All-you-can-fly membership charter firm Surf Air is expanding service to Carlsbad, Calif., beginning November 18 and to Oakland, Calif., beginning December 15. The expansion is facilitated by the delivery of the company’s first three Pilatus PC-12NGs, doubling Surf Air’s PC-12 fleet. It recently placed an order for 65 (15 firm, 50 options) of the Swiss-made turboprop singles, and Surf Air plans to take delivery of nine more PC-12NGs next year.
Charter and Fractional
News and issues concerning the aviation charter and fractional-ownership industries and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
GrandView Aviation (née Baltimore Helicopter Services) is expanding its charter services from a regional-based program in Baltimore to include worldwide-brokered helicopter and jet flights, as well as helicopter fleet management. It will also coordinate ancillary services such as catering and ground transportation for the brokered trips. The company is aiming its new helicopter fleet management services at clients who are purchasing their first aircraft or expanding their fleet.
Delta Private Jets continues to see “record growth” for charter and jet card travel, the company announced this week. In fact, it recorded a 76-percent, year-over-year increase in jet card sales last month. This follows record growth in both June and July, “with September on track for similar activity.” As demand increases, Delta Private Jets said it is able to add popular business aircraft models via its “unique” aircraft management programs–one of which offers aircraft owners a guaranteed monthly income stream–to meet customers’ needs and spur additional growth.
NetJets announced today that it has been granted its air operator certificate (AOC) from the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) and can begin charter operations within the country, making it the first international aircraft operator to earn that distinction.
Approximately 300 pilots and other employees of NetJets took to the picket lines yesterday in a three-pronged “informational” protest outside the Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary’s Columbus, Ohio headquarters and at its bases at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey and California’s John Wayne Orange County Airport.
UK-based air charter company London Executive Aviation (LEA) recorded its strongest ever financial and operational performance, the company announced today. In its Fiscal Year that ended March 31, LEA saw revenue rise by 23 percent, to £33.2 million ($54.1 million), “reflecting stronger charter demand and growth in the company’s aircraft management revenues.” In the same period, its flight hours increased by 16 percent and the number of aircraft movements climbed by 18 percent.
Month-over-month, projected demand for charter flights over the next 30 days is set to dip across all aircraft categories, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode. However, on both sides of the Atlantic and for all aircraft categories, demand levels were ahead of where they stood a year ago, with higher increases seen in North America.
Dubai-based Private Jet Charter (PJC) said use of business jets by executives in the Middle East is making a comeback, marking a complete turnaround from the prevailing trend five years ago when most corporations had curtailed such expenditure in response to the global financial crisis.
While CEOs in the Middle East predominantly use corporate jets for business travel to cover the larger geographical areas in the region, they are also starting to fly them more for leisure purposes.
Hong Kong-based L’Voyage has become the first independent air charter broker in Asia to uphold the Wyvern Broker Pledge and the Wingman Standard for air charter operations. Wyvern brokers are committed to having a safety program as part of their organization, and to promoting their commitment through the use of Wyvern data programs such as The Wingman Report, Safety Intelligence Report market intelligence and by running trip due-diligence reports on every trip.
Regional fractional aircraft provider Executive AirShare received temporary FAA authorization to use the Apple iPad Mini as a Class 1 electronic flight bag (EFB) in its fleet of Learjet 45XRs, Phenom 100s and 300s and King Airs. This authorization is the first step needed to gain full authority for paperless cockpits, which is expected in the first quarter of next year. With the provisional approval, Executive AirShare pilots can perform basic and advanced functions previously performed using paper documents, but flight crews must still carry printed charts as a backup.
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