Two well known companies that operate and manage charter aircraft and jet travel cards have merged. As reported in AINalerts last month, Berwyn, Pa.-based JetDirect has acquired Weymouth, Mass.-based Sentient Jet. Member travel cards of the two companies will be integrated, and all the charter operations will be unified on one Part 135 certificate with a centralized dispatch center.
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Some European charter operators might get bookings when the prizes are awarded for this contest. Ten European beer drinkers and up to 70 of their family and friends could join the jet set for a few days, thanks to a contest being run by Danish brewer Carlsberg. Participants send in code numbers found on cans of Carlsberg lager, and on September 14 the company will draw winners from each of 10 participating European countries.
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, is proposing to loan up to $15 million to assist in establishing an on-demand air-taxi service in Russia using a fleet of Russian-made M101T turboprop singles.
Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) transmission requirements will again change. Effective on or about October 4, commercial operators must make an APIS transmission using the UN-EDIFACT format, which captures additional passenger information. The NBAA APIS submission service does not use this format and as of that date will no longer be available.
Russian charter firm Jet2000 reached an agreement with Kaskol, Sokol and Myasischev, which jointly developed the M-101T Sokol (formerly Gzhel), to conduct trials of the new turboprop single on air-taxi services from Moscow Vnukovo Airport.
This makes Jet2000 the first commercial user of the business turboprop, which received Russian certification more than a year ago but has so far failed to win any firm orders.
Business flying is definitely up, and so are fuel prices. But, at least so far, aircraft operators aren’t protesting at the pump too bitterly about what they’re paying for jet-A.
A group of airline and corporate pilots has established BidQwest, an online site where air taxis can bid on charter flight requests.
Bookajet International, the UK executive charter operator that rose from the ashes of bankrupt Chauffair, is now hiring pilots, mechanics, sales and support staff as it seeks to expand its business from a new base at Southampton Airport. Last month the company relocated from Farnborough Airport into the former Signature Aircraft Engineering facility at the south coast of England airport.
Executive Jet Management, the aircraft management and charter arm of NetJets, saw its revenue charter business rise by a healthy 36 percent last year, to 4,100 segments. All told, the 100-plus aircraft that the company manages flew some 28,000 segments last year, 2,000 of them international.
After many months of negotiations with FAA and Japanese aviation officials, Van Nuys, Calif.-based charter firm The Air Group has succeeded in its long-time quest to base aircraft (initially two Gulfstream Vs) at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.