EBACE Convention News

London Oxford And Hangar8 On The Up

 - May 22, 2014, 7:45 AM

London Oxford Airport has continued to grow its business aviation activities over the past 12 months, while its tenants, such as Hangar8, also continue to expand their operations. To celebrate six years of running the OxfordJet FBO, the airport is making an offer for the duration of EBACE to halve landing and parking fees for the rest of the year for operators of business aircraft of more than 4 metric tons mtow, subject to availability.

Here at EBACE London Oxford is co-exhibiting with major tenant Hangar8 (Booth 1018), which has recently reorganized as a multi-branded company. The traditional charter and operations arm is now handled by Hangar8 Aviation while Hangar8 Aero Medical looks after medical-evacuation missions. Hangar8 Logistics is involved with leasing, logistics and cargo. A newly created division is JetClub, which caters to the aviation needs of ultra high-net worth individuals.

Hangar8 has recently added two new types to its UK AOC in the form of a Bombardier Global 5000 Vision and an Embraer Legacy 650, both of which are available for charter. The company is expanding its activity considerably in Malta and also Nigeria where the company operates 14 business jets flying in support of the oil/gas and mining industries. Hangar8 will also open an office at the London Battersea Heliport, which is owned by the Reuben Brothers, who also own London Oxford.

Oxford’s other tenants are also doing well. Helicopter charter company Capital Air Services will take delivery of a Sikorsky S76D in September, becoming the first operator to offer this type for charter in Europe.

Fixed-wing air ambulance specialist AirMed has reported an 8.5 percent increase in 2013 sales compared with 2012, and recently became the first company to complete European Aeromedical Institute re-accreditation under new standards. On the operational front the company undertook its first South Atlantic mission, to Uruguay, and has invested in training to allow its Learjet 35A crews to fly into the challenging airfield at Kathmandu, Nepal.

Another key tenant at Oxford is Airbus Helicopters, which provides support to its complete range of rotorcraft for the UK. While EBACE is ongoing, the company’s new EC175 18-seater, which was launched at EBACE last year, is undertaking a UK demonstration tour, with the accent on the offshore industry.