Airbus show their new H175 helicopter to Brazilian oil and gas sector

Jun 9, 2015

Brazil’s oil and gas sector will experience the performance, reliability, comfort and safety of the new Airbus H175 helicopter during a demonstration tour for the super-medium class model.

The H175’s schedule will bring this latest-generation helicopter to two of the main bases that support off-shore operations: Cabo Frio, on 8 June; and Macaé, on 9-10 June, as well as stopovers at Rio de Janeiro’s Jacarepaguá Airport on 11-12 June.

The H175 helicopter was designed to meet the most demanding oil and gas industry airlift missions. It offers new levels of comfort with the largest cabin in its class, as well as low in-flight vibration and noise levels; while providing highly cost-effective service, with a maximum payload capacity of 16 passengers, low fuel consumption and the range to reach 90 percent of Brazil’s offshore installations.

Operational reliability is another strength of the H175, having already demonstrated its high availability in more than 800 flight hours performed by customers since deliveries began last December.

The H175 helicopter is a perfect complement to Airbus Helicopters’ heavy-lift H225, of which 14 are deployed by three major operators in Brazil. As a tandem offered only by Airbus Helicopters, the H175 and H225 are able to support the country’s oil and gas sector development in terms of range and payload.

“Airbus Helicopters is committed to its continued support of Brazil’s oil and gas sector by offering the best products – backed by a full range of services,” said Christopher Grainger, Airbus Helicopters’ Vice President Oil and Gas.

The H175 Helicopter

Airbus Helicopters new H175 helicopter demonstraor in Brazil

“Today, some 50 of our rotorcraft are flown by the country’s energy operators, having accumulated more than 350,000 flight hours.”

The company’s Rio de Janeiro symposium for Latin American operators, which took place on 27 May, focused on the capabilities of Airbus Helicopters’ rotorcraft, as well as its comprehensive support and services offer for the region’s oil and gas operators.

This meeting also highlighted Airbus Helicopters’ regional resources, which includes the Brazilian Helibras subsidiary. Helibras has created a new structure, called the Fleet Center, to support operators that fly to the offshore oil platforms located along Brazil’s coast – using a dedicated multidisciplinary team from Helibras and Airbus Helicopters to perform technical support for a rotary wing  fleet that operates a large number of flight hours daily and demands very high aircraft availability.

Located at Rio de Janeiro, the Fleet Center is staffed by field technical representatives who are available to work with the customer technical and maintenance personnel at their sites in anticipating solutions and maintaining a high level of fleet availability and operational safety. A training and simulator center will be opened this October 2015 that includes a full-flight simulator for the H225 and its H225M military version.

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First A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines takes its first flight

Jun 4, 2015

The first A350 XWB for Vietnam Airlines has completed its first flight in Toulouse yesterday bearing the airline’s distinctive blue and gold lotus livery. The aircraft will now enter the final phase of production, including cabin completion, as well as further ground and flight tests. The aircraft, which will be leased from AerCap, is scheduled for delivery in the middle of the year.

Vietnam Airlines will become the first Asian airline to fly the A350 XWB and the second operator in the world. Vietnam Airlines will acquire 14 A350 aircraft, including ten on order from Airbus and four under lease agreements. The carrier will operate its new fleet on premium long haul routes, beginning with services between Hanoi and Paris.

Vietnam Airlines A350 XWB

First A350-XWB for Vietnam Airlines takes its first flight A350-900

This new aircraft type is Airbus’ all-new mid-size long range aircraft family and the newest member of Airbus’ leading widebody family. The A350 XWB is the world’s most modern and efficient aircraft family, setting new standards in terms of flight experience for passengers, operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness for airlines. Up until the end of April Airbus had received 780 firm orders from 40 customers.

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A320 Family Parts On Their Way To U.S. Airbus Plant In Mobile, Alabama

Jun 1, 2015

Airbus A320 family aircraft production in the U.S. is on schedule to begin this summer as the large aircraft components for the first U.S.-produced aircraft today depart from the port in Hamburg, Germany, bound for Mobile, Alabama.

JetBlue-Airbus-A321ceo-Tail-On-Its-Way-To-The-USA

The major component assemblies (MCAs) consist of the wings produced in the UK, the rear fuselage section produced in Germany including the tail cone (produced in Spain), and the forward fuselage section, including the cockpit produced in France, all of which contain parts from all over the world. The horizontal (from Spain) and vertical (from Germany) stabilisers are also on board. The first aircraft is an A321ceo destined for delivery to JetBlue in 2016.

Airbus USA

JetBlue Airbus Tail Fin on its way to Airbus USA Production Facility

Airbus established their U.S. Manufacturing Facility in Mobile to assemble and deliver A319, A320 and A321 aircraft to meet the growing needs of its customers in the United States and elsewhere. It is the company’s first U.S.-based production facility, and the fourth in the network which includes Toulouse, France; Hamburg, Germany; and Tianjin, China.

“This is a day of celebration as we reach another important milestone in aircraft production in the U.S.,” said Fabrice Brégier, Airbus President and CEO.

JetBlue Airbus Parts On Their Way To USA

“North America is one of the largest single-aisle aircraft markets in the world. This manufacturing facility brings us closer to our customers, and strengthens the aerospace industry in the U.S., Europe and around the world. Production will begin in just a few weeks, with first delivery scheduled for 2016.”

A rear fuselage section for the first A320 Family aircraft being shipped to Airbus in the USA

Approximately 200 employees, including some from Mobile who are training in Hamburg, celebrated this first shipment in a ceremony held today to launch the cargo ship, in the presence of the U.S. Consul General in Hamburg, Nancy Corbett. Traditional songs from all four European Airbus nations and the U.S. were played as the ship, bearing German and U.S. flags, and flags of the city state of Hamburg and the state of Alabama, sailed off.

A320 Family production components being shipped from Hamburg, Germany to Mobile, Alabama, USA. This is the forward fuselage and cockpit section for a JetBlue A321ceo aircraft to be delivered in 2016

The sea voyage will take approximately 20 days, and can be tracked on Airbus in the U.S. Facebook and Twitter pages, or on www.vesselfinder.com (ship name BBC Atlantic).

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Airbus E-Fan electric plane project takes off with new factory in Pau

May 1, 2015

Airbus Group has agreed with the Aquitaine region to build the Final Assembly Line (FAL) for the Airbus E-Fan 2.0 all-electric aircraft in Pau, southwest France.

The decision was announced by Airbus Group Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Jean Botti and Alain Rousset, President of the Aquitaine region, during a press conference in Bordeaux, the capital city of Aquitaine.

“We have reached the next milestone in our Airbus Group E-Aircraft roadmap. The industrialisation of our Airbus E-Fan aircraft will help us to advance electric flight and also to gain experience to scale up the technology,” said Jean Botti, Airbus Group CTO.

Airbus Group will invest € 20 million in the overall design and development of the E-Fan 2.0 aircraft, in addition to contributions from Airbus Group’s partners. The consortium is supported by La Nouvelle France Industrielle. The Aquitaine region is also supporting the project through a regional subsidy and the FEDER (Le Fonds Européen de Développement Regional) investment for a total of € 2.25 million.

“With this new assembly line, Airbus Group is preparing for the future and creating new jobs and business in the Aquitaine region,” he added.

Voltair SAS, created in 2014 and owned 100 percent by Airbus Group, will manage the E-Fan development, production and delivery in the Pau area. Voltair will also be in charge of selling and providing services like maintenance for the E-Fan aircraft.

E-Fan Electric Plane

Pau, which is already a regional centre for the aeronautics industry in France, was chosen as it is located close to design partner Daher and offers direct access to the runway, a medium size airport and good meteorological conditions. The purchase of the site from the current owner is due to be signed by mid-year 2015 with construction works for the FAL scheduled to start in the middle of 2016. The targeted goal for entry-into-service of the first E-Fan 2.0 is around the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018. E-Fan 2.0 is a key project in the industrial plans launched by the French government in 2013.

Airbus E-Fan Electric Aircraft

Airbus Group will bring its electric technical demonstrator aircraft, E-Fan, into serial production with the E-Fan 2.0, a two-seater version dedicated to initial pilot training. Airbus Group’s E-Fan project started in 2012 with an intensive development phase of more than 12 months.

The demonstrator aircraft was first presented at the Paris Air Show in 2013. Since its first flight on 11 March 2014, the E-Fan has performed more than 78 test flights with more than 38 flight hours in total.

The E-Fam engine

The Airbus E-Fan propulsion is provided by two electric motors with a combined power of 60 kilowatt, each driving a ducted, variable pitch fan. The duct increases the static thrust, it reduces the perceived noise and improves safety on the ground.

The E-Fan is powered by Lithium-ion polymer batteries

The E-Fan’s motors are powered by a series of 250 Volt Lithium-ion polymer batteries based on cells made by KOKAM in South Korea. They are housed within the inboard part of the wings outside the cockpit, and provided with venting and passive cooling.

E-Fan wheel and motor

Another innovation of the E-Fan is its landing gear, which consists of 2 wheels positioned fore and aft under the fuselage, plus two small wheels under the wings. The aft main wheel is driven by a 6 kilowatt electric motor, providing power for taxiing and acceleration up to 60 km/h during take-off, reducing overall electrical power consumption in day-to-day operation.

E-Fan cockpit

An optimised electrical energy management system (e-FADEC) is integrated into the aircraft, which automatically handles all electrical features, thereby simplifying the monitoring and controlling of the systems. The e-FADEC reduces the pilots’ workloads, allowing the instructor and the student to fly the aircraft and focus on the training mission.

The aim by Airbus Group is to create a family of E-Fan aircraft. The first, planned to enter service in 2018, will be the E-Fan 2.0 which will be configured with side-by-side seating for the instructor and student. A larger E-Fan 4.0 variant is scheduled to arrive in 2019. This aircraft will also have a combustion engine to increase its range.

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Cessna opens ABACE with Citation XLS+ order, Caravan and Skyhawk news

Apr 13, 2015

Cessna has opened the 2015 Asian Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition today announcing a new order for the Citation XLS+ business jet in China.

FT Business Jets Co. Ltd., based in Shanghai, plans to offer charter operations in China, matching the XLS+’s range and efficiency with customers’ business and personal travel needs. The aircraft will be delivered later this year by Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd., a joint venture with China Aviation Industry General Aviation Company Ltd. (CAIGA).

“The Citation XLS+ has gained a reputation globally as a top performer in terms of cost and performance; a reputation that now extends to charter operators in China,” said Bill Schultz, senior vice president, Business Development, China.

Cessna Citation XLS+

“The XLS+ has the cabin size and amenities required for today’s business executive, and it has the performance and operating efficiency unparalleled in the midsize jet segment.”

As part of Cessna’s continued investment in the growth of China’s midsize business jet market, the company is today hosting the first Citation XLS+ Operator Conference for customers in China. The event, held in Shanghai, is focused on sharing best practices for midsize jet ownership and includes product and aftermarket service experts, and private and charter jet operators.

Citation XLS+

The Citation XLS+ is the first deliveries from the Cessna-AVIC (Zhuhai) Co. Ltd. joint venture were celebrated in November. This new business jet is the latest incarnation in the best-selling Excel-XLS family. It was certified for Chinese operations in early 2014 by the Civil Aviation Authority of China (CAAC),

This new business jet model from Cessna  has an unparalleled combination of comfort, ease of operation, range of mission capabilities and favorable operating efficiencies. The aircraft provides customers access from Beijing to Hong Kong and Hong Kong to Shanghai, well within a one-day trip. Inside is the largest cabin in its class with nearly 19 feet (5.64 meters) of length, a dropped aisle that provides 68 inches (173 cm) of height the entire length of the cabin and seating for up to 12 passengers. It travels as fast as 441 knots (817 kilometers/hour) with a range of more than 2,000 nautical miles (3,700 kilometers), departing from runways as short as 3,560 feet (1,085 meters).

More than 6,750 Citations have been delivered to customers around the world since the first Citation business jet was put into service in 1972. Citations are the largest fleet of business jets in the world and have surpassed 31 million flight hours.

Cessna and CAIGA formed the joint venture in 2012 to assemble and deliver Citation XLS+ business jets for Chinese customers. Operations in China include final assembly, paint, testing, interior installation, customization, flight testing and delivery.

Cessna Caravan

The company has also announced today its joint venture operation in Shijiazhuang has gained initial approval for Caravan Model 208 series maintenance by the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) during the second quarter of 2015.

Initial CAAC Part 145 maintenance approval grants to Cessna-AVIC (Shijiazhuang) Co. Ltd. the ability to perform all maintenance procedures required by the manufacturer up to 100 flight hours.

“Providing company-direct maintenance is an important step for our joint venture to eventually provide complete life-cycle support for the growing fleet of Caravan aircraft in China,” said Jackie Chen, general manager of the new company.

Cessna  Caravan

“Having the maintenance facility located with our Grand Caravan EX production facility provides the most efficient setup for customers in the region.”

The Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Shijiazhuang) Co., Ltd., joint venture was one of two signed in early 2012. The joint venture company in Shijiazhuang is responsible for final assembly, paint, interior installation, customization, flight testing and delivery of Grand Caravan EX turboprops for the Chinese market. The Cessna-AVIC Aircraft (Zhuhai) Co., Ltd. is responsible for similar operations to assemble and deliver Citation XLS+ business jets in China.

Orders for Grand Caravan EX aircraft from customers in China, particularly orders for amphibian models from aerial tour operators, have been robust through the first 18 months of joint venture operations. Customers include Meiya Air for aerial sightseeing in Wuzhizhou Island of Sanya; Joy Air, for charter tourism flights among Shanghai, Zhoushan and Shengsi Islands; and Reignwood Group.

Cessna Skyhawk

The aircraft manufacturer has also secured orders from four companies in China for the Skyhawk 172, further demonstrating the aircraft’s continued leadership in pilot training.

“The Cessna Skyhawk is the world’s most popular and technologically advanced flight training aircraft, and we are pleased to see operators in China recognizing its capabilities,” said Kevin Wu, vice president, International Sales, Greater China and Mongolia Region.

Cessna Skyhawk C172

“The opening of China’s low-altitude airspace has boosted the pilot training market, attracting an increasing number of general aviation companies into this area.”

A summary of recent order activity includes:

• Hubei Sky Blue International Aviation Academy, a Part 141 flight training provider that now also offers Private Pilot License (PPL), Commercial Pilot License (CPL) and Airline Transport Pilot License (ATPL) training, has placed an order for five Skyhawks. These aircraft will join a fleet of 18 Skyhawks currently in service with the company.

• Shanghai Avieye GA, a Part 91 general aviation operator, has ordered one standard configuration Cessna Skyhawk and one Skyhawk with amphibious floats to begin PPL and CPL training. The company also operates a Grand Caravan EX single-engine utility turboprop in its fleet, which supports aerial mapping missions.

• Zhejiang Avieast GA, an established general aviation company in the Zhejiang province, has ordered two Skyhawks for pilot training purposes as well as two Turbo Stationair T206H aircraft for tourism flights.

• Shandong Hairuo GA, a Part 91 general aviation operator, has confirmed an order for two Skyhawks to be used in Part 141 training.

With the increase in general aviation activity in China, the company has continued to strengthen its presence in the region by bolstering its sales and support for customers. Cessna recently added Shandong Hairuo GA and Hubei Sky Blue International Aviation Academy as authorized sales representatives and an authorized customer service and support facilities for its single-engine aircraft.

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Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides Cyclone Pam aid in Vanuatu

Apr 1, 2015

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation in coordination with French Foreign Affairs Ministry Crisis Center have joined forces to distribute medical supplies, food and other humanitarian aid to the communities affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu, an archipelago in the South Pacific Ocean, some 1,7500 km east of Australia. The category five cyclone caused enormous damage to Vanuatu’s infrastructure, leaving it “completely destroyed” according to Vanuatu’s President Baldwin Lonsdale, who called for help to rebuild the country. Aid agencies have indicated that conditions are among the most challenging they have faced.

Airbus Helicopters Foundation has worked with other stakeholders involved in the rescue operation in order to provide necessary helicopter flight hours to humanitarian workers from various agencies so they may reach communities in the most devastated areas of the archipelago.

“Following a severe natural disaster, helicopters are a powerful mean of transportation able to provide the aid needed for those affected by the tragedy,” said Guillaume Faury, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Foundation and CEO of Airbus Helicopters.

Airbus Helicopters Foundation At Work

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation provides aid in Vanuatu following Tropical Cyclone Pam with an AS350 and BK117

“Supported by our on-site partners in doing so, our Foundation is fulfilling its primary mission: helping people for whom helicopters mean rescue and assistance.”

With few helicopters available locally to support the operations, the Foundation, supported by Airbus Helicopters representatives in Australia, has partnered with New Zealand operator Garden City Helicopters (also present in the archipelago as the owner of Vanuatu Helicopters Ltd) which has sent an AS350 and a BK117 to help with the on-going humanitarian aid operation.

The AS350 and the BK117 were freighted from New Zealand and arrived in Port Vila on March 20 and the first flight of the AS350 was completed on March 22 for the transportation of medical supplies.

The Airbus Helicopters Foundation continues to provide support to those in Vanuatu as the AS350 and the BK117 continue to work at their service.

More information on the Foundation is available on its website:
www.fondationairbushelicopters.com

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The @AeroMobil 3.0 Flying Car To Go On Sale in 2017

Mar 24, 2015

The AeroMobil Flying Car can (hopefully ) be yours in 2017 when it goes on sale! Following on from the latest version of the prototype, revealed last year, the company see their concept available to purchase within two years.

AeroMobil Flying Car

The idea of taking a car and making it transform into an aeroplane has taken many years and four prototype designs to get to the pre-production version we see in the video. This latest version was shown last October and certainly proves that AeroMobil are getting closer to the final version that will be able to be used by pilots.

As a car the company say it can:

fit into any standard parking space, uses regular gasoline, and can be used in road traffic

The AeroMobil Flying Car

Since October 2014 the current 2 seater prototype has been undergoing flight tests. It’s light construction, using the latest composite materials allows it to not only use ‘normal’ airports but also take advantage of grass field strips. With just a 200m grass runway needed to take-off and a range of 435 miles the AeroMobil certainly offers a great deal of flexibility when using it to fly.

Flying AeroMobil Flies 430 Miles – Business Insider

AeroMobil 3.0, the flying car, is the core product of the Slovakia-based company AeroMobil. It has been in development since 1989. In flight, it can reach 124 mph and fly for 430 miles on a full tank of gas. Owners could park it …

Driving it on the road and you can add another 110 miles to the range but you can’t always travel in a straight line, there will be more traffic and the views wont be as good!

Following on from the 2017 release of this flying car the company are looking to develop a four seater version with twice the range and no need for a human pilot…

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Celebrations as Airbus delivered its 9,000th aircraft

Mar 23, 2015

There were celebrations last week in Hamburg, Germany as Airbus delivered their 9000th aircraft. The aircraft was the first A321 to be delivered to Vietnamese carrier VietJetAir and will join the carrier’s all-Airbus A320 Family fleet flying on its fast-growing Asia-Pacific network.

“The delivery of our 9000th aircraft comes as we enjoy ongoing strong demand for aircraft across our product line,” said John Leahy, Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers.
VietJetAir first A321 arrives in Ho Chi Minh City- -Airbus 9000th aircraft delivery
“The range of aircraft we offer today is unrivalled, meeting every airline requirement from 100 to over 500 seats with maximum efficiency, uncompromised comfort and broad customer appeal.”

Airbus Delivered Aircraft

Airbus Aircraft Deliveries - 9000th delivered 20th March 2015
“We are especially pleased to be delivering today’s aircraft to VietJetAir, which is a rising star in the fast-growing Asian region. With the A321, VietJetAir will be able to increase capacity on its most popular routes while benefiting from the lowest operating costs of any single aisle aircraft.”
Airbus delivered 9000th aircraft - Celebrations with VietJetAir Their first A321 - Delivery ceremony in Hamburg
“We are excited to be adding the A321 to our fleet today as we continue to develop our innovative value-based model in Asia-Pacific,” said Mr. Luu Duc Khanh, Managing Director of VietJetAir.
Airbus delivery 9000th aircraft to VietJetAir Airline takes delivery of first A321
“Based on our proven experience, we are confident that our decision to operate an all Airbus fleet will bring us unbeatable economies of scale while offering our passengers a comfortable travel experience. It will be a great honour for us to welcome the 9000th Airbus aircraft to its new home in sunny Vietnam.”
VietJetAir first took to the skies at the end of 2011 and now operates a fleet of 22 A320 Family aircraft on a network covering Vietnam and a growing number of destinations across Asia. The A321 Airbus delivered today is the first of seven ordered by the airline as part of a major aircraft acquisition plan for up to 100 A320 Family aircraft announced in early 2014.
Since delivering its first A300 in 1974, Airbus has developed the world’s most modern and comprehensive product line. Today this includes the market-leading single aisle A320 Family and the industry’s most extensive Widebody Family, comprising the super-efficient A330, the all-new A350 XWB and the world’s largest aircraft, the flagship double deck A380.
This total of 9000 (Airbus delivered) aircraft has been achieved less than two years after the manufacturer reached its last milestone of 8000 aircraft – delivered in August 2013.  Over the last 10 years, Airbus has doubled its deliveries to reach over 600 aircraft a year today – a figure that is set to rise further as the demand grows.
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Air Lease Corporation firms up order for 55 Airbus aircraft

Mar 10, 2015

Air Lease Corporation (ALC), the Los Angeles based aircraft leasing company, has firmed up its order for 55 Airbus aircraft, comprising of 25 A330-900neo and 30 A321LR – the very latest members of the manufacturer’s modern, fuel-efficient aircraft family.

ALC were the first to sign up for the newest member of the popular widebody family, the A330neo, announcing a commitment for 25 A330-900neo during the launch at the Farnborough International Airshow in 2014.

“We are proud to be adding these newest generation Airbus aircraft to our portfolio and to have played a part in launching these latest generation, efficient aircraft,” said Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Air Lease Corporation’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

A330-900neo

ALC order 25 Airbus A330-900neo

ALC order 25 Airbus A330-900neo

“We see significant market appetite for A321LR and A330neo models, offering operators exactly what they want – even more range, even better economics and superior level of passenger comfort.”

ALC was also the first to commit to the A321LR, the newest variant of the A321neo, after signing a Memorandum of Understanding for 30 at the launch in January 2015, increasing its commitment made for 60 A321neo at the 2014 Farnborough Airshow to 90 firm A321neo aircraft.

“ALC is always ahead of the game and we are very happy to have them on board from the start with our latest A321LR and A330neo models,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers.

Airbus A321LR

ALC order30  Airbus A321LR

ALC order30 Airbus A321LR

“We listen very carefully to our customers and are clearly seeing that our strategy to constantly improve our products through incremental innovations means we are able to not only meet but exceed their highest expectations.”

Including this announcement, ALC’s total firm orders for Airbus aircraft stands at 258, comprising 53 A320ceo Family, 140 A320neo Family, 15 A330 Family, 25 A350 XWB Family and 25 A330neo Family.

The A321LR, the latest member of the market leading A320neo Family, will be able to fly longer routes of up to 4,000 nm. The A321LR will provide additional flexibility as it will have the longest range of any single aisle airliner, making it ideally suited to transatlantic routes and enable airlines to tap into new long haul markets which were not previously accessible with current single aisle aircraft. With 206 passengers in a comfortable two-class layout, the A321LR offers the possibility for each passenger to carry up to three bags. First deliveries will start in 2019.

The A330-800neo and the A330-900neo are two new members of the Airbus Widebody Family launched in July 2014 with first deliveries in Q4 2017. The A330neo incorporates latest generation Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, aerodynamic enhancements and new cabin features. Benefitting from the excellent economics, versatility and high reliability of the A330, the A330neo reduces fuel consumption by 14% per seat, making it the most cost efficient, medium range Widebody aircraft on the market. In addition, A330neo operators will also benefit from a range increase of up to 400 nautical miles.

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NetJets flies first Phenom 300 into London City Airport

Feb 5, 2015

NetJets Europe today announced it has successfully obtained certification to operate its Signature Series Phenom 300 business jet at London City Airport.

The company is the largest private operator at the airport, with over fifty percent of all traffic. In 2014 alone, their aircraft connected to 374 destinations across the globe out of the financial heart of London.

Mark Wilson, NetJets Europe President and COO said: “Private aviation continues to play a key role in the city, especially with London emerging as the economic growth engine not only for the UK, but also Europe. Our fractional ownership model is an unrivalled business tool when customers have access to over 100 aircraft across Europe, serving more than 900 airports across the continent. Commercial airlines are unable to offer the same level of flexibility and choice.”

Phenom 300 Business Jet

NetJets Europe worked closely with the aviation authorities to obtain certification for the Phenom 300 to fly to London City Airport. This required considerable time and financial investment for pilots to train and perfect the steep approach, short runway and proximity to the city’s tall landmark buildings.

“We are committed to safety and we set training standards for our flight crew that go above and beyond the requirements of aviation authorities across the globe,” added Mark Wilson.

NetJets Flies Phenom 300 Business Jet into London City Airport

“As part of our certification, we paid particular attention to the stringent noise requirements of the airport – which the whisper-quiet Phenom 300 meets by a large margin.”

Speed and efficiency is a core requirement for those flying privately and customers now save over two hours on their overall journey time by using London City Airport. One of the airline’s most popular city-pairs is London to Paris-Le Bourget Airport. Flight volumes on this route grew by 10.6 percent year-on-year from 2013 to 2014 – 3.3 percent ahead of the overall industry growth rate. Customers can now go from their desk in Canary Wharf to closing a business deal in La Défense on a Phenom 300 in 1.5 hours*.

Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport said: “They continues to play a significant role in the development of the private aviation market in the UK and Europe. We are pleased to see standards being raised further with the certification of the Phenom 300.  Its arrival at the Jet Centre offers a new flying experience to our customers.  Those choosing to fly into London City are choosing the nearest airport to central London – just four miles from Canary Wharf, seven miles from the City and nine miles from Mayfair – and can enjoy our 90 second promise from aircraft to car.  It is therefore a perfect fit to announce the new light jet aircraft of choice for discerning travellers, at the private jet centre of choice in the UK’s capital.  We look forward to welcoming the Phenom 300 passengers and helping to make their journey special.”

Netjets Fleet Order

An order was placed for 125 Phenom 300 aircraft – including sixty firm orders – as part of a $17.6bn investment in its 700-strong global fleet. It has become the company’s fastest-selling jet to date. There are currently 36 aircraft flying globally, each one has been custom fitted with Signature Series interiors – making them completely bespoke to any other Phenom 300 in the market.

“We are very delighted to celebrate this milestone. The Phenom 300 is the top performer in its class, and the ideal aircraft for airports like London City”, said Peter Griffith, Embraer Vice President Marketing & Sales, Europe and Africa.

NetJets flies first Phenom 300 into London City Airport

NetJets flies first Phenom 300 from London City Airport

“It’s our commitment to support our customers in their operation with Embraer’s ample European support organisation, and I’m confident that the Phenom 300, now operated from and to London City, will be a real game-changer for European customers.”

Over 53 percent of its European customer base comes from the London finance sector – with private equity and hedge fund management seeing the most growth over the past twelve months. In 2014, 41 percent of new business in Europe was generated from the financial industry – demonstrating the recovery taking place in that sector.

Today’s announcement follows on from NetJets flying the long range Bombardier Global 6000 jet into London City Airport last year.

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