AVwebBiz Complete Issue: Volume 10, Number 23

June 13, 2012

By The AVweb Editorial Staff
 
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AVflash! Business Booms for NetJets back to top 
 

NetJets Orders 425 Jets, "Largest Order In History"

NetJets on Monday said it has ordered up to 425 midsize business jets from Cessna and Bombardier, a deal worth up to $9.6 billion, which the company said is the "largest private aviation order in history." The deal includes firm orders for 100 jets from Bombardier -- 75 of the Challenger 300 model and 25 Challenger 605 jets -- and 25 Citation Latitudes from Cessna. NetJets also optioned another 125 each of the Challenger 300 and Latitude jets, plus 50 options for the Challenger 605. The order expands NetJets' own "Signature Series" line of aircraft, which the company helped to design.

"These aircraft are bigger, faster, quieter and offer longer range than similar aircraft of the previous generation," NetJets said in a news release. "We listened to our owners and developed the design specifications of these aircraft to ensure that our fleet meets their exacting needs." The airplanes will be deployed in NetJets' fleets in North America and Europe. Deliveries are set to take place over 10 years, starting in 2014 for the Bombardier jets and 2016 for the Cessna Latitudes.

 
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Growing Pains for China's Domestic Airliner Program back to top 
 

China's Airliner Program Stalled: Report

As the airline industry gathers for the International Air Transport Association meeting in Beijing, a Reuters report is suggesting China's ambitious plans to develop its own airliners have suffered serious setbacks. Although Chinese officials haven't commented about it, Reuters said it spoke with three suppliers involved with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) effort to certify the 90-seat ARJ21 regional jet who claim Chinese authorities have found serious flaws with the test aircraft. Reuters said they were told the aircraft failed a wing loading test, its avionics have been unreliable and there are wiring issues. Last month it was announced that certification has been pushed back to sometime in 2013, five years behind schedule.

At the same time, the company is also trying to develop a 160-seat airliner that would complete with Boeing and Airbus single-aisle airliners. Comac is hoping to have the C919 ready by 2016, but it's not clear how the alleged issues with the regional jet will affect that timeline. Chinese certification may be a moot point, however. The FAA says it won't approve the aircraft until it assesses the Chinese authorities' ability to assess either jet's airworthiness.

 
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Passenger Jets Are Back in a Big Way back to top 
 

Airliner Price War Under Way

Airbus and Boeing are having a summer sale to shore up orders as airlines all over the world continue shopping for fuel-efficient jets. According to Reuters, both manufacturers are knocking up to 15 percent off the list price of their A320neo and Boeing 737 MAX designs, which will be the bread-and-butter airplanes for the next few decades. Each has accused the other of waging a price war.

The issue has apparently dominated the hallway discussions at the International Air Transport Association meeting in Beijing, where Boeing seems determined to set Airbus back on its heels after a poor showing at last year's Paris Air Show. With Farnborough coming up in a few weeks, Boeing is reportedly intent on firming up orders for a staggering 1,000 aircraft by the time the British show is over. As it stands now, Airbus has 1,425 orders for the re-engined A320.

 
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HBC's Chapter 11: A Great Opportunity? back to top 
 

Buyers Show Interest In Hawker Assets

Hawker Beechcraft is considering all options as it recovers from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, including a sale of the company, according to a recent report in the Wichita Eagle. "Depending on what [offers] we get, this case could become even more interesting," lawyer Patrick Nash Jr. told a federal bankruptcy court last month, noting that there has been considerable interest in a sale. Executives at Textron (Cessna's parent company) and Embraer have expressed interest in Hawker's assets, according to the Eagle. Bids were due to the bankruptcy court by the end of last week, but they have not been made public.

Hawker must file a restructuring plan with the bankruptcy court by the end of this month. Company officials have said they expect the company to emerge intact from the bankruptcy process within six months. "But as is the case with every other company, we must evaluate all of our options in order to be positioned for the future," Hawker spokeswoman Nicole Alexander said last month. The company lost over $600 million in 2011, and has been struggling with a heavy debt load. CEO Robert Miller said the reorganization will make Hawker a more competitive company.

 
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Meet the New Twin Otter back to top 
 

New Twin Otters Find Ready Market

In an industry that's a little short of success stories at the moment, there's a rare exception to that playing out in some unlikely locations in Canada. Viking Air's plants in Sidney, British Columbia, a suburb of the provincial capital of Victoria, and Calgary, Alberta, are straining under the weight of a four-year backlog for their new-build Twin Otters, the 400 Series. Since reintroducing the venerable twin turboprop STOL utility hauler, Viking has racked up more than 70 orders for the $6 million aircraft and word is just now getting out that they're available. Viking, which acquired the Twin Otter type certificate, along with six other de Havilland Canada designs from Bombardier a few years ago, had never manufactured airplanes before although it was a recognized rebuilder and modifier of the various types, which include the Beaver, Otter, Caribou and Buffalo. Viking tapped Dan Tharp, a Wichita native with long experience in aircraft production, to get its facilities in shape to meet the demand.

Tharp, who came to picturesque Victoria from the Vought plant in Nashville, has 30 years of experience that includes development and production of Learjet models in Bombardier's Wichita facilities. In eight months, Viking went from producing an airplane every two months to rolling out a brand new Twin Otter every 18 working days. The goal for the end of the year is to shave that to 11 days. That will give the company a realistic output of 23 aircraft a year, enough to move the backlog into the 18- to 24-month sweet spot. Viking has developed co-op training programs with local colleges in Victoria and Calgary to provide its own skilled workforce. The Victoria facility builds wings, cockpits and other subassemblies and contractors build the empennage and other parts. Final assembly and flight testing takes place in Calgary before the aircraft is finished and delivered back in Victoria. Sales have been made all over the world, from air taxis in the Maldives to the militaries of Peru and Vietnam. The U.S. Army recently took delivery of a new Twin Otter for use by its parachute demonstration team, the Golden Knights.

 
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Video: Inside the Twin Otter Factory back to top 
 

Video: Viking Air Twin Otter Factory

Original, Exclusive Videos from AVweb | Reader-Submitted & Viral Videos

Viking Air is quickly ramping up production of its new build Twin Otter 400 series. AVweb's Russ Niles toured the Victoria, British Columbia factory with VP of Operations Dan Tharp, a Wichita aircraft production veteran recently hired by Viking to boost production.

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Opinion & Commentary back to top 
 

AVweb Insider Blog: The Case for Commercialized Space

Last month, upstart rocket company SpaceX did what, heretofore, only sovereign nations have done: They launched a spacecraft into orbit, docked it with the space station and recovered it. So why are both the first man and the last man to stand on the moon opposed to this? On the AVweb Insider blog, Paul Bertorelli gives you a chance to tell us why.

Read more and join the conversation.

 
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Who's Where back to top 
 

Broom to Honda

Andrew Broom

Andrew Broom is the new Division Director for Corporate Communications and Marketing at Honda Aircraft Company. He was formerly AOPA's VP of Communications.


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The Top Reporter on Our Crack Staff ... Is You! back to top 
 

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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 world's premier independent aviation news resource.

The AVwebBiz team is:

Publisher
Tom Bliss

Editorial Director, Aviation Publications
Paul Bertorelli

Editor-in-Chief
Russ Niles

Webmaster
Scott Simmons

Contributing Editors
Mary Grady
Glenn Pew

Contributors
Kevin Lane-Cummings
Jeff Van West

Ad Coordinator
Karen Lund

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