Charter/management firm International Jet, on the newly opened south end of Denver Centennial Airport (APA), has begun operations at its “private jet terminal.” Company president Lynn Krogh described the new building as not an FBO, but rather “a convenient, private and secure setting to fly in and out of.” The $4 million, 37,000-sq-ft terminal, office and hangar complex took about a year to build and opened late last year.
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Customers wanting to fly out of Moscow and London dominate executive charter demand for larger business jets in Europe, according to the latest statistics from Swedish charter booking software specialist Avinode.
Bombardier has launched a global executive charter program offering both block occupied-hour terms and ad hoc rates throughout the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific region. Skyjet International was unveiled in London on January 26 and incorporates the manufacturer’s existing Skyjet packages in the U.S. and Europe, the Flexjet Europe Jet Membership block charter program and the Flexjet Asia ad hoc charter operation.
Portugal’s Air Luxor group has restructured most of its business aviation activities under a new subsidiary called Masterjet. The company decided to abandon the name Air Luxor Corporate Jets, partly due to negative perceptions of the name associated with an incident last year in which a McDonnell Douglas MD-83 operated by Egyptian carrier Luxor Air almost crashed into the French city of Nantes.
Indian executive charter firm Deccan Aviation, based in Bangalore, is evaluating aircraft from Gulfstream, Bombardier and Cessna with a view to adding up to 15 jets to its fleet over the next five years. The firm already has nine helicopters and a pair of Pilatus PC-12 turboprops, but now needs jet equipment to meet rising demand in India’s fast-growing economy.
In response to a four-year old NTSB safety recommendation stemming from the Jan.
In part because of a high-profile charter crash at Teterboro Airport (TEB) early in 2005 and several other accidents involving responsibility for operational control, the FAA late last year released its long-awaited Operations Specification (OpSpec) A008 and related guidance regarding operational control in Part 135 charter operations.
NetJets has doubled its order for new Hawkers. The fractional operator, which announced at last year’s NBAA Convention an order for 30 Hawker 750s and 18 Hawker 900XPs, disclosed last month that it ordered another 30 Hawker 750s and 18 Hawker 900XPs. Both aircraft are derivatives of the Hawker 850XP and will replace that model on the production line.
The five major fractional operators fell short of AIR’s projected pilot hiring levels last year, according to statistics prepared by the Atlanta-based aviation employment consultant. The major players–Avantair, CitationShares, Flexjet, Flight Options and NetJets–hired 674 new pilots, more than 300 shy of AIR’s January 2006 estimate that 1,000 pilots would be required.
San Francisco-based charter sales firm TAG Aviation USA formally launched its JetCard at the NBAA Convention last week. Though competitor programs typically offer a set number of hours on a specific size of aircraft, the TAG JetCard allows customers to purchase charter flights in increments of $100,000, $250,000 or $500,000 for use on any seven jet categories via affiliate AMI Jet Charter or other TAG vendors.