First Cessna Citation enters commercial airline service in Europe
Cessna Aircraft Company has announced that its customer, Hahn Air Lines, is operating a fleet of Cessna Citation CJ4s for scheduled airline service, making the CJ4 the first Citation business jet to be used for commercial airline service.
The German scheduled and charter airline operator uses the CJ4 for its Dusseldorf / Luxemburg route, giving Hahn Air the efficiency and performance of a Citation and its passengers the comfort and amenities of the spacious business jet cabin.
The CJ4 is the first jet in its class to achieve authorization for use in commercial airline service. As a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Hahn Air was required to submit the CJ4 for the extensive IATA Operational Safety Audit.
Beechcraft secures order from Wheels Up for next installment of King Air 350i aircraft
Beechcraft Corporation has announced that Wheels Up has exercised its option to purchase the next 35 King Air 350i turboprops from its initial order placed in 2013. The additional
aircraft will help expand the membership-based private aviation company’s fleet throughout the United States.
Nearly two years ago, Wheels Up made the largest order in history for general aviation turboprop aircraft, encompassing up to 105 King Air 350i aircraft and including maintenance, service
and support. The company took delivery of its first King Air 350i at NBAA 2013 and immediately began service.
To date, Wheels Up has taken delivery of 31 of its initial order of 35 King Air 350i aircraft. Deliveries of the additional 35 aircraft, which will be outfitted with the new Pro Line Fusion
avionics system, are expected to begin in the first quarter of 2016. The private aviation company also has taken delivery of 10 factory-custom refurbished Cessna Citation
Legacy 500 sets four new world speed records
Embraer Executive Jets has announced that the Legacy 500, its new midsize business jet that just entered the market, has already set four new world speed records for its class, this
“These speed records validate the Legacy 500’s game-changing performance. Having achieved or exceeded each of its design goals for certification, this revolutionary aircraft is now
demonstrating all of its operational capabilities, including oceanic missions,” said
Marco Túlio Pellegrini, President & CEO, Embraer Executive Jets. “The Legacy 500 is indeed the
best-in-class midsize jet, which delivers an impressive combination of comfort, advanced technology, speed and range; all at a low operating cost.”
The first two records were set for “Speed over a Recognized Course” on a round-trip flight from Oakland, California to Lihue, Hawaii, with six passengers on board, covering 2,135 nm
Jetex global FBO chain expands into Santiago, Chile
Jetex Flight Support and Chile-based Santiago FBO S.A. have announced the establishment of a Joint Venture to jointly manage an FBO at Arturo Merino Benítez International Airport
(SCL), Chile’s largest aviation facility and main international airport.
The move will expand Jetex’s presence in Latin America. Customers operating in the region will benefit from the combination of Santiago FBO’s knowledge of the local marketplace and Jetex’s international trip planning expertise.
As a fully integrated part of the Jetex global value chain, the Jetex branded FBO will offer the same level of services that customers have come to expect from the company - including a fully functional flight planning room.
World Fuel | Colt releases European version of online flight planning
OFP- File & Go provides CFMU validated route filing with Eurocontrol
World Fuel | Colt announced the release of the latest version of their OFP - File & Go technology at
The newly-enhanced features allow users to validate generated CFMU routes and quickly file with Eurocontrol. This release is part of World Fuel | Colt’s rapidly expanding Regional Trip
Support (RTS) solution that integrates cloud-based technology with award-winning Global Trip Support.
Free for active customers, OFP – File & Go is an entry-level version of World Fuel | Colt’s powerful Online Flight Planning
(OFP) technology. Unique to the industry’s free flight planning
systems, the tool utilizes aircraft performance and real-time temperatures and winds to create routes and generate navigational logs.
Air Culinaire plans new in-flight catering facility in Paris
Air Culinaire Worldwide has announced plans to begin construction of a new in-flight catering facility located at Paris-Le Bourget Airport
The new 800-square-metre facility (slated to open in January 2016), will be CE-Certified - the highest level of certification obtainable in the European market. It will be located near the main
entrance of Le Bourget, and will provide quick and easy access to all airport FBOs in order to facilitate clients’ last-minute orders.
“This new kitchen represents our dedication to the Paris market,” said
Paul Schweitzer, Senior Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing, Air Culinaire Worldwide. “Having a larger
footprint will enable our team to better serve our existing clients, and increase capacity to accommodate the growing demand for in-flight catering in Paris. The new facility will also allow
us to add additional value to our clients such as hosting training classes for corporate flight crews.”
Magnum Aviation inks deal at EBACE to become newest Signature Select
Signature Select, Signature Flight Support’s licensing program, continues to gather momentum in Europe with Magnum Aviation GmbH of Vienna, Austria, as the newest addition to the
Magnum Aviation is based at Vienna International Airport
(VIE/LOWW) as the main tenant in the general aviation terminal.
Magnum Aviation also provides supervisory flight support
services at Graz International Airport (GRZ/LOWG), Innsbruck Airport (INN/LOWI), Karntner Klagenfurt Worthersee Airport
(KLU/LOWK), Blue Danube Linz Airport (LNZ/LOWL) and Salzburg W.A. Mozart Airport
“For us, becoming a Signature
Select was a natural decision. Magnum Aviation’s customers demand the very
best in customer service and Signature Select supports our dedication to
delivering world-class experiences for each customer,” said Florian
Samsinger, president of
Magnum Aviation. “We see great benefits to being part of the world’s
largest, premium service FBO network. Our customers will enjoy consistent
Signature service throughout Austria and as they fly around the Signature Flight
Support global network.”
FlightSafety International has been selected by Nextant Aerospace as the exclusive authorized training provider for the Nextant G90XT turboprop aircraft.
“Nextant has always been committed to delivering a fully-integrated product solution; we believe that a well-trained pilot is vital to safe operations,” said President and CEO of Nextant
Sean McGeough. “FlightSafety has long been recognized as a leader in King Air Simulator Training, and we are excited to partner with them on this project.”
FlightSafety will offer initial and recurrent pilot training for the Nextant G90XT. The training will be provided by FlightSafety’s highly experienced instructors using a Level D qualified
simulator and other advanced training devices. The training will be approved initially by the United States Federal Aviation Administration and the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Approvals by other aviation regulatory authorities will be obtained according to Customer needs. This is expected to include approvals by the National Civil Aviation Agency of Brazil,
Transport Canada, the Civil Aviation Administration of China, and the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau.
Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) has appointed Bruno Cousin as its new Head of Sales & Marketing.
Formerly Head of Procurement within ACJC, Bruno Cousin is now in charge of the Sales & Marketing Department. In this role, he manages the Cabin Outfitting Contracts team and the Services Sales team, covering ACJ cabins, airframes and engines. As part of his role, he leads all the sales campaigns for cabin outfitting.
Cousin, 54, holds a Master Diploma in Industrial Marketing and a doctoral degree in Economics. Further to his previous position as Head of Procurement, he has an extensive commercial experience on both the airline and private aviation sides. After fifteen years of sales and marketing experience on ATR, and Beluga activities within Airbus, he joined EADS Sogerma Services in 2000 as VP Sales for Aerostructure and Aircraft Conversion.
In 2007, he joined the young company Airbus Corporate Jet Centre as Head of Procurement for VIP cabin-completion programmes and after 7 years of successful experience, decided to join the Sales and Marketing department to address new challenges in cabin and airframe services development.