Greenjets shared business jet service between New York and Florida began last month, and service to Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, Washington and Atlanta will be phased in before year-end. The service is sold per-seat but uses the existing fleet of ARG/US-rated charter aircraft. Over the next two years, Greenjets plans to open 27 more markets, including Dallas, Houston, Las Vegas and Phoenix.
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.
New York-based Coastal Jet Service is launching per-seat, daily nonstop service on a Citation X between New York and Los Angeles. Coastal Jet plans to use the Avitat FBO at West- chester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., and the Million Air facility in Burbank, Calif., for the new service.
JetSuite brokered its first Phenom 100 charter flight in late May for customer Burt Rutan, who flew to his home base in Mojave, Calif. Solana Beach-based Air by Jet, a Part 135 certificate holder, operated the flight. Later this year, JetSuite expects to begin operating its own fleet of Phenom 100s, for which it has a firm order for 50 with an option for an additional 50.
Andre Budhan, a cofounder of defunct charter operator Platinum Jet, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in a case relating to the 2005 crash of a Challenger 600 following an aborted takeoff at Teterboro (N.J.) Airport. Budhan, 42, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J., yesterday to conspiracy to defraud charter customers and brokers, and to impede and obstruct the FAA.
Avjet’s new solar-powered hangar at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, Calif., represents not only the most current environmentally friendly building design but also illustrates that going green doesn’t necessarily cost more.
West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Greenjets last month launched a shared-ride charter jet membership service as a more environmental and economical way to use private jets. One-year memberships begin at $1,440 and fixed per-seat costs for a one-way New York to Florida charter flight start at $1,800 with a Black card membership.
Van Nuys, Calif.-based Elite Aviation has filed a complaint in the Superior Court of California, Northwest District, accusing charter broker JetCardPlus and some individuals who set up and flew charters arranged by JetCardPlus and flown by Elite of breach of contract, fraud and other violations. The lawsuit seeks payment of $221,716.24, in addition to interest, attorney fees and court costs.
Charter operator FlyingGroup has opened new bases in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam and also in Luxembourg. The Belgium-based company already operates jets out of Cannes and Paris. The company is active in aircraft management, charter, consultancy and maintenance. Operating a fleet of 23 aircraft, FlyingGroup is an authorized Cessna Citation service center for the Mustang and the Citation XL/XLS/XLS+.
Two Spanish charter operators announced additions to their charter fleets here at EBACE.
Madrid-based Executive Airlines (Booth No. 542), the second largest business aviation operator in Spain, took delivery of its ninth Gulfstream G200 on April 6. The company claims to be the largest Gulfstream operator in Europe. It counts four G550s, nine G200s and three G150s among its total fleet of 25 business jets.
ARG/US International has announced acceptance of the International Standards for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) to meet the audit requirements of its charter operator rating system. IS-BAO is managed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). The acceptance by ARG/US is considered a significant advance toward a single audit standard for business aircraft operators.