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  • Strong December Presages A Busy 2012 For Business Aviation
    Posted by Rupa Haria 1:13 PM on Jan 04, 2012

    December proved to be a busy month for three OEMs. Bombardier, Embraer and AgustaWesltand all came bearing news (and photos) during the holiday season.

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    AgustaWestland’s first prototype of the AW189 twin-engine helicopter performed its first flight in Varese, Italy on 22 December.

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    The next day, Embraer rolled out its first Legacy 500 test aircraft at the factory in Sao Jose dos Campos. First flight is expected in the third quarter of 2012.

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    Meanwhile, Bombardier announced that an undisclosed customer has placed a firm order for five Challenger 850 jets, at a list price of $156 million.

    So what's ahead for 2012? A lot. Here a sample of what we here at the Business Aviation Now blog will keep an eye on: deliveries should start ramping up again, even if slowly, after several years of decline; business aviation will be much in focus during the London Olympics in July, and the first Gulfstream G650 deliveries should take place. 

    Tags: ba99, Bombardier, Embraer, AgustaWestland

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