Bombardier predicts private jet sales should increase in 2023
Business aviation giant Bombardier has used its fourth quarter and full-year 2022 financial results to predict a further increase in private jet sales during 2023. The Canadian Bombardier expects sales to escalate to a total of 138 jets in 2023, compared with 123 in 2022. “The 2022 results we are presenting today are a resoundingly positive culmination of a strong year, and a testament to the team’s effort to execute in the fourth quarter. “We exceeded commitments across the board, be it on deliveries, our growing aftermarket business and profitability,” said Éric Martel, Bombardier’s President and Chief Executive Officer. The company reported $6.9 billion in revenues, an increase of 14% year-over-year.
Air New Zealand buckles up for impact as Cyclone Gabrielle intensifies
New Zealand is bracing itself for the arrival of Cyclone Gabrielle, with Australia’s Norfolk Island also likely to be struck. On Friday February 10, 2023, Australia’s weather bureau upgraded the cyclone to a category 3 storm, which can generate winds of 118-159 km per hour and gusts up to 224 kph (140 mph). In New Zealand, the country’s Met Service has issued a 26-hour yellow weather watch from 10am on Monday February 13, 2023, to noon on Tuesday February 14, 2023. However, residents have been advised to expect impact from the cyclone as of Sunday. Tropical Cyclone Gabrielle is currently located in the Coral Sea and is expected to move southeast towards New Zealand over the coming days. The NZ Met Service said it is ‘expecting a significant weather event’ with ‘strong wind, heavy rain and large swell’.
United Kingdom to train Ukraine’s pilots ahead of fighter deliveries
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced that Ukrainian fighter pilots will be trained in the United Kingdom. The announcement was made hours before Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s visit to London on February 8, 2023. The training of Ukrainian pilots in the UK will ensure that they are ready to fly NATO-standard fighter jets in the future. “Since 2014, the UK has provided vital training to Ukrainian forces, allowing them to defend their country, protect their sovereignty and fight for their territory,” Sunak declared in a statement. “I am proud that today we will expand that training from soldiers to marines and fighter jet pilots, ensuring Ukraine has a military able to defend its interests well into the future. It also underlines our commitment to not just provide military equipment for the short term, but a long-term pledge to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Ukraine for years to come.”
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