Flight Options launched a new membership program for its Embraer Phenom 300s that combines the advantages of fractional ownership with the flexibility of a jet card. The new Flight Options Jet Club Membership program, which offers members access to the Phenom 300 without the asset purchase or monthly management fees, has two levels: 75 or 150 hours of flight time in the Phenom 300, to be used anytime within the 36-month membership period.
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.
Signature Flight Support and NetJets signed a long-term lease that will provide the fractional operator with a dedicated, private terminal at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). The project, slated for completion in early 2013, will include a 10,000-sq-ft terminal as well as approximately six acres of paved ramp, aircraft movement and car parking areas.
Aircraft charter and management firm Solairus Aviation plans to open an East Coast regional office in the New York area. This comes on the heels of the company’s opening a new Denver office. In other news at the company, Solairus recently added new members to its charter sales and flight operations teams: Oliver Wolcott, vice president of business development; Mark Hill, charter sales account executive; and Ryan Rakow, flight coordinator.
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.
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.