One prediction about which most fractional providers’ executives and consultants agree is that within five years there will be only two strong major providers, with the current majors either being relegated to a niche market or merging into one of the stronger players. While they all concur that NetJets will be one of those two companies, there is no consensus on which of the other three majors will hold the other spot.
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News and issues concerning the aviation charter industry and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
Fledgling helicopter commuter airline America Rising has pushed back to 2006 the launch of its New York to Washington, D.C. rotorcraft shuttle service, blaming a lack of suitably de-ice-equipped helicopters and continued delay in gaining approval for the operation from the Transportation Security Administration.
At present, the most that can be said about the FAA’s intention to have an Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC) assist in rewriting FAR Parts 135 and 125 is that it is a work in progress.
The first ARC was formed several years ago and dealt with developing FARs that would apply to fractional jet operations. After lengthy deliberations, the new FAR–Part 91 Subpart K–was promulgated and instituted.
EUROFLY ACQUIRES ITS FIRST ACJ, PLANS A SECOND
Eurofly, Italy’s largest business aviation operator, has signed a contract for its first Airbus Corporate Jetliner and plans to acquire a second, with delivery earmarked for next spring. Powered by two 27,000-pound-thrust CFM56-5B7 turbofans, Eurofly’s ACJ will be outfitted to accommodate 48 passengers in four-abreast seating. Typical trips will be between Rome or Milan and New York.
Pogo is the new name for the former iFly Air Taxi, a company that plans initially to use 75 Adam A700 very light twinjets as a start toward a national “air limo” network. “We wanted to find a name that conveys the idea of quickly hopping from one place to another,” said Pogo CEO Donald Burr, founder of People Express. Former competitor Bob Crandall, retired chief of American Airlines, is chairman of the new venture.
Holders of the Marquis Jet Card will have new restrictions requiring that they book flights further in advance during peak travel times due to unexpected growth in flying hours by NetJets share owners over the last year, according to NetJets chairman Richard Santulli. Marquis flights are operated under Part 135 by NetJets, or NetJets-approved charter operators, and Marquis owns about 10 percent of the NetJets’ fleet.
Beginning in January, PrivatAir will offer daily flights between Zurich and Newark Liberty International Airport, N.J., in partnership with Swiss International Airlines.
A reminder that Customs & Border Protection regulations for transmission of crew and passenger information for commercial operators will be changing on Monday (June 6).
A new service designed in part by former Avantair chairman Al Rapetti seeks to align charter operators under one roof to maximize revenue and fill seats. West Palm Beach, Fla.-based Business Jet Seats is taking a different angle from a number of seat brokerage operators that have begun operations lately.
Charter operator Linear Air has 30 Eclipse 500s on order, with first deliveries scheduled for September, but the company bought an earlier serial number aircraft (S/N 16) that recently became available. “We jumped on it,” said William Herp, president and CEO. “This constitutes a watershed moment in our three-year history.” Linear Air was formed to test the VLJ charter concept using Cessna Caravans, which offer similar operating economics.