Makers, buyers and fliers from across the globe totaled more than 32,000 at the National Business Aviation Convention. Atlanta hosted the 60th annual convention at the enormous 1 million square feet Georgia World Congress Center. Another million square feet were filled with displayed aircraft at nearby Fulton County Airport.
Honeywell’s annual market forecast opened the expo with predictions of annual business aircraft deliveries to top 1,000 for the first time this year. Investors are taking note, and more than billons of dollars traded hands.
The most orders were from XOJet, California’s new charter operator that rents stylish and quick on-demand jets to members who can afford it. They ordered 30 Citation Xs valued at $ 600 million and up to 80 Challenger 300 jets in an order that could reach $ 1.9 billion. 20 firm orders worth $ 450 million and 60 options that could raise the total cost to $ 1.9 billion.
Columbia’s aircraft could soon be under Cessna after the largest manufacturer offered to buy Columbia out of bankruptcy. Troubled Sino Swearingen has switched from Taiwanese control to Action Aviation Investors, a joint venture between Action Aviation and ACQ Capital which means to increase production of the SJ30 light jet. Kingfisher Airlines of India is putting $ 200 million into Epic Aircraft to take half ownership and bring very light jets into its fleet.
Bombardier impressed with the new Global Vision Flight Deck for the Global 5000 and Global Express XRS ultra-long-range business jets. That features Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 Fusion, which also first appeared at the show to promise a combination of infrared enhanced vision, synthetic vision based on databases and an upgrade of MultiScan weather radar. New aircraft news came from Embraer during the media flurry the day before the show opened. The growing Brazilian manufacturer revealed a mid-size and a mid-light jet to compete with eight and nine-seat twin jets on the market at a higher cost, but with higher performance and bonuses.
While Eclipse Aviation gets ready to install Avio NG avionics in its very light jet, the first European delivery of the Eclipse 500 will be made to the Ukraine in early October, where Zaporozhiy state administration governor Evgeniy Chervonenko is taking ownership.
Самолет с бортовым номером N990NE является первым из трех запланированных опытных самолетов для тестирования определенных компонентов Eclipse 700
Это позволит российской выставке стать более узнаваемой на международном рынке деловой авиации наравне с другими мировыми отраслевыми выставками, такими как EBACE, ABACE и NBAA-BACE