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The atmosphere at this year's EBACE was
industrious and gone were 2009's gaping holes
on the exhibition floor, reminiscent of gaps in a
Exhibitors said the European business
aviation sector is picking up more quickly than
that of the US. Business aircraft sales in the
international market have long since overtaken
US domestic sales, and manufacturers are
increasingly looking to emerging markets as the
focus for their advertising dollars.
However, the current troubles afflicting
European economies -- such as financial
turbulence in Greece and Spain, along with
debt build-up in countries like Italy and Portugal
-- could prevent a strong upsurge in the
At the same time, growth continues in the
Middle East. Exhibitor Al Bateen Executive
Airport, the Gulf's first dedicated private aviation
airport, said it has had a 30 percent increase in
aircraft movements this year over last.
However, the real money lies with Asia
and Africa today, as companies warm to the
potential of business aviation. The show saw
a debut announcement from one Chinese
company and new long-range aircraft delivered
Financiers are looking more positively at
applications for aircraft loans now as some
world economies show signs of recovery.
Hamburg-based Lufthansa Technik was
bullish, reporting "a successful 2009". This
year has already seen the company deliver a
modified Airbus A319 to the German Ministry
of Defence's Special Air Mission Wing, with
another due to follow.
Both Honeywell and Embraer forecasted slow
growth from 2011 through 2019, with Europe
expected to account for just over a quarter
of new demand. According to Bombardier,
however, the European business aviation fleet
will grow to 4,500 aircraft by 2018, an increase
of 2,800 jets in just eight years.
This year's show included a number of first-time
aircraft appearances in the static park. Among
them were Cessna's Citation CJ4, the newly
certified Eclipse 500, the Embraer Phenom 300
and the first European Aviation Safety Agency
(EASA) certified Hawker 4000.
The CJ4 has now received US type
certification, about three and a half years after
its launch. The first production aircraft is due
for delivery this summer and Cessna predicts
it will deliver a further 14 over the year. The
manufacturer says it has orders for 150 of the
jets to date.
Priced at US$9 million, the aircraft is powered
by two Williams International FJ44-4A engines
and is fitted with a Rockwell Collins Pro Line
21 avionics suite. The jet has a maximum cruise
speed of more than 450 knots (840kmh) and a
range of nearly 2,000 nautical miles (3,700km)
with two crew and five passengers. The aircraft
can climb to 45,000ft (13,720m) in 28 minutes
at maximum take-off weight.
The CJ4 also offers the Rockwell Collins
Venue cabin management system, which
includes the ability to play BluRay discs on high-
definition monitors, as well as moving maps
and XM satellite radio.
Valencia, Spain based air taxi operator
JetReady displayed its Eclipse Aerospace Eclipse
500 very light jet (VLJ) in the static park. The
freshly-EASA certified aircraft is expected to
receive European and Spanish approval for
commercial operations later this year.
The operator aims to take 23 Eclipse 500s
over four years and will be based throughout
Spain. Regulators required modifications to the
aircraft before its approval, including installing
a standby mechanical altimeter in case of a
failure of the cockpit's electronic displays.
Embraer's Phenom 300 also made its show
debut and earned its European approval during
the show. The aircraft seats up to 10 people,
has a top speed of 453 knots and can fly
for 1,971 nautical miles at altitudes of up to
Hawker Beechcraft gave pride of place to its
flagship Hawker 4000 super-midsize business
jet., which had just earned EASA certification.
Sean McGeough, the company's president
for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said:
"The market for the Hawker 4000 in Europe,
Africa and the Middle East is an expansive and
important one. EASA certification bolsters the
Hawker 4000's already enthusiastic reception in
Eight of the aircraft are now based in Europe,
with more scheduled for delivery in the coming
Static park features Citation CJ4, other debutantes
NEWS IN BRIEF
PIAGGIO AERO has intensified efforts to develop
a new business jet, now that the company has
obtained backing from shareholders Tata and
Mubadala. Development of the P1XX jet is now
well beyond the initial concept stage. According
to Piaggio Aero president and CEO John Bingham
the P1XX will be as unique as the company's well-
known P180 Avanti pusher turboprop. "If you
thought the P180 was good wait till you see the
next one," he said. No launch date has yet been
set and the company said that it is aiming the
aircraft at a larger market than just P180 owners
wishing to upgrade.
Last year they came because they had to. This year they came because they wanted to. Some
11,106 people turned up at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition on 4-6
May, up from 2009's 10,917 attendance figure. Liz Moscrop reports from Geneva.
EBACE highlights business aviation rebound This year's EBACE was busier and more vibrant
as the industry anticipated a return to form in
the wake of the global recession.
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