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 and Fractional
News and issues concerning the aviation charter and fractional-ownership industries and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.