A decade ago, many U.S. charter operators were voicing the same anxieties that their European counterparts are expressing today in their opposition to proposed new part-private part-commercial operating rules for fractional ownership. In short, they too believed that the major fractional providers would wipe them off the face of the earth, having been handed an unfair competitive advantage.
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News and issues concerning the aviation charter industry and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
Still factory fresh from Cessna is the new Citation Sovereign being shown in the EBACE static aircraft park by UK business aircraft charter and management firm Bookajet (Booth No. 1054). The company has added the aircraft, which could be joined in the fleet later by a second example, to provide longer-range capacity.
PrivatAir, the Geneva-based specialist for large executive aircraft charter, announced that it was at an advanced stage of evaluation of additional large aircraft for executive charter. Included on its possible shopping list are the new Airbus 350 and Boeing 787 airliners, which are expected to be on the market at the beginning of next decade.
Austrian charter operator Jet-Alliance (Booth No. 132) yesterday signed a firm order here for a CFM56-5-powered Airbus Corporate Jet (ACJ). It will augment the almost 40 aircraft available from the Viennese company by providing long-range, large-cabin capacity, chief executive Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer told EBACE Convention News.
Embraer’s European unveiling of its Phenom 100 very light and 300 light jet full-scale cabin mockups here yesterday provided a platform for the Phenom’s fleet launch customer, start-up charter operator JetBird of Zurich, to announce the launch of its low-cost service.
Charter broker Air Partner will this summer relaunch its Jet Membership block charter program under the new name JetCard. The new offering will promise maximum flexibility with customers free to opt for a full, no-quibble refund on flight hours bought at any time.
Avinode is back at EBACE (Booth No. 754) to present its new price quotation tool and new availability board. The Swedish firm provides pricing, availability and flight time information, as well as photos of the aircraft, which are sorted by category, model, operator and actual net charter price.
Jet Aviation yesterday announced the introduction of its Skylliance charter program that it hopes will eventually expand into a wide network of charter operators adhering to safety and service standards it has defined.
Zurich-based startup JetBird announced it ordered 50 Phenom 100s, a very light jet under development by Embraer, for a planned European on-demand air taxi service. The $140-million contract includes an option to purchase 50 additional aircraft over five years and allows JetBird to convert its positions into either the four-passenger Phenom 100 or the nine-passenger Phenom 300, a light jet also under development by Embraer.
Starting with a session next Tuesday in Van Nuys, Calif., the FAA has scheduled seven more briefings on its proposed guidance policy on air carrier operational control, wet leasing of charter aircraft, charter broker relationships and the use of “fictitious” business names, known as DBAs (doing business as).