Skylliance, a charter partner program set up by Jet Aviation for smaller air-taxi companies and first announced at EBACE 2006, now has five members: Homac Aviation in Germany; GainJet in Greece; Spain’s Executive Airlines; Silver Cloud in Germany; and VIP Avia of Latvia. Members of Skylliance are required to apply operating standards defined by Jet Aviation aimed at providing consistent high-quality service.
The commonality offered by Skylliance partners attracts additional customers and allows members to benefit from savings on fuel and insurance premiums. They also are offered reduced handling and labor fees at Jet Aviation’s worldwide network of FBOs and maintenance facilities.
The new members have added a Cessna Citation Bravo based in Germany and two Gulfstream G200s based in Athens to the group’s fleet, which now numbers more than 20 executive jets. Aircraft in the Skylliance fleet include the Cessna Citation CJ1, CJ2, Bravo and Excel, Learjet 45, Gulfstream G100, G200 and G550, Hawker 800XP, Falcon 900B and 900EX, and, as the most exotic aircraft, a DC-8-72 operated by Jet Aviation and based in Basel.
According to Skylliance director Christof Aregger, the group is negotiating with additional potential partners in Switzerland, Italy, the Netherlands, France, the United Arab Emirates and other countries and hopes to announce additional new members within the next few months. Jet Aviation is at Booth No. 776.