One of the main events for the business aviation market this year, EBACE 2007, closed yesterday. It is too early to give an extensive overview but we will try to briefly sum up the most important features of this year’s exhibition, which can be split into two categories: innovations and major contracts.
As usual, this year’s EBACE had many innovations in store. Dassault Falcon announced a new addition to the Falcon family of business jets, the Falcon 2000LX, which features an improved wing which augments flight range. The company also displayed its newest development – the large, long-range Falcon 7X. Overseas guests, Cessna and Bombardier, brought their entire line-ups to the exhibition. The Canadian company premiered its new large Challenger 605 business jet, while Cessna demonstrated a model of its Large Cabin Concept (LCC) jet which is currently in development. Embraer offered visitors a look inside life-size cabin models of its new Phenom 100 and Phenom 300 jets, and Boeing showed projects of luxurious interiors for the Boeing 747-8 VIP aircraft.
Several major contracts were announced. The Italian Piaggio Industries struck a deal with the operator Jetfly on the delivery of four P.180 Avanti II turboprops. Bombardier signed three contracts: Bexar, an operator from Bahrain, opted for Challenger 605, Omni, a Portuguese air charter company, ordered the midsize Challenger 300 and the light Learjet 40XR, and the Lebanese company Echo chose the long range Global Express XRS. Boeing received two major orders: one from a Hong Kong tycoon for a Boeing 787 VIP worth about 153 mln USD, the other for a BBJ worth about 51 mln USD from Ocean Sky, the British operator. Gulfstream Aerospace and the Saudi Arabian National Air Services (NAS) signed a contract for the delivery of 17 Gulfstream 450 jets topping 650 mln USD. One more of these jets will be delivered to London Executive Aviation. Cessna Aircraft struck a major deal with one of the biggest European operators, JetAlliance. The deal involves various models of the Citation jet and sums up to over 280 mln USD. Hawker Beechcraft and the European department of NetJets signed a contract on the delivery of 32 Hawker 4000’s that will cost over 700 mln USD. Eclipse Aviation set up the record having signed a contract with ETIRC Aviation worth about 270 mln USD on the delivery of 180 light Eclipse 500 jets.
This is just a short round-up and some technological innovations and lesser contracts of EBACE 2007 may not be included but we hope to give you a more detailed summary of the exhibition in the near future.