FlairJet Plans Phenom 100 Air Service in UK
British air-taxi operator startup FlairJet yesterday announced plans to enter service next May with a pair of Embraer Phenom 100s. It will lease the very light jets from an undisclosed Embraer customer in Europe that has 10 Phenom 100s on order. FlairJet has placed an order for one Phenom 100, as well as an option for another, and is due to receive this airplane in 2012. It has an option to lease further Phenom 100s beginning in 2010. The company is being launched by Monarch Airlines Airbus A320 captain David Fletcher and has financial backing from three London-based lawyers. It will be based at Oxford Airport in southern England and will aim to serve a largely local market in surrounding counties, focusing on customers in the legal and financial industries. FlairJet has recruited Air Atlantique chief pilot Gerry Rolls and said it will hire other flight crew closer to the start of services. It is now in the process of applying for its aircraft operator’s certificate.