European charter operator VistaJet reports that revenues grew by 20 percent last year and that the company has expanded its fleet of Bombardier jets to 26 from 19 and will take delivery of a total of five jets this year. “There was a huge sea-change as of about mid-February,” said VistaJet founder and chairman Thomas Flohr, “after January had been slightly up.
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News and issues concerning the aviation charter and fractional-ownership industries and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
Berkshire Hathaway’s most recent quarterly financial report notes that revenues at its NetJets subsidiary grew by 18 percent compared with the first quarter of 2009, generating positive pre-tax earnings of $57 million in the first quarter versus a pre-tax loss of $96 million in the same period last year.
Action Aviation and SJ30 manufacturer Emivest Aerospace have announced that the SJ30 light jet is now available in an air-ambulance configuration. Better known for its executive/VIP role, the medevac version of the light twinjet will be a “quick fit” option provided by medical-interiors specialist Lifeport.
Jetalliance Aviation Group and Aeroflot Russian Airlines have formed a joint-venture company called Jetalliance East to offer charter services within Russia. Yesterday, Cessna Aircraft and Jetalliance signed a leasing agreement for a new Citation CJ3 and a Sovereign for the venture.
In response to the growing demand for business aircraft in Africa, charter operator VistaJet has launched a regional operation on the West African coast, based out of Lagos, Nigeria. The Switzerland-based company has partnered with Kola Aluko, a West Africa-based businessman and longtime VistaJet client.
JetBrokers Seeks New Clients in Germany and Italy
Stuttgart-based operator DC Aviation is here exhibiting a new Airbus ACJ that is available for charter after having been delivered last Friday. This year the company is to take delivery of three ACJs, thus bringing its fleet to four of the type. DC Aviation CEO Steffen Fries said here at EBACE that he is confident 2010 will be as good for his company as the pre-downturn 2008 was.
Mayo Aviation has expanded its charter/ management fleet to 18 aircraft with the acquisition of CharterOps of Portland, Maine. The purchase adds five aircraft–
FBO chain Tac Air has added Flight-Aware’s FBO ToolBox at its 13 FBOs in the U.S. The ToolBox enables FBOs to enhance FlightAware aircraft tracking information with fuel uplift calculations and historical visitor counters, according to FlightAware, to aid an FBO’s marketing efforts. The ToolBox also employs Amstat’s aircraft ownership/operator data, which provides FBOs with up-to-date contact information.
Charter/management firm FlightWorks has opened a new sales office at Dekalb-Peachtree Airport in Atlanta, at the Signature Flight Support FBO. The new office joins recent expansions in Boise, Idaho, and Salt Lake City. FlightWorks, headquartered in Kennesaw, Ga., now has nearly 50 aircraft in its fleet.