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Cessna Citation Ascend test program soars ahead as second flight test article successfully takes flight
Cessna Citation Ascend test program soars ahead as second flight test article successfully takes flight

Textron Aviation announced the successful flight of its second Cessna Citation Ascend flight test article (P1) as certification momentum builds for the newest Citation business jet. The milestone flight follows the Ascend prototype, which completed its first flight in 2023 marking the P1 aircraft the first conforming production flight test aircraft. 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.

Grey skies dampen European summer charters, despite spike in D Day VIP traffic
Grey skies dampen European summer charters, despite spike in D Day VIP traffic

Despite the slowest start to June in the last 2 years, US bizjet activity remains robust, with activity significantly ahead of comparable June 2019. In contrast, the European summer is looking weaker, with just a 3% foothold over June 5 years ago. The D-Day anniversary lifted business jet arrivals into airports in the Normandy region of France. At the start of the party season in Ibiza there is a noticeable absence of bizjets from France and the United Kingdom.

Bombardier Defense and ADAC announce order of a new Challenger 650 aircraft for medevac use
Bombardier Defense and ADAC announce order of a new Challenger 650 aircraft for medevac use

Bombardier Defense announced that German automobile association, Allgemeiner Deutscher Automobil-Club (ADAC SE), has placed an order for a Bombardier Challenger 650 aircraft through its daughter company Aero-Dienst. The aircraft will be configured as a dedicated air ambulance for Aero-Dienst, ADACs main aircraft operator, and is scheduled for delivery in 2026. The aircraft will be used to provide medical transportation to ADACs customers around the world. With the signing of this agreement, Bombardier Defense continues to expand its footprint in Germany and on the European continent.  

10% increase in UK bizjet reflects Champions League hosting
10% increase in UK bizjet reflects Champions League hosting

Global bizjet activity was flat in week 22, as it was for the month of May, and is trailing 2023 by just 1%, which very much reflects the mood at EBACE, tending towards normalisation after the turbulence of the post-Covid years. There is a good deal of underlying variability, with Europe a 7% above 2019, demand still hot in the Mediterranean, but tapering well below 2019 levels in Central Europe.

Milestone 400th Cessna Citation Latitude production rollout emphasizes its leading position in the midsize business jet market
Milestone 400th Cessna Citation Latitude production rollout emphasizes its leading position in the midsize business jet market

Textron Aviation announced that the 400th Cessna Citation Latitude business jet has rolled out of production at the companys factory in Wichita, Kansas, and is expected to be delivered later this year. Employees recognized the milestone with a special celebration at the companys headquarters in Wichita.

Pre-owned business jets selling 45% faster since 2019, reveals annual Jetcraft Market Forecast
Pre-owned business jets selling 45% faster since 2019, reveals annual Jetcraft Market Forecast

Business aircraft are spending less time for sale than ever before, according to the latest edition of the Pre-Owned Business Jet Market Forecast by Jetcraft, the global leader in business aircraft sales, acquisitions and trades.

Bizjet demand wallowing as summer season starts
Bizjet demand wallowing as summer season starts

This week saw a marked drop-in flight activity in some key geographies, notably California, Germany, Saudi Arabia, China and Morocco. It was notable that the blue riband event for European bizav, the Monaco Grand Prix, drew 15% fewer bizjet visits than in 2019.

GAMA Releases First Quarter 2024 Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report
GAMA Releases First Quarter 2024 Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) published the First Quarter 2024 General Aviation Aircraft Shipment and Billing Report. The results for the first three months of 2024 when compared to the same period in 2023, show deliveries were flat for piston airplanes and piston helicopters, decreased for turboprops and turbine helicopters, and increased for business jets. Total aircraft billings were up 3.2% at $4.7 billion.

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.

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.

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.

Charter market slumping in Europe but holding firm in the US
Charter market slumping in Europe but holding firm in the US

The outlook for business jet activity is softening in Europe as utilisation levels fall below 2019 levels, notably in Germany and France. The US market is relatively resilient, especially for large fleet operators in the charter and fractional space.

Bombardier unveils bold new brand identity worldwide as company soars toward an ambitious future
Bombardier unveils bold new brand identity worldwide as company soars toward an ambitious future

Bombardier, the worldwide leader in business aviation, unveiled a new brand identity anchored by the evolution of the companys logo. As Bombardier successfully moves forward as a company with a sole focus on designing, building and servicing the worlds best business jets, the new brand identity will reinforce and propel the companys unique approach to its customers and stakeholdersputting people at the centre and instilling a one-of-a-kind sense of family.

Airbus Helicopters Racer is off to a flying start
Airbus Helicopters Racer is off to a flying start

Airbus Helicopters Racer demonstrator, developed in the frame of the European Research Clean Sky 2 project, has performed its first flight, in Marignane. The aircraft flew for about 30 minutes, allowing the flight test team to check the overall behavior of the aircraft.

April strong so far, both US and Europe up on last year, though Middle East slowing
April strong so far, both US and Europe up on last year, though Middle East slowing

Compared to last year, Aprils trends are stronger than March, with growth in most of the top markets. UK, France and Germany were exceptions in Europe, with the charter market notably weakening. Bizjet activity in the Middle East saw further erosion, markedly Saudi Arabia. In the US, large business jets are seeing strongest demand. US charter demand is tailing off this month, Part 135 flights down 6% in week 16.

Gulfstream begins G700 customer deliveries
Gulfstream begins G700 customer deliveries

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced the commencement of customer deliveries for the all-new Gulfstream G700. The first two G700 aircraft have been delivered and are now in service with Gulfstream customers.

Cessna Caravan family soars past 25 million flight hours
Cessna Caravan family soars past 25 million flight hours

Textron Aviation's legendary Cessna Caravan turboprop family has surpassed 25 million flight hours, reinforcing the Caravan as the most produced single-engine utility turboprop of all time.

Global bizjet activity 2% ahead of opening 7 days of April 2023
Global bizjet activity 2% ahead of opening 7 days of April 2023

At the start of April (1st 7th), global bizjet sectors are 2% ahead of comparable last year, trailing 2022 by 4%, 37% ahead of 5 years ago. Over the same period, scheduled airline activity is 24% ahead year-on-year, 12% ahead of 2019. Dedicated cargo sectors start this month are 3% ahead of last year, 18% ahead of 2019.

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