Jet Aviation Flight Services has added its first Gulfstream G650 to its Part 135 certificate. The wide-cabin, ultra-long-range twinjet, which is available for charter, is being managed by Jet Aviation’s Van Nuys office. The charter G650 accommodates up to 13 passengers and has a range of up to 7,000 nm. This is the second known G650 to be added to the fleet at a U.S.
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Wheels Up CEO Kenny Dichter has recruited executives from NetJets’ Executive Jet Management subsidiary for his new private aviation club’s management team. Robert Garrymore, most recently EJM’s president, is now president for ventures at Wheels Up. Serving alongside him as executive v-p for ventures is Ronald Silverman, who was EJM’s senior v-p of aircraft management, sales and owner services.
Prime Fraction Club, whose members buy shares in high-end boats and automobiles as well as aircraft, has added a new six-passenger AgustaWestland AW109 Grand to its fleet, which now features 10 helicopters. The pricing structure for the fractional ownership program offers one-quarter shares in an AW109S Grand at a buy-in cost of R$3.56 million ($1.55 million), in addition to a fixed monthly fee of R$34,724 ($15,074) for maintenance, hangar space and other costs.
Brazilian air taxi operators association ABTAer is to hold its fifth annual convention at São Paulo’s Campo de Marte Airport on August 30 and 31. The event is expected to draw more than 60 companies, as well as government officials and members of Brazil’s congress. Among the issues of concern to ABTAer’s members are ongoing airport access problems and the threats posed by illegal charter activity.
FlyMex of Mexico has successfully completed a Wyvern standard audit to earn the Wingman status, which the Trenton, New Jersey-based auditor says demonstrates when a charter operation meets “the highest safety standard.”
Jet Aviation Flight Services has signed a strategic alliance agreement with C-Fly Aviation, a São Paulo-based aircraft management and charter provider. As Jet Aviation, the company founded in Switzerland but now part of U.S. company General Dynamics, continues to expand its global services to meet customer demand, C-Fly (Stand 5105) will exclusively provide the Teterboro, New Jersey-based company with referrals on charter and aircraft management in Brazil.
As the aircraft charter industry in Latin America expands and becomes more organized, it is becoming clear that a major problem facing the segment is that of illegal charter operations.
According to Alexis Javkin, director of Toluca-based fractional operator MexJet, “It is one of the biggest issues we’re fighting now in Mexico. At MexJet and our parent company, Aerolínas Ejecutivas, we invest a lot of money in safety and certification. And while it is difficult to compete with operators who do not, we consider that safety and security are not negotiable.”
Enquanto a indústria de fretamento aéreo na América latina se expande e fica mais organizada, torna-se cada vez mais claro que o maior problema enfrentado pelo segmento é o das operações de fretamento ilegais.
Ljubljana, Slovenia-based business aircraft charter and management firm Elit’Avia opened an office in Accra, Ghana. It is currently managing four business aircraft for West African clients–two Bombardier Global 6000s and a Bombardier Global XRS in Nigeria and a Dassault Falcon 2000 in Ghana. Elit’Avia also expects to take delivery of a Gulfstream G550, Dassault Falcon 7X and Bombardier Challenger 605 for West African clients before year-end, which will almost double the size of its fleet in this region.
EmptyLegMarket has launched a new iPhone app with a name-your-price bidding feature for charter flights. The app allows users to enter the desired trip, the amount of the bid and payment information. Participating charter operators can elect whether or not to accept the bid. “The goal is to use empty legs or transient airplanes that are just sitting,” said EmptyLegMarket founder Elliott Schwartz. “It simplifies the chartering process so you can understand what the customer is willing to pay.”