A judge in the 2nd District Court of Appeals in Los Angeles overturned an earlier $20 million judgment against defunct charter operator XtraJet, saying, “The amount awarded to the plaintiffs was so great that it shocks the conscience.” The claim against XtraJet and its former owner, Jeffrey Borer, stemmed from the secret taping of pop singer Michael Jackson and his attorneys on Nov.
Charter and Fractional
News and issues concerning the aviation charter and fractional-ownership industries and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
Executive charter group VistaJet is joining forces with fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet to provide seamless access to each company’s respective service area. VistaJet’s fleet of Bombardier Learjets, Challengers and Global Expresses operates largely in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Unlike many charter operators that saw revenues decline last year, Sky Limo Air Charter revenues grew during 2009, to more than $6 million before November, up from $2.5 million in 2008. Sky Limo, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was granted Platinum status by ARG/US late last year. The company added five aircraft during the past few months, including two Gulfstream G200s used for international trips, as
well as additional staff.
During the last quarter of last year, ARG/US International added 18 charter operators to its Platinum rating system, bringing the total number of operators
The Air Charter Safety Foundation’s (ACSF) recently completed review of Part 135 incidents and accidents examines the safety record of the industry from 2004 to 2008. To compile the data, the foundation combed through the NTSB accident database and separated revenue flights from Part 91 events, including maintenance, ferry, positioning and instruction.
Having delayed its launch for the third time (most recently to December), Ireland-based would-be air-taxi operator JetBird is now publicly no more specific in its planning than to say it will start operations this year. The first aircraft were to have been delivered in September but delays then were attributed to production problems at Embraer.
Aircraft charter and management firm Solairus Aviation launched a program to help fund the Corporate Angel Network’s (CAN) continued efforts to provide cancer patients with free flights aboard corporate aircraft to treatment. Under the program, Solairus will support CAN with a cash contribution equal to 1 percent of the first year’s management fees for each new aircraft management client it signs up this year.
Former employees of Jet Republic complain of being betrayed and misled in the sudden collapse of the European would-be fractional ownership company. Speaking to AIN on condition of anonymity, the staff has claimed that the company breached its contractual obligations by failing to give formal notification that they were being laid off, so preventing them from claiming unemployment benefits in their countries.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) announced that three more aircraft charter operators passed its “industry audit standard” and achieved “registered” status. Executive Fliteways of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; Million Air Dallas of Addison, Texas; and Sun Air Jets of Camarillo, Calif., all reached this milestone last month. These operators join Jet Solutions/Bombardier Flexjet, the first company to pass the audit and be registered.
The fallout from the failure of JetDirect Aviation earlier this year reverberated throughout the aviation industry, magnifying the effect of the recession on dozens of aircraft owners and operators and the people who fly, maintain and support the aircraft that were, for a brief time, under the JetDirect umbrella.