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Coming into the summer, bizjet traffic 1% adrift of last year, fractional operators still forging ahead
Coming into the summer, bizjet traffic 1% adrift of last year, fractional operators still forging ahead

The latest week shows stable activity compared to last year, with fractional activity still booming, in contrast to some weaker charter demand, particularly at the light end of the market. Various gala events will see peaks in traffic in Europe in the next few weeks, starting with the Champions League Finals bringing visitors to London airports next week.

Sino Jet tops fleet size rankings in Asia-Pacific for the fifth year
Sino Jet tops fleet size rankings in Asia-Pacific for the fifth year

Asian Sky Group recently released its "Asia-Pacific Business Jet Fleet Report YE 2023", revealing that as of 2023, the region boasts a total of 1,154 business jets. Despite Greater China's continued dominance in the market, the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong have seen a three-year decline, with a total reduction of 19 jets in 2023, reducing the total to 326 jets.

LCI and SMFL order up to 21 helicopters from Airbus
LCI and SMFL order up to 21 helicopters from Airbus

LCI, a leading aviation company, and Sumitomo Mitsui Finance and Leasing Company, Limited (SMFL), have announced an order for up to 21 of the latest generation helicopters from Airbus.

Satcom Direct celebrates first STC for SD Plane Simple Ka-band terminal
Satcom Direct celebrates first STC for SD Plane Simple Ka-band terminal

Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, has confirmed approval by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) for the first Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) for the SD Plane Simple Ka-band tail mount terminal for a Gulfstream G650. Equipping the Gulfstream GVI-type with the advanced technology represents a significant milestone in the SD Plane Simple antenna series rollout.

EASA launches second release of Innovative Air Mobility Hub
EASA launches second release of Innovative Air Mobility Hub

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has launched the second release of its digital space for the exchange of information on air taxis and drones with a focus on privacy concerns.

Bombardier inaugurates new aviator lounge in the principality of Monaco
Bombardier inaugurates new aviator lounge in the principality of Monaco

Bombardier has opened the new Aviator Lounge by Bombardier, strategically located at the Monaco Yacht Club. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco officially inaugurated the Lounge in the company of Pierre Beaudoin, Bombardiers Chairman of the Board and other Bombardiers senior leadership members.

Cessna Citation Ascend program advances with successful certification tests and extensive flight testing
Cessna Citation Ascend program advances with successful certification tests and extensive flight testing

Textron Aviation today announced the continued advancement of the Cessna Citation Ascend program following the successful completion by the prototype aircraft of numerous certification tests and more than 350 flight test hours. The Citation Ascend business jet was unveiled during the 2023 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) and the aircraft is expected to enter into service in 2025.

Gulfstream G650 and G650er surpass 1 million flight hours
Gulfstream G650 and G650er surpass 1 million flight hours

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the award-winning Gulfstream G650 and G650ER surpassed 1 million flight hours. With more than 560 aircraft in service worldwide, the high-performing fleet continues to deliver on its reputation as one of the most iconic aircraft programs in business aviation.

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Gulfstream G700 earns EASA certification
Gulfstream G700 earns EASA certification

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), announced the all-new Gulfstream G700 has received European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) type certification, following the aircrafts Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification on March 29.

Flat global market belies fast-declining demand in Germany, Middle East, Africa and Asia
Flat global market belies fast-declining demand in Germany, Middle East, Africa and Asia

Bizjet activity week 19 2024 is flat overall, with some significant regional divergence, noting significant weakness in Germany, Middle East, Africa and Asia, but strength in Texas, Switzerland and Brazil.

AXIS Aviation continues global expansion with integration of South Africas Absolute Aviation
AXIS Aviation continues global expansion with integration of South Africas Absolute Aviation

Leading aircraft management business AXIS Aviation is launching in South Africa, having successfully integrated the aircraft management, flight operations and charter business activities of Absolute Aviation.

Jekta reveals PHA-ZE 100 amphibious interiors
Jekta reveals PHA-ZE 100 amphibious interiors

Jekta, developer of the PHA-ZE 100 (Passenger Hydro Aircraft Zero Emission 100) amphibious electric aircraft, has revealed the first interiors for its economy-class Traveller and full-executive Corporate cabin configurations for amphibious airframes.

Bell reveals B429 Aircraft Lab for Future Autonomy FBW Ops
Bell reveals B429 Aircraft Lab for Future Autonomy FBW Ops

Bell Textron Inc., a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, revealed its Aircraft Laboratory for Future Autonomy (ALFA) based on the Bell 429 commercial aircraft. Developed by Bells Advanced Programs team, ALFA is dedicated to performing flight maneuvers with an aircraft safety system and executing autonomous fly-by-wire flights. The fly-by-wire integration was a critical step in future development of autonomous controls for Bells commercial aircraft, an emerging technology that aims to reduce pilot workload and enhance safety.

EH216-S Completes UAEs First Passenger-Carrying Demo Flight, Accompanied by Successful Demo Flights of EH216-L and EH216-F Pilotless eVTOLs in Abu Dhabi
EH216-S Completes UAEs First Passenger-Carrying Demo Flight, Accompanied by Successful Demo Flights of EH216-L and EH216-F Pilotless eVTOLs in Abu Dhabi

EHang Holdings Limited (EHang or the Company) (Nasdaq: EH), the worlds leading urban air mobility (UAM) technology platform company, announced that its pilotless electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft EH216-S has set a new milestone with the successful completion of the first passenger-carrying demo flight in Abu Dhabi, marking the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Middle East. Additionally, the EH216-F (for high-rise firefighting) and EH216-L (for aerial logistics) demonstrated their debut flights in the UAE, showcasing a diverse range of UAM use scenarios of pilotless eVTOL aircraft.

Gulfstream G600 earns FAA steep-approach certification
Gulfstream G600 earns FAA steep-approach certification

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the clean-sheet, award-winning Gulfstream G600 has been certified for steep approach to landing by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), opening access to more airports around the world.

Personnel decide everything
Personnel decide everything

In the modern aviation market, personnel management is a rapidly developing field: approaches are changing, new search tools are appearing, and the functions of HR workers are transforming. Moreover, leading experts in the business aviation market are raising the problem of personnel and personnel management, along with the main brake on the market supply chain disruption. This important challenge creates the need for conferences and summits all over the world, but local events are what produce the greatest effect and generate the right recommendations based on the economic and political characteristics of a particular region.

European bizjet demand wobbles, US flattish, Florida hot
European bizjet demand wobbles, US flattish, Florida hot

Business jet utilisation is fraying slightly on comparable 2023 flight volumes, which is itself some way below the post-pandemic peak. But the Super Mid and Ultra Long-Range fleet is racking up more activity than ever.

Bombardier provides details of December 2023 firm order by customer Netjets for 12 Challenger 3500 aircraft and 232 options
Bombardier provides details of December 2023 firm order by customer Netjets for 12 Challenger 3500 aircraft and 232 options

Bombardier announced that its long-valued client NetJets has been revealed as the previously confidential buyer of 12 Challenger 3500 aircraft. The firm transaction initially announced in December 2023 was valued at US$326.4 million based on list prices at the time of signing, but the landmark deal could be more than US$6 billion if all optional 232 Challenger 3500 jets are exercised over time.

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