Bombardier unveils ‘Premier’ Global family cabins

Bombardier Global 5000 and 6000 Bombardier are displaying a Global 6000 with its new ‘Premier’ cabin at the EBACE show this year. Available on both all current in production Global family aircraft, the new interiors feature KA-band connectivity, currently the fastest internet solutions available. The new cabins take their design cues from the upcoming Global 7000 and Global 8000 cabins. “Cabin comfort and sophistication are top priorities for our customers. Global aircraft already lead the industry with spectacular cabin interiors, and our new Premier cabin demonstrates that we are committed to remain ahead of the curve across all of our products,” said David Coleal, president, Bombardier Business Aircraft. As well as connectivity, Bombardier also reworked the seats on the aircraft, which now include higher armrests and sculpted backrests. “The refined aesthetics, luxury and ambience of our new Premier cabin, combined with an advanced cabin management system and Ka-band connectivity, will result in an even more productive experience for our Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft passengers.” added Coleal.   Source: CorporateJetInvestor.

Waves Technologies orders Grand Caravan EX

Waves EBACE 2017/Cessna Grand Caravan EX Waves Technologies has ordered a Cessna Grand Caravan EX single engine turboprop for a new on-demand, user-driven air taxi service for the UK Channel Islands. The order was announced during EBACE 2017 in Geneva. Tom Perry, vice president of Sales, Europe said: “We are thrilled Waves has chosen the robust Grand Caravan EX platform to launch this exciting new air taxi service.” “We are confident that the Grand Caravan EX will provide Waves and its customers a dependable and comfortable experience with the aircraft’s ability to land on short runways, carry high payloads and take on nearly any mission with efficiency and simplicity,” added Perry. The Guernsey-based flight service is set to launch in August and will fly customers to and from the Channel Islands using a reservation system that will allow customers to reserve flights in real time based on user demand. The Grand Caravan EX will be the company’s primary air taxi platform. Nick Magliocchetti, CEO of Waves said: “We are very excited to be working closely with Textron Aviation. The support and encouragement has been priceless. The Grand Caravan EX is the perfect choice for our inter island air taxi service and the positive feedback it has received during our demos across the islands has been outstanding. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship together.” Recently, EASA passed commercial air transport (CAT) single-engine turboprop (SET) instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) regulations. These new rules open up operations for companies like Waves to start air taxi services.   Source: CorporateJetInvestor  

Standard PC-24 at EBACE17

PC-24 The third Pilatus PC-24 prototype – P03, representing the series standard – is being unveiled to the general public at this week’s European Business Aviation Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. Three PC-24 prototypes have accumulated a total of 950 flights and 1525 hours in the air to date. Further certification flights are currently in progress. Series production is underway at Pilatus headquarters and is even accelerating to ensure on-time delivery after certification, expected by Q4-2017. “I’m delighted that we can now unveil the first series-conform PC-24 to the general public at EBACE,” says Pilatus Chairman Oscar J. Schwenk. “We are confident of being able to convince even more potential customers of the uniquely outstanding performance of our Made-in-Switzerland Business Jet!” Outfitted with the executive Zermatt interior, the so-called super versatile jet while be on the static display of Geneva International. There will also be a mock-up at the company’s booth in the Palexpo halls with the Vail interior, shown for the first time in the flexible six plus two seating configuration. During the 2014 edition of EBACE, Pilatus sold 84 PC-24s in the space of just 36 hours. The order book is currently closed, but is due to re-open in 2018 after receipt of the first positive reports from PC-24 operators. Final PC-24 performance data will be published after certification.   Source: FLY-CORPORATE

Airbus launches ACJ330neo

ACJ330neo Airbus has officially launched the ACJ330neo private jet, completing its lineup of new engine option aircraft. Based on the A330neo commercial airliner, the ACJ330neo will be able to fly 25 passengers for up to 20 hours. “For customers, such as countries needing to fly heads of state and delegations worldwide on government business, the ACJ330neo offers an unbeatable combination of modern design, proven capability and productivity, as well as being part of the world’s best-selling widebody family,” John Leahy, COO, Airbus. Powered by twin Rolls Royce Trent 7000 engines, the aircraft is expected to use 12% less fuel than the original A330. Customer deliveries of the airline version are due to begin in 2018, with the first production slot for the ACJ version reserved for 2019.   Source: CorporateJetInvestor.

Passenger wait times at DXB drops thanks to new technology

Passenger wait times at Dubai International (DXB) has dropped by as much as ten per cent during the first quarter of 2017 thanks to the implementation of new technologies at the world's busiest airport for international passenger traffic.   Recent results show that in the first three months of 2017, 84 per cent of transfer passengers were processed within 5 minutes, 68 per cent of arrival passengers were processed within 15 minutes, and 87 per cent of departing passengers were processed within ten minutes. The first technology driving down transaction times and queues at immigration check points is Smart Gates. Smart Gates, and specifically a new service that enables the use of Emirates ID cards to pass through automated immigration gates at DXB, has pushed down transaction times to an average of 10 to 15 seconds per passenger. Since its introduction last year over 1.3 million UAE users have taken advantage of the service. Completely free of charge and requiring no pre-registration, the service is available on some 120 Smart Gates across DXB and makes passing through immigration fast and convenient for all UAE residents. Launched last year by GDRFA (General Directorate of Residency and Foreigner Affairs), Emirates Identity Authority and Dubai Airports, the system can quickly, accurately and efficiently confirm the identity, travel plans and eligibility of UAE residents to enter and depart the country. The second technology behind shorter wait times is a sophisticated motion sensor system that allows the airport to track queues in real time. The system consists of a series of 530 sensors that have been installed at crucial passenger processing areas in Terminal 1 and Terminal 3 at DXB. The sensors track the movement of people, collecting and computing

Cessna rolls out last Mustang after genre-defining run

Cessna has stopped making the Citation Mustang that defined a once-booming market for entry-level light jets when the Textron Aviation subsidiary launched the programme 15 years ago.   Cessna Citation Mustang The last Mustang rolled off the assembly line and is set for delivery to a customer in the next several weeks, Cessna announced on 11 May. Production of the newer and more capable M2 light jet will continue, Cessna says. “We remain dedicated to developing new products and providing solutions that matter to our customers,” says Rob Scholl, senior vice-president of Sales and Marketing for Textron Aviation. Cessna launched the Mustang as the industry’s first entry-level light jet in 2002, offering the five-seater with a pair of Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F turbofan engines. It achieved first flight in 2005 and began delivering to customers a year later. The Mustang survived the dramatic market bust that erupted during the global financial crisis in 2008, outlasting the original version of the Eclipse 500 and several other concepts in the light-jet category. But demand for the smallest jet in Cessna’s portfolio dwindled over the least three years. Cessna delivered only 26 jets from 2013-2016, far below the peak of 125 deliveries set in 2009. In total, Cessna delivered 472 Mustangs from 2006 to 2016, more than any other single product line over that period. “The Mustang proved to be an incredible success for our company and our customers,” Scholl says, “and we’re thrilled to celebrate the ingenuity and pride that went in to creating the world’s most popular entry-level light jet.”   Source: FlightGlobal

December through May: three G600s

G600 The third Gulfstream G600 test aircraft successfully completed its first flight earlier this week, joining the test fleet. Taking off from the OEM’s Savannah, GA headquarters at Savannah-Hilton Head International on May 5, the G600 aircraft flew for a total of 4 hours and 35 minutes. According to a Gulfstream statement, the G600 aircraft will undergo numerous system tests required for its anticipated 2018 certification by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), including field performance testing to assess handling in multiple runway configurations. The tests provide vital statistics needed to generate takeoff and landing data for the flight manual’s environmental conditions and configurations.   Source: Fly-corporate.

Embraer Delivers 1,100th Business Jet

On May 4, Embraer delivered its 1,100th business jet—a Phenom 300 that was handed over to fractional provider NetJets. (Photo: Embraer Executive Jets) Embraer delivered its 1,100th business jet on May 4, some 15 years after delivering the first Legacy (it did not use model number designations at that time, but it later would be known as the Legacy 600). The milestone aircraft—a Phenom 300—was handed over to fractional provider NetJets at Embraer Executive Jets’ customer delivery center in Melbourne, Florida. “Embraer scored the four-digit mark in business jet deliveries in an impressively short period of time,” said Embraer Executive Jets president and CEO Michael Amalfitano. “NetJets has been integral to our success story by co-creating a premium product to meet the tastes of their owners.” Notably, Embraer’s business aviation division has expanded at an average compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19 percent since 2002. Last year, Embraer Executive Jets garnered 18 percent market share of business jet deliveries. Its Phenom 300 has also earned the distinction of being the best-selling light business jet for the past four consecutive years. To date, more than 670 customers are flying 1,100 Embraer business jets—ranging from the entry-level Phenom 100 to the Lineage 1000 bizliner—in more than 70 countries. Source: AINONLINE

Third G600 joins flight test program

G600 Gulfstream has added a third Gulfstream G600 to its flight test program. The aircraft flew for the first time from Savannah on May 5, with the flight lasting for 4 hours and 35 minutes. “The consistent execution of the G600 flight-test program is directly correlated to our investments in research and development and is a testament to the rigor and discipline of our processes,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “We take great pride in ensuring we deliver on our promises and look forward to our G600 entering service next year.” Gulfstream flew the prototype G600 for the first time on December 17 2016, with the second aircraft taking to the skies for the first time on February 24, 2017. The Savannah based airframer is aiming for certification of the G600 in 2018, with customer deliveries following shortly afterwards. Source: CORPORATEJETINVESTOR

TAV adds two more airports in Saudi Arabia

TAV Airports has included Qassim and Hail airports in Saudi Arabia to its portfolio following Madinah and Yanbu. TAV, with its partner Al Rajhi Group, will develop the two airports and operate them for 30 years. Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has disclosed that they have selected TAV Airports, in partnership with Al Rajhi Holding Group, for operating Qassim and Hail International Airports for 30 years. Upon the closing of the selection process, the number of airports operated by TAV worldwide will reach 17 and the company will be operating four airports in Saudi Arabia. TAV Airports President & CEO Sani Şener said: “TAV has become one of the world's highly-preferred brands thanks to the know-how acquired in airport construction and operation business. TAV's success in the Madinah Airport project, which was the first airport privatization project in Saudi Arabia, opened new doors in this country. In the last two months, TAV has been selected by the Civil Aviation Authority of Saudi Arabia for the development and operation of three more airports. With the addition of Qassim and Hail to our portfolio, the number of passengers in Saudi Arabia will increase to 10.5 million per annum; while the number of passengers at all airports abroad will reach 25 million. TAV has its signature in the capital city airports of six countries in the Gulf Region, which is the most challenging market of the world. We sustain our growth in the region by working in harmony with our local partners. Furthermore, we continue seizing the opportunities at various regions worldwide." Providing service to approximately 2.5 million passengers last year, Qassim and Hail airports will reach approximately 6.5 million passenger capacity per year thanks to