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Morning Rundown: EBACE and WestJet Quarterly Profits

EBACE continues to be the focus of the business aviation world this week, and within it that focus continues to be the beaten-up, yet-recovering economy. Of the largest media organizations covering the trade show in Geneva, two focused on the recovery among bizav groups, though with differing headlines.

A piece in The New York Times leads by discussing whether the Icelandic volcano could have threatened EBACE altogether under the headling Forecast for Business Jets: Slow Climb.

On a somewhat different side of the coin, UK wire service Reuters reports from EBACE that optimism among participants is high and notes that business aviation is recovering more quickly than its commercial cohorts in a article entitled Business aviation recovering fast - Eurocontrol.

Aviation Week's Benet Wilson showcases static displays from EBACE, including offerings from Boeing, Bombardier and Dassault. As the first day of EBACE wraps up, we expect an update from longtime GlobalAir.com contributor Jeremy Cox of JetBrokers, Inc. His complete gallery of posts for our site can found here.

UPDATE: European Business Air News (EBAN) has this link for all press releases coming from EBACE.

One final tidbit this morning, Canada's WestJet released its first quarter earnings this morning, showing an impressive 20th consecutive quarter of finishing in the black ink. However, the 2010 numbers are down somewhat from its 2009 counterpart. The release does not go into Volcano-Gate or any other drawn-out explanation or analysis of the figures, other than to note a compensation package for an outgoing executive and increased fuel costs.

Cox recently posted a breakdown of the first quarter market in used business jets on his blog. Check it out here.

Morning Rundown

The big news of the day in the commercial aviation world, and the story most likely to be followed by national media, is the pending merger between United and Continental. Critics contend that an approved deal could launch passenger ticket prices skyward.

Tom Belden of the Philadelphia Inquirer says US Airways, which operates the bulk of flights into and out of the city, won't necessarily have to fret over such a merger. He says US Airways is running a far more reliable airline than it did in recent years. However, he concludes more work by the company is left to be done.

In other United news, the company issued a release over the weekend touting it has completed the first commercial flight in the United States using synthetic jet fuel.

The big news among business aviation, of course, is EBACE, which kicks off tomorrow in Geneva, Switzerland. Cessna will feature a CJ4 and Citation X with winglets at its booth. Aviation Week's Benet Wilson walks the convention floor and brings us a preview with photos. It appears the big story for those who walked in during construction over the weekend was a Liverpool-Chelsea soccer match on the HondaJet TV screens.  

On the heels of the volcanic ash shutdown in Europe, Robert Mark of Jetwhine.com looks at how much the airlines lost as flights were grounded and suggests now may be the time for comapnies to put money into researching the phenomenon.

And, finally, private aviation could take a hit in North Carolina, where cash-strapped lawmakers will consider slashing the state's fleet of aircraft by more than one-third.

Pilot flees after Bonanza hits Toyota Prius

Boulder County, Colo., was the site of a not-so-typical fender bender Wednesday as a plane got tangled up with a car.

A wind gust and hard landing sent a Beechcraft Bonanza careening.

It hit a Toyota Prius before the pilot fled, said local authorities there, who added that the scene could (rather obviously) result in federal charges. Read the full story from KUSA-TV in Denver.

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