AVwebBiz - Volume 6, Number 16

April 16, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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Top News: New Airline Combines Delta, Northwest back to top 
 

Delta, Northwest Merge

Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines have agreed to merge in a no-cash deal that trades stock only. The airline will be called Delta. The deal was reached early Monday evening and is worth $17.7 billion. The merger creates the world's largest airline, for the moment, at least. News of the merger has sparked speculation that Continental and United will follow. In the Delta-Northwest deal, the airlines have agreed to keep all their hubs open and Delta pilots have been given a 3.5 percent stake. They've also agreed to keep their current contract through 2012.

A combined contract for pilots is in the works but, as is normal with mergers, seniority issues will be the tough part. The two airlines both hit all the main hubs in the U.S. and fly overseas but their route networks will offer destinations offer new destinations as a combination. Headquarters will remain in Atlanta but Northwest's home base of Minneapolis will be retained as an executive office.

 
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First Phenom 300 Takes to the Skies back to top 
 

Embraer Rolls Out Phenom 300

Embraer rolled out the first Phenom 300 light jet and ground testing will begin shortly in advance of its first flight. Work has already begun on the second Phenom 300. "We are thrilled to see the Phenom 300 become a reality," said Luís Carlos Affonso, Embraer Executive Vice President, Executive Jets. "The Phenom 300... will set a new standard for the light jet category." The 300 was rolled out 10 months after the smaller Phenom 100 was completed.

The first Phenom 300 was started about a year ago and 400 engineers have been working on the project. No date has been finalized for the first flight.

Audio and video of the event can be found here.

 
Cessna Aircraft Company, the World's Largest General Aviation Manufacturer
Based on unit sales, Cessna Aircraft Company is the world's largest manufacturer of general aviation airplanes. In 2007, Cessna delivered 1,272 aircraft, including 387 Citation business jets, and reported revenues of about $5 billion. Cessna has a current backlog of $12.6 billion. The global fleet of more than 5,100 Citations is the largest fleet of business jets in the world. More information about Cessna Aircraft Company is available at Cessna.com.
 
Cessna Mustang, Pilatus PC-12 at Sun 'n Fun back to top 
 

Mustang Orders Top 500

While the big news out of Sun 'n Fun for Cessna's jet line was the integration of synthetic vision in the Garmin G1000 suite, company officials were also celebrating a sales milestone. According to spokeswoman Pia Bergqvist, firm orders for the "entry-level" jet have topped 500 and there are more than 60 in service. The fleet, which marked its first delivery almost exactly a year ago, has now racked up 10,500 hours. Cessna calls it "the only fully operational entry-level business jet available," and says it's ready to ramp up production.

The company built 47 Mustangs at the Independence, Kan. plant by the end of 2007, expects to finish 100 this year and deliver 150 in 2009. The first synthetic vision Mustangs will be delivered later this year. Mustang is the launch business jet customer for the Garmin system.


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Pilatus Displays Next Generation PC-12

The Pilatus PC-12, a well-respected workhorse, has been given a 21st century makeover. The company displayed an example of its next generation model that was certified days before Sun 'n Fun 2008 opened in Lakeland, Fla. The biggest change is installation of a Honewell Primus Apex glass panel, a variation of the Honeywell system found in large business jets and is the base system for Gulfstream's Planeview. Pilatus spokesman Mike Haenggi said the version used in the PC-12NG is optimized for single pilot operation. The latest PC-12 also gets more power.

The big single is powered by a Pratt and Whitney PT6A-67P which develops 1,200 hp. Haenggi said the new engine incorporates metallurgical improvements that allow higher operating temperatures and that translates to a 10-knot increase in cruise speed to 280. Pilatus also retained BMW to design the interior and the result is a modern feel that matches the technology up front.


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Mach 1 Headset by Lightspeed: Feather-Light at Less than an Ounce!
The "born to be worn" Mach 1 packs a lot for its size. Pilots have weighed in, and all agree the Mach 1 packs a lot of features into its feather-light design. A high-performance in-the-ear (ITE) headset, the Mach 1 allows easy connection to cell phone and music interfaces. Enjoy supreme comfort with unbelievable noise attenuation. For more information and to view a video clip, click here.
 
Embraer Was Big News at Sun 'n Fun back to top 
 

Embraer Celebrates New Models

Expect more detail from Embraer on its newly-announced mid-light jet (MLJ) and midsize jet (MSJ) models at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in May. Embraer was displaying scale model of the 10-12-passenger MSJ at Sun 'n Fun 2008. The company held a news conference at Sun 'n Fun to announce the formal approval by the Embraer board to proceed with development of the new aircraft.

The MLJ and MSJ bring to six the number of business jets in the Brazilian planemaker's stable. The Phenom 100 and 300 very light and light jets are under development and the original Embraer bizjet, the Legacy 600 continues to be popular at the high end of the market. The E190-based Lineage is selling well in the ultra-large market. The new aircraft fill a large and potentially profitable gap in the Embraer product lineup.


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Honeywell A Big Winner In Embraer Deal

Honeywell says it's inked one of its biggest deals ever, a $23 billion contract to supply 1,200 HTF7000-E engines to Embraer for its new midsized jet, now named the MSJ and midlight jet (MLJ). The first of the engines will be delivered in 2011 and the contract, which includes maintenance, will run for 20 to 25 years. The company recently announced a $3 billion deal for avionics for the new Gulfstream G650.

Honeywell is well positioned to profit from the boom in business jet sales, which it monitors closely. In addition to engines and avionics, it supplies environmental control systems, satellite-positioning systems, auxiliary power units, and cabin management systems.

 
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News Briefs back to top 
 

New King Air Racking Up Sales

While most of the emphasis has been on the red-hot business jet market, high fuel prices have shifted some attention to the turboprop sector and Hawker Beechcraft apparently had the right product at the right time with the new King Air B200GT. With a cruise speed of more than 300 knots (not much lower than some small jets) and the cavernous cabin that offers stand-up luxury available only in the larger bizjets. The B200GT was certified near the beginning of the year and already 40 have been delivered.

The 200GT has new PT6A-52 engines and, of course, a fully modern cockpit, with a Collins Pro Line 21 avionics suite on three huge displays. In the back, pax enjoy a variety of seat configurations in leatherbound luxury. Hawker Beechcraft also celebrated its first anniversary at Sun 'n Fun. It was formerly a unit of Raytheon but was purchased by GS Capital.


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Antonov-Based Business Jet Announced

Russia's Illyushin Finance Co. has announced it is developing a business jet version of the An-148 regional jet. The An-148 is a high-wing RJ with a cruise of about 450 knots. It's built by Antonov in Ukraine and can seat up to 70 passengers in airline configuration. As a bizjet, it will seat 19 in the luxury configuration and 38 as a corporate shuttle. It will have a range of about 4,000 nm with eight pax.

The An-148 had its first flight in late 2004 and went into service in early 2007. Antonov claims the aircraft has direct operating costs up to 30 percent less than the similarly sized Embraer E170. It also meets ICAO Ch. 4 noise and environmental requirements. It's high-wing configuration is suited to unimproved airports and the company says it retains its heritage of rugged simplicity of design and construction.

 
Diamond DA40 A Fleet Favorite
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Who's Where back to top 
 

Arcadia Aviation Hires Michael Gauvreau

Michael Gauvreau has joined Arcadia Aviation as Vice President of Aircraft Sales and Acquisitions. Arcadia is based in New York City and has FBOs in Martinsburg, W. Va. And Sullivan County, N.Y. Gauvreau worked previously at International Jet Management and Executive Flightways.


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Names Behind the News back to top 
 

Meet the AVwebBiz Team

AVwebBiz is a weekly summary of the latest business aviation news, articles, products, features, and events featured on AVweb, the internet's aviation magazine and news service.

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