New York City-based Wheels Up launched a partnership with HeliFlite to give Wheels Up members use of that operator’s Bell 430s and Sikorsky S-76s for transfers between Manhattan and local airports such as Teterboro, White Plains and Farmingdale. Under the terms of the December 13 agreement with HeliFlite, Wheels Up members will be able to purchase time in its rotorcraft in blocks of 10 or 20 hours. HeliFlite, based at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, offers flights within a 250-mile radius of the center of Manhattan and also operates throughout Florida.
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News and issues concerning the aviation charter industry and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
The comment period for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on charter brokers is now closed. The NPRM stems from NTSB recommendations following the crash of a chartered Bombardier Challenger 601 on Nov. 28, 2004, in Montrose, Colo., which raised the issue of how difficult it can be for charter customers to know the identity of the charter operator when trips are arranged on their behalf.
Aviation “knowledge management solutions” firm Web Manuals signed European charter operator GlobeAir as the latest customer for its cloud-based compliance application, Web Manuals 4 Draken. The Web Manuals application enables the authoring, publishing, distribution and control of the entire manuals library in an easy-to-use tool, saving time and manpower while improving quality. Web Manuals 4 Draken also automatically highlights any updates to the EASA regulations for easier compliance.
Zurich, Switzerland-based AC Aviation Charter has opened a new office in Vienna, Austria. Three charter sales agents will be based in the new office in Vienna, and the team will be lead by Bernhard Wipfler. The company’s current charter management fleet consists of two Learjet 40s, three Falcon 900s and a Beechjet 400A, Citation XLS, Challenger 605 and Challenger 850 and GV.
Prospects for private aircraft charter in the month leading up to the Christmas and New Year holidays appear markedly stronger in North America than in Europe, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode.
Under a new partnership announced yesterday, Argus’s charter aircraft operator ratings and search filtering are now part of CharterPad’s online charter marketplace. CharterPad is also increasing the number of Argus-rated operators in its system, with nearly half of all such operators having joined CharterPad. Besides the Argus ratings, CharterPad’s main dashboard also includes a link directly to the aviation services company’s TripCheq system, which provides charter customers with a comprehensive analysis of a company’s credentials specific to a trip.
Charter broker BlackJet has suspended per-seat bookings while it seeks capital to launch would-be signature charter service, CEO Dean Rotchin told AIN. BlackJet, the rebranded and remodeled Greenjet per-seat charter provider that sold seats on business jet flights between Florida and the U.S. Northeast, intends to replicate its predecessor’s membership-based service on a transcontinental scale, with a seat for a coast-to-coast flight costing about $3,500.
Travel Management Company completed activation of the Aircell ATG 2000 onboard system on its charter fleet of 37 Hawker 400XPs, providing wireless high-speed Internet service from a passenger smartphone or tablet via Aircell’s Gogo Biz.
The Elkhart, Ind.-based operator claims to be “the largest charter operator and owner of Hawker 400XPs and 800/850XPs in the country.” The fleet of 30 Hawker 800/850XPs was previously equipped with a mix of Aircell’s ATG 4000 and ATG 5000 packages and Gogo Biz, also allowing a wireless connection via smartphone or tablet.
Private jet charter broker Sentient Jet said today that its travel bookings for the November and December holiday season have increased more than 70 percent over last year’s holiday season, “reflecting the continued resurgence” in private aviation. Popular travel destinations emerging so far during this holiday season include Palm Beach, Fla.; Aspen, Colo.; and New York City.
Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation Services signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the Pilatus PC-24 yesterday afternoon at the Dubai Airshow. The new twinjet, which was launched in May at EBACE, combines light-jet operating economics with super-midsize jet capabilities and comfort and is aimed at more conventional offerings from Cessna and Embraer.