NetJets and Marshall Aerospace will further cement their growing business relationship at the fourth Business & General Aviation Day event being held at the U.K.'s Cambridge airport on Wednesday 12 September.
The companies will also be networking at BGAD which has once again attracted top tier manufacturers and suppliers as well as by-invitation-only users, including private aircraft owners. "With big names such as Cessna, Embraer and Beechcraft on the manufacturing side and suppliers like Honeywell, it's not surprising that we are ahead of target in our booth allocation schedule," says Mark Ranger, BGAD's organiser.
The estimated 20 aircraft static display and exhibition booth area reflects the extremely buoyant business aviation market in the UK. All areas will be represented, from VLJs to ultra long-range business jets. Grob, which reports more than 60 firm orders for its spn, is already taking orders from Middle East operators keen to utilise its robust structure and short airstrip landing capabilities.
The Mustang, which thrusts Cessna to the forefront of the VLJ era, will be on the static along with Embraer's Phenom 300 mock up which, with its 100 sister aircraft, has attracted massive orders from established charter operators as well as new air taxi operators including JetBird and Wondair. Embraer also plans to show the Legacy 600 jet.
"BGAD is a proven networking venue," says Ranger, "but, of course, there are companies present, such as NetJets, Marshall Aerospace and Cessna, that know each other very well." Marshall Aerospace and NetJets Europe have recently announced major cooperation for continued and enhanced support for the rapidly expanding fractional operator's European Cessna Citation fleet. Marshall Aerospace is spending #5m extending its facilities and adding new services at its Cambridge base.
Marshall is concentrating on Citations at Cambridge where the company-owned well equipped airport will provide 24 hour services to NetJets. The fractional operator, which has just ordered 32 Hawker 400s with deliveries starting next year, has a diversified fleet which will include the Falcon 7X as well as its expanding number of Hawker 750s.
Marshall has seen its business aviation division grow significantly from 2005 where it now needs to add additional hangar capacity and full service facilities.
Mick Milne, director, marketing and business development, says: "The new Marshall hangar and FBO will provide 24 hour MRO capacity and access to enhanced spares holdings. The hangar is capable of accommodating the largest type currently operated by NetJets Europe. For the new FBO, there is to be an improved level of flight crew accommodation, comprehensive flight planning, new passenger services and a range of enhanced operational support; some of which will be linked directly to NetJets Europe fleet management teams, at their Lisbon Headquarters."
The facilities are scheduled to open early in 2008, and NetJets Europe are to have offices there.
Companies with a presence at BGAD will include: Inflite, MultiService, Hayward Aviation, Marshall Aerospace, ICMI/Martyn Fiddler Associates, Headset Services, ARINC Europe, Borley Brothers, Carter Green Aerospace, AVCARD, Airops Limited, Dean Aircraft Interiors, Global Trade Group, Glendale International. Honeywell, Directions, Greys of London, Oxford Airport, Grob Aerospace, Cessna, Beechcraft, Embraer and NetJets.