ExecuJet has divided its Asia-Pacific division into two separate regions - ExecuJet Asia and ExecuJet Australia. The Switzerland-headquartered business aviation services provider says: "The Asia-Pacific market has developed significantly and ExecuJet believes that having a dedicated team in Asia will better position the company for the growing market demand in the region. ExecuJet is already present in Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Beijing and sees development of these initial operations, as well as further expansion in the region, as a significant part of the company's long-term strategy".


Russian operator UTair has ordered 20 Eurocopter AS350/AS355 Ecureuil light helicopters. Deliveries of the single-engine AS350B3s and twin-engine AS355NPs will begin in the third quarter of 2011, with the final handover planned for the first quarter of 2013.


Embraer's Lineage 1000 executive jet demonstrator has made history by completing the longest distance ever flown by an Embraer aircraft. In its first nonstop flight, from Mumbai, India, to London Luton airport, the ultra-large business jet covered a ground distance of 7,435km (4,015nm ) in 9h 15mins. "This distance is equivalent to 8,150km with no headwind," says Embraer. Meanwhile, the Brazilian airframer has delivered a Lineage 1000 to the Al Habtoor Group Dubai. The aircraft is managed and operated by luxury charter operator Royal Jet. The deal was originally announced in July 2008.

Source: Flight International