The storied history of a series of well known aviation companies entered its final chapter last month when aircraft charter/management provider and FBO operator Arcadia Aviation closed and laid off all of its employees. The company had FBOs at Eastern West Virginia Regional Airport/Shepherd Field (MRB) in Martinsburg, W.Va., and at Sullivan County International Airport (MSV) in Monticello, N.Y.
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.
UK operator PremiAir is at EBACE (Stand 843) showcasing its private jet and executive helicopter management and charter services. The company also provides maintenance for both fixed-wing and rotary aircraft and operates a Hawker Beechcraft service center at Oxford Airport.
Prague-based executive jet operator Grossmann Jet Service is to base a six-seat Cessna Citation II in Cannes, France, from early July. This marks the first foray out of the Central and Eastern European (CEE) region for the charter and aircraft management company.
Middle East-based flight operations group Nexus is moving into Africa with plans to establish a flight operations center (FOC) in the Rwandan capital Kigali. Nexus has just signed a memorandum of understanding for the project with the Rwanda Development Board.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) is trying to encourage charter and fractional operators to support the move to a single safety audit standard–its own–to end confusion about the multiple standards currently being used and eliminate the expense of auditing to the various standards.
Charter operator VistaJet has taken luxury a step further with a cabin makeover that includes everything from cashmere blankets to designer uniforms for the crew.
CitationAir has launched Jet Access, a new non-membership program designed to allow private aviation customers use of its Citation XLS and Sovereign fleet without any element of fractional ownership. For a minimum commitment of 50 flight hours a year, the program provides simple pricing, with locked-in rates for 36 months and a flexible fuel component.
The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is leading fresh industry demands for a clampdown on illegal charter activity. The campaign wants to make charter customers more aware of the risks they run by flying in aircraft not operated under commercial aircraft operating certificates (AOCs). It also wants authorities to be more aggressive in catching those operating illegally.
Air charter in the Middle East has shown strength in the face of the global market decline of the past year, according to data recently released by Avinode, the online air charter marketplace and information company.
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."