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Karl Ulrich Garnadt, the member of the Executive Board of Deutsche Lufthansa Aktiengesellschaft and CEO of Lufthansa German Airlines has succeeded Stefan Lauer to be the Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors at MRO operator Ameco Beijing.
Bombardier Aerospace’s latest 20-year business aircraft market forecast, released on 14 June, predicts deliveries of some 24,000 business jets, valued at some US$650 billion, between 2013 and 2032. Growth will be driven by emerging markets, including Asia.
Remanufactured business jet company Nextant Aerospace has appointed Great Wall Industry (CGWIC) as its exclusive sales agent in China and Jet Aviation Singapore as an authorised service centre as it seeks to build its Asian business.
Cessna Aircraft rolled out the first production version of its flagship New Citation X business jet at the company’s Wichita, Kansas manufacturing facility on 15 April. The new aircraft was first announced at the NBAA show in 2010 and offers a top speed of Mach 0.935, making it the world’s fastest civil aircraft.
India, one of the fastest growing economies, has 55 billionaires – the fourth largest in the world – owning approximately $250 billion in wealth. This is compared with China’s 115 billionaires valued at $230 billion.
Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream brought its super mid-sized G280 and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650 to the Avalon air show for the first time, with the manufacturer expecting the aircraft to be popular in the country’s growing business jet market.
Gulfstream has received a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA for its Elite interior package on the G450 and G550. The new streamlined cabin was originally designed for the ultra-long-range G650, but is being made available as an option on the two other models.
The Asia-Pacific region, and Indonesia in particular, proved just how important it is to the aviation industry in Singapore last week. Lion Air was the star of the show, finalising a huge order from Boeing, ordering business jets for its new high-end venture, and also becoming the largest ATR operator in the world. Much of the action, meanwhile, was across the island within the Seletar Aerospace Park, which witnessed a host of openings and ground breakings - with Rolls-Royce opening its new campus.
This year’s Singapore Airshow could be the biggest yet and, once again, gives the island nation a chance to highlight its aerospace capabilities and its strategic significance as an aviation hub, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Despite continued economic uncertainty in key markets such as Europe and the USA, demand for new aircraft remains strong – as evidenced by the order and delivery tallies just released by manufacturers Airbus and Boeing (see pages 26-27). Asia’s relatively healthy economies and pent-up demand in China and India are now more alluring to aircraft makers than ever, and all key forecasts for the next two decades show the region as the driver of the continued growth of the global aviation industry. This is encouraging news for the organisers of this year’s Singapore Airshow – the biggest event of its kind outside of Europe.
VistaJet plans to double business within four years Switzerland-based business-jet charter and aircraft-management company VistaJet says it has begun the second phase of its strategic expansion across fast- growth markets – including China, India and the Middle East – as it seeks to double the size of the business within four years.
High taxes and complex approval procedures are slowing the growth of China’s aircraft-leasing sector. A 21.42 percent tax is levied by the Chinese authorities on the value of aircraft leased from foreign companies. By comparison, the tax on aircraft purchased from a foreign country is only 5 percent.
Bombardier Aerospace announced on 15 September that final assembly of its new Global 7000 and Global 8000 business jets would take place at the company’s plant in Toronto, Ontario. “Our Toronto site employees have the knowledge and expertise required to assemble these two new business aircraft,” says Steve Ridolfi, president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.
n this issue, we see a number of major industry players underlining the significance of the Asia-Pacific region as a long-term driver of growth in the aviation industry. Simulator maker CAE (see page 32) says long-term demand for its products will be bolstered by growth in emerging markets such as China, India and South-East Asia. Elsewhere (see page 20), Airbus’s top salesman John Leahy says key factors in the company’s latest 20-year outlook “include a strong driving of traffic growth by the emerging economies, the nearly doubling of traffic in and between more mature markets, and the positioning of Asia-Pacific as the leader in world traffic”.
Boeing Commercial Airplane has been celebrating significant milestones in its latest Model 787 and 747-8 programmes despite having to tighten up its forecast for 2011 output. Ian Goold reports. A reduction in the number of Boeing 787 and 747 deliveries expected by the end of this year (down from 25-40 to 25-30) have prompted the US manufacturer to reduce its overall estimate for 2011 shipments to 485-495 commercial aircraft. Nevertheless, Boeing is approaching the end of the its third quarter on a high, with the handover of the first 787 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) expected on 26 September, coinciding with the start of deliveries the initial four 747-8F cargo aircraft to Europe's Cargolux and Asian operator Cathay Pacific Cargo. Just over 600 days after the 787's maiden flight, systems function and reliability (F&R) testing was completed in mid-August, clearing the way for formal joint US and European certification by the end of the month (see news story, page 7). Enhanced engine performance is already planned for the 787 with development of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 "Package B" upgrade and a General Electric GEnx "performance improvement package" (PIP1) under way.
Alan Joyce’s plans to restructure Qantas have been described as everything from a bold move to a sham, writes Emma Kelly. For some, 16 August 2011 marked the point at which Qantas’ fortunes changed for the better, while others warn it heralds the end of the Australian carrier as we know it.
The 11th annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) was help in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17-19 May. The industry’s recovery from the slump of the last two years was reflected in a bigger, better attended show, as demand for new aircraft grows once again, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
“[SIA’s plan] appears to be a recognition that the flag carrier’s long-standing focus on premium traffic (which must, in turn, mutually subsidise lower-priced leisure travellers) is not, in itself, a formula for the future.” – Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation]
After suffering a severe slump in demand during the global economic crisis of 2009, the business aviation sector has enjoyed a rebound, with particular emphasis on larger, longer-range models, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
In the past two years, Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has tripled its 10-year forecast for business jet demand in China, and the company’s regional sales chief David Dixon believes those figures are understated. Andrzej Jeziorski reports. As a transportation group, Canada’s Bombardier has had a presence in China for half a century. The company has been involved in numerous rail projects, as well as supplying commercial and business aircraft to customers across Greater China. The company has established a number of manufacturing partnerships in the region. On the aerospace side, major components of the Q400 regional turboprop are being manufactured in Shenyang, while China’s aerospace industry is also a risk-sharing partner in Bombardier’s 100- to 149-seat CSeries single-aisle jetliner, which is expected to have its maiden flight in 2013. With an office in Beijing and a strong customer-s
The Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA) comprises 17 of the region’s largest carriers, which collectively handle about 285 million passengers and 10 million tonnes of cargo a year. AAPA Director General Andrew Herdman spoke with Asian Aviation’s Andrzej Jeziorski during the Asian Aerospace 2011 show in Hong Kong.
The first systems for Bombardier’s CSeries jetliner program are now being developed and tested by partners and vendors in Canada, the USA and Europe, prior to delivery to Bombardier’s Complete Integrated Aircraft Systems Test Area (CIASTA). According to Bombardier, the installation of the systems rigs at the CIASTA is progressing on schedule, and some parts, including the engine accessory gearbox and flight deck controls, have already arrived.
The good news for airlines over the past year has been a resurgence in demand for air travel, as the world recovers from economic crisis. The bad news is that margins remains – in the words of IATA chief Giovanni Bisignani – “pathetic”. This means carriers must redouble their efforts to maximise the efficiency of their operations and fill as many seats as they can – especially in their high-yield premium cabins. One vital strategy they have had to pay increasing attention to is their aircraft cabin interiors.
While Boeing has so far shied away from offering a re-engined version of its single-aisle 737 family, it is offering substantial performance gains with aerodynamic and engine improvements, as well as an all-new cabin, writes Andrzej Jeziorski.
Thai people are famed for their friendly smiles, but given the violent political protests afflicting the country since 2008, one could forgive Thai Airways International employees if they were less than optimistic about travel demand in the coming year.
Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier says its first-quarter financial performance indicates that the worst is over for the business jet market, while the commercial aircraft business is showing signs of recovery.