ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT DULUTH — Cirrus Aircraft aims to grow its operations, and the company is looking to the city and St. Louis County for a bit of help, in the form of a $1.2 million tax abatement package. Both the city and county will be asked to forgo $600,000 in tax revenues over the next 10 years as Cirrus seeks to ramp up production, with the goal of tripling its output within the same decade, according to a county document. The growth is expected to result in the creation of at least 80 additional jobs, bringing the company’s local workforce to more than 1,286, according to Chris Fleege, director of Duluth’s planning and economic development division. Cirrus already is Duluth’s largest manufacturer. To accommodate its rapid expansion, Cirrus will be moving into an existing maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) facility formerly occupied by AAR Corp. and originally built to service Northwest Airlines aircraft. AAR left Duluth in May 2020 , as the airline industry dealt with the rapid loss of business that accompanied the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the MRO facility has sat mostly vacant since that time. Cirrus plans to lease the MRO building initially with an option to own, but Fleege suspects the company intends to stay for the long haul, as it proposes to invest $3.6 million in the facility. ADVERTISEMENT The company also is looking to purchase an incubator building it already occupies for $3.4 million with eventual plans to expand the Cirrus campus southward at a cost of $25 to $30 million. To assist with Cirrus’ growth, the city of Duluth also will be asked to support the company’s applications for $1 million from the Minnesota Investment Fund and $1.5 million from the Minnesota Job Creation Fund. The St. Louis County Board has scheduled a Feb. 8 public hearing on the proposal to provide Cirrus with $600,000 in property tax relief. Fleege expects a similar tax abatement request and the grant application resolutions to go to the Duluth City Council on Feb. 14. He said the city also is working with the Minnesota Workforce Center, Lake Superior College and the University of Minnesota Duluth to help supply Cirrus with the workers it will need to grow. “It’s a challenge we face. But it’s an exciting problem to have,” Fleege said.
As India moves forward to proliferate the business of ultra-wealthy private jets, two renowned market leaders step up to offer luxurious air travel to consumers. Luxury Consultant Sabeer Ahluwalia joined hands with Former Director of RPSG Aviation company, Neil Shaw to launch YAQOOT Air Charter — Eastern India’s First Private Jet Club. The private jet club with modern facilities will offer a range of private aircraft best suited for various requirements including jet, turbo props, helicopters and also air ambulance for critical services. The private jets will provide air strips in exotic locations that are usually not covered by regular airlines. A real value for time service, luxurious aircrafts allow customers to plan their trips in a flexible manner, in addition to giving the benefits of privacy and accommodation to unwind or hold an important meeting. Also, it allows one to carry furry friends by following certain guidelines. Luxury travel of private jet planes has surpassed pre-COVID levels according to the latest market scenario. While leisure travel is essentially the driver for the increase in private jets, rise in corporate, personal urgency or election-related flying are playing significant roles to boost the sector. Sales of luxury goods are soaring in the eastern part of the country and a booming luxury appetite is evident in states of Bhubaneswar, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Patna along with some cities of North-East. Speaking on the initiative Sabeer said, “Eastern India is still a virgin territory when it comes to Private jets. Considering the market demand and immense growth potential of the sector, the Yaqoot Air Charter is aimed to set new directions in the private jet industry. While most private charter companies work on an Adhoc basis, our model works on an exclusive air club membership. We have strategic location advantages, and an increasing number of Ultra high-net-worth individuals shall bolster this segment of aviation.” “Given the post pandemic scenario, people with remunerative income are preferring to fly on private jets as it’s the most safest, convenient and secure way to fly as only you and your associates are on board — avoiding large crowds, long delays and queues at commercial flights. We are glad to associate with Sabeer for this new venture where we will provide the next level of luxury and convenience to plan one’s air trips.”, said Neil Shaw, Former Director of RPSG Aviation company. About Sabeer Ahluwalia: Sabeer Ahluwalia is a Luxury Consultant and Start-Up Accelerator, formerly heading the Corporate Sales & Marketing of quite a few top global luxury brands representing Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Ducati, Audi etc. Sabeer has also mentored and made investments in an Artificial Intelligence, Drone Tech & IoT Start-Ups along with TCS East former boss, Sridhar Bakshi. About Neil Shaw: Neil Shawis the former Director of RPSG Aviation company for almost a decade wherein he was responsible for chartering private jets and also Acquisition of Corporate Jet Aircraft. (ThePrint ValueAd Initiative content is a paid-for, sponsored article. Journalists of ThePrint are not involved in reporting or writing it)
CSMIA Airport, Kearfott, Boeing, Singapore Airlines, SCOOT, Skytrax, FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, Magnetic MRO, Aerospheres, Dassault Aviation, Muirhead Avionics, ICHCA and TT Club, StandardAero, Lufthansa CityLine, UNCTAD, IATA CSMIA reintroduces domestic routes: With the upsurge in passenger traffic and states easing travel restrictions, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) has reintroduced five domestic routes to Tier II markets. These five destinations include Bareilly, Vishakhapatnam, Tirupati, Ajmer and Porbandar, adding a major boost in connecting Mumbaikars to the smart cities of the country during these uncertain times. With the government extending flying capacity to 65 percent, CSMIA has witnessed a surge in travel to the Tier II markets. With states relaxing travel guidelines and offices opening; the migratory travellers are travelling back to their work destination. The initiative undertaken by the government is in light of the upward passenger trend as flying emerges as a preferred, safe and time-saving mode of transport. Besides, CSMIA witnessed a surge in passenger travel to the Tier II market in the month of July, with sectors such as Hyderabad, Goa and Ahmedabad (Top 3 Tier-II sectors that performed) saw 7 percent, 5 percent and 5 percent passenger traffic respectively to these markets. Furthermore, during this period, the airport observed domestic carriers such as Indigo, Air India and GoAir (name of the Top 3 airlines) catering to over 3,50,000, 80,000 and 46,000 (total number of pax by each airline) passengers through approximately 2,700, 850 and 400 flights respectively to the Tier II markets. Kearfott navigation company opens new HQ: Kearfott Corporation held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its new corporate headquarters and Guidance & Navigation Division operating facility in Pine Brook, New Jersey. The new building, located only minutes from its former Woodland Park facilities, consolidates all engineering, manufacturing, leadership, and administrative and support functions into one single location. The facility provides a state-of-the-art, high-technology, and collaborative workspace that enables the company to achieve significantly improved operational efficiencies. Founded in 1917, Kearfott is a leader in the design, manufacture, and support of guidance, navigation, and motion-control products for aerospace, defence, energy exploration, and unmanned system markets. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronautics Corporation of America, a leader in the field of aerospace avionics equipment and systems. “From marine, ground, and aircraft guidance and navigation to supporting Blue Origin’s recent flight into space, Kearfott is proud to be a leader in innovative solutions for our customers’ critical requirements,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Astronautics Corporation of America Dr Ronald Zelazo. “This new, high-tech facility gives Kearfott the tools it needs to be an even stronger leader in the guidance and navigation market.” Boeing Donates US$500,000 to Indonesia’s COVID-19 relief efforts: The Boeing Company announced a US$500,000 donation from the Boeing Charitable Trust to CARE in support of COVID-19 relief efforts in Indonesia. Funds will be used to increase capacity of local health centres, provide inflatable negative pressure tents and beds to accommodate COVID-19 patients, as well as personal protective equipment kits and food supplements for health care workers. “Boeing stands by the people of Indonesia as the highly contagious COVID-19 delta variant continues to spread across the country, leaving families and communities in desperate need of assistance,” said Michael Arthur, president of Boeing International. “We are in this fight against COVID-19 together, and Boeing is committed to helping communities respond to this most recent surge in cases. This donation will help save lives and support those impacted the most.” Only slightly more than 11 percent of the Indonesian population has been fully vaccinated against the virus. CARE is currently mobilizing response efforts that include converting health centres into treatment facilities and isolation centres; supporting communities with water and sanitation facilities; and providing nutritional support for vulnerable children under the age of 5. CARE is also ensuring the fair and equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in the region. As part of the Boeing Gift Match program, the company will match dollar for dollar monetary donations made by Boeing employees to charitable organisations supporting COVID-19 relief in Indonesia. SIA, SCOOT get Skytrax award: Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Scoot, the two passenger airlines within the SIA Group, have been awarded the highest 5-Star rating in the Skytrax COVID-19 Airline Safety Audit. This follows a comprehensive assessment of their health and safety measures for customers and staff across the entire travel journey. Scoot is also the first low-cost carrier in the world to get this 5-Star rating from Skytrax. Skytrax evaluated over 190 safety and hygiene protocols at SIA and Scoot during the audit. This included cleanliness at the airport and on board flights, social distancing measures, usage of face masks and sanitisers, and other hygiene improvement systems. These were then certified based on a professional and scientific investigation of the airlines’ standards. The Skytrax 5-Star COVID-19 Safety Ratings are the latest recognition of the SIA Group’s industry-leading response to the COVID-19 pandemic. SIA and Scoot have implemented wide-ranging measures to enhance customer and staff health and safety, and ensure the highest level of care, across the end-to-end journey. They have also introduced innovative digital solutions to enhance the travel experience, mitigate risks of COVID-19 transmission, and reduce friction for customers. Young International Freight Forwarders of the Year award: FIATA International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations and TT Club, international freight transport insurer, have announced this year’s regional winners of the Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA). The 2021 regional winners are: Region Europe: Glauc Fornes Gil, FETEIA, Spain, Dissertation: More than just a freight broker; Region Africa and Middle East: Justin John Goedhart, SAAFF, South Africa, Dissertation: Agents of sustainable development; Region Americas: Georgina Alejandra Perez Perez, CIFFA, Canada, Dissertation: Delivering essential tools to the Western and Eastern Canadian Arctic; Region Asia-Pacific: Muhammad Wasif Wiqar, PIFFA, Pakistan, Dissertation: Million-dollar shipment. For over 20 years, the YIFFYA has been providing valuable training opportunities for young talent in the freight forwarding industry. The award also provides young professionals looking to develop their knowledge with significant networking opportunities. Today, in the context of the disruptive effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, investing in and nurturing the future talents of the freight forwarding industry has never been so crucial, making the YIFFYA competition more relevant than ever. Magnetic MRO, Aerospheres sign chemical deal: Magnetic MRO, a Total Technical Care and Asset Management organisation, announced it has signed a chemical consignment agreement with Aerospheres UK, London-based world-class leader in real-time distribution of chemicals, paints, adhesives, sealants, and composites in support of commercial airline MRO operations worldwide. Aeropsheres UK has been a long-term partner of Magnetic MRO, supplying chemicals and adhesives to the company, but with the new Chemical Consignment agreement, the partnership extends: it covers supply chemicals and adhesives required for maintenance tasks as Aerospheres own materials will be stored in Tallinn, Magnetic MRO stock starting from August 2021. As the average delivery time of hazardous materials from United Kingdom to Tallinn is 10-11 days from placing purchase order till completing of incoming goods inspection, the Chemical Consignment agreement provides the solution how to drastically decrease delivery time to virtual the same-day delivery. Dassault Aviation wins award: Dassault Aviation was voted the top business jet OEM for product support for the third consecutive year, bettering its own AIN scores from 2020. Its industry leading “overall average” score was 8.7 (the highest for any company in the history of the survey), up from 8.3 in 2020. Dassault took top scores in parts availability, parts cost, AOG response, warranty fulfilment, technical manuals, and technical representatives. The company also earned a 9.2 mark for overall aircraft reliability. Dassault Aviation was ranked a close second in the product support survey conducted by Professional Pilot magazine, where it placed first in speed of AOG service. In recent years, there has been a growing need for expanded facilities and capabilities, and Dassault has responded by doubling its capacity through quality acquisitions and internal investments. Through these actions, the company positioned itself well for the 2021 rebound in fleet activity and a concurrent growth trend for MRO visits. Customers are also benefitting from strong execution in spare parts inventory management, price control, rapid shipments, AOG service, and advanced technology such as apps and web portals to make factory and operator communication easier. Muirhead Avionics achieves accreditation: Muirhead Avionics, a business unit of AMETEK MRO, has successfully renewed its JOSCAR accreditation as Muirhead Aerospace. JOSCAR (the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register) is a collaborative tool used by the aerospace, defence, and security industry to act as a single repository for pre-qualification and compliance information. Using JOSCAR can determine if a supplier is fit for business. “Pre-qualification and full compliance on the Hellios Information JOSCAR supplier accreditation register streamlines work-flow agreements and ensures the sustainability of our long-term customer relationships. Muirhead Avionics’ ongoing commitment to our customers in the aerospace, defence, and security industries is underpinned by this reassuring accreditation,” said Steve Wells, Managing Director and Divisional Vice President of Muirhead Avionics. Muirhead Avionics is a major supplier to many fixed and rotary wing operators worldwide with capabilities covering navigation, communication, flight recorders, cockpit voice recorders, instrumentation, and test equipment. ICHCA and TT Club bring back Innovation in Safety Award: ICHCA International, the global cargo handling association, with the support of international freight transport insurer, is once more hosting the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award after a hiatus in 2020 due to the pandemic. The global supply chains and, in particular the cargo handling and transport operators that facilitate them, have been challenged as never before over the past year and a half. In an environment of dynamic trade flow variation with mounting volumes in many areas, restricted capacity, congestion and disruption, it is vital to maintain vigilance in matters of safety. Both ICHCA International and TT Club have a fundamental commitment to risk reduction throughout the supply chain. Their renewal of an award programme to profile and celebrate the work of those striving to find ways to mitigate such safety risks reflects the paramount aim within both the organisations’ philosophies. The award will be open to anyone – an individual, team or company – involved in cargo handling or logistics. Entrants will be required to show that a product, idea, solution, process, scheme or other innovation has resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety. The award champions and celebrates the many companies and individuals around the world who are 100 percent dedicated to ‘making it safe’ every day. Equally, it acknowledges and fosters innovation to improve safety in cargo operations and logistics. StandardAero gets Lufthansa CityLine service deal: German airline Lufthansa CityLine has selected StandardAero to provide support for the GE Aviation CF34-8C turbofan engines powering its fleet of MHI RJ Aviation (formerly Bombardier) CRJ900 regional jets. Under the exclusive seven-year agreement, StandardAero will support Lufthansa CityLine with a range of CF34-8C services from its overhaul facility in Winnipeg, MB, Canada. StandardAero will also be qualifying its European field service team based in Rijen, the Netherlands to support the CF34, thereby assuring Lufthansa CityLine of responsive local airside assistance. Lufthansa CityLine is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa, one of the world’s leading airline groups, operating feeder flights from hubs at Frankfurt Airport and Munich Airport. StandardAero was first appointed as a GE Aviation Authorised Service Provider (ASP) for the CF34-3 and CF34-8 in 2001, and in 2013 was named by GE as the first independent TRUEngine authorised MRO provider for the CF34. In 2020, the company celebrated its milestone 3,000th CF34 engine workscope. UNCTAD, IATA extend partnership: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and UNCTAD have extended their collaboration to facilitate international trade, particularly e-commerce. The extended partnership will enrich their history of working together. This includes the successful integration of air cargo messaging standards (Cargo-XML) into UNCTAD’s automated customs management system, ASYCUDAWorld. For the 100 counties choosing to deploy the latest version of ASYCUDAWorld, this enables more efficient processing of air cargo shipments. “Through this extended partnership, we look forward to leveraging the leadership of UNCTAD and IATA in their respective fields to boost e-commerce in developing countries through improved exchanges of trade data,” said Shamika Sirimanne UNCTAD’s Technology and Logistics Director. The next stage of the collaboration will focus on enabling ASYCUDAWorld to manage e-commerce shipments more efficiently. It will include adding a risk assessment for mail shipments and facilitating access to the IATA enhanced partner identification and connectivity (EPIC) platform.
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Fort Lauderdale-based private jet charter provider Monarch Air Group shares the best sporting venues and private airports to land an executive jet in 2022. Private jet to top sporting events A new year brings new opportunities for fans all around the world to experience the major sporting events in the U.S. After almost two years of lockdown, the dawn of 2021 registered the return of crowds in stadiums of various professional leagues, and 2022 is expected to deliver that same trend for high profile events. From football to tennis and golf, the U.S. has plenty to offer and great private jet infrastructure to receive a massive influx of aircraft. Which are the top events and the best airports to land a private jet? Monarch Air Group prepared a list in reference to the number of requests and bookings received in the past few months for 2022, a year expected to continue setting records in domestic private jet demand in the U.S. Super Bowl LVI The king of events, the Super Bowl has historically been a private jet magnet, reaching new records of number of private jet movements in every edition. The big game in California? That certainly promises increased demand and operations for the private aviation industry. Van Nuys Airport (VNY) in Los Angeles is the private jet airport in the region, offering one of the best infrastructures in the world. Only a month away, it would be wise to secure a flight sooner than later. When: February 13, 2022 Where: SoFi Stadium, Los Angeles, California The Masters 2022 The most important and traditional golf championship in the U.S., The Masters is visited during a span of a week by a large number of private aircraft. Players and fans use private aviation to land at Augusta Regional Airport (AGS) and enjoy the unique vibe of the Augusta National Golf Club, which has been the venue of numerous historic finishes in golf. When: April 4-10, 2022 Where: Augusta National Golf Club, Georgia F1 Miami Grand Prix 2022 marks the first of a ten-year contract that Miami will host a Formula One Grand Prix. The race will have the cars around Hard Rock Stadium, home of the Miami Dolphins, north from downtown Miami. This consolidates Miami as one of the top sport cities in the U.S., with professional teams in football, baseball, basketball, hockey, soccer and now Formula One. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood (FLL), just 15 minutes from the venue, is the top option to land a private jet. There is a private terminal for jets and an airport shuttle between private and international airport locations and car service that private passengers can request from their account executives. When: May 6-8, 2022 Where: Miami International Autodrome, Miami Kentucky Derby The most exciting two minutes in sports is just around the corner, especially if you consider that it unites more than 150,000 strong of diverse backgrounds, from horse racing fans to politicians and international celebrities. The Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event (since 1875) in the U.S., radiating tradition in every inch of the 1.25 miles race. Where to land a private jet? Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) is prepared to receive the usual influx of aircraft during the first Saturday of May. When: May 7, 2022 Where: Churchill Downs, Louisville, Kentucky US Open The fourth and final tennis Grand Slam tournament of the year, the US Open closes the list as the top sporting event to land a private jet in the U.S. for 2022. It attracts all types of crowds as its conveniently located close to New York. It also helps to have the most popular private terminal in the country in terms of infrastructure and number of movements, Teterboro Airport (TEB), only 20 miles away. An additional option is Westchester County Airport (HPN), in White Plains, NY, and private aircraft are also able to land at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) and LaGuardia Airport (LGA) When: August 29 – September 11, 2022 Where: USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York City In summary Private aviation is the perfect partner to enjoy a special sporting experience throughout the U.S., especially if you are planning to only spend the weekend in the host city and quickly resume your activities by flying the same day or right after the event to your hometown. One piece of advice: plan accordingly and book your flights in advance, as private jet demand is expected to rise even months prior to each event.