Modular Fly Away Kit for VVIP and Special Missions

Courtesy: Lufthansa Technik.

Courtesy: Lufthansa Technik.

Lufthansa Technik is introducing a new product, the Fly Away Kit, to the VVIP and Special Mission market. The Fly Away Kit is integrated in a modified LD9 Unit Load Device (ULD) and ensures the availability of important spare parts for aircraft operations by stowing them right on board.

For example, wheels, a mobile aircraft jack, essential spare parts or oil can be stored. Easily accessible in the aircraft’s cargo bay, technicians have the equipment, where it is needed. Based on the shadow-board principle like a toolbox, the VIP style Fly Away Kit is clearly organized.

Designed by Lufthansa Technik’s VIP & Executive Jet Solutions division the new product has already been ordered by a VVIP customer operating an Airbus 340 in Head of state configuration.

Walter Heerdt, Luftansa Technik’s Senior Vice President VIP & Executive Jet Solutions, said: “This new product gives our customers the independence to go to any remote airfield with a good feeling having the essential spares on-board. Especially in combination with our Mobile Aircraft Support teams or on-board technicians we can maximize the dispatched reliability for VIP operations.”

Building on Lufthansa Technik’s unique component support experience, the Fly Away Kit can be tailored for each customer’s specific needs, operation and mission. For example, the new Patient Transport Unit Next Generation (PTU NG) can be safely stowed in the ULD along with other emergency medical equipment. Special mission operators get the flexibility to store all the required equipment in this customizable standard container.

For the first time Lufthansa Technik  presents a 1:6 model of the Fly Away Kit and the on-board stowage solution of the Patient Transport Unit Next Generation (PTU NG) as one example of nearly endless stowage solutions at its booth (no.2289) at the NBAA Convention 2014 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

The modular concept of the on-board stowage solution allows individual stowages for every need and container type independent of wide- or narrowbody aircrafts. The size of a standard LD9 container is 1.6 m high, 3.2 m wide and 2.2 m deep.

Source: Lufthansa Technik.

Bombardier Introduces Challenger 650 with Launch Customer NetJets at NBAA 2014

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Courtesy: Bombardier.

Bombardier announced today it has expanded its leading Challenger family of business jets with the addition of the new Challenger 650 aircraft. In partnership with NetJets, the global launch customer for the aircraft, the Challenger 650 jet was introduced at the National Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (NBAA) in Orlando, Florida during a special unveiling event.

On June 11, 2012, NetJets placed a firm order for 25 Challenger 650 jets, formerly referred to as theChallenger 605 “NG”, with options for 50 additional aircraft. The Signature Series brand of the Challenger 650 aircraft has been designed with unique features such as customized cabinetry, seating, next-generation In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and lighting. Deliveries of the aircraft are scheduled to begin in 2015.

“The Challenger 650 jet enhances our leading business aircraft portfolio, the largest within the industry and will establish new standards in its segment,” said Éric Martel, President, Bombardier Business Aircraft. “This aircraft will provide our customers with the ultimate in-flight experience, a superior baseline offering and the lowest direct operating costs* in its class. With the Challenger 650 jet, they will have it all,” added Mr. Martel.

NetJets Senior Vice President of Global Asset Management Chuck Suma said, “The proven reliability of theChallenger 605 series played a significant role in our decision to order Challenger 650 aircraft. This new aircraft, with its enhanced performance capabilities, cutting-edge interior design and the lowest direct operating costs* in its class, will be a great addition to our fleet.”

Performance and Efficiency

The Challenger 650 aircraft’s enhanced GE engines offer greater thrust, shorter take-off distance, extra payload capacity and greater range capabilities out of challenging airports. With a true 4,000 nm (7,408 km) range capability, the Challenger 650 jet will connect London to New York, Dubai to London and Sao Paulo to Miami non-stop.*

Comfort and Technology

The Challenger 650 aircraft’s widest-in-class cabin has been completely redesigned to offer the ultimate in-flight experience, with breakthrough design attributes and unique expressions of comfort, control and connectivity. Inspired by the design and ergonomics of the new Challenger 350 aircraft, the Challenger 650jet will feature redesigned seats and galley, business aviation’s most advanced and best equipped Cabin Management System, largest-in-class HD monitors, Audio Video on Demand, Bluetooth integration and industry-leading connectivity capabilities.

The Challenger 650 aircraft will feature the Bombardier Vision flight deck, providing pilots with cutting edge technology and superior design aesthetics for new levels of control and comfort, in addition to increasing situational awareness and reducing pilot workload. The combination of the capabilities provides the best value in business aviation: latest generation Flight Management Computer, Synthetic Vision System, MultiScan™ weather radar and available head-up display.

Customer Support Network

The Challenger 650 aircraft ownership experience comes with a top-rated support and service commitment and capability. With 14 Regional Support Offices worldwide and a Customer Response Team that comes to you when you need support; fly confidently knowing that we back our best in-class aircraft with best-in-class support. Let us help you protect your investment with Smart Services programs, over 60 service and maintenance facilities across the globe, flight and technical training and a parts distribution network that’s as expansive as the range of our jets.

Source: Bombardier.

Airbus ACJ319 highlights trend to larger cabins at NBAA

Courtesy: Airbus.

Courtesy: Airbus.

All of the business jet variants launched in recent years feature larger cabins than their predecessors, highlighting the market’s wish for more cabin. Airbus will be highlighting its leadership of this trend by displaying an Airbus ACJ319, with the widest and tallest cabin of any business jet, at the NBAA show.

The Airbus ACJ319 on display is operated by Tyrolean Jet Services and is offered for VVIP charter. It features lounge areas at the front, a bedroom with ensuite bathroom and shower in the middle, and business-class seating in the rear, and is certificated for 19 passengers.

“More space in the cabin is desirable for many reasons other than the greater comfort and freedom of movement that it brings,” explains Airbus Chief Operating Officer, Customers, John Leahy. “The larger cabin volume and floor-area of Airbus corporate jets means you can take more people with you when you travel, be more productive along the way, and carry more baggage,” he adds.

The desire for a large cabin is one of the findings of Airbus’ ACJ Billionaire Study, announced earlier this year, which highlighted the wish of high net-worth individuals to take with them when they travel, those that look after them at work and at home.

Airbus’ ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321 fit into the same sort of ramp space as traditional business jets, but their cabins are almost twice as large, offering a very different travel experience, in which people can socialise more easily by moving around the cabin.

Airbus corporate jets deliver more than traditional business jets, such as extra baggage-space, pilot-pleasing Category 3B autoland, and mechanic-friendly engine and systems access.

Part of the world’s most modern aircraft family, Airbus’ ACJ318, ACJ319, ACJ320 and ACJ321 are enjoying huge success with airlines, which have now ordered more than 11,000 of them.

This airliner heritage confers robust reliability, the likelihood of finding other operators of similar aircraft wherever a customer flies, and an all-encompassing network supporting more than 500 customers and operators around the world. Airbus has sold over 170 corporate jets to date, and these aircraft are flying on every continent, highlighting their versatility.

Source: Airbus.