Supersonic boost

Supersonic boost as Aerion links with Lockheed Martin
Two leaders in supersonic technology, Aerion and Lockheed Martin have announced an MOU to explore the feasibility of a joint development of the world’s first supersonic business jet, the Aerion AS2. Over the next 12 months, the companies will work together to develop a framework on all phases of the programme, including engineering, certification and production.

Aerion Chairman Robert Bass said: “This relationship is absolutely key to creating a supersonic renaissance. When it comes to supersonic know-how, Lockheed Martin’s capabilities are well known, and, in fact, legendary. We share with Lockheed Martin a commitment to the long-term development of efficient civil supersonic aircraft.”

Lockheed Martin, known for developing the world’s leading supersonic combat aircraft, the F-16, the F-35, and F-22, as well as the Mach 3+ SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft, is committed to fostering new innovations and developing supersonic technologies with civil and commercial applications.
“We are excited to work with Aerion on their development of the next-generation, efficient supersonic jet that will potentially serve as a platform for pioneering future supersonic aircraft,” said Orlando Carvalho, executive vice president, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.
The MOU is the result of extensive discussions between Aerion and Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works® Advanced Development Programs team. For close to 75 years, Skunk Works has existed to create revolutionary aircraft that push the boundaries of what is possible.

“Following our initial review of Aerion’s aerodynamic technology, our conclusion is that the Aerion AS2 concept warrants the further investment of our time and resources,” said Carvalho. “We are committed to remaining on the cutting edge of aerospace technology and are excited to examine the contribution we might make to working with Aerion on making aviation history.”

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By |December 25th, 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 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

Gulfstream debut fully outfitted G600 at NBAA

Gulfstream Aerospace has debuted its fully outfitted Gulfstream G600 at the 2017 at the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) in Las Vegas.

“The G600 cabin, like that of its sister ship, the Gulfstream G500, is the most functional, flexible and comfortable in business aviation,” said Mark Burns, president, Gulfstream. “In the three years since our G600 cabin was on display at NBAA-BACE, we received considerable customer feedback and have incorporated many of those suggestions into our first production G600.”

The G600 has the longest cabin in its class and can be configured for up to four living areas, including the option for a fixed bed. Divans that convert into beds are also available for those who want to take advantage of the G600’s long legs. At Mach 0.85, the aircraft can fly travelers 6,500 nautical miles/12,038 kilometers.


The G600’s flexible cabin allows for a high level of customization. The aircraft has forward and aft lavatories and a full-size galley that can be located forward or aft. The galley features an optional steam oven, an interchangeable beverage maker and a refrigerator that can be positioned above or below the counter. Flooring options, including stone, can be chosen for the entry, vestibule, galley and lavatories.

Design features in the G600 cabin include three all-new mission-focused seating styles for enhanced comfort, reduced fatigue and ease of use. Material finish options for furniture and interior elements, such as bulkheads, add to the customization and versatility available.

The G600 is designed to seat up to 19 passengers. Once aboard, they can work, dine, relax and sleep.

The cabin enables passengers to stay connected through satellite communications and various high-speed internet options, including Jet ConneX. The aircraft’s cabin management system allows passengers to control lighting, […]

By |October 16th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Bombardier’s Global 7000 Sold Out Through 2021

Bombardier’s Global 7000

Bombardier Business Aircraft president David Coleal, who said he is “very excited” to have brought the ultra-long-range Global 7000 for its first public display at this year’s NBAA show, said production is already sold out through 2021 for the company’s flagship business jet.

With 7,400-nm range and a four-zone interior, “The Global 7000 is positioned to come into service at the right time. We’re poised to capture market growth,” he said. Certification and entry into service is planned in the next 12 to 18 months, in the second half of 2018. There are eight customer airplanes already in production at Bombardier’s Toronto factory. Completions will be done at Bombardier’s facilities in Montreal.

On display at the NBAA static display at Henderson Executive Airport is Global 7000 FTV4 (flight test vehicle). FTV5 is expected to begin flying shortly.


“The four FTVs are performing extremely well,” said Michel Ouellette, senior v-p of the Global 7000/8000 program. FTV5 will be used to validate the entry-into-service program.

This week during NBAA 2017, Bombardier is inviting position-holders to view the interior of FTV4. The jet has a full interior with 13 belted seats, but there is still some flight-test equipment in zone one, according to Ouellette.

The Global 7000 is priced at $72.8 million.

The Global 7000 aircraft is the industry’s largest purpose built business jet and the only one with four living spaces and a permanent crew rest area. Define your space in each of its four luxurious suites and discover a private jet beyond compromise.
A convergence of business and pleasure
Step on board and step into a Club Suite that means business. Resplendent with masterfully designed seats and extra-large windows, this bright and inviting living space creates the perfect environment for quiet reflection, conversation and business productivity.

With new larger and evenly placed windows, the Global 7000 aircraft […]

By |October 16th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Bombardier Global 7000 Makes World Debut

Bombardier Global 7000

With the unveiling of FTV4 (flight test vehicle 4) at Henderson Executive Airport on Sunday, Bombardier introduced the Global 7000, claimed to be the world’s largest purpose-built business jet, at NBAA 2017. The clean-sheet, $72.8 million ultra-long-range jet features a four-zone cabin with galley and crew rest suite; a 7,400-nm range; and what the company says is the smoothest ride in its class due to the “optimized” aerodynamic characteristics of its wing.

“There is no airplane in the market like it,” said Michel Ouellette, senior v-p of the Global 7000/8000 program, adding that the jet “will meet all its performance targets” and is on track for entry into service in the second half of 2018. Eight customer aircraft are currently on the production line at Bombardier’s Toronto facility.

The Global 7000’s performance benchmarks include short field and high/hot capability, opening London City, Aspen and other challenging airports to the Global, and a Mach 0.85 typical cruise speed (Mmo is Mach 0.925 and high-speed cruise is Mach 0.90), shortening travel time between city pairs such as New York-Dubai, London-Singapore and Los Angeles-Shanghai, Ouellette said.

Bombardier’s flight-test program will employ five FTVs, each named for its specific mission in the validation and certification program. Four are currently flying.

FTV1, dubbed the “Performer,” has notched more than 140 flights in its workhorse role and achieved a level flight speed of Mach 0.995 early in the program. FTV2, the “Powerhouse,” whose maiden flight was in March this year, concentrates on powerplant, hydraulics and aircraft systems tests.

The “Navigator,” FTV3, is tasked with avionics and electrical systems. It reached 51,000 feet on first flight, and also conducted an 8,000-mile mission in which it spent three minutes north of 89 degrees latitude—essentially the North Pole. FTV4, the “Architect,” on static display this […]

By |October 14th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments

Embraer launches Phenom 300E

Embraer has launched a new version of its successful Phenom 300 light jet series with the Phenom 300E.

The Phenom 300E has an enhanced cabin and inflight entertainment system. It has a list price of $9.45 million with deliveries starting in early 2018. The list price for a standard Phenom 300 is $8.99 million.

“We are very excited to introduce the Phenom 300E which sets a new standard in value and customer experience. The Phenom 300E reflects our commitment to fascinate our customers,” said Michael Amalfitano, President and CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “With a passion for excellence, our team has been working closely with customers to bring to market yet another beautifully designed and brilliantly engineered marvel of aviation.”

The Phenom 300E has a noticeably different cabin to the earlier model. Inflight entertainment is hidden in what Embraer is calling a tech panel. But customers will perhaps most notice the extra space in the aisle.

“It is a juxtaposition but we have made the seats larger while also making the aisle larger,” says Luciano Fros, senior vice-president marketing at Embraer Executive Jets. “There is a lot more space in the aircraft but without changing the cabin size.”

Embraer has managed this by building a new seat with retractable arm rests and moving reading lights and fans into the upper tech panels. It is building the seats in-house at Embraer Aero Seating Technologies, in Florida. The new seats have broader backs.

Lufthansa Technik has worked with Embraer on the cabin managemet and inflight entertainment tech panel. All of the fittings can also be easily removed allowing for quick maintenance.

They can also be personalised in new Embraer seat patterns reflecting automobile or architectural patterns.

“We wanted to create a butler in the sky experience […]

By |October 10th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments


On March 2, 2017, the EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) brought the winds of freedom not only to operators but especially to manufacturers of single-engine turboprops. This date is effectively an important turning point in European skies as it authorizes operators to perform commercial air transport operations under Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) and at night. A look back across a long-awaited measure by professionals and explained by an EASA expert.

Pilatus, Daher and their competitors are already eager. The new regulation should offer manufacturers significant growth for the sales of single-engine turboprops. These manufacturers are betting on a reshuffling of the European market and a movement in their favor on behalf of airlines that prefer to focus on this type of aircraft, especially for reasons relating to operating costs. While it is true that the turboprops has countless advantages: fast, easy-to-maintain and particularly cost effective compared to light jets, single engine turboprops also have the undeniable advantage of being able to land on nearly any available airfield across Europe.


On the other side of the Atlantic or Australia, the “single engine” turboprops air transport taboo seems to have been forgotten over recent decades, while until now Europe has remained rather hesitant to open commercial operations up to this type of aircraft. Even though Europe has two of the largest manufacturers of turboprops in the industry: Daher-Socata and Pilatus. What a quandary. According to Hervé Julienne, Air Operations Standardisation Team Leader, “The debate over this regulation is nothing new. The Joint Aviation Authority (JAA), predecessor of the current EASA first brought up a draft on this legislation well before the year 2000. A first draft was published but it was rejected by the member states”. The reasons behind […]

By |September 27th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments


To share chartering costs and fill up seats in available private jets, passengers used aircraft sharing to evacuate at-risk zones. There were multiple displays of solidarity and some passengers even invited families who were stuck by the hurricane to fill empty seats.

According to the private jet reservation platform PrivateFly, many requests came from new clients who had never chartered a private plane before and were looking to evacuate their friends and families as quickly as possible. Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly stated, “We tried to group together passengers in order to fill up private jets, and space quickly became very limited”. He added: “Some passengers even offered empty seats on their aircraft. A man booked a 6-seat jet to leave town with his wife. He ran into a family of four that were desperately trying to reach the mainland and invited them to join him for free. In San Juan, two neighboring families grouped together to fly to Miami. Numerous passengers stuck in Puerto Rico also reached Tampa as a group.”

According to PrivateFly, when the hurricane approached Florida requests multiplied for flights evacuating to the north of the country, especially from Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale. “Concerns were very high in the region, including for our team based in Fort Lauderdale. The number of available jets was limited, but we made every effort to group together requests and organize flights as quickly as possible. Today, many people are trying to get back to their homes. We are doing everything we can to organize flights to airports that have been re-opened to the public,” concluded Adam Twidell.

Source: UltimateJet

By |September 27th, 2017|Categories: Aircharter News|0 Comments