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Gulfstream Delivers First B-registered G650 in China

Gulfstream Aerospace delivered the first B-registered G650 to an undisclosed customer based in mainland China earlier this month, a company spokeswoman confirmed to AIN. This follows type-certificate validation from China’s Civil Aviation Administration for Gulfstream’s flagship G650 and G650ER ultra-long-range twinjets in mid-February. “The G650 and G650ER demonstrate real-world capability that our customers value,” said … Continued

Global 7000 Program on Track as Third Aircraft Flies

AIN International The third flight-test Global 7000, FTV3, completed a 4-hour, 10-minute maiden flight yesterday from Toronto Downsview Airport, where Bombardier Aerospace assembles the ultra-long-range business jet. Piloted by Logan Lamping and Derek Thresher, the twinjet—registered C-GLBX—reached FL510 and 320 knots during the mission. Flight-test engineers Duane Moore and Matthew DiMaiolo were also on board. … Continued

GAMA: 1Q Bizjet Shipments Rise, Turboprops Plunge

General aviation airplane shipments in the first quarter ticked up 2.3 percent from a year ago, though billings slid 10.9 percent, according to data released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Overall, the industry shipped 434 airplanes worth $3.6 billion in the first three months. Piston airplane shipments increased 6.3 percent, to 203 … Continued

China Is BBJ Territory, Says New Boeing Boss Laxton

by Kerry Lynch, AIN Greater China has become a central market for Boeing Business Jets (Chalet 2) for both new and pre-owned aircraft, according to Greg Laxton, the new head of the company. Over the past five years, the BBJ fleet in the region has swelled by 190 percent. Speaking at his first major business … Continued

Dassault: Chinese Business Jet Market Is ‘Waking Up’

Dassault Aviation is showing its flagship Falcon 8X this week at ABACE 2017 in Shanghai, and if the success of the 7X in China is any indication, the 8X should do quite well in this market. According to Jean-Michel Jacob, president of Falcon Asia-Pacific, Dassault already has one 8X under contract with a Chinese customer. … Continued

Gulfstream’s China Market Share Continues To Climb

by AIN Staff, Gulfstream Aerospace will deliver its first B-registered ultra-long-range G650 to a Chinese customer this month, following certification of the G650 and G650ER by the Civil Aviation Administration of China in February. There are already 23 G650s operating in Greater China, according to Roger Sperry, Gulfstream regional senior v-p for international sales in … Continued

Third PC-24 Prototype Makes First Flight

by Mark Phelps, AIN International The third and final prototype has joined Pilatus’s PC-24 flight test program. Certification is expected in this year’s fourth quarter with first deliveries shortly thereafter. (Photo: Pilatus) Pilatus has announced the first flight of its third prototype PC-24 twinjet. The March 6 maiden voyage of “series-conforming” aircraft P03, registered HB-VSA, … Continued

Second Global 7000 Prototype Joins Flight-test Program

by Charles Alcock, AIN The second flight-test vehicle (FTV2) for Bombardier’s new Global 7000 program achieved its first flight on Saturday. In a statement issued this morning, the Canadian airframer said that the Global 7000, for which development work was delayed by two years, remains on track to meet its revised entry-into-service target in the … Continued

JetNet: 2017 a Recovery Year for Pre-owned Bizcraft?

JetNet: 2017 a Recovery Year for Pre-owned Bizcraft? The creeping worldwide recovery has improved prospects for business aicraft sellers, albeit slowly. In its most recent market summary, JetNet analyzed the most recent numbers as “underwhelming,” but expressed hope that 2017 will be the start of a recovery. Last month, the fleet-for-sale percentages were lower than … Continued

Embraer Phenom 300 Once Again the Best-selling Bizjet

by Chad Trautvetter, AIN – February 23, 2017, 10:58 AMThe Embraer Phenom 300 once again earned the crown as the best-selling business jet, overall, with 63 deliveries logged last year. It beat the number-two seller—the super-midsize Bombardier Challenger 350—by just one shipment. This is the fourth consecutive year that Embraer’s light jet has achieved this … Continued

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