Here at MEBA yesterday aircraft brokerage Boutsen Aviation (Stand 598) announced the sale of its 250th airplane, completed last week. “This is a big achievement for us,” said Thierry Boutsen, president of the Monaco-based sales firm and a former Formula 1 racecar driver, who founded the company in 1997 with his wife Daniela.
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Look out, independent charter operators! Hello, charter passengers! The launch of the world’s first corporate jet charter alliance was announced here at MEBA 2012 yesterday.
Musty Putters (Booth No. 3738) is showcasing at NBAA‘12 its handcrafted wood putters and the ability to laser engrave on multiple locations on the golf club, so the coveted putters can do double duty as golf-related company-branded gifts. “Each of our putters is one of a kind, thanks to the variety of styles available and the unique grains found naturally in wood,” said David Musty, founder of the Signal Hill, Calif. company. “Additionally we are a green company, using environmentally sustainable materials, and our putters are made and assembled entirely in the United States.”
Business jet activity in the U.S. will decline by 0.1 percent in 2013, according to a forecast presented at NBAA ’12 by Avinode (Booth No. 2120). On a regional level, the forecast projects the south and west will experience a 0.4 percent and 1.3 percent growth rate respectively, buoyed by leisure travel, while the northeast and midwest will see a decrease in business jet activity of 1.2 percent and 3.9 percent respectively. “The more business-travel focused northeast and midwest continue to struggle,” said Magnus Henriksson, business unit director, Avinode Business Intelligence.
SkyAngels, a flight attendant staffing provider, was born when Steffany Kisling began her career as a corporate flight attendant. She soon realized that while a trained flight attendant was needed and required, the client expectations were for something more. “I recognized that the job is not about the flight attendant, but the client,” she explained. “The longer I flew, the more I began to realize that the services I was providing, from child care to hotel reservations to serving as a fourth at bridge, were appreciated. And more and more clients were asking for me by name.
In a press conference on Monday, Cessna once again launched its signature community event, the Citation Special Olympics Airlift (CSOA). The games, which are held every four years, are scheduled to take place in two years, and the airframer has once again issued the call to Citation owners to participate in the airlift, which first began in 1987. “Along with our many volunteer partners, we are extremely proud to kick off our seventh CSOA in support of bringing athletes and coaches to the 2014 Special Olympics USA games,” said Roxanne Bernstein, the OEM’s senior vice president of marketing.
Aircare Solutions Group of Olympia, Wash. announced the launch of AircarePlus, a new safety recognition program for charter companies, and a new tool for the advanced in-flight assessment of passenger and crew medical needs.
The editors of Business Jet Traveler magazine have assembled a special section on BJTonline.com, where you’ll find variously whimsical, provocative and informative lists of everything from hotels to headphones.
Qatar Airways and fractional jet ownership provider Flexjet are to form an alliance to offer the Middle East airline’s passengers a seamless charter service throughout North America.