Air Partner Enters Flight-planning Market
Charter broker Air Partner has entered the flight-planning market with the creation of a new division called Flight-Operations.com. The venture is based at Air Partner’s worldwide headquarters near London Gatwick Airport. Flight-Operations.com is led by Tim Lester, the former deputy managing director of rival flight-planning company Baseops. The company is operational 24/7 and can help with all aspects of flight planning, including complex overflight and landing permit procedures. It also arranges ground handling, fuel purchases and ground transportation/accommodation for both crew and passengers. Baseops, which is part of the World Fuel Services group, closed its UK operation last fall. That company’s European flight-planning functions are now handled from its Houston headquarters, but it is represented by Harrods Business Aviation at London Luton and Stansted Airports and by Aero Services at Paris Le Bourget.