29 MAY 2017
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The static display at EBACE, Europe’s premier business aviation show, was bathed in sunshine the whole week, writes Alison Chambers.
Among the 59 models on show, debutantes included Cirrus’ SF50 Vision personal jet; Piper’s newly EASA certificated M600, currently on its European tour; the Cessna Citation Longitude, which logged its first European order from Czech Republic-based Travel Service; Nextant’s G90XT and the all new Gulfstream 500.
The annual Geneva event attracted 413 exhibitors, with Brandon Mitchener introduced as EBAA’s newly appointed CEO, replacing Fabio Gamba who stepped down after a five-year term.
News highlights included the announcement of GE as engine partner on the Aerion Supersonic AS2; the launch of the Airbus ACJ330neo; a newly branded “Airbus Corporate Helicopters” and the showcasing of various new interior concepts.
Leading the fray, AMAC Aerospace of Switzerland celebrated 10 years as a specialist VVIP cabin outfitter and announced it will outfit UK Acropolis Aviation’s new ACJ320neo, working to Alberto Pinto’s design.
It was an especially busy show for Pilatus, Daher and Textron following the relaxed new single-engine regulations in Europe. Surf Air Europe, the new airline subscription model, announced FlexJet-owned FlairJet as its AOC operating partner, confirming revenue start on 23 June – from Luton to Ibiza and Cannes – with its first Embraer Phenom 300.
Full report next week.
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