NBAA 2013 Live News: Day Two
Follow this feed for live coverage from the second day of NBAA 2013 hosted between the Las Vegas Convention Centre and Henderson Airport.
18.45 Watch this official video from the NBAA to get yourself up to speed with more of the day’s highlights:
— NBAA (@NBAA) October 23, 2013
18.00 If you’re interested in the aircraft at this year’s static display, make sure you check out the link below, courteousy of Amy Freed Stalzer, director of publications at the NBAA:
— Amy Freed Stalzer (@freedomrock20) October 23, 2013
17.15 Embraer annouce that the Lineage 1000E, which can carry up to 19 passengers and features an extended range of 4,600 nautical miles, will be the largest business jet in the company’s portfolio.
17:00 Nextant Aerospace announces $202.5 million conversion contract for 50 Hawker 400XTs. Read the full story here.
15:45 CIT Business Aircraft became one of the first exhibitors in NBAA history to place an aircraft on the static display that it is not for sale. CIT showcased the company-owned 1990 Challenger 601 and used it to conduct meetings.
Corporate Jet Investor was fortunate enough to sample the aircraft’s excellent air conditioning and asked Mike Kahmann, managing director of CIT Business Aircraft (and LA Dodgers fan), to describe the current business jet market using just one word.
15:30 Alex says there were queues all morning to get on board Dassault’s mock-up of the Falcon 5X cabin, which was launched on Monday.
15.15 We bumped into Steve Varsano, founder of The Jet Business (London’s first private jet showroom), on the static display earlier, who told us in no uncertain terms:
“If you’re saying the market is struggling, you need to see a doctor and have him prescribe you some anti-depressants.”
Steve is no stranger to bold statements, having previously told Corporate Jet Investor that he is the best aircraft broker in the business.
15:00 Boeing is displaying a BBJ2 that is owned by a private client in the US. The days of selling a corporate airliner at a trade show are “over for now,” says Captain Stephan Taylor, president of Boeing Business Jets, but he maintains that exhibiting at NBAA is still imperative.
Taylor revealed that Boeing had delivered two business aircraft in the past two months, but expects deliveries to be slightly down at the end of the year, when compared with the 12 delivered in 2012.
As a light jet pilot, Taylor also said he was intrigued by the return of the Eclipse jet, which is being displayed throughout the week at the Las Vegas Convention Centre, with some help from Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson.
14:30 Airbus is displaying a ACJ319 operated by Comlux. Both Alasdair and Alex were able to get behind the velvet rope and on board the impressive aircraft to film a video walkthrough .
14.05 After visiting the mock-up of the Hondajet at the Las Vegas Convention Centre yesterday, Alex went to look at one of Honda’s four FAA-conforming jets on display at the company’s tent at Henderson Airport.
14:00 Apologies, we’ve had some technical difficulties with the live feed today. In the mean time, please recap on the news from day one.
9.30 If you’re shopping for a bargain this week, make sure you remind yourself of some of the pre-owned business jets for sale at this year’s NBAA.
9:00 Great weather again in Las Vegas as Alasdair Whyte and Alex Andrews head to Henderson Airport to check out some planes! Over 80 aircraft are on display this year and you can find out more information about them here.