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As the show opened, fractional ownership
company NetJets announced that it has
completed a purchase agreement with Brazilian
aircraft manufacturer Embraer covering as
many as 125 Platinum Edition Phenom 300
light business jets.
The deal, with an estimated value that could
exceed US$1 billion at list prices, is seen by
analysts as a sign of recovery in the business
aviation sector, which was severely affected
by the global economic downturn. It includes
50 firm orders and 75 options, with deliveries
scheduled to begin in 2013.
According to NetJets, the new Platinum
Edition aircraft is being developed exclusively
for the company in a co-operative partnership
with Embraer. It features "technology and
comforts based on the requirements of
NetJets fractional-share owners", the US
"This announcement is the first step in the
execution of a ten-year fleet plan that will
provide the company's fractional jet owners
with the fleet options, safety, service and
reliability they have come to expect from the
worldwide leader in private aviation," NetJets
NetJets now operates a global fleet of more
than 800 aircraft, representing 13 different
aircraft types from manufacturers including
Cessna, Dassault, Gulfstream and Hawker
Beechcraft. Since 2000, the company has
taken delivery of more than 600 aircraft.
"Today's announcement regarding the
NetJets light-cabin fleet will be the first of
several to come in the next few years that will
cover the mid-size and large-cabin fleets and
will be in addition to orders already on the
books to acquire more than US$2.95 billion
worth of aircraft," NetJets says.
"No-one is more confident about the future
of private aviation than NetJets," says company
Chief Executive Officer David Sokol.
Embraer says it has signed "comprehensive
maintenance support agreements providing
a broad scope of logistics, material and
maintenance services for the new fleet in both
the North American and European markets".
Separately, the Brazilian manufacturer was
debuting its large Legacy 650 and ultra-large
Lineage 1000 jets at the show's static park.
The 650, which is a longer-range variant of
the Legacy 600, was announced at the 2009
The National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) held its 63rd Annual Meeting and Convention at the
Georgia World Conference Centre in Atlanta, Georgia, on 19-21 October. Andrzej Jeziorski reports the
first news breaking from the show as Asian Aviation went to press.
NetJets signs agreement for up to 125 Phenom 300s
Bombardier announces new additions to Global family
Bombardier Aerospace announced two
new models in its flagship Global range of
large, ultra-long range business jets, with the
introduction of the Global 7000 and Global
"The Global 7000 and Global 8000 jets
will give our customers the ability to reach
more destinations non-stop than ever before,
delivering unprecedented levels of performance,
flexibility, and comfort," says Steve Ridolfi,
president of Bombardier Business Aircraft.
The manufacturer says the Global 7000
features a four-zone cabin with a volume of
2,637 cubic feet, offering 20 percent more living
space than the "current industry leader". The
aircraft will offer a maximum cruise speed of
Mach 0.9 and a range of 7,300 nautical miles
(13,520km) at Mach 0.85.
The aircraft will be able to fly non-stop with
10 passengers between London and Singapore,
New York and Dubai or Beijing and Washington.
Entry into service is scheduled for 2016.
The Global 8000 will be able to fly further
than any other business jet, Bombardier says.
It will have a range of 7,900 nautical miles at
Mach 0.85, offering non-stop connections with
eight passengers on such routes as Sydney-Los
Angeles, Hong Kong-New York and Mumbai-
The aircraft will feature a three-zone cabin
with a volume of 2,236-cubic feet and a top
cruise speed of Mach 0.90. The Global 8000 will
enter service in 2017.
Bombardier says the new Global models will
feature "an all-new high-speed transonic wing,
designed to significantly optimize aerodynamic
efficiency". The aircraft will be powered by
next-generation General Electric TechX
engines offering 16,500 lb of thrust,
alongside efficiency benefits and reduced
NOx emissions will be 50 percent
below the International Civil Aviation
Organization's upcoming Civil Aircraft
Emissions Protocol (CAEP-6) regulations,
while the engines will also offer 8
percent better overall fuel-efficiency than
the Global Express XRS.
The cabins of both new aircraft will feature:
enlarged windows that provide approximately
80 percent more surface area than current
Global aircraft; a large baggage area, accessible
in flight; and a crew-rest area with berthable
Both models will also feature the most
up-to-date version of the Global Vision flight
deck and the advanced connectivity capability
of a leading-edge cabin management system
"to ensure the highest levels of convenience,
comfort and control ever presented in a
business jet", Bombardier says.
The 7000 and 8000 models expand Bombardier's
flagship Global family of aircraft to four models.
18 AsianAviation | NOVEMBER 2010
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