INDIAN AIR TAXI
Air Car - believed to be India's first low-cost air charter operation - was launched in New Delhi on 23 November with the first two of 12 Cirrus SR22 GTS piston singles on order. "Air Car is 50% cheaper than any available air charter service currently operating over similar distances and is priced competitively against a business-class airline fare," says Manav Singh, Air Car co-founder and managing director of Indian fractional ownership provider Club One Air. Air Car - which is also headed by former Air Sahara chief executive Uttam Kumar Bose - is holding discussions with small to medium-size companies with the aim of establishing tailored transport packages for staff and executives.
Hawker Beechcraft is set to deliver the last two of a 12-strong business aircraft order to the Saudi Arabia Presidency of Meteorology and Environment. The aircraft - a Hawker 900XP, two Hawker 400XPs, one Beechcraft King Air 350, two King Air B200GTs and six King Air C90GTis - will support meteorological activities such as weather forecasting and modelling, and environmental issues including air quality assessment and protection.
Ruag Aerospace has selected Universal Avionics' EFI-890R flat panel glass displays for its Dornier 228 twin-engined turboprop. The system will feature a terrain awareness and warning system, radio control units and UNS-1Ew flight management system.
Empire Aviation Group is planning to extend its luxury charter operation. Under the banner Lifestyle@Empire it will offer travel packages to "exotic" destinations. The first packages will focus on global sporting and themed events, providing travel, unique access to the events and other benefits, says Empire.