A Vi­brant Show

“Busi­ness avi­a­tion in Europe is grow­ing and this show fea­tured sev­eral new busi­ness mod­els that of­fer new op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow the market fur­ther.” —Bran­don Mitch­ener, CEO, EBAA


THE 2017 EURO­PEAN BUSI­NESS Avi­a­tion Con­ven­tion & Ex­hi­bi­tion (EBACE 2017), ac­cord­ing to the or­gan­is­ers, was one of the most suc­cess­ful in re­cent mem­ory, re­in­forc­ing its rep­u­ta­tion as the in­dus­try’s most im­por­tant event in Europe. EBACE is jointly hosted by the Na­tional Busi­ness Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (NBAA) and the Euro­pean Busi­ness Avi­a­tion As­so­ci­a­tion (EBAA). This year’s show took place from May 22 to 24 at Geneva’s Pal­expo con­fer­ence cen­tre and Geneva In­ter­na­tional Air­port. “Any­one who spent the last week at EBACE can see the pas­sion and pro­fes­sion­al­ism that de­fine this in­dus­try,” said EBAA CEO Bran­don Mitch­ener. “This show was full of en­ergy and ex­cite­ment for the fu­ture, with amaz­ing tech­nol­ogy on dis­play, in-depth pol­icy dis­cus­sions and more than a few deals closed.” Mitch­ener joined EBAA as CEO in April 2017 and this year at­tended EBACE for the first time. “I’m thrilled to be a part of this in­dus­try at such a piv­otal time,” he said. “Busi­ness avi­a­tion in Europe is grow­ing and this show fea­tured sev­eral new busi­ness mod­els that of­fer fresh op­por­tu­ni­ties to grow the market fur­ther.” NBAA Pres­i­dent and CEO Ed Bolen agreed, stat­ing, “This show was an all-around suc­cess for at­ten­dees,

ex­hibitors and the en­tire in­dus­try. This week once again high­lighted the en­dur­ing value of EBACE and of busi­ness avi­a­tion around the world. Clearly, ours re­mains a for­ward-look­ing in­dus­try and we are con­fi­dent EBACE will con­tinue to be an im­por­tant part of its fu­ture.”

EBACE 2017 fea­tured over 400 ex­hibitors, rep­re­sent­ing nearly 40 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, on the show floor, while 56 air­craft were on dis­play at the Geneva In­ter­na­tional Air­port and three at the Pal­expo ex­hibit hall. The show com­menced with an ad­dress by so­lar avi­a­tion pi­o­neer, Dr Ber­trand Pic­card. As the first pi­lot to fly around the world en­tirely on so­lar power aboard the ground­break­ing So­lar Im­pulse air­craft, Pic­card pre­dicted innovation would lead avi­a­tion to­wards a more sus­tain­able fu­ture. Next year’s EBACE will re­turn to Pal­expo and Geneva In­ter­na­tional Air­port on May 29 to 31, 2018. Mean­while, var­i­ous air­craft com­pa­nies had so much to share with re­gard to prod­uct de­vel­op­ment.


Das­sault Avi­a­tion had on static dis­play the flag­ship Fal­con 8X, be­sides a Fal­con 900LX and a Fal­con 2000LXS. At the show, Das­sault an­nounced that it had selected Honey­well’s JetWave Ka-band sys­tem as a high speed in-flight con­nec­tiv­ity op­tion for new Fal­con Jet air­craft. Ini­tial in­stal­la­tions are al­ready un­der­way with first de­liv­ery to com­mence in the sum­mer. The op­tion will al­low JetWave Ka-band an­ten­nas to be in­stalled on all in-pro­duc­tion Fal­con mod­els, in­clud­ing the new Fal­con 8X ul­tra-long range tri­jet, the Fal­con 7X, 900LX and the Fal­con 5X ul­tra wide-body twin. JetWave will also be avail­able as a retro­fit on in-service Fal­cons and as an up­grade op­tion on air­craft that are al­ready equipped with other SATCOM so­lu­tions.

“Staying at the cut­ting-edge of tech­nol­ogy by of­fer­ing seam­less, con­sis­tent global con­nec­tiv­ity is of pri­mary im­por­tance to our cus- tomers,” said Eric Trap­pier, Chair­man & CEO of Das­sault Avi­a­tion. “Honey­well’s JetWave is the per­fect tool to meet this re­quire­ment.”


Tex­tron Avi­a­tion Inc, a Tex­tron Inc com­pany de­buted its new super-mid­size Cessna Ci­ta­tion Lon­gi­tude to the Euro­pean market. In ad­di­tion to the Lon­gi­tude, the com­pany show­cased many of its class-lead­ing Ci­ta­tion busi­ness jets and tur­bo­prop plat­forms. Tex­tron Avi­a­tion an­nounced that its first or­der from a Euro­pean cus­tomer for the super-mid­size Lon­gi­tude with Travel Service from Czech Repub­lic pick­ing it up. Also on show was Cessna Ci­ta­tion Lat­i­tude.

“We are thrilled to in­tro­duce the super-mid­size Ci­ta­tion Lon­gi­tude to the Euro­pean market this year at EBACE, al­low­ing vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence first-hand the class-lead­ing ameni­ties and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the qui­etest cabin in its class,” said Tom Perry, Vice Pres­i­dent of Sales, Europe. “With over 1,700 jets and tur­bo­props based in Europe, Tex­tron Avi­a­tion out­per­forms its com­pe­ti­tion in de­liv­er­ing air­craft and sup­port to cus­tomers through­out the re­gion that fur­ther their suc­cess.”

Ad­di­tional class-lead­ing Ci­ta­tion jets on dis­play in­cluded the Cessna Ci­ta­tion XLS+, of­fer­ing cus­tomers an un­par­al­leled com­bi­na­tion of com­fort, ease of op­er­a­tion, range of mis­sion ca­pa­bil­i­ties and fa­vor­able op­er­at­ing ef­fi­cien­cies. The Cessna Ci­ta­tion CJ4, CJ3+ and M2 rep­re­sented the com­pany’s CJ series, the best-sell­ing light jet prod­uct line. Also on dis­play was the Cessna Grand Car­a­van EX.

With over 600 tur­bo­props op­er­at­ing in Europe, Tex­tron Avi­a­tion con­tin­ues to lead this seg­ment with its es­tab­lished Beechcraft King Air and Cessna Car­a­van plat­forms. The Beechcraft King Air series of­fers over five decades of tur­bo­prop ex­cel­lence and cus­tomers in Europe have en­joyed the plat­form’s su­pe­rior

per­for­mance and flex­i­bil­ity. The Beechcraft King Air 250 was on dis­play, fea­tur­ing the Pro Line Fu­sion avion­ics sys­tem.


The all-new Gulf­stream G500 made its first voy­age to EBACE. The air­craft was fea­tured at Gulf­stream’s static dis­play along­side the record-set­ting Gulf­stream G280, the stal­wart Gulf­stream 550 and the un­par­alled Gulf­stream G650ER. “The G500 flew its maiden voy­age be­fore EBACE two years ago and we have worked me­thod­i­cally since then to ex­pand the test fleet and move the air­craft to­wards cer­ti­fi­ca­tion later this year,” said Mark Burns, Pres­i­dent, Gulf­stream. “The flight-test crew and all Gulf­stream em­ploy­ees work­ing on this pro­gramme are keep­ing the G500 as well as the Gulf­stream G600 on track to en­ter service with in­dus­try-lead­ing safety, per­for­mance and com­fort.”

The pro­duc­tion air­craft re­cently flew its long­est jour­ney to date, fly­ing a cross-coun­try mis­sion that lasted 10 hours and six min­utes and cov­ered 4,808 nau­ti­cal miles (8,904 kilo­me­tres) across the US The G500 can fly 5,000 nm (9,260 km) at Mach 0.85 or 3,800 nm (7,038 km) at Mach 0.90 and has a max­i­mum op­er­at­ing speed of Mach 0.925, the same as Gulf­stream’s G650 and G650ER. The G500 is on schedule to re­ceive type cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and en­ter service later this year.


Bom­bardier Lear­jet 75, Chal­lenger 350 and 650 and Global 6000 jets were flown at EBACE us­ing bio­fu­els sup­plied by AEG Fuels. The fuel was pro­duced by Al­tAir Fuels, which starts with used cook­ing oils and sup­plied by Nether­lands-based SkyNRG to the KLM Jet Cen­tre in Am­s­ter­dam, where the busi­ness jets were fu­elled for their flight to Geneva.

“These sus­tain­able fuels are pro­duced from re­new­able re­sources and are con­sid­ered ‘drop in’ fuels that blend with tra­di­tional fos­sil fuels with­out any equip­ment changes,” said AEG Gen­eral Avi­a­tion EVP Greg Cox. “These bio­fuel-pow­ered flights fur­ther demon­strate Bom­bardier Busi­ness Air­craft’s com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity as an in­te­gral part of how it con­ducts its busi­ness,” said cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence Vice Pres­i­dent, JeanChristophe Gal­lagher.


Pi­la­tus dis­played its third PC-24 (P03) pro­to­type, the first pro­duc­tion con­form­ing PC-24 to be built. Pi­la­tus said se­rial pro­duc­tion is un­der­way, and will be ramped up ready for the first cus­tomer de­liv­ery.

P03 flew for the first time on March 6 and has con­trib­uted to the test fleets to­tal 1,525 hours over 950 flights. Next to P03 will be a 1:1 mock-up with a “Vail” style in­te­rior, which demon­strates the six plus two seat­ing con­fig­u­ra­tion. In 2014, Pi­la­tus sold 84 PC-24s in the space of just 36 hours. The air­craft is ex­pected to gain cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in the fourth quar­ter of 2018, with cus­tomer de­liv­er­ies be­gin­ning shortly af­ter­wards.


Em­braer Ex­ec­u­tive Jets marked its presence by show­cas­ing the en­tire range of busi­ness jets. All air­craft, from the en­try level twin-jet Phe­nom 100E all the way up to the ul­tra-large Lin­eage 1000E, graced the Em­braer static dis­play. Em­braer’s static dis­play in­cluded the world’s best-sell­ing Phe­nom 300, the clean sheet de­sign Le­gacy 450 and Le­gacy 500, along with Le­gacy 650E which now car­ries an un­prece­dented 10-year or 10,000 flight hour war­ranty, the long­est in the busi­ness jet in­dus­try.


Air­bus Cor­po­rate Jets is round­ing out its new en­gine op­tion (neo) of­fer­ings with the launch of the ACJ330­neo which would of­fer a range that the com­pany touts as “non­stop to the world.” An­nounced on the eve of EBACE 2017, the VIP vari­ant of the Air­bus A330­neo can fly 25 pas­sen­gers 9,400 nm and is ca­pa­ble of con­nect­ing Europe to Aus­tralia, non-stop. The ACJ330­neo fills the gap in the ACJ fam­ily be­tween the ACJ319­neo and the ACJ350XWB, pro­vid­ing a prod­uct line that of­fers 80 to 300 square me­tres of cabin space and a range from 6,750 to 10,800 nm. With the ACJ330­neo, said Benoit Def­forge, Managing Di­rec­tor of Air­bus Cor­po­rate Jets, “Our fam­ily is com­plete.”

The first A330­neo will be handed over to air­line cus­tomers next year and ac­cord­ing to Def­forge Air­bus Cor­po­rate Jets has re­served slots for the ACJ330­neo in 2019. He added that the new­est mem­ber of the ACJ fam­ily al­ready is at­tract­ing interest.

The first two mem­bers of the neo fam­ily, the ACJ320 and ACJ319, mean­while, are on track for cus­tomer de­liv­er­ies at the end of 2018 and the sec­ond quar­ter of 2019, re­spec­tively, said Chadi Saade, Air­bus Vice Pres­i­dent Com­mer­cial. Air­bus has pre­vi­ously an­nounced or­ders for eight of the neo fam­ily, in­clud­ing six ACJ320­neos and two ACJ319­neos. Air­bus Cor­po­rate Jets has not dis­closed its cus­tomer base for most of the neo fam­ily, but Al­pha Star based in Riyadh, is the launch cus­tomer of the ACJ319­neo.


Honda Air­craft Com­pany pro­vided an up­date on the HondaJet pro­gramme at EBACE. The com­pany has ex­panded sales of the HondaJet to South­east Asia and re­ceived mul­ti­ple air­craft or­ders to sup­port a new frac­tional own­er­ship pro­gramme in the United King­dom and South­ern Europe. “Fol­low­ing a strong in­tro­duc­tion of the HondaJet at ABACE 2017 and sig­nif­i­cant interest from cus­tomers about own­ing a HondaJet, we are be­gin­ning air­craft sales in South­east Asia,” said Honda Air­craft Com­pany Pres­i­dent and CEO Michi­masa Fu­jino. “We see great po­ten­tial for the HondaJet in South­east Asia, one of the world's fastest grow­ing re­gions.” Honda Air­craft Com­pany has part­nered with Thai Aero­space Ser­vices (TAS) to es­tab­lish HondaJet South­east Asia. TAS will pro­vide sales, service and sup­port for HondaJet cus­tomers in Thai­land, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myan­mar, Sin­ga­pore and Viet­nam.

Honda Air­craft Com­pany said it had re­ceived mul­ti­ple or­ders for a hy­brid frac­tional own­er­ship pro­gramme for those who wish to turn left or right. The com­pany, FlyHonda, based in the Isle of Man, allows cus­tomers the op­por­tu­nity to fly. Service will be of­fered in the United King­dom and Europe. FlyHonda joins two other HondaJet op­er­a­tors in Europe.




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