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.

December 8, 2010 - 3:37am

Amman-based charter operator Arab Wings (stand C218) has added an Embraer Legacy 650 to its fleet and received a license to perform MRO (maintenance, repair and overhaul) services, the company said at MEBA.

According to Manal Obeid, head of sales and marketing at the company, the Embraer is "the first Legacy 650 in the Middle East" and its MRO license, received two weeks ago, is "the first one in Jordan."

December 6, 2010 - 1:00pm

Amman-based One & Done Aviation has established what it claims to be the first air charter brokerage in Jordan. The company provides access to a variety of aircraft, including corporate airliners, business jets and turboprops, along with a special emphasis on helicopter charters.

December 6, 2010 - 1:52am

Air Partner is looking for additional partners here in the Middle East to help boost its newly launched JetCard in the region. At October's Business Travel Show in Dubai, the UK-based charter brokering group added the Middle East as a third service area for its JetCard block charter program, which is already established in Europe and the U.S.

December 6, 2010 - 12:30am

Avinode has appointed Brent Moldowan as managing director of Wyvern Consulting, the aviation safety auditing company based in Trenton, New Jersey. Avinode acquired Wyvern when it merged with its parent company Charter X earlier this year."I am very excited to lead Wyvern during the next phase of the company's growth," Moldowan said.

December 5, 2010 - 11:15pm

Comlux The Aviation Group (Chalet A18) has established a new commercial office to oversee its operations in the Gulf region. Based in Bahrain, Comlux Middle East has begun operations with two Airbus Corporate Jets. The division expects to receive an Airbus A320 Prestige in January.

December 2, 2010 - 10:46am

An early takeoff for seasonal holiday-driven traffic provoked a steep spike in demand for private charter flights. According to the latest forward-looking index from online charter portal Avinode, projected demand for this month was more than 75 points up on the November 1 level at 167.35. The December 1 index was almost 80 points above that recorded on the same day last year.

November 30, 2010 - 7:07am

ExecuJet Aviation is expanding its footprint in the Asian business aviation services market with a new joint venture with China’s Tianjin Haite Aircraft Engineering. The partners are to establish an aircraft maintenance and management operation at Tianjin Binhai Airport, about 75 miles from the center of Beijing, and the new facility is slated to open by August.

November 30, 2010 - 4:17am

Business aircraft trading has started to move more freely, but the fallout from the financial crisis continues to cast a shadow over the market, according to JetBrokers Europe. The UK-based group says brokers are having to work harder and be more inventive to get deals closed. And buyers are facing much closer scrutiny from lenders.

November 30, 2010 - 3:54am

Financial records at French air ­charter operator Blue Line are being scrutinized following the company’s compulsory liquidation on October 6 with debts of €37 million ($52 million). The suddenness of the 200-employee company’s demise prompted the judge in charge of the liquidation to tap a certified public accountant to investigate Blue Line’s financial affairs. A preliminary report is to be released by year-end.

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