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United States

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.

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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 Excel/XLS aircraft.

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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 year.

“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 (3,954 km).

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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.

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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 EBACE.

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.

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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 (ICAO).

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.”

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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 network.

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 (SZG/LOWS).

“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.”

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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.

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Bruno Cousin

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.

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United States

Aerion opens order book, sets price for AS2 Supersonic Business Jet

Aerion Corporation’s board of directors has authorized the sale of the AS2 aircraft at a price of $120m in 2015 dollars. The initial 50 launch customers will receive preferential pricing and other benefits available only for this first tranche of orders.

“This is another step forward for Aerion,” noted Aerion Chairman Robert M. Bass. “We are offering a select group of forward thinking business aviation users the opportunity to fly faster and to make history with us as we reintroduce commercial supersonic flight.”

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ACJC delivers new lightweight and innovative ACJ319 VVIP cabin

Airbus Corporate Jet Centre (ACJC) has delivered a new lightweight ACJ319 VVIP cabin to an undisclosed customer in Asia.

The 10% lighter cabin offers wireless system architecture, based on a brand new full Internet Protocol (IP) and Wi-Fi configuration, driving the Cabin Management System (CMS) and the In-Flight Entertainment (IFE). In addition the cabin-lining width is reduced, offering a wider cabin and a new perception of space. read more

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Jet Aviation Basel awarded world’s first private completions project for B787-9

Jet Aviation Basel has been selected to complete the interior of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for an undisclosed customer in the Middle East. The VVIP aircraft is to be delivered to the Basel Completions Center in 2015 for a two-year completions cycle.

In 2011, Jet Aviation Basel took the initiative and appointed a team of its best engineers to work closely with Boeing to prepare for its first completion of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Since then, the company has developed new technologies and processes, including new methods of engineering data management to support the completion of this new generation aircraft. As these efforts were well recognized in the industry, Jet Aviation Basel’s Completions Center was selected by an undisclosed client from the Middle East to engineer, manufacture and install a VVIP cabin interior on the world’s first private Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. read more

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Jet Aviation Basel develops advanced aviation dishwasher for all aircraft types

Jet Aviation Basel has developed a cutting-edge plug and play in-flight dishwasher (ADW) with a 3-minute wash cycle that requires just 3 litres of water.

The user-friendly ADW is compatible with an eco-friendly soap that can be used to clean silver and aluminum dishes.

Available in different sizes to ensure the perfect fit for all galleys, including that of the B787, the ADW utilizes a quick connection system and features a customizable front design. It is qualified for taxi, take-off and landing with up to 20kg of dishes stored inside the dishwasher.

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Top 25 European Departure Airports

BlueSky's '25 Most Popular Business Aviation Departure Airports in Europe' in association with Avinode

This monthly popularity ranking is based on the number of unique flight requests with their first passenger leg departing out of IACO codes starting with E, L, and U, transmitted through the Avinode Marketplace over the last 30 days.

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Fokker and GKN Aerospace to supply first SkyView Window for converted BBJ

Fokker Services a business line of Fokker Technologies and GKN Aerospace have announced the official launch of the first ever SkyView Window for a civil jet aircraft.

The SkyView window, a Fokker STC, will be the first of its kind certified for the business aviation community and will be offered to Boeing Business Jets owners and operators by Fokker Services. Up to four SkyView windows can be installed on each aircraft. GKN Aerospace will supply the first set of 1.5m long x 0.5m high windows to Fokker Services in December this year - just 7 months after contract award. read more

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Luxury automobile design meets aircraft completion expertise

Mercedes-Benz Style and Lufthansa Technik have announced their cooperation on the design and completion of VIP aircraft cabins. The two companies will jointly develop an entirely innovative, luxurious and integrated cabin concept for short- and medium-haul aircraft.

Under the joint approach adopted by the two companies, the traditional separation of ceiling, wall and floor will be entirely replaced by a dynamic, spiral layout. This gives rise to new, independent spatial zones without the typical arrangement of seat and wall elements. The new sense of space is additionally reinforced by Mercedes's typically strong emphasis on contrast in terms of material, colour and lighting.

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Mixed Messages in Aircraft Transactions

The market for private jets has been a jumble of signs and indicators recently. Both good news and bad is common, and it all depends upon where you are looking. There are reasons to be despondent and reasons to be comforted.

“In general, demand for private aircraft is improving. We are seeing more pre-owned transactions occurring now than have ever occurred before, a remarkable statistic that has not received very much press in the media," says Oliver Stone, CEO of Colibri Aircraft. read more

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United Kingdom

Acropolis Aviation to be first to receive all-new Airbus ACJ320neo

Acropolis Aviation, based at TAG Farnborough Airport, will be the launch customer of a brand new aircraft - the Airbus ACJ320neo. The aircraft will enter service in early 2020.

Acropolis CEO, Jonathan Bousfield, signed the contract for the newest member of the Airbus family with John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers and Benoit Defforge, Managing Director of Airbus Corporate Jets, during EBACE in Geneva last week.

“In finalising this order, we are committing to providing our discerning clientele with the newest and ultimate large-cabin aircraft well into the next decade. Our current ACJ319 performs at the top of the spectrum of client expectations with the largest cabin in its class. It is remarkable that the ACJ320neo will improve even further on these high specifications and standards,” said Jonathan. read more

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Marshall's Birmingham FBO to be new base of HondaJet Northern Europe

Marshall Aviation Services, the expanding business aviation services company of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, announced at EBACE that it is to team with Honda Aircraft Company in Greensboro, N.C., USA to be the company’s Northern European provider of sales and service for the HondaJet.

Marshall's wide sales territory will encompass the UK regions north of the M4 motorway; the Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Ireland, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries.

The company's new FBO at Birmingham International Airport, UK, will host a brand new sales and support centre for the aircraft, which is making its European debut on the static park at EBACE, hard on the heels of a successful tour of Japan.

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Gama Aviation research reveals expansion of European business flight destinations

Average of 359,000 business flights in 2014 – up 6% from 2009

Increase driven by surge in business travel in Eastern Europe

New research from Gama Aviation, the global aviation services company, has revealed that the increase in business flights in Europe over the past five years has been driven by the fast growth of flights emanating from emerging European economies.

Last year there were 358,978 business flight departures across Europe; 5.6% more than in 2009, when there were 339,852. Gama Aviation believes that this increase is down to the recent growth in demand for business air travel in countries such as Turkey and Russia, as well as their major international trade partners such as Germany. read more

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Northern Ireland

New $4.1m Hangar & FBO project at Belfast/EGAA

Jet Assist Ltd have announced that they have submitted an in-depth proposal to Belfast International Airport to begin the process of building a New State-of-the-Art 44,000ft2 Aircraft Hangar and a 22,000ft2 Office Accommodation at Belfast International Airport.

The Hangar will be a distinctive two-door design allowing access for aircraft in from either side of the Hangar. This design allows aircraft to be parked through either door reducing the requirement for aircraft towing to reach alternative aircraft.

The main Hangar is big enough to hold a Boeing 767-300 aircraft and at the same time house Flying School Aircraft and Light to medium Jets or Turboprops.

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Air BP bolsters its French presence with new location at St Tropez

Air BP has bolstered its French network with the addition of a new location at Golfe de Saint-Tropez International Airport (LTT\LFTZ).

With immediate effect, Air BP will be the sole fuel provider of Jet A-1 and Avgas at LTT\LFTZ serving its General Aviation customers in the region. This win represents the company’s third Côte d’Azur Group location complementing its operations at Cannes Mandelieu and Nice Côte d'Azur Airports where it is already the contracted supplier.

The new location further underlines the General Aviation sector in France as a key growth area for Air BP and brings the total number of locations in the country up to 120.

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Lift-off for new Irish ‘EJ’ corporate aircraft register

A new Irish aircraft register targeted at corporate and business jets has been unveiled.

The “EJ” register is administered by the Irish Aviation Authority, with Shannon Airport’s International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) as a preferred marketing and support partner.

The new register offers the benefits of a gold-standard onshore EASA jurisdiction and is designed for full compliance with current and forthcoming EASA regulations including Part NCC.

The new registration marks consist of “EJ-“ plus four letters, allowing for a wider range of personalised registrations.

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EAN creates new-look VIP Lounge at Lagos FBO

EAN Aviation, the Lagos-based integrated business aviation services company, is completely refurbishing its FBO VIP Lounge at Murtala Muhammed International Airport following a period of increased customer demand.

The facility, which represents a sizeable investment, will be completed to the highest international standards and reinforces the company’s commitment to provide a superior quality of service for its customers. Managed by EAN’s team of highly trained customer relations and operations staff, the FBO will be headed by Tayo Aiyetan, an aviation professional with over eighteen years experience, and a proven track record of excellent service delivery across Africa. It is anticipated that the FBO renovation will be complete by 1 July 2015.

The new VIP Lounge, which comprises approximately 170 square meters of floor space, has been thoughtfully designed to create a contemporary look and feel. The interior blends visual elements from the aviation world with contemporary styling whilst considering the varying needs of visitors. The combination will generate a high degree of elegance, comfort and privacy whilst maintaining full functionality and efficiency for passengers and crew.

Key features include comfortable, spacious seating for up to 25 passengers at any one time, whilst a separate private area provides further sumptuous seating for up to eight passengers. There is a dedicated buffet providing light refreshments, along with a selection of hot and cold beverages.

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Cozy-up in front of the fire - on your private jet!

Lufthansa Technik presented its design study of a Fireless Fireplace for VIP & Executive Jets for the first time at EBACE last week.

Many private customers wish to have an interior in the aircraft which is as cozy as their living room at home. Until now, an open fireplace has been one of the "no-go's" on board an aircraft, due to safety regulations. Meeting the certification requirements from the authorities, Lufthansa Technik's new Fireless Fireplace looks and sounds like a real fireplace and gives passengers a warm feeling while traveling at cruising altitude.

The Fireless Fireplace - which can be adapted to each customer's taste - uses a technology which simulates a fire by illuminating water mist combined with an illuminated imitation of burning wood. This creates a very realistic 3-D impression of a real fire, while the "flame" is cold. Heat, sound and the intensity of the flame can be adjusted by a remote control. The Fireless Fireplace weighs around 30 kg excluding the surrounding interior design. Power consumption is up to 1300 W.

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