Looking through Asia’s numbers

It is amazing how quickly business aviation in Asia is growing. Any presentation in Asia quickly gets to numbers – like the 1.4 million millionaires in China; the IMF’s forecast of 7.5% GDP growth for emerging Asia and so on.In

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Alireza Ittihadieh says buyers should wait, Steve Varsano says world is getting brighter

Alireza Ittihadieh, founder of Freestream Aircraft Bermuda, warns new aircraft buyers that pre-owned aircraft values could fall further. Steve Varsano, founder of The Jet Business says: “The world is getting brighter.”

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We should all welcome Superior Aviation’s bid for Hawker Beechcraft

Congratulations to Hawker Beechcraft. Whilst some are sceptical of Superior Aviation’s $1.79 billion bid, it is, in fact, an exceptional deal for the company, its staff and customers.

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The Isle of Man loves business jets

In the last few months I have been accused of being downbeat (I don’t mind this as I welcome any feedback!) so this week it was great to spend a couple of days in one part of Europe where the

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Illegal aircraft charter has been overhyped

Illegal aircraft charter has been overhyped

Brian Johnson spent 20 years as an aviation regulator. Here, he discusses why people should not call it grey charter and how the extent of it is overstated.

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What next for Hawker Beechcraft?

What next for Hawker Beechcraft?

The big question for the new owners is whether to keep the company whole or split it up. Hawker Beechcraft has had many enquiries from possible buyers and there is an argument that it is worth more if the company is split up.

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Hawker Beechcraft deserves credit for hanging on so long

In The Turnaround Kid, the excellent book written by Steve Miller, CEO of Hawker Beechcraft, he warns companies that the people who lend you money originally are not the ones that deal with you when you get into trouble.

Hawker Beechcraft has spent many months negotiating with these people at banks. According to people whom have attended some of these meetings, the biggest comment they have faced from lenders is: “How have you kept going so long?”

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Opinion: Bad parents – Hawker Beechcraft is a bad advert for private equity

Opinion: Bad parents – Hawker Beechcraft is a bad advert for private equity

Onex and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners have let Hawker Beechcraft down.

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Opinion: Blink and it is still there

It is easy to attack very light jet air taxi operators but Blink and GlobeAir have fought hard. In fact, they deserve credit for fighting hard and may almost be ready to exit.

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Opinion: HyperMach’s success is not about engineering. It is about money

Building an aircraft that flies has less to do with aerodynamics or engines than it does with money or regulatory approval.

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