network, according to a recent report by business jet market analysis and insight

Jet Aviation set to complete first VIP B777

Jet Aviation is used this year’s National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA’s) Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition to make several major announcements. The most significant of these concerns the impending completion of its first VIP B777, corporate aviation news magazine Aviation International News recently reported. The Zürich-based company revealed its Basel completions centre took delivery of

Starspeed secures IS-BAO Stage 2

UK-based rotary operator Starspeed has been awarded International Standards of Business Aircraft (IS-BAO) Stage 2. This is a historic milestone as it makes Starspeed the first UK helicopter operator to achieve the standard, according to business aircraft and turbine helicopters news and directory website European Business Air News (EBAN). This is a positive development for

Aviation Management Services (Cayman) commences operations

Cayman Islands-based Aviation Management Services (AMS) has announced the commencement of operations at its Grand Cayman location. AMS has also confirmed its worldwide offices will become operational in November 2016, according to business aviation industry publisher and events organiser Corporate Jet Investor. The company provides support services to business jet and other aircraft operators, including

Atlas brings first charter Legacy 450 to Germany

Atlas Air Service has announced the addition of a brand new Embraer Legacy 450 charter aircraft to its fleet. The private aviation company received the business jet at its operations base at Bremen airport in Germany. The celebrations of the aircraft’s arrival included a water cannon salute performed by two fire engines, business aircraft and

Gulfstream to cease production of G450 in 2018

Gulfstream Aerospace will cease production of the G450 as it prepares for the new fly-by-wire G500 to enter service at the start of 2018. The American business jet manufacturer will deliver the final G450 at the same time as it seeks to provide a seamless transition between the two models. The G450 built on the

Hawker Pacific to conduct Citation Latitude’s demonstration tour

Australia and New Zealand are scheduled to host Hawker Pacific’s demonstration tour of the Cessna Citation Latitude. According to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 17 October 2016, the company will use the tour to showcase the advanced technical and functional features of the business jet. The Cessna Citation

Single European sky ATC edging closer to realisation

The pursuit of a single European sky ATC is gradually edging closer to realisation following Eurocontrol’s acquisition of its member states’ approval. According to Gordon Gilbert’s news article published at the AINonline website on 17 October 2016: “Eurocontrol has received the final approval from its member states to lead the development and deployment of the

EBAA declares inaugural AirOps show a success

The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has expressed satisfaction with the success of the inaugural edition of the AirOps Europe conference. The event was held at the Cannes Airport on 12 and 13 October and attracted about 400 visitors, according to Guillaume Lecompte-Boinet’s news article published at the AINonline website on 14 October 2016. EBAA

Russian business aviation reportedly losing grip on June traffic

The Russian business aviation segment has recorded a three-year consecutive decline in the country’s traffic for the month of June. “Figures prepared by the Russian United Business Aviation Association (RUBAA) for June – normally the busiest month for Russian business aviation – show that business jet movements went steadily down over the past three years:

Bookajet expands fleet with the addition of two aircraft

Bookajet has expanded its fleet with the addition of two business jet aircraft. According to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 12 September 2016: “An Embraer Legacy 650 and an additional Raytheon Premier 1 light jet are the newest additions, both of which are being managed for owners based

European business aviation records August traffic decline

Europe’s business aviation air traffic declined in August 2016 compared to the same period for the previous year. In a news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 8 September 2016, Alud Davies cites data from the WINGX monthly flight activity report indicating that “the usual slowdown in business aviation in Europe showed

TAG Aviation Asia completes recruitment of next CEO

TAG Aviation Asia has announced the recruitment of Jolie Howard as its next chief executive officer, according to Terry Spruce’s article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 5 September 2016. Howard’s appointment takes effect in November 2016. She has been serving as the vice president of the Asian segment of CIT’s Business Aircraft

FAI Aviation Group makes forays into aircraft storage market

The FAI Aviation Group is in the process of diversifying into the aircraft storage market. According to Kate Sarsfield’s news article published at the FlightGlobal website on 5 September 2006, FAI “has broken ground on a third hangar at its base in Nuremberg, which will be used to support the company’s first foray into the

Demand soars for DragonFly’s first Nextant jet

DragonFly Executive Air Charter is experiencing skyrocketing demand for its first Nextant jet, according to a news article published at the European Air Business News (EBAN) website on 1 September 2016. The company recently expanded its AOC with the addition of the Nextant 400XTi, and the results are already impressive. According to the EBAN article,

Bristow takes delivery of two additional S-92s

Bristow has taken delivery of two additional S-92 helicopters at its Norway facility, according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 25 August 2016. As the article states: “The aircraft arrived courtesy of an Antonov 124, one of the largest aircraft in the world.” The two helicopters have

Bombardier’s Challenger 650 premieres in the German market

Bombardier has confirmed the delivery of Germany’s first-ever Challenger 650 jet. According to Alud Davies’ news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 23 August 2016: “The owner is listed on the Swiss civil aircraft register as Scintilla AG, who are a division of Stuttgart, Germany-based home appliance giant Bosch AG.” Davies further

Stratajet secures partnership for Embraer Legacy 500 offers

Stratajet has confirmed the addition of an Embraer Legacy 500 to its fleet through a partnership deal with Centreline. According to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 25 August 2016: “The addition of the Legacy 500 expands the availability of the aircraft management and charter company’s fleet to nine

Piaggio confirms Avanti’s future is secure

Italy-based Piaggio Aerospace is reassuring the operators of the Avanti Evo that the future of this particular aircraft brand is guaranteed, according to Charles Alcock’s news article published at the AINonline website on 22 August 2016. Back in July 2016, the company threw the Avanti Evo operators into panic when it released a press statement

MHS Aviation fills crucial executive position

MHS Aviation has successfully completed the recruitment of a communications manager for its Munich office. According to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website on 18 August 2016, the Munich-based company confirmed Petra Steffen’s appointment “as manager of communications and international key accounts.” Steffen’s recruitment to the crucial corporate communications

Jet Aviation Basel secures Philippines’ operating licence

Jet Aviation Basel has secured the requisite regulatory approval to operate in the Philippines. According to Terry Spruce’s article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 18 August 2016: “Jet Aviation has received approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) authorising its MRO facility in Basel to support Falcon 900 series

Million Air Beijing starts accepting Epic Card payments

Operators of Beijing-bound private jet flights have all the reasons to smile following the decision by Million Air Beijing to begin accepting Epic Card payments. The introduction of an additional payment option is a landmark development considering that Million Air Beijing is the only FBO stationed at the Beijing Capital International Airport. “One of the

The Ae270 aircraft set for revival

Aircraft Integrated Solutions (AIS) has announced plans to revive the development of the Ae270. Murdo Morrison’s news article published at the FlightGlobal website on 9 August 2016 states: “A UK engineering company is resurrecting the Ae270 single-engine turboprop, almost a decade after the programme was axed by its joint developers, Aero Vodochody of the Czech

PrivateFly appoints two new members in board reorganisation

PrivateFly has reorganised the composition of its board with the appointment of two new members. The private aviation company has appointed George Rolls and Martin George to serve as Executive Chairman and Non-Executive Director respectively, according to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on 11 August 2016. Coming in as

HeliGroup enters high-end helicopter market

HeliGroup, a subsidiary of helicopter training, charter, tours and consultancy company Helicopter Services, has announced its entry into the high-end helicopter market in the UK. The company will focus on the rotary charter and management market, building on the advanced training Helicopter Services provides, business aviation magazine European Business Air News (EBAN) has reported. Founded

Flexjet completes Flairjet acquisition

Flexjet is on course to commence operations in Europe following its acquisition of Flairjet from Marshall Aviation Services. Acquiring Birmingham-based charter and management company Flairjet gives US directional aviation capital company Flexjet the air operator certificate (AOC) it requires for Europe. Flexjet announced it intended to enter Europe at the 2016 European Business Aviation Convention

Bombardier raises red flag over slipping light jet deliveries

Bombardier has announced a dip in both revenue and business aircraft deliveries in the second quarter of 2016. The aerospace and transportation company’s business jet deliveries slipped by five units compared to the same period last year. However, Bombardier’s management has said that the performance was in line with cuts the company had previously announced,

Embraer downgrades forecasts for business jet deliveries

Embraer has announced an 8% downgrade of its annual business jet delivery projections for 2016. The company’s management attributed the cut of production forecasts to the shifting market conditions. Something which is increasingly softening the volume of orders from customers. Embraer’s CEO, Paulo Cesar Silva, revealed the revised forecasts of the company’s annual business jet deliveries for

Bristow Nigeria commences helicopter operations

The Port Harcourt-based Bristow Nigeria announced on 27 July 2016 the launch of its helicopter search and rescue (SAR) operations. The private aviation company has successfully deployed an AW139 helicopter in its maiden forays into the SAR market. This is according to a news article published at the European Business Air News (EBAN) website. The top management

AviationManuals unveils safety compliance packages for European operators

AviationManuals is unveiling a set of tailored packages that will help private aircraft operators in Europe to enhance compliance. Especially with the region’s new regulations. Widely known as Part-NCC, the new European regulations cover: “Non-commercial flight operations with complex motor-powered aircraft.” This is according to Terry Spruce’s news article published at the Corporate Jet Investor website on

Vertis Aviation expands fleet in Africa

Vertis Aviation has expanded its business jet fleet in South Africa with the addition of a new Bombardier Challenger 350. According to Terry Spruce’s article published on the Corporate Jet Investor website on 22nd July 2016: “The brand new aircraft is only the second of its type to be delivered to the continent and will

Diamond Aircraft DA62 makes Australian debut

Diamond Aircraft has confirmed that the Australian aviation market is hosting the DA62 for the first time. Following the successful delivery of the business jet. The news comes from the FlightGlobal Website, in an article dated 25th July 2016. Kate Sarsfield revealed that Sydney-based distributor, Hawker Pacific, took delivery of one DA62 unit on 18th

Capital Air Ambulance adds Learjet 45 to fleet

Rigby Group’s Capital Air Ambulance has announced the addition of a Learjet 45 to its BE200 family of aircraft. This will facilitate the expansion of the company’s operations in the UK to two locations. The company has added a second base at Coventry airport in the Midlands. The acquisition of the jet is part of

JetSuite showcases latest Embraer acquisition

JetSuite used the tremendous opportunity presented by the 2016 edition of the Farnborough International Air Show to showcase its latest Embraer jet acquisition, the EMB-135 LR. Previously owned by the American Eagle Airlines, this particular jet is a refurbished private jet hybrid unit. However, it also features a complete a cabin overhaul. It is one

IJM MENA expands Middle East charter fleet

On 14 July 2016, IJM MENA announced the signing of an agreement for the management of a Challenger 604 private aviation aircraft. The Challenger 604 is a private jet that operates with a Bahrain-issued registration. It will mainly serve destinations in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. As well as other destinations in

Sukhoi unveils sports team travel jet

The Russia-based Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Company has unveiled the sports version of its Superjet 100 brand.  The unveiling took place at the Farnborough International Air Show in mid-July 2016. Also known as Sportjet, the sport version of the Superjet will be customised to suit the unique needs of transporting professional sports teams. According to Chad Trautvetter’s news

Surf Air setting up shop in Europe in Strategic Expansion

The US-based Surf Air has announced plans to set up shop in Europe as part of its strategic expansion. An expansion aimed at tapping into the region’s fast-growing private aviation market. The news comes from Arjun Kharpal writing for the CNBC website on 8 July 2016. He confirmed this development by citing the company’s announcement,

Magnus Aviation to increase London-bound private jet flights

On 7 July 2016, Magnus Aviation revealed plans to increase its private jet flights from Asian destinations to London. The company expected its private jet traffic to surge as a result of an increase in the number of high-net-worth travellers exploiting the weakened pound. Many of whom will want to visit London for luxury shopping

London to benefit from Bliss Jet scheduled flights

On 11 July 2016, Bliss Jet announced that its transatlantic private jet flights between New York and London would commence in two months’ time. According to Curt Epstein’s news article published at AINonline, the Aviation International News website: “Bliss Jet will begin offering individually ticketed private jet flights between New York Westchester County and London Biggin Hill Airports

TAG Aviation expands its fleet

On 30th June 2016, TAG Aviation announced that it was expanding its fleet with the addition of an ACJ319 and a Pilatus PC-12 NG. The two versatile aircraft will afford TAG Aviation greater flexibility. Especially when applying the bespoke route planning strategy on both long and short-haul trips. The ACJ, in particular, will increase the

Private jet travellers to benefit from Skyjet’s booking website

On 30th June 2016, Skyjet announced the incorporation of private jets on its new, instant on-demand booking website feature. This is more or less a replica of the booking functionality that the aircraft charter broker already has on its Skyjet iOS app. According to a news article published on the AINonline website on 30th June

Dassault performs Falcon 8X business jet’s noise certification test

Dassault Aviation has confirmed the completion of a noise certification test for its newly unveiled Falcon 8X business jet. The news comes from an article published on the Executive and VIP Aviation International (EVA) website, on 4th July 2016. Dassault completed the test “using an acoustic data acquisition and analysis system from Brüel & Kjær.” The

GainJet Aviation sets up shop in Ireland

GainJet Aviation has announced the commencement of operations in the Republic of Ireland. After it successfully acquired the air operator’s certificate from the country’s aviation authorities. Reports come from Kate Sarsfield’s news article published on the Flightglobal website on 28th June 2016. The Greece-based aviation company set up shop in Ireland in response to the growing

Business aviation gradually taking root in West Africa

West African nations are gradually becoming business aviation hubs as a result of resource-driven economic transformations in the region. This is according to an assessment by the Middle East-based Amaka aviation company. Amaka particularly singles out Nigeria’s thriving private business aviation market. A market which is experiencing accelerated activities due to increased oil production operations.

Brexit casts doubt over future of Europe’s cheap flights

The aftermath of Britain’s historic vote to exit the European Union (EU) continues to unfold, and one thing is abundantly clear. The future of Europe’s cheap flights industry is in jeopardy thanks to Brexit. The advent and survival of Europe’s low-cost air travel industry has largely been anchored on the EU’s single market rule. A rule which facilitates

ExecuJet expands India and Middle East maintenance facilities

ExecuJet Middle East announced on 20 June 2016 that it would be expanding its maintenance facilities in the Middle East and India. Terry Spruce’s news article reported that the company is in the process of expanding. Both with the capacity of its line station at the Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South and an

Iran taps Boeing to replace national carrier’s ageing aircraft

The Iranian government has penned a deal with the Boeing Company for the supply of 100 commercial passenger aircraft. In order to replace the ageing fleet of the country’s national carrier. While announcing the deal, Ali Abedzadeh, the Tehran civil aviation authority boss, revealed that the country needed to retire 230 of its 250 fleet of commercial

FAI completes the acquisition of four aircrafts

FAI Asset Management GmbH (FAI) has confirmed the addition of two Global Express and two Learjet 60 aircraft to its fleet. The company announced that it would be leasing the four Bombardier aircraft to its FAI Aviation Group subsidiary. A news article published at the BART international website, on 14 June 2016, declares that the acquisition:

Volare bags Channel Island’s inaugural AOC

On 8th June 2016, Guernsey’s Volare Aviation bagged its first Channel Island AOC approval. This is all according to a news story published at the Business Air News website. Volare reportedly earned the Guernsey government-issued certification through an intermediary, the 2-REG.  Under which the small airline operator has registered its Challenger fleet. Big Benefits for Volare Volare

China set to host Airbus assembly plant

On 13 June 2016, Airbus Helicopters and a China-based consortium announced the sealing of an important agreement. An agreement to establish a helicopter assembly line at Qingdao City in China. The deal is part of a plan in which Airbus has offered to sell the Chinese consortium 100 units of the light H135 helicopters. The total

Air New Zealand Offloads 20% Stake in Virgin Australia

On 13th June 2016, Air New Zealand announced it has reached an agreement for the sale of 20% of its shareholding stake in Virgin Australia. The stake has sold to the Nanshan Group of China for $193 million. According to an article published at AeroSpace-Technology.com, the share sale deal is awaiting the approval of government regulators in