Bombardier has released its annual 20-year forecasts for the business and commercial aircraft markets. The forecast predicts a total of 24,000 business jet deliveries from 2012–31, which represents approximately US$648 billion in industry revenues. The forecast anticipates 9800 aircraft deliveries, worth $266 billion, from 2012–21 and 14,200 deliveries, worth $382 billion, from 2022–31.
Business jet deliveries for 2012 are expected to be comparable to 2011. Bombardier believes bizjet deliveries will return to sustained growth starting in 2013, with the large aircraft category demonstrating the fastest growth.
Over the forecast period, Bombardier predicts that North America will receive the greatest number of new bizjet deliveries with 9500 aircraft between 2012 and 2031, followed by Europe with 3920 aircraft. Notably, China will become the 3rd largest market for business jet deliveries, with 2420 deliveries in the period.
Bombardier also expects key growth markets—including Brazil, India, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), as well as Indonesia, Mexico, South Korea and Turkey—to receive a significant share of business jet deliveries during the next 20 years.
In the largest aircraft purchase in private aviation history, NetJets announced on Jun 11 that it will add up to 425 new aircraft to its worldwide fleet under purchase agreements with Bombardier and Cessna. The transaction has a total value of $9.6 billion. The order includes 75 firm orders and 125 options for Challenger 300s (with deliveries starting in 2014) and 25 firm orders and 50 options for Challenger 605s (with deliveries starting in 2015). The order also includes up to 150 Cessna Citation Latitudes in the form of 25 firm orders and options for 125 more (with deliveries beginning in 2016).
Eclipse Aerospace has announced the official launch of initial production of the Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet. Eclipse dealers representing the US and more than 30 other countries were on hand as the management team and board of directors for Eclipse Aerospace all signed the fuselage of the first production aircraft. The ceremony continued with the Eclipse production team mating the forward keel assembly to the fuselage.
London Air Services (LAS), based at YVR (Vancouver BC, Canada), has placed firm orders for 5 Bombardier Learjet 75s, valued at approximately US$65 million. LAS is the first Canadian operator to place a firm order for the Learjet 75. It currently has a fleet of 5 Learjet 45XRs, 1 Challenger 604 and 2 Challenger 605s, with a Global 7000 due to arrive in 2017.
CAE announced on Jun 18 that pilot training for the Hawker Beechcraft King Air 350 with Pro Line 21 avionics is now available in Australia. Training is conducted at the Ansett Flight Training Centre, about 3 miles from MEL (Intl, Melbourne SA, Australia). This is CAE's first business aviation training location in Australia.
ARINC Direct has released the latest version of its iPad app. Using this app, ARINC Direct customers have up-to-the-minute access to their flightplans, weather, packages and airport charts. The new release adds the ability to connect via Bluetooth for shared note-taking responsibilities by pilot and copilot.
UVair FBO Network—an alliance between Epic Aviation and UVair Fuel Program—added 6 FBOs in late June, bringing the total of independent FBOs in the new network to 11.
The first 5 FBO members—Edwards Jet Center BIL (Billings MT), Stevens Aviation GSP (Greer SC), Ambassador Aviation RBD (Exec, Dallas TX), Bizjet Intl TUL (Intl, Tulsa OK) and Million Air YVR (Vancouver BC, Canada)—were announced in early June. The new network members are Denver JetCenter at APA (Centennial, Denver CO), Napa Jet Center at APC (Napa County CA), Textar Aviation at DAL (Love, Dallas, TX), Grand Rapids Air Center at GRR (Grand Rapids MI), Aero Air at HIO (Hillsboro, Portland OR) and Gateway Aviation Services at IWA (Mesa–Gateway, Phoenix AZ).
To mark the network's debut, from Jul 1 through Sep 30 UVair FBO Network locations will offer 4 Bravo reward points per gallon on qualifying transactions to crews using their UVair or Epic cards.
Responding to industry needs and customer requests, Stevens Aviation has expanded its fleet of mobile AOG and maintenance service vehicles. The company's GSP (Greer SC) and GYH (Donaldson Center, Greenville SC) facilities are the latest to offer this service. The new truck, dedicated to mobile AOG and maintenance service, joins the existing fleet operating out of Stevens Aviation facilities in DAY (Dayton OH), BJC (Rocky Mountain Metro, Denver CO) and BNA (Intl, Nashville TN).
Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) says it has taken orders for 6 Garmin G1000 integrated flightdeck installations for the King Air 300/350. Garmin recently received an STC from FAA for this upgrade, which is now available at HBS facilities for the King Air C90, 200, B200, 300 and 350.
Fabrice Brégier has taken over as Airbus president and CEO. Formerly the COO of Airbus, Brégier succeeds Tom Enders, who has now taken over as CEO of EADS.
Pentastar Aviation has announced that Robert Lewis is the new president and CEO, effective Apr 25. He succeeds Rick Maloney, whose recent retirement from Pentastar capped a 4-decade career in aviation.
In addition, Kip Catlin has joined Pentastar as chief pilot. With over 12,500 flight hours, Catlin was most recently a captain with Northern Jet Mgmt, flying the Citation Bravo and Learjet 40/45.
Hawker Beechcraft Global Customer Support (GCS) has appointed Michael Ward as senior general manager of the Hawker Beechcraft Services (HBS) aircraft maintenance facility at HOU. Ward will oversee all customer services at the HOU facility, including maintenance, avionics and mods.