Brazilian frax helicopter operator adding jets

 - May 8, 2008, 9:51 AM

HeliSolutions, the fractional helicopter provider in São Paulo, Brazil, has started a fractional jet company called JetSolutions, according to HeliSolutions president Allan Paiotti. Operating partners in JetSolutions include TAM (the distributor for Cessna in Brazil), Embraer and Swift Aviation Group of the U.S., the launch customer for Embraer’s Legacy business jet. JetSolutions will offer shares in Cessna Citation CJ2s, Encores and Excels, and the Legacy. Citation shareowners may begin flying immediately based on an agreement with TAM/Cessna, while Legacy owners will have to wait until early next year. HeliSolutions has been flying fractional helicopters since December 1999, primarily in the huge and traffic-choked São Paulo metropolitan area.