Topic in the Sept. 21 issue of The Weekly of Business Aviation include progress on the Bombardier Global 7000 and 8000, Flexjet's new "One Flight Crew, One Aircraft" policy and the continuing NetJets labor dispute.

Bombardier Reaches Milestones With Global 7000, 8000

Bombardier Aerospace says it has reached major development milestones with its long-range Global 7000 and Global 8000 aircraft program.

The engines have been mounted on the first Global 7000 test vehicle, or FTV1, all major structural assemblies have come together on the test aircraft, and the company has appointed a new leader, a longtime Bombardier veteran, to oversee the program.

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Flexjet Launches ‘Red Label’ Concept

Fractional ownership company Flexjet is adding a number of enhancements, including the adoption of a  “One Flight Crew, One Aircraft” model.

Flexjet is assigning one crew to fly a single aircraft in a new take on aircraft crewing under the fractional model, Flexjet Chairman Kenn Ricci said. The change will bring a higher level of confidence and consistency, he said.

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NetJets Pilots Picket As Negotiations Drag

About 800 NetJets pilots, along with their family members, picketed at seven sites around the country on Sept. 10 after progress to secure a new labor contract stalled, the union said.

Fractional ownership company NetJets and the NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots began contract negotiations in June 2013. In May, federal mediators were called in.

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