Inflite Engineering of London Stansted Airport is keeping pace with growing demand for executive Avro Business Jet (ABJ) reconfigurations of BAE Systems regional jets. The latest is a late-model Avro RJ100, which joins Presidential Flight of Abu Dhabi’s existing executive RJ70. The interior dimensions of the bigger RJ100 version allowed for a split-cabin configuration.
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.
Bombardier Flexjet and Korean Air formed a marketing alliance dubbed Flexjet Connect. As part of the partnership, Flexjet fractional owners will receive incentives to purchase first-class tickets on Korean Air when traveling between the Americas and East Asia and other benefits, including elite status for one year. Korean Air passengers participating in the program have guaranteed access to more than 5,000 U.S.
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 VistaJet client.
Charter broker Air Partner launched a new Web site, www.emptysectors.com, intended to help charter clients to see real-time empty-leg availability of aircraft. The site shows aircraft availability data generated by the latest empty-leg software introduced by online charter portal Avinode.
Rizon Jet has agreed to provide additional charter capacity for Kazakhstan-based operator Prime Aviation. Under an initial four-month contract the Qatar-based operator will provide blocks of flight time in one of its Bombardier Challenger 605s to cover the months of May through August. The aircraft will be based in Almaty or Astana as required.
West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Greenjets said its shared-ride charter jet membership service has been growing quickly since it was launched in April last year. “Our business has been doubling or tripling every month,” company president Dean Rotchin told AIN. Greenjets allows customers to book seats and share charter jets, thereby reducing the cost and per-passenger carbon footprint for each flight.
Flight Options took delivery of its first Embraer Phenom 300. The Cleveland-based fractional aircraft provider has a firm order for 100 of the light jets and options on 50 more. The Phenom 300s are scheduled to be delivered at a rate of about 10 per year over the next 10 years. The first three fractional Phenoms have already been
Five years after the February 2005 Challenger overrun at Teterboro–one of the most notorious accidents in business aviation history–the FAA has again suspended the charter operating certificate of one of the companies peripherally involved, Darby Aviation of Sheffield, Ala.
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.
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.