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A grand total of new jets and rubbish airline flights

A grand total of new jets and rubbish airline flights

February 17, 2010 @ 12:44
by lizmoscrop

10,000 new bizjets in ten years time

The latest figures from industry body GAMA make grim reading. However, business aviation analyst Brian Foley has taken a more optimistic stance, using sports scoring protocols as his guide. He reckons that business jet sales will grow at 2.7 percent over the next 10 years. Foley compared business aviation’s golden year – 2008 – with the dire 2009 and has produced a positive forecast. He predicts 8,900 business jets worth $170 billion will enter the market over the next decade.

These new aircraft might anger green activists, since Foley also said business aircraft will devour 21 billion gallons of jet fuel over the next ten years and annual consumption will reach 2.5 billion gallons in 2020. This is a raise of more than 50 percent over last year.

The figures are an antidote to the statistics released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. After 2008’s high of 1,313 deliveries, only 870 new jets entered service last year. Brazilian airframer Embraer bucked the trend, with a rise of 220 percent in deliveries, which included 97 Phenom 100s.  French manufacturer Dassault also had something to cheer about with an increase of just under 7 percent in deliveries. However, the US was badly hit, with the large OEMS losing on average 30 percent deliveries.  The turboprop sector was more stable, with a drop of just 94 deliveries to 441 aircraft over 535 in 2008.

VistaJet cosies up with Flexjet

One company that never seems to be affected by the global downturn is Thomas Flohr’s VistaJet. The Switzerland-headquartered block card charter provider, which acquired Bombardier’s European charter arm Skyjet International in 2008, has announced an alliance with Texas-based frax provider Flexjet, which is still owned by Bombardier. US customers can now access VistaJet’s aircraft in Europe and the Middle East. The deal also includes customers of the Flexjet 25 Jet Card program, who buy blocks of aircraft time through Part 135 operator Jet Solutions.

Bingham the boss of Piaggio

There was some good news this week for Piaggio’s John Bingham, who has become the new Piaggio Aero America President and CEO. Scroll down page for interview with him at the Paris Air Show last year.

British Airways offers rubbish flights

Not strictly private jets, unless you count its A318 service to New York from London City, but the story tickled me and could help shape emissions targets by airlines in years to come. British newspaper the Independent reports today that UK flag carrier British Airways is to buy waste from a London biofuel factory planned by US-based Solena. The airline and the US bioenergy company are to establish Europe’s first green jet fuel plant in the East End of London.

By 2014, the factory will turn 500,000 tonnes of household and industrial garbage into 16 million gallons of carbon-neutral aviation fuel annually.

The fuel will power all of BA’s flights from London City Airport as well as other bases. Solena is aiming to produce a green fuel that will not need to be blended with other fossil based fuels.

BA chief Willie Walsh said the initiative would help BA meet reduce its carbon emissions by 50 per cent by 2050. “We believe it will lead to the production of a real sustainable alternative to jet kerosene,” he said.

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