With the imminent launch of its new U.S. service, Wheels Up announced it is already planning to expand into Europe, grow its fleet well beyond 100 aircraft and introduce a second private membership aviation program to its portfolio.
Founder and CEO Kenny Dichter says that the company will spend the next two years establishing its services in the U.S. but in three years will be ready to cross the Atlantic and launch an equivalent service, based perhaps in London.
Nextant Aerospace is returning to Beechcraft products to add a second airframe to its remanufacturing business, this time targeting the King Air C90 twin turboprop. Nextant has teamed with both GE and Garmin to offer the G90XT, an upgraded C90 with GE H80 engines in place of the current Pratt & Whitney PT6As, and a Garmin 1000 avionics suite instead of the Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21.
Piaggio says it has a fully approved path to put P.180 Avantis grounded by the collapse of Avantair back into the sky – with the first recertified aircraft already returned to its owner. (P.180 photo: Piaggio)
Jet Aviation is introducing an Airbus ACJ318 to its managed fleet in the U.S.
The U.S.-registered aircraft will be operated by Jet Aviation Flight Services’ West Coast team and based at Van Nuys, Calif. When the ACJ is added to Jet Aviation Flight Services’ FAR Part 135 aircraft operator’s certificate (AOC) later this year, or in early 2014, it will become the first ACJ318 in the U.S. and the only VVIP ACJ available in the country for charter.
China’s Deer Jet is making a significant shift in its business plan though a new strategic partnership with Houston-headquartered Starbase Jet. It is taking seven aircraft (more than 10% of its current fleet) and moving them to the U.S., where they will be refurbished and offered for charter by Starbase Jet.
LE BOURGET — A slowdown in French R&D spending halted several new missile programs last year. The 2013 defense white paper pledges support for all of them once more, but the money still has to be secured.