In a significant landmark for the manufacturer’s current flagship, Gulfstream Aerospace delivered the 400th example of the G650 family aircraft to an undisclosed customer on 5 December. The design was first unveiled in March 2008, with FAA certification following on 7 September 2012 and customer deliveries commencing that December. The extended range G650ER was then announced in May 2014 and deliveries of this version began six months later.
As we reported last month, the new-generation Gulfstream G500 received EASA certification in mid-October. As a result, the manufacturer handed over the first example to a European customer on 25 November. The initial aircraft was delivered to an undisclosed charter operator.
Swiss manufacturer Pilatus Aircraft marked a major milestone when it delivered the 1,700th example of the PC-12 turboprop single. The aircraft will join the 40-strong fleet of Luxembourg-based operator JetFly. Since entering service in 1994, the worldwide PC-12 fleet has amassed some seven million flying hours.
MRO specialist Lufthansa Technik announced at the Dubai Air Show that it is due to commence work in April on the conversion of the first of three ACJ350 aircraft ordered by the German government. The order was the first for the VVIP version of the A350-900 commercial airliner when it was announced in May this year.
Italian manufacturer Piaggio Aerospace began a restructuring process in December 2018. Following a year where it received commitments and orders worth some USD919 million, the company has now received approval from the Italian government to seek new owners. The government statement makes it clear that it is seeking a buyer for the business in its entirety, including the manufacturer’s engineering unit, Piaggio Aviation.