European very light jet (VLJ) air-taxi service Blink has opened a second base at Geneva. The operator is also about to take delivery of the seventh of 30 Cessna Citation Mustangs that are on firm order and plans to base two of the twinjets in Geneva. The rest of the fleet is currently based at the London-area Farnborough Airport or nearby Blackbushe Airport.
London Oxford Airport
The expansion of opening hours and its improved fire and rescue capability seem to have paid off at the UK’s Oxford Airport, which saw significant increases in business aviation traffic during July. On several days, the privately owned airport handled 20 business aircraft movements, compared with an average of 10 in July last year. The airport’s standard opening hours are now 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Until around this time last year, European business aviation had been enjoying a boom period, and executive charter in particular had seen some truly explosive growth. It was in the heady years from 2005 to the first half of 2008 that a new generation of air-taxi operator was laying down business plans predicated almost entirely on the quantum leap downward in operating costs offered by the new wave of very light jets (VLJs).
PremiAir has officially opened a new fixed-wing maintenance center for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft at Oxford Airport, UK. The operation relocated from Blackbushe Airport near Farnborough into a newly refurbished 20,000-sq-ft hangar. The EASA Part 145 operation has a 25-year relationship with Hawker Beechcraft and is an
Oxford Airport is continuing to develop as a business aviation gateway for central and southern England, with the completion this month of a new 21,000-sq-ft hangar and the arrival of new based operators. The new hangar eleven will be large enough for a Boeing Business Jet.
PremiAir opened its new maintenance center for Hawker Beechcraft aircraft at Oxford Airport. The operation has relocated from the UK group’s Blackbushe base near London and now occupies the former CSE Aviation hangar which has been upgraded to the tune of almost $1.5 million.
Oxford Airport is continuing to develop as a business aviation gateway for central and southern England, with the completion this month of a new 21,000-sq-ft hangar and the arrival of new based operators. The new Hangar 11 will be large enough for aircraft such as the Boeing Business Jet.
Britain’s newest FBO, Marshall Business Aviation Centre, has been open for almost five months and is already fulfilling its owner’s hopes of drawing more traffic to Cambridge. The £5 million facility combines a new executive terminal with two adjoining hangars providing more than 50,000 sq ft of space for aircraft maintenance.
Since opening a new business aviation facility six months ago, the UK’s Oxford Airport continues to record increased traffic. A new 21,000-sq-ft hangar is scheduled to open shortly, and the airport is considering erecting new T-hangars and adding a second floor to the general aviation terminal. Oxford Airport is open from 6:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily.
Blink is stepping up its low-cost European air-taxi network with the introduction of three more Cessna Citation Mustangs due to have entered the fleet around press time.