VistaJet is moving into the U.S. private lift market with an unexpected new alliance with Jet Aviation Flight Services, which is to operate a fleet of 12 Bombardier Globals on its behalf. Under the terms of an agreement announced this morning in New York City, the Europe-based private flight provider is also teaming with start-up membership-based program Wheels Up to market VistaJet’s Flight Solutions Program (FSP) to customers in the U.S.
Directional Aviation Capital (DAC)–the company headed by Kenn Ricci that owns Flight Options, Sentient Jet, Nextant Aerospace and Constant Aviation, among others–announced today that it is buying fractional provider Flexjet from Bombardier for $185 million. The transaction is expected to close by year-end, pending U.S. government approvals. All Flexjet employees will be retained, Ricci noted.
Directional Aviation Capital (DAC)–the company headed by Kenn Ricci that owns Flight Options, Sentient Jet, Nextant Aerospace and Constant Aviation–announced this morning that it is buying fractional provider Flexjet from Bombardier for $185 million. The transaction is expected to close by year-end, pending U.S. government approvals.
Duncan Aviation has launched a simpler way to navigate its website in the search for parts. It provides access to a large inventory of parts, including those for the Challenger, Global, Learjet, Gulfstream, Citation, Hawker, Falcon and King Air.
“When customers search part numbers, not only do they see a photo of the most popular parts or units and whether it’s in stock, but we also give them the option to have it repaired, and we state our turn time,” said Chris Gress, parts and rotables sales manager.
On Tour Logistics (OTL), a tour transportation and logistics management company catering to the entertainment industry, has partnered with Bombardier Flexjet. Through Flexjet and Jet Solutions, On Tour Logistics will provide clientele with private travel on Flexjet’s Learjets and Challengers, expanding the coverage of current OTL alliance member Averitt Air. “The remarkable flexibility to fly home quickly and safely from almost anywhere is priceless. We could not be more pleased that Flexjet has chosen us as a partner,” said OTL vice president for logistics Steve Gregory.
The business jet fleet is projected to grow by 55 percent over the next 12 years–to nearly 31,000 aircraft from about 20,000 today–according to the International Bureau of Aviation’s Business Jet Asset Report 2013, released on Tuesday. Much of the new growth is expected to come from new deliveries, “Implying many business jet models have a solid future ahead of them,” the group said.
Jet Aviation Flight Services has signed a strategic alliance agreement with C-Fly Aviation, a São Paulo-based aircraft management and charter provider. As Jet Aviation, the company founded in Switzerland but now part of U.S. company General Dynamics, continues to expand its global services to meet customer demand, C-Fly (Stand 5105) will exclusively provide the Teterboro, New Jersey-based company with referrals on charter and aircraft management in Brazil.
In response to fleet growth and an uptick in its business, fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet has resumed hiring pilots after ceasing such activity, and then subsequently furloughing pilots, during the Great Recession. It recalled all of its furloughed pilots earlier this year. “We are thrilled to be expanding our dedicated pilot team…and anticipate hiring in the double digits this year and beyond,” said Flexjet vice president of operations Jason Weiss.
Jet Aviation Flight Services (JAFS) has signed an alliance agreement with C-Fly Aviation, a São Paulo, Brazil-based aircraft management and charter provider. As Jet Aviation, a division of General Dynamics, continues to expand its global services to meet customer demand, C-Fly will exclusively provide JAFS with referrals on charter and aircraft management in Brazil. Jet Aviation Flight Services group is responsible for delivering Jet Aviation’s charter and aircraft management services in the Americas and has U.S. offices in Teterboro, N.J.; Van Nuys, Calif.; and Chicago.
Even as the Brazilian economy appears in a slow slide downward, business aviation fractional ownership operator Avantto (Stand 6111) is watching its value grow. “People are flying about 20 percent more, and the number of flights at Avantto is growing faster than the size of our fleet,” said company president Rogério Andrade.