Bookajet International, the UK executive charter operator that rose from the ashes of bankrupt Chauffair, is now hiring pilots, mechanics, sales and support staff as it seeks to expand its business from a new base at Southampton Airport. Last month the company relocated from Farnborough Airport into the former Signature Aircraft Engineering facility at the south coast of England airport.
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Executive Jet Management, the aircraft management and charter arm of NetJets, saw its revenue charter business rise by a healthy 36 percent last year, to 4,100 segments. All told, the 100-plus aircraft that the company manages flew some 28,000 segments last year, 2,000 of them international.
After many months of negotiations with FAA and Japanese aviation officials, Van Nuys, Calif.-based charter firm The Air Group has succeeded in its long-time quest to base aircraft (initially two Gulfstream Vs) at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.
Delta AirElite Business Jets is celebrating its 20th year of business aircraft charter and management, and remains the only business jet provider owned by a major airline. The Cincinnati-based company has been in business since 1984, originally as part of regional airline carrier Comair and then as a subsidiary of Delta Air Lines following its acquisition of Comair in January 2000.
Air East filed an appeal with the NTSB over the emergency revocation of its Part 135 certificate on March 8, grounding the Farmingdale, N.Y. charter operator. The action followed a 34-day FAA investigation of the company prompted by a fatal crash last August 4 of one of its Learjets in Groton, Conn.
Demand for large business jets is growing in the European executive charter market, according to the latest statistics from online charter booking service Avinode. According to the Gothenburg, Sweden-based company, large jets accounted for 29 percent of all requests in December, up from 17 percent in July.
In what is being described as the largest money-laundering investigation in Alaska’s history, Mark Avery, the former owner of Anchorage-based air charter and medevac operator Security Aviation, has pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $52 million from a charity organization. Avery, a trustee and lawyer for the May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust, pleaded guilty on March 6 to five counts of wire fraud and 10 counts of money laundering.
Lowe Aviation, a Phillips 66 Aviation Performance Center at Middle Georgia Regional Airport (MCN), Macon, Ga., is the hometown fueler for medium-size international charter operator Aviance. George Moore, owner of Aviance, operates five Learjets. He started in 1988 with one leased aircraft, adding to the fleet as business demanded.
DeerJet, one of China’s leading executive charter firms, has leased a Gulfstream IV through U.S. investment firm Bravia Capital Partners. The aircraft, which will be operated under a five-year lease, joins another GIV in the operator’s fleet, along with a Raytheon Hawker 800XP and Premier I.
Sentient said that sales of its block-charter private jet card grew 82 percent in the first quarter over the same period a year ago. The Norwell, Mass. company, which books time on select charter operators, says that it now has more than 1,700 cardholders.