The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) will conduct audits of 30 Part 135 charter operators this year, adding to the 12 that have thus far been audited. The latest to be added to the ACSF Industry Audit Standard (IAS) registry is M&N Aviation, based in Casper, Wyo. The ACSF audit is done every 24 months, and according to the foundation the “goal is to have IAS recognized as the universal benchmark
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News and issues concerning the aviation charter and fractional-ownership industries and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
Solairus Aviation has added six large-cabin jets to its managed charter aircraft portfolio, including a Gulfstream G550 and Bombardier Challenger 601-3R. The company’s Part 91 management division has also swelled by approximately 20 percent, with the additions of a Dassault Falcon 900, a Bombardier Global Express, Challenger 601 and 605, all based in the San Francisco Bay Area or the Northwest.
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Demand worldwide for private charter flights has continued along an encouraging upward curve, with the arrival of the usually busy summer season, improved year-on-year demand and the soccer World Cup tournament in South Africa all identified as driving factors. Data from online charter portal Avinode showed its demand index for June 30 reached 153.13–almost 67 points up on where it had stood on the same day last year.
Arcadia Aviation this afternoon said it has signed a binding letter of intent to acquire certain assets and operations of Wayfarer Aviation, which was set to shut down last Friday. However, Arcadia provided bridge financing to allow uninterrupted continuation of Wayfarer’s services in advance of the signing of the purchase agreement.
Chapman Freeborn Airchartering of Dubai has coordinated several aircraft charters to New Orleans for BP and other responders in their effort to stem the oil leak from the Deepwater Horizon rig site in the Gulf of Mexico.
Inflite Engineering of London Stansted Airport is keeping pace with growing demand for executive Avro Business Jet (ABJ) reconfigurations of BAE Systems regional jets. The latest is a late-model Avro RJ100, which joins Presidential Flight of Abu Dhabi’s existing executive RJ70. The interior dimensions of the bigger RJ100 version allowed for a split-cabin configuration.
Bombardier Flexjet and Korean Air formed a marketing alliance dubbed Flexjet Connect. As part of the partnership, Flexjet fractional owners will receive incentives to purchase first-class tickets on Korean Air when traveling between the Americas and East Asia and other benefits, including elite status for one year. Korean Air passengers participating in the program have guaranteed access to more than 5,000 U.S.
In response to the growing demand for business aircraft in Africa, charter operator VistaJet has launched a regional operation on the West African coast, based out of Lagos, Nigeria. The Switzerland-based company has partnered with Kola Aluko, a West Africa-based businessman and VistaJet client.
Charter broker Air Partner launched a new Web site, www.emptysectors.com, intended to help charter clients to see real-time empty-leg availability of aircraft. The site shows aircraft availability data generated by the latest empty-leg software introduced by online charter portal Avinode.