Trade Wars

Trade Wars

The biggest story in commercial aviation this week was the decision by Airbus to partner with Bombardier on the C-Series. The European manufacturer will be given 51% of the programme. The driving force for the deal is the near-300% tariff

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The value that Special Purpose Vehicles add to corporate and general aviation finance transactions is relative

The value that Special Purpose Vehicles add to corporate and general aviation finance transactions is relative

Eric Lewin, Founder, The Law Offices of Eric Lewin, surveys the use of special purpose vehicles (SPVs) in corporate and general aviation finance transactions to identify when they add value for both financiers and their clients.  Among other things, he

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GE cuts productivity by cutting business jet fleet

GE cuts productivity by cutting business jet fleet

Under pressure from an activist shareholder to cut costs, GE is reducing the number of business jets it owns. “We are executing on a plan to take out $2 billion in cost by the end of 2018. As part of

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Charge Of The Flight Brigade

Charge Of The Flight Brigade

Lots of companies claim to be the Uber for private aviation. But Germany’s Lilium wants to be aviation’s Tesla. Unless you follow the electric aircraft market closely you may not know much about its vertical take-off Lilium Jet. But in

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US ATC privatisation fails math(s) test

US ATC privatisation fails math(s) test

The only real argument for privatising US air traffic control is that it would save taxpayers’ money. The theory is that a non-profit air traffic control organisation would be more efficient and therefore cheaper than the FAA. Several airlines (but

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Brazil begins bounce back

Brazil begins bounce back

When Jim O’Neill, chief economist for Goldman Sachs, first coined the BRIC acronym in 2001, he had grouped together four countries that he thought would shape the world economy by 2041. As the B in BRIC, Brazil had been seen

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Double digit delivery drop

Double digit delivery drop

All the major dedicated aircraft manufacturers have now reported their delivery figures for the first six months. It is no surprise that the number of new deliveries is down for the first half of the year. OEMs have all warned

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2,500 and counting

2,500 and counting

Yesterday Dassault delivered a Falcon 900LX to a US customer. It is the 2,500th Falcon Jet the French manufacturer has delivered since the first one in 1965. “Over the half century it has been in operation, the Falcon fleet has

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550 not out

550 not out

When Gulfstream introduced the G500 and G600 in October 2014, they said that the new aircraft were not meant to replace the G450 and G550. Instead they are the beginning of a new product family, and the market would decide

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Falcon Five X Flies

Falcon Five X Flies

When Dassault rolled out the first Falcon 5X in June 2015, those invited were treated to a show where dancers used a series of mirrors to create a shape that when viewed from above, turned into the letter X. After

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