The NetJets Association of Shared Aircraft Pilots (NJASAP) and International Brotherhood of Teamsters Local 284 executive boards launched the NetJets Unions Coalition last week, citing “minimal progress and unjustifiable demands” during ongoing contract talks. NJASAP represents the more than 3,000 NetJets pilots, while Local 284 represents some 500 NetJets dispatchers, flight attendants, maintenance controllers, mechanics and stock clerks.
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.
Wade and Dave Eyerly, the founders of Surf Air–an all-you-can-fly Part 135 membership service that operates Pilatus PC-12s on West Coast routes–left the company earlier this month. The brothers started Surf Air in 2011 and launched flight operations in June last year. Last month the company hired former Frontier Airlines chief Jeff Potter as the new CEO.
San Francisco-based private aviation services company XOJet is changing the focus of its aircraft charter sales effort from “wholesale to the end user,” senior vice president of sales Gregg Slow told AIN on Tuesday. The majority of the company’s business has previously come from wholesale sources, such as brokers, he noted. To gear up for this initiative, XOJet tripled its sales team over the past year for more interaction with individual consumers of business aviation, among other things.
Through its recent acquisitions of aircraft charter/management specialist Sterling Aviation in Wisconsin and Seattle-based Galvin Flying Services, which managed several aircraft in addition to providing FBO services, Landmark Aviation has boosted its charter fleet by 18 aircraft. Among the dozen based at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee are a Challenger 604, a Hawker 850XP and a Citation Sovereign, while a Challenger 300 and Citation Excel are among the six at King County Airport/Boeing Field.
Demand for private charter flights looks set to rise this month, according to the demand index generated by online charter portal Avinode. The outlook is brightest for the European market.
NetJets accounted for more than a third of the revenue increase at Berkshire Hathaway’s “other service” businesses last year, according to the parent company’s year-end results released on Saturday. The division, which also includes FlightSafety International and several other non-aviation companies, saw revenues climb by $821 million, to $9 billion, with NetJets’ share rising by $288 million–up 7.5 percent year-over-year–thanks to higher sales of fractional aircraft shares.
Private flight club Wheels Up is offering its members guaranteed access to midsize, super-midsize and large-cabin jets via a new alliance with Jet Aviation Flight Services. Through a new program announced today, its clients will be able to book aircraft with 24 hours’ notice and at fixed occupied hourly rates. Members will have the option of buying pre-paid blocks of flight hours, in which case they will have guaranteed access to aircraft with just 10 hours’ notice.
Business has been so good at West Coast charter/management firm Jet Edge International that the company devised an unusual arrangement to build a fleet of Gulfstream G200s. With a fleet consisting of mostly large-cabin Gulfstreams, Jet Edge has seen growing demand for the super-midsize charter market, and the G200s (and one G280, with two more coming) are ideal to fill that need, according to president Bill Papariella.
Argus International’s new Avmosys operations software has been selected by the Wheels Up aircraft access membership program “to manage customers’ flight-related activity,” according to Argus. First to sign up for Avmosys was charter/management firm ACP Jets, and charter broker Apollo Jets was the first company to implement the system fully, according to Andy Balser, Argus International’s Avmosys product manager.
VistaJet extended its partnership with MedAire to strengthen travel safety protocols and offer enhanced benefits to its passengers. In addition to offering medical assistance to passengers and crew in flight and at their destination, VistaJet’s new MedAire travel safety solution includes access to aviation travel security briefs. It also provides information and advice to mitigate risks at destination and access to the MedAire global network of security experts, local providers and logistics personnel.