Aircraft News

The Merlin/Metro Story (Part 1) The heady days of ambitions- rewarded by success and growth. During the 1970s and early 1980s- when the business turboprop aircraft was in its heyday and accounting for as much as 70 percent of the turbine aircraft market- one of the major players was the Fairchild Merlin. Designed by legendary business…

Cessna’s Citation XLS+ Making a great performer even better. There’s nothing better for a business than finding a great concept- executing that concept exceptionally- and keeping the ball rolling by preserving the fundamentals while improving the product in meaningful- value-adding ways. Such is the story of Cessna and its Citation Excel- a product that re-wrote…

SpiceJet expects to have a “good” fourth quarter ending 31 March, as it forecasts lower overall spending, particularly on fuel. In a televised interview, the Indian low-cost carrier’s chairman and managing director Ajay Singh says the impact of fuel prices coming down in November and December 2018 “has been transferred… in January and February”. Singh…

The MU-2 StoryA viable product today – despite being- out of production nearly 25 years. The pressurized twin-engine cabin-class Mitsubishi MU-2 is a business turboprop that was produced between 1966 and 1986 during the formative years of business aviation – a period we now see as the golden age of the turboprop. Mitsubishi was one…

Indian conglomerate GMR Infrastructure is examining a spin-off of its airports unit, despite its three major operations reporting mixed results for the quarter ended December 2018. The company disclosed in a 14 February stock exchange statement that it had “received multiple proposals from the investors for the airport business which are currently being evaluated” by…

More Speed, More Climb, More Costs Turboprop conversions from pistons: big performance – at a price There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Whether you ascribe that phrase to Robert Heinlein’s 1966 science-fiction novel The Moon is a Harsh Mistress or to economist Milton Friedman – he made the phrase the title of a book…

Jet Airways will move forward with aircraft sales as part of its proposed bank-led provisional resolution plan, while continuing to work on selling part of its stake in loyalty programme Jet Privilege in the longer-term. Speaking during the airline’s 15 February earnings call, chief financial officer Amit Agarwal says that plans to sell or enter…

Gulfstream G650: Could Gulfstream’s ultimate business jet end the industry’s longest slump? If you’ve worked in Business Aviation as long as I have, you’ve seen the continued roller-coaster over the past two or three decades of economic prosperity. Some of you who have been in the industry longer have witnessed pretty much everything: from the…

The US Army awarded Raytheon a contract worth $406 million to provide ARC-231A communication systems for a variety of helicopters. As part of the contract, Raytheon will deliver 5,000 systems over the next five years, as well as support services and software upgrades to the US Army, the company says. The radio-based systems are to…

Are newer jets always better? Drawing comparisons between the newer $8.0m Cessna Citation XLS+ and the older Cessna Citation III business jet, Chris Doerr, President Aircraft Cost Calculator looks into the pros and cons of each option. At first glance, there may be several reasons to purchase a newer jet compared with older models. The…