The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) is leading fresh industry demands for a clampdown on illegal charter activity. The campaign wants to make charter customers more aware of the risks they run by flying in aircraft not operated under commercial aircraft operating certificates (AOCs). It also wants authorities to be more aggressive in catching those operating illegally.
Air charter in the Middle East has shown strength in the face of the global market decline of the past year, according to data recently released by Avinode, the online air charter marketplace and information company.
Beirut-based Ibex Air Charter is making its public debut at MEBA with a plan to introduce a new fare model to the Middle East charter market.
"I want to start charging on a one-way system, which makes [charter] very feasible and economical," said Munzer Awaida, Ibex Air Charter's consultant for business development. "So now is the opportunity for me to put something in front of the aviation market."
Amman-based One & Done Aviation has established what it claims to be the first air charter brokerage in Jordan. The company provides access to a variety of aircraft, including corporate airliners, business jets and turboprops, along with a special emphasis on helicopter charters.
On November 12, Van Nuys-based charter/management provider TWC Aviation completed its acquisition of ACM Aviation, which is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Newly named ACM Aviation Services is now a wholly owned subsidiary of TWC Aviation, according to CEO Andrew Richmond, who is now also CEO of ACM. The combined companies manage 65 aircraft–more than 50 of which are on their charter certificates–at 22 operating bases.
Aircraft charter firm Air Partner launched a new Middle East jet card for private jet customers who want to travel within the region. The program offers inclusive fixed prices for aircraft, along with a 48-hour guaranteed availability and no ferry charges.
Business aircraft flight activity returned to positive territory last month from a year ago, but just barely at 0.6 percent, according to TraqPak data released yesterday by aviation services company Argus. Fractional flying led with a 1.8-percent increase year-over-year, while Part 91 corporate and Part 135 charter activity rose just 0.5 percent and 0.1 percent, respectively.
The FAA has concluded that two Boston Air Charter pilots were in violation of the FARs when they took off in their respective Cessna Citations from Norwood Memorial Airport (Mass.) on March 17, during which time the field was closed due to flooding. The pilots face a proposed 30-day suspension of their airman certificates.
Whether it’s entirely the fault of the economic crisis we may never know, but we can be sure the anticipated very-light-jet (VLJ) revolution never happened and there is little sign it will happen any time soon.
As the industry sees glimmers of hope that the downturn is finally ending, engine and avionics manufacturer Honeywell anticipates at least one more down year in 2011 before the start of a rebound cycle.