Demand for aircraft charter is rising worldwide, with more businesses and private individuals willing and able to start taking this increasingly attractive alternative to scheduled airline services.
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News and issues concerning the aviation charter industry and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
European charter operators are expressing increasing frustration about what they have come to regard as anti-competitive restrictions on their ability to fly in and out of the U.S.
CitationShares launched a program–Citelines–that it says offers “payment predictability, customized program options and cost savings never before seen in the industry.” Under Citelines, owners can choose to fly 365 days, 350 days, 335 days or 320 days a year.
Raytheon Aircraft Charter and Management has added six aircraft to its charter fleet, including a Beechjet 400A in Nashville, a Hawker 800A in Dallas, a Challenger 600 in Atlanta and a new Beechcraft Premier IA based at the Raytheon Aircraft Services service center at Van Nuys, Calif.
Executive Jet Management reported revenue from its charter business rose by more than 35 percent last year over its 2003 figures. The company also experienced a 35-percent increase in the number of charter hours flown. This year’s charter revenue is projected to increase more than 26 percent over last year’s.
Although the NTSB has not yet determined a probable cause for the February 2 Challenger 600 accident at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, it has released a number of factual reports. Apparently, the Platinum Jet Management crew failed to perform weight-and-balance calculations properly and delayed its use of the thrust reversers when the jet failed to take off.
Increasing demand from wealthy individuals for the Bombardier Skyjet International fixed-rate block charter program has prompted the company to experiment with a new option called Jet Membership Light. This option–which gives customers 25 hours in light jets for $135,000 (€112,500)–is currently available only in Europe.
Deutsche Rettungsflugwacht e.V.–German Air Rescue (DRF), headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, has been specializing in airborne emergency care and medical aid for more than 30 years. Founded by the Björn Steiger Foundation in 1972, DRF has become one of the leading air rescue services in Europe, providing both primary (emergency) and secondary (patient transport) rescue service from 32 bases of operations throughout the continent.
A call comes in to operations: a young American woman vacationing on a dive boat in the Caribbean is suffering from serious burns after a fire broke out on board the vessel. Her passport and all documents were lost in the accident, and she needs to be repatriated to the U.S. for medical attention–fast.
Donald Burr recently left air-taxi hopeful Pogo to “pursue other opportunities,” according to a company statement. Burr, with former American Airlines chief Robert Crandall, established Pogo in May last year to develop a national on-demand, regional-based air-taxi network using hundreds of very light twinjets.