The fallout from the failure of JetDirect Aviation earlier this year reverberated throughout the aviation industry, magnifying the effect of the recession on dozens of aircraft owners and operators and the people who fly, maintain and support the aircraft that were, for a brief time, under the JetDirect umbrella.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF), an affiliate of the National Air Transportation Association, yesterday announced that three more aircraft charter operators passed its “industry audit standard” and achieved “registered” status. Executive Fliteways of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; Million Air Dallas of Addison, Texas; and Sun Air Jets of Camarillo, Calif., all made this milestone this week.
John Kimberling, the captain of the chartered Challenger 600 that crashed on takeoff from Teterboro (N.J.) Airport in February 2005, will be arraigned on Thursday as part of a 27-count superseding indictment. The new charges cite him and his co-conspirators, all members of now-defunct charter operator Platinum Jet, with a series of crimes. According to U.S.
For Europe, the so-called very light jet (VLJ) revolution has turned out to be more a case of evolution in which only the most financially fit seem destined to survive.
The FAA considered trying to extract $100 million from Tag Aviation during its investigation of the firm in 2007 before revoking the charter company’s operating certificate on Oct. 12, 2007, the agency recently confirmed.
Virgin Charter, the online charter brokerage launched with great fanfare in mid-2007, ceased operations on October 23. “With the severe decline in corporate travel, Virgin Charter was unable to generate sufficient sales to underpin its business plan,” according to a company statement, “and has taken the difficult decision to close its doors.”
Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet’s diversification and five-year plan have helped maintain its growth during the last year, according to Shane O’Hare, president and CEO. “This has been a good year for Royal Jet. Our business has grown in a declining market, which has increased our market share in the region,” he said at a press conference here yesterday.
Cairo-based Spot Air (Stand E740) is making its Dubai Airshow debut after announcing early this month the opening of a new office in Hannover, Germany. Spot Air is the exclusive general sales agent for the Egyptian A320 operator Almasria Universal Airlines and now can offer full charters and split-seat charters to German operators on routes to Egypt and the Gulf region.
JetSuite, which plans to begin flying in the western U.S. on November 15, began selling DayCards to customers late last week. The company has firm orders for 61 Embraer Phenom 100s and has already taken delivery of two; it plans to receive another five by year-end. Charter flights will be operated by Superior Air Charter of Medford, Ore. The JetSuite DayCards come in two sizes: a 10-day plan for $35,000 and a 25-day plan for $75,000.