Owners of Ferrari F430 sports cars will be educated about the advantages of business jet travel and the specific benefits of the Bombardier Skyjet International charter service, thanks to an agreement signed here yesterday with Team Ferrari West Europe.
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CharterX has added Russian to the available languages in its online “trip-builder” executive charter capacity database that already offers English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. “Russian-speaking travelers represent a growing customer base,” according to CharterX president James Betlyon.
Club328, the executive charter company operating out of Southampton, UK, plans to base a new 328Jet in Germany starting this summer. The aircraft features a corporate shuttle 19-seat interior and will be promoted both in Germany and Eastern Europe, mainly in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Baltic states.
Maverick Helicopters of Las Vegas, Nevada, has placed an order for nine Eurocopter EC 130 B4 helicopters. The air-tour and charter operator already has 12 EC 130 B4s and six AS 350 B2 Ecureuils. When it takes delivery of the newly ordered nine, it will become the largest operator of the EC 130 in the world.
A decade ago, many U.S. charter operators were voicing the same anxieties that their European counterparts are expressing today in their opposition to proposed new part-private part-commercial operating rules for fractional ownership. In short, they too believed that the major fractional providers would wipe them off the face of the earth, having been handed an unfair competitive advantage.
Still factory fresh from Cessna is the new Citation Sovereign being shown in the EBACE static aircraft park by UK business aircraft charter and management firm Bookajet (Booth No. 1054). The company has added the aircraft, which could be joined in the fleet later by a second example, to provide longer-range capacity.
PrivatAir, the Geneva-based specialist for large executive aircraft charter, announced that it was at an advanced stage of evaluation of additional large aircraft for executive charter. Included on its possible shopping list are the new Airbus 350 and Boeing 787 airliners, which are expected to be on the market at the beginning of next decade.
Austrian charter operator Jet-Alliance (Booth No. 132) yesterday signed a firm order here for a CFM56-5-powered Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ). It will augment the almost 40 aircraft available from the Viennese company by providing long-range, large-cabin capacity, chief executive Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer told EBACE Convention News.
Embraer’s European unveiling of its Phenom 100 very light and 300 light jet full-scale cabin mockups here yesterday provided a platform for the Phenom’s fleet launch customer, start-up charter operator JetBird of Zurich, to announce the launch of its low-cost service.
Charter broker Air Partner will this summer relaunch its Jet Membership block charter program under the new name JetCard. The new offering will promise maximum flexibility with customers free to opt for a full, no-quibble refund on flight hours bought at any time.