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EMBRAER CERTIFIES AND DELIVERS FIRST PHENOM 300E

Embraer has delivered the first new Phenom 300E business jet, having received its type certificate in the first quarter from the U.S.
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), and the Brazilian Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC – Agência Nacional de Aviação Civil). The new light jet model was launched—and debuted—at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association’s Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), in October 2017. The new aircraft is designated “E” for “Enhanced” in reference to its entirely redesigned cabin and the addition of the industry-leading nice® HD CMS/IFE (Cabin Management System/InFlight Entertainment) by Lufthansa Technik. The Phenom 300, the new model’s successful predecessor, has been the best-selling and most delivered light business jet for the last six years.

“We are thrilled to deliver the first Phenom 300E on schedule, only five months after its launch, with overwhelming positive reviews from customers and the market,” said Michael Amalfitano, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “I want to congratulate our teams, who have so passionately worked to bring to market yet another best-seller, delivering true value to customers. I am also elated for our first Phenom 300E owner, a return customer who will enjoy an even more elevated customer experience with all the truly innovative value in this amazing new aircraft.”

“The Phenom 300E is an elegant and comfortable aircraft that is the best match for our travel needs throughout Africa,” said Mr. John McCormick, a South Africa businessman. “The interior architecture and design are modern and all the customization options allowed us to make the aircraft perfect for us. The Phenom 300 has served us quite well and we’re even more excited to fly the Phenom 300E home.”

The Phenom 300E inherits the Embraer DNA Design, […]

By |April 4th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Bitcoins for Flights: Charter Operators Enter the World of Cryptocurrency

Some charter companies looking to keep up with consumer demand are accepting a new method of payment: Bitcoin.

Bitcoin is the world’s first and highest-valued decentralized digital currency, meaning all transactions take place directly between users without a central administrator or intermediary. It is the most recognized example of a cryptocurrency – “crypto” denotes the highly secure encryption that protects data – which are digital assets built from a technology called “blockchain,” a public, unalterable ledger for recording transaction histories.

Originally associated with the underground internet, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (and competitors like Ethereum and Ripple) have become increasingly common in mainstream businesses. There are numerous reasons why charter companies have begun accepting cryptocurrencies – 24/7 transaction ability, faster processing times, lower fees – but the most common factor is customer feedback.

Adam Twidell, founder and CEO of PrivateFly, was initially turned on to Bitcoin’s business possibilities by a question in a post-flight customer review: “Can I pay in bitcoins next time?”

 

“I started to investigate and couldn’t find a good reason not to accept it,” said Twidell, whose company began taking Bitcoin payments in 2014.

After learning how simple it was to set up the company’s secure cryptocurrency wallet – a software program that effectively stores bitcoins, enables transactions and monitors the user’s balance – the decision ultimately came down to providing the best customer-service experience possible.

“We don’t have the luxury as a charter company to dictate to our customers how they interact with us,” said Twidell. “Bitcoin is just another payment method we put in front of the customer that they’re welcome to use or not use.”

Cryptocurrency payment options may also open doors to new customers. Bloomberg recently reported that more than 58 percent of American Bitcoin investors […]

By |March 17th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Gulfstream’s New G500 Goes on World Tour

Gulfstream has launched a 12-country tour of its new fly-by-wire G500. It started at Dallas Love Field and will conclude in June, stopping at “select cities” such as Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Milan, Moscow, Beijing, and Melbourne, Australia. 

Gulfstream Aerospace’s soon-to-be-certified, large-cabin G500 has embarked on a world tour for current and potential customers, the Savannah, Georgia-based aircraft manufacturer announced yesterday. The 12-country tour of the new fly-by-wire business jet began on January 8 at Dallas Love Field and will conclude in June, stopping at “select cities” such as Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Milan, Moscow, Beijing, and Melbourne, Australia. The tour G500—S/N 72005, registered as N505GD—is scheduled to be on display tomorrow at the NBAA regional forum at Florida’s Palm Beach International Airport, a Gulfstream spokeswoman told AIN.

“This is a momentous year for the G500, with the aircraft’s planned certification and entry into service,” said Gulfstream president Mark Burns. “It’s an ideal time for customers to explore an aircraft that is already noted for its large, wide cabin, performance, and technology. It also gives us an opportunity to thoroughly test and examine the fully outfitted interior as we prepare for the aircraft’s service entry.”

The aircraft can fly 5,200 nautical miles/9,630 kilometers at its long-range cruise speed of Mach 0.85, providing operators even greater mission flexibility over the aircraft’s original 5,000-nm/9,260-km range. At its high-speed cruise of Mach 0.90, the aircraft has 4,400 nm/8,149 km of range, a 600-nm/1,111-km increase over its projected range of 3,800 nm/7,038 km. Five aircraft are undergoing flight testing, with type certification anticipated in early 2018.

 

Source: AINONLINE

By |January 24th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

GULFSTREAM DELIVERS FINAL G450

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. today announced that it has delivered the final Gulfstream G450 as it prepares to usher in the next generation of business aviation with the all-new Gulfstream G500.

“For the past 12 years, the G450 has been one of the best-selling business jets in the industry, beloved by pilots and passengers alike for its technological advances, smooth handling, impressive range and unsurpassed passenger comfort,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “During its 30-year history, the GIV series transformed business aviation, and the G500 is already well on its way to doing the same, with the industry’s first active control sidesticks and the most integrated application of touch-screen controls in the flight deck.”

A performer from the start, the G450 entered service in 2005 after demonstrating even more range than originally anticipated – 4,350 nautical miles/8,056 kilometers at Mach 0.80. The aircraft can sprint 3,500 nm/6,482 km at Mach 0.85.

It’s fleet, comprising more than 360 aircraft, has amassed more than 964,000 hours and more than 461,000 flights.

“It made its mark in aviation history and remains an important member of the Gulfstream family. We will continue to provide industry-leading product support and sustaining engineering for our G450 customers,” Burns said. The G500 will deliver more range than originally announced. The aircraft will fly 5,200 nm/9,630 km at Mach 0.85 and 4,400 nm/8,149 km at Mach 0.90. The G500 is in flight test with five aircraft in the test program. The first test aircraft made its first flight in 2015. The fourth test aircraft made its first trans-Atlantic flight in July. The fifth aircraft is a fully outfitted production aircraft that focuses on the cabin interior. The flight test program has amassed more than 1,600 flight hours. A G500 simulator […]

By |January 23rd, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Dassault Falcon deliveries stabilise as orders rise

Deliveries of  Dassault Falcon business jets remained flat in 2017, but, at 49 units, output was almost 9% higher than the 45 aircraft Dassault had forecast for period.

It is the first time in four years that the French airframer has not recorded a year-on-year decline in deliveries.

Net orders climbed by 17 aircraft, to 38, for the 12 months ended 31 December, with the intake “fairly evenly split”, Dassault says, between its four high-end models – the twin-engined 2000LXS and the 900LX, 7X and 8X trijets.

Dassault also recorded three cancellations for the 5X in 2017, compared with 12 for the ultra-wide type the previous year. The programme was finally axed in December because of recurrent technical issues with the jet’s Safran Silvercest engines, which had forced Dassault to delay entry into service from its target date of 2017 to beyond 2020.

While the majority of 5X orders have now been cancelled, Dassault says an unspecified clutch of “loyal” customers have chosen to wait until they can transfer their commitments to the new Falcon business jet announced by the manufacturer in December as the eventual replacement for the axed model.

Those hold-outs are counted in the 52-strong Falcon backlog, although the company insists its in-production aircraft make up the bulk of the order mix. At the end of 2016, it had 63 aircraft in its orderbook, falling from 91 the previous December.

The formal launch of the new Falcon is planned for 2018, says Dassault. The airframer has already revealed that the yet-to-be-named aircraft is scheduled to enter service in 2022, featuring the same cross-section as the 5X, but with range increased by 300nm (555km) to 5,500nm.

In addition, the new Falcon will also be powered by variants of the Pratt […]

By |January 13th, 2018|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Falcon 5X business jet cancellation

Dassault has formally begun the process of cancelling its new Falcon 5X business jet, due to ongoing issues with its Safran engines.

Cancelling a business jet programme is never an easy decision to make, especially if the first aircraft has been built. And had its first flight.

Bombardier faced this several years ago when it cancelled the LearJet 85. And earlier last week, Dassault cancelled its Falcon 5X.

The Falcon 5X was to be a twin-engine business jet capable of flying up to 5,200nm, developed at an estimated cost of around $1.3 billion.

The reasons for both aircraft cancellations are very different. Bombardier says that the LearJet 85 was cancelled due to weak market conditions. Dassault cancelled the Falcon 5X because of well publicised delays with the Silvercrest engines.

Dassault took a huge gamble when it chose the Silvercrest. Although Cessna had chosen the engines for the Citation Longitude, it took the aircraft back to the drawing board and swapped out the engines for a pair of Honeywell HTF7700s. So the Falcon 5X would have been the first time the engine had been used.

The first issues arose around the time of the Falcon 5X’s rollout in June 2015. Although the delay was announced later, the aircraft that was rolled out had preliminary versions of the engines installed.

Dassault had hoped to fly the aircraft shortly after the rollout. But with the initial delay this slipped back by two years, causing the company to postpone building more 5Xs.

Further issues were announced, although the aircraft did finally fly for the first time this summer.

The latest delay, announced during last month’s NBAA, seems to have been the final straw for Dassault, which said on Tuesday that it would cancel the whole Falcon 5X programme.

It […]

By |December 28th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Look Ahead: 2018 To Be ‘Reset Year’ for Business Aviation Market

Business aviation industry watchers expect 2018 to be a “reset year,” with business aircraft deliveries generally expected to be flat compared with 2017’s, with an upward growth track projected to begin in 2019. This is reflected across the board in the market forecasts from JetNet iQ, Teal Group, Bombardier, Embraer, Honeywell, and others.

“The manufacturers appear to be planning for flat industry deliveries in 2018 with new model introductions—Cessna Citation Longitude, Gulfstream G500 and Bombardier Global 7000—offsetting declines in certain older legacy products,” noted UBS Global Research. Thus, it expects Bombardier Business Aircraft, Gulfstream, and Textron Aviation to see higher deliveries this year and fewer at Dassault and Embraer Executive Jets.

According to JetNet iQ, business jet deliveries were expected to land at 653 units in 2017, rising to 662 in 2018. However, these numbers include 10 Cirrus SF50 Vision personal jets for 2017, and 41 for 2018, meaning traditional business jet deliveries will be down by 22 in 2018. On the turboprop side, the aviation information firm is calling for 337 shipments this year, down from the projected 361 last year.

Beyond the delivery numbers, optimism continues to rise in the industry. The latest UBS business jet market index was 53, 10 percent higher than its prior survey and back to its post-U.S. election high. An index ranked at over 50 denotes an improving market.

In addition, preliminary results of JetNet IQ’s fourth-quarter global business aviation survey indicates that 53 percent of respondents believe that the business aviation industry is now past the low point, with 27 percent declaring the market is at the low point and only 19 percent saying it has yet to reach the low point.

Underpinning this optimism is the strengthening economy in the U.S., the […]

By |December 28th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Supplier delays first G500 delivery to early 2018

A delayed supplier has forced Gulfstream to backtrack on a promise to deliver the first G500 ahead of schedule by the end of this year, says parent company General Dynamics’ chief financial officer.

But the super-large cabin business jet will enter service in the “early part of 2018”, which aligns with Gulfstream’s original development schedule outlined in 2014, says General Dynamics senior vice-president and chief financial officer Jason Aiken, speaking on a third quarter earnings call on 25 October.

Aiken declined to identify the supplier or the component involved, but said the delay was a matter of misjudging the paperwork required by the supplier to comply with European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification requirements. The G500 is the first Gulfstream aircraft that is seeking joint certification by the US Federal Aviation Administration and EASA at entry into service.

This is not any type of risk item to the programme,” Aiken says. “It’s strictly a matter of getting paperwork through that certification process.”

The aircraft will enter service as Gulfstream delivers the last G450 in January and begins to phase out G550 deliveries, Aiken says. The long-range G600 is on track to enter service a year later.

In mid-October, Gulfstream announced that the aircraft will be introduced with greater range than expected, allowing the aircraft to fly up to 4,400nm at Mach 0.90 and 5,200nm at M0.85.

The G500 and G600 feature a cockpit with active sidesticks and Pratt & Whitney Canada PW800 turbofan engines.

The all-new Gulfstream G500 stretches the limits of high-speed travel. The advanced airframe design and powerful Pratt & Whitney Canada engines give the aircraft a range of 5,200 nautical miles/9,630 kilometers at Mach 0.85. The aircraft’s nonstop reach connects distant cities such as Istanbul to Cape Town, South […]

By |October 28th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Middle East carriers’ fleet size to more than double by 2036

Middle East carriers’ fleet size to more than double by 2036

The fleet size of operators in the Middle East is forecast to more than double from 1,250 to 3,320 aircraft over the next two decades, according to the Airbus Global Market Forecast.

The Middle East will need some 2,590 new aircraft by 2036, for replacement of 520 older generation aircraft, and 2,070 aircraft for growth, 730 are expected to remain in service over the period. This demand includes 1,080 for twin-aisle aircraft, with the same number of single-aisle aircraft (1,080), and 430 very large aircraft.

Overall, future demand for the Middle East’s fleet is valued at US$600 billion from a total market value US$5.3 trillion. The current orders from Middle East-based carriers stand at 1,319 aircraft, of which 687 are single-aisle, 409 twin-aisle and 162 very large aircraft.

Passenger traffic to from and within the Middle East will grow 5.9% annually until 2036, well above the global average of 4.4%. While traffic between traditional markets will grow at a steady rate, the highest growth is expected to be on routes to Latin America (8.5% per year to 2036). Global freight traffic will see an annual 3.8% increase to 2036. Freight traffic growth from the region is expected to be highest between the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific, with 4.0% annual growth to 2036.

“Thanks to the A350, the A380 and also the A320 Family, most people around the world are just one flight away from the Middle East. The region’s proximity to the world’s population and growth markets has been a key in its aviation success and Airbus is proud to have been a partner in its development from day one,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus […]

By |October 19th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

BOMBARDIER’S SHOW-STOPPING PREMIER CABIN FOR GLOBAL 5000 AND 6000

Bombardier has presented its spectacular new Premier cabin for Global 5000 and Global 6000 aircraft to U.S. customers for the first time. The new interior’s elevated level of visual and functional refinement is showcased on board a Global 6000 aircraft on static display at the 2017 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention & Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nevada from October 10-12, 2017.

“At Bombardier, we understand that our customers look beyond superior performance capabilities when selecting an aircraft. Our business jets have long been recognized for exceptional cabin comfort and leading-edge amenities, and our Premier cabin interior elevates this standard to a whole new level,” said Brad Nolen, Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “We are delighted to unveil our impressive new Premier interior for our American and international customers here at NBAA.”

 

The new Premier interior blends contemporary design, luxurious materials and flawless craftsmanship with exceptional comfort, drawing inspiration from the superior comfort and productivity of the

Global 7000 aircraft cabin. It establishes a unifying aesthetic across the entire portfolio of Bombardier aircraft.

The refined aesthetic complements the Premier interior’s advanced cabin management system (CMS) and Ka-band connectivity, which blend seamlessly into the cabin’s clean, uncluttered lines. The cabin’s unmatched functionality, common across the Global aircraft family, features the cutting-edge CMS and Ka-band, the fastest in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity in the skies. Combined, these technologies enable passengers to be as productive in the air as they are in their offices or living rooms. The intuitive CMS can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet, for example, and the lightning-fast Wi-Fi service lets passengers use FaceTime® or stream movies with ease.

The Premier cabin, coupled with the unique wing design on Global aircraft, provides passengers with the most comfortable flight experience in the industry. With superior wing flexibility and a higher wing loading, the Global aircraft offers an exceptionally smooth ride. […]

By |October 19th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments