Qatar-based Rizon Jet says the country’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is unfairly blocking the company’s plans to expand its business aviation services. The privately owned group charged on Tuesday that it is “facing hindrances that make it impossible to sustain a viable business in Qatar.”
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The scale and value of anticipated charter bookings for the rest of January and into early next month has taken a predictable dip after the busy Christmas and New Year period.
Flexjet has launched a new option under its Flexjet 25 Jet Card debit program. The new Coastal Connect offering gives customers improved flight-hour rates when flying across the U.S. in the program’s Bombardier Challenger 300s, operated for Flexjet by Jet Solutions.
“By taking advantage of long-haul operational efficiencies, the Coastal Connect program is able to save travelers thousands of dollars,” said Flexjet president Deanna White.
VistaJet is set to embark on a 17-city tour of Africa this month as part of the operator’s “Think Global” sales campaign to expand its block charter offerings to emerging markets. Last month, the Switzerland-based company took one of its Bombardier Global 6000s on a 12-city tour of Asia, the Commonwealth of Independent States and the Middle East, just days after announcing a contract with the Canadian airframer for 56 new Globals and options on 86 more.
Eight European operators have combined to form a new charter alliance called AirClub. The partnership, announced on December 12, brings together ACM Air Charter, Air Alsie, Air Hamburg, Corporatejets, Flyinggroup, GlobeAir, Masterjet and PrivatAir. Among them they operate 106 aircraft, covering a wide spectrum of range and payload capabilities, from the Beechcraft King Air to a Boeing 757.
Marshall Aerospace has entered the pre-owned aircraft sales sector and is expanding its charter activities as part of a relaunch of its business aviation division. The Cambridge, UK-based group is combining its existing Marshall Business Aviation handling and maintenance subsidiary and Marshall Executive Aviation charter operator with the new sales unit in a bid to create a one-stop bizav services brand called Jetability. This also encompasses its concierge support and limousine services.
AirClub, the world’s first corporate jet charter alliance, was announced yesterday at MEBA 2012 in Dubai. The alliance brings together eight of Europe’s business jet charter operators: ACM Air Charter, Air Alsie, Air Hamburg, Corporatejets, Flyinggroup, GlobeAir, Masterjet and PrivatAir. Between them they operate 106 aircraft, covering a wide spectrum of range and payload capabilities, from the Beechcraft King Air to a VIP Boeing 757.
One of VistaJet’s Bombardier Global 6000 business jets made a brief stop at the MEBA show in Dubai on Monday as part of a 12-city promotional tour. The itinerary began in London on December 2 and has included visits to Hong Kong; Beijing; Vladivostok, Russia; Ulan Bator, Mongolia; Almaty, Kazakhstan; Moscow; Kiev; Delhi; and Mumbai.
The aircraft flew to Riyadh in Saudi Arabia yesterday before the planned to return to London after a stop in Istanbul. The block charter operator is due to conduct a tour of 12 or more African cities in February.
As Cessna’s sales representative in the Middle East, Wallan Aviation has naturally operated an all-Cessna charter fleet, but now the company has announced that it will add two Dassault Falcon 900s to its charter aircraft roster. The aircraft will provide a significant long-range and large-cabin capability. By year-end, Wallan will take delivery of a pre-owned Falcon 900EX EASy II, and in the second quarter of next year will receive a new Falcon 900LX.
Dubai-based trip-support provider United Aviation Services (Stand 330) said here at MEBA that the troubles since early last year in North Africa (and Syria) had led to an increase in people choosing to visit such as Dubai and other places in the region rather than the trouble spots. Abdul Charafeddin, the company’s marketing director, told AIN that “the Arab Spring [has generated] a lot of movement of general aviation flights.