Third-quarter pre-tax earnings at Berkshire Hathaway’s “other services” division, which includes FlightSafety International and NetJets, climbed 15 percent, to $281 million, from a year ago thanks to stronger demand for pilot training at FlightSafety and higher revenues at fractional provider NetJets.
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Flexjet submitted initial paperwork to the FAA this week seeking approval for the fractional provider’s pilots to use the iPad 2 for viewing navigational charts, aircraft publications and other flight-related documents during flight operations.
NetJets terminated its franchise agreement for Middle East fractional aircraft services with National Air Services (NAS) of Saudi Arabia this week. NAS CEO Sulaiman Al-Hamdan conveyed the news to NAS employees in an email on Monday, while promising that the company’s business would continue as is.
A hearing with the UK’s Central Arbitration Committee over the representation of pilots at NetJets Europe scheduled for last Friday was postponed after both sides agreed to hammer out an agreement on their own.
Fractional provider Flight Options expanded its sales force by naming Adam Tibbitts as regional sales director for the Rocky Mountain division, a newly created position. He brings more than a decade of aviation sales experience to his new role, most recently serving as the Pacific Northwest sales director for a competing fractional aircraft provider.
NetJets has signed an agreement with Maguire Aviation at Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport to design a private terminal for NetJets customers and operations. One of the existing Maguire facilities will be custom designed by NetJets to accommodate the fractional-share provider’s owner-passengers. Amenities will include modern furnishings, conference rooms, a business center, crew lounge and rest areas and flight-planning facilities.
Citing the “uncertain” economic recovery, Avantair has laid off about 20 employees, mostly at its FBOs that it owns and operates but also marketing staff in Cleveland, “to reduce costs and better position the company for its strategic future.” The company emphasized that “none of the reductions affects pilots or the safety, maintenance and service aspects of our operations.” As part of the move, Avantair has relocate
Bill Schultz, currently executive vice president and COO of CitationAir, will take over as president and CEO of the private air services company as of tomorrow.
The Latin American Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in São Paulo last month marked the dawn of fractional jet ownership in Brazil, with two companies launching programs.
Flexjet, Bombardier’s Texas-based fractional ownership operation, launched a Learjet 85 program. President Fred Reid told AIN that his company will take seven aircraft initially, and eventually “a couple of dozen,” with deliveries beginning in the fourth quarter of 2013. He noted that Flexjet’s Learjet 85 prices will be 5 percent below those of the Cessna Sovereign in fractional service.