Charter sales firm TAG Aviation USA launched its JetCard at the NBAA Convention last month. Though competitor programs typically offer a specific number of hours on a specific size aircraft, the TAG JetCard lets customers purchase charter service in increments of $100,000, $250,000 or $500,000 for use on any of seven jet categories via affiliate AMI Jet Charter or other TAG vendors.
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An “informal” meeting between Platinum Jet Management and the FAA was rescheduled from November 1 to December 15 at the agency’s northeast regional office. The purpose of the gathering is to discuss the FAA’s proposed $1.86 million penalty against the company for its alleged violations in connection with the February 2 accident at Teterboro Airport, N.J., in which a Challenger 600 crashed following an aborted takeoff.
Italian airline Blue Panorama has launched an executive charter division with a pair of Piaggio Avanti P.180 twin turboprops. Flown by the new Executive Blue subsidiary, the aircraft are based at Rome Ciampino Airport.
UK executive charter firm Bookajet is rebranding its operation under the name Club328 to emphasize its new fleet of AvCraft Dornier 328Jets and Envoy 3s. Last month, the Southampton-based company took delivery of the first of the eight aircraft it has ordered. All will feature a Club328 logo.
Travelers on Delta, Northwest and other airlines operating under bankruptcy protection might face longer lines, delays and fuller and less frequent flights, but it’s “business as usual” at Delta AirElite, according to a spokesman.
Prospective European clearance for commercial single-engine IMC operations (SEIMC) continues to progress through regulatory approval stages but will not come this year, according to industry sources close to the proceedings.
Cyril Baert believes he has found a new market niche for single-engine turboprop aircraft in France’s business aviation sector despite yet another postponement in a long-awaited change of rules governing the commercial operation of such aircraft in instrument meteorological conditions (SEIMC).
Air Partner International has started offering its Jet Membership Program fixed-rate charter package throughout Europe, having launched it in the UK last year. It is already available to customers in North America through Air Partner’s new alliance with U.S.-based Sentient Jet. The program provides fixed rates in three Citation models in increments of 25, 50 and 75 charter hours.
An “informal” meeting between Platinum Jet Management and the FAA is scheduled at the agency’s northeast regional office on November 1. The get-together is to discuss the FAA’s proposed $1.86 million penalty against the company for its alleged FAR violations in connection with the February 2 accident at Teterboro Airport, N.J., in which a Challenger 600 crashed following an aborted takeoff.
A federal district court in California indicted Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Reeves on charges of secretly recording conversations between entertainer Michael Jackson and his attorney while on a chartered Gulfstream flight on Nov. 20, 2003. Borer was the owner of XtraJet, the company that operated the Gulfstream, and Reeves was the owner of Executive Aviation, which serviced the jet.