Charter and Fractional » Charter

News and issues concerning the aviation charter industry and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.

July 31, 2007 - 12:14pm

Bexair, the Bahrain-based executive charter firm, is set to take the size of its fleet into double digits with an order for a new Bombardier Challenger 605. The company is also preparing to open several new international bases and wants to develop
as a business aviation services group.

July 31, 2007 - 9:50am

Continuing its efforts to crack down on loopholes in its oversight of Part 135 charter operators, the FAA is conducting mandatory special emphasis inspections through the end of the year. The inspections began last month and are in enforcement of Operational Specification A008, which took effect in March. The specification is aimed at eliminating ambiguities in operational control in charter flights.

July 31, 2007 - 9:14am

In recent years the charter industry has drawn unwanted attention, as high-profile accidents have prompted the FAA to train a microscope on the industry’s operating practices. A review of the regulations governing the industry was among the most controversial topics at the National Air Transportation Association’s Air Charter Summit, held from June 27 to 29.

July 31, 2007 - 9:08am

A new service designed in part by former Avantair chairman Al Rapetti seeks to align charter operators under one roof to maximize revenue, fill seats and aid with marketing. Instead of representing the passenger, West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Business Jet Seats is taking a different angle and is serving charter operators. In essence, member companies look to Business Jet Seats to help them market their service.

July 30, 2007 - 12:18pm

Six air charter brokers have formed the Air Charter Association of North America (Acana) to improve standards within the broker industry. Members can work only with Part 121 and Part 135 operators and must meet a set of 12 requirements before they qualify for membership. “It’s a non-regulated industry, and this organization was needed to address brokers’ ethics,” Acana president Jonathan Tasler told AIN.

July 30, 2007 - 12:16pm

Spain has a new executive charter company in the shape of CorporateJets XXI. The Barcelona-based operation was launched with a E30 million ($39 million) investment and will initially operate an eight-passenger Cessna Citation XLS and a 14-passenger Dassault Falcon 900. The new operator is part of the Grup XXI consortium, which is also active in real-estate development, hotels, restaurants and medical centers.

July 25, 2007 - 6:48am

One prediction about which most fractional providers’ executives and consultants agree is that within five years there will be only two strong major providers, with the current majors either being relegated to a niche market or merging into one of the stronger players. While they all concur that NetJets will be one of those two companies, there is no consensus on which of the other three majors will hold the other spot.

July 24, 2007 - 10:33am

Fledgling helicopter commuter airline America Rising has pushed back to 2006 the launch of its New York to Washington, D.C. rotorcraft shuttle service, blaming a lack of suitably de-ice-equipped helicopters and continued delay in gaining approval for the operation from the Transportation Security Administration.

July 24, 2007 - 8:38am

At present, the most that can be said about the FAA’s intention to have an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) assist in rewriting FAR Parts 135 and 125 is that it is a work in progress.

The first ARC was formed several years ago and dealt with developing FARs that would apply to fractional jet operations. After lengthy deliberations, the new FAR–Part 91 Subpart K–was promulgated and instituted.

July 24, 2007 - 8:17am

EUROFLY ACQUIRES ITS FIRST ACJ, PLANS A SECOND
Eurofly, Italy’s largest business aviation operator, has signed a contract for its first Airbus Corporate Jetliner and plans to acquire a second, with delivery earmarked for next spring. Powered by two 27,000-pound-thrust CFM56-5B7 turbofans, Eurofly’s ACJ will be outfitted to accommodate 48 passengers in four-abreast seating. Typical trips will be between Rome or Milan and New York.

 
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