AVwebBiz - Volume 6, Number 21b

May 21, 2008

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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.
 
Top News: Bombardier's Big Business with VistaJet back to top 
 

VistaJet Orders $1.2 Billion In Bombardier Jets, Buys Skyjet

They liked it so much they bought the company. In the second-largest order ever placed with Bombardier, Swiss-based VistaJet is buying 35 high-end aircraft and also taking over Bombardier Skyjet International (formerly Flexjet), its charter operation with bases in Farnborough, Hong Kong and Dubai. VistaJet will buy 11 Challenger 605s, 13 Learjet 60 XRs and 11 Learjet 85s, and took options for 25 more aircraft. The deal triples VistaJet's fleet and makes it the second-largest non-U.S. bizjet company. "The bulk order and the purchase of Bombardier Skyjet International are in line with our plans to be the leader in this industry and accelerate our global expansion," said VistaJet Chairman Thomas Flohr.

The company describes itself as the fastest-growing business jet company in Europe. It currently operates Learjet 40XR and 60XR, Challenger 300,604/605 and 850 as well as Global Express XRS aircraft.

 
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Introducing the Legacy 450 & 500 back to top 
 

Embraer Names Its New Bizjets, Sets Prices

Embraer unveiled a mockup of its new midsize business jet and announced it was naming that aircraft the Legacy 500, and its mid-light stablemate the Legacy 450, at EBACE 2008 on Tuesday. Until now, the paper jets were called the MLJ and MSJ. The 500 seats up to 10 and has a range of up to 3,000 nm. The 450 seats up to eight and goes about 2,300 nm on a tank. Introductory pricing was announced, with the 450 starting at $15.25 million and the 500 at $18.4 million. Both will be fly-by-wire and both will be powered by Honeywell HTF7500E engines.

The Brazilian planemaker held a splashy ceremony to announce the names and unveil the cabin mockup. The company has set a relatively ambitious delivery schedule for the aircraft. The 500 will be finished first and first deliveries are expected in 2012, and the 450 will follow in 2013. The additions to the Embraer line fill gaps in the lineup between the very light and light Phenom 100 and 300 models, both of which are flying, and the Legacy 600, an adaptation of the E135 regional jet. Embraer is also converting its 90-passenger E190 airliners into private configurations under the name Lineage.


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Air Taxis: And Then There's the Russian Model ... back to top 
 

Russian Air Taxi Dexter Buys 20 Mustangs

After two years of success with four Pilatus PC-12s, start-up Russian air taxi company Dexter predicts that it will be about 2011 before it needs to expand its horizons. So, CEO Eugene Andrachnikov timed his purchase of 20 Cessna Citation Mustangs to fit that growth prediction. "It will take the market about three or four years to mature," he told AVweb in a podcast interview at EBACE 2008 in Geneva. Andrachnikov claims Dexter is the only "real" air taxi company functioning in the world and that, in part, is due to the economic model. Dexter charges a flat rate of 130 rubles (about $5.50 USD) per kilometer for its PC-12s, regardless of occupancy (maximum of eight passengers) and it does not vary. "Russians don't like surprises," he quipped to a laughing media contingent at a Cessna news conference.

Andrachnikov said Dexter exploits the primitive transportation systems in Russia's resource-rich frontiers and is making the population centers of the hinterlands quickly accessible by the rapidly growing business class. He illustrated the state of Russian transportation by telling the story of a businessman who found it more efficient to fly nine hours to Moscow to take a flight to a city 400 miles from his departure point on the far eastern coast of the country. After another nine hours back to eastern Russia, bad weather forced a diversion to the man's point of departure. Andrachnikov said the availability of relatively inexpensive point-to-point travel is saving business people days and sometimes weeks. He said most of his customers have never had access to private aircraft travel. About 15 percent have access to private air travel but find Dexter less expensive for short flights.

 
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The Cost of Staking a Claim in the UAE back to top 
 

XOJet Gets $2.46 Billion In Funding

Despite a credit crunch that some companies have blamed for their inability to find necessary capital, XOJet CEO Paul Touw says money is available for the right idea in the right package. The San Carlos, Calif.-based company launched just two years ago and has negotiated financing agreements with five organizations worth a total of $2.46 billion to fund a major expansion to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Touw told AVweb that despite the enormous wealth and growth of the area, there's a shortage of private jets. "It's an open playing field," he said. Like pioneers in most fields, XOJet has to bring what it needs to the UAE and that's why it needs so much money. "We have to build our own service center," Touw said.

XOJet has or has ordered 127 Cessna Citation Xs and will start service in Abu Dhabi with the speedy jet. But because a significant part of the market in the UAE is for trips of 4,000 nm (London, Singapore) or more, it will also need some aircraft with longer legs. It starts getting Bombardier Challenger 300 jets this fall to fill that need. Touw said one of the keys to obtaining funding was the innovative package it devised. He said he believes it's the first time a private jet firm has used a commercial-style approach to organizing the packages.

 
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.
 
Premier II Proves Popular back to top 
 

Hawker Beechcraft Racks Up Orders

A day after unveiling the mockup of its next-generation composite business jet, the Premier II, Hawker Beechcraft announced it has taken 40 firm orders and has 30 more in the wings. The aircraft is an update of the Premier 1A, which was the first (and still the only) all-composite business jet in certified service. It has more power, longer range and a bigger payload than the current model. "The customer response has been fantastic," said Brad Hatt, Hawker Beechcraft's president of commercial aircraft. First flight of the new model is expected next April and deliveries should happen in 2011. The company was also celebrating the sale of 10 of its top-of-the-line Hawker Beechcraft 4000 models, and options for five more, in a deal sealed on the ramp at EBACE 2008.

As AVweb arrived at the 4000 in the static display to tour the aircraft and prepare a video, we were asked to postpone the session as there was a meeting on board. Turns out that officials from India-based fractional and block charter company BJETS were signing the papers to seal the deal. The deal is worth more than $330 million. BJETS spokesman Mark Baier said there a number of factors that went into the decision, including performance and comfort. In a news release, Hawker Beechcraft noted the aircraft's hot-weather performance, something to be considered in India.

 
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AVweb Audio: Are You Listening? back to top 
 

NBAA's Ed Bolen on This Year's EBACE
(Recorded Live at EBACE 2008)

File Size 8.4 MB / Running Time 4:36

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The huge diversity of attendees, the sheer numbers of participants, and the ramp full of expensive hardware are testament to the importance of EBACE in the business aviation world, according to NBAA President Ed Bolen. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with him in Geneva on Tuesday.

Click here to listen. (8.4 MB, 4:36)

Dexter's Russian Air Taxi Model Leads the Way
(Recorded Live at EBACE 2008)

File Size 5.3 MB / Running Time 5:47

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Although most air taxi operations in North America are still feeling their way in the new business, Moscow-based Dexter believes it's hit on a winning business model. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with CEO Eugene Andrachnikov about how to sell private aviation to people who really need it.

Click here to listen. (5.3 MB, 5:47)

 
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Also on AVweb ... back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: EBACE Notes, Gripes and Accolades

Today on the AVweb Insider, our staff copes with jetlag, European electrical outlets, and the dawning realization that everyone (from big companies to small dealers) have actually made good on their ambitions to go global.

Read more.

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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.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Timothy Cole

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Features Editor
Kevin Lane-Cummings

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