French executive charter operator and broker Aviaxess has launched what it claims to be the first frequent flyer loyalty program in the business aviation market. It is promoting the new Aviacard here at the Paris Air Show in association with its partner Breitling, whose exclusive watches are among the rewards that customers can earn through the new program.
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Virgin USA is expanding with the launch of Virgin Charter, an online marketplace for charter operators and customers.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and a number of heavy hitters in the air charter industry have created the Air Charter Safety Foundation to promote Part 135 safety initiatives, including an industry-wide standard safety audit and adoption of safety management systems. Once an operator has completed the audit, the operator’s information will be included in an online registry for charter customers and others to review.
Point2Point Airways, the Grand Forks, N.D.-based on-demand “airline style” charter company, ceased operations and laid off all its employees last month. It was formed in 2002 to respond to what it called a lack of connectivity in the Great Plains region.
UK-based charter operator London Executive Aviation, which calls itself the UK’s largest charter operator, was named best general aviation operator for the second consecutive year by the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) recently. The award was chosen by BACA members, 125 companies that provide everything from aircraft charter and brokering to airline and airport support.
Spanish aircraft charter and management firm Executive Airlines has seen its sales rocket from $12 million in 2005 to more than $26 million last year, and implementation of current plans should result in sales of more than $47 million this year.
Newly formed Gulf charter company Prestige Jet has been set up by principals previously involved in Dubai-based charter company Gulf Jet. Abu Dhabi-based Prestige Jet–not to be confused with New Jersey-based Prestige Jet Charter–is owned by Al-Ghaith Holdings, the aviation arm of the Al-Yasi group, which previously had a financial partnership with Gulf Jet.
French executive charter operator and broker Aviaxess has launched what it claims to be the first frequent-flier loyalty program in the business aviation market. It is promoting the new Aviacard here at the EBACE show at the exhibit of Helicoptere Magazine (Booth No. 586) Aviacard is intended to provide incentives for occasional users of business aircraft to become more frequent charter clients.
JetFly, a Luxembourg-based company set up in 1999, is offering fractional ownerships in single-engine turboprop aircraft.
DaimlerChrysler Aviation, conceived as a corporate flight department in 1998 to transport the German-U.S. car manufacturer’s managers and technical staff among plants ranging as far as Stuttgart, Germany, to Detroit, Michigan, was a charter operator from its inception.