After 15 years of auditing charter operators only at the behest of the companies or individuals who hire them, Wyvern Consulting, on Tuesday, announced that Part 135 operators can now request audits of their own operations. “It’s about time we did so,” Wyvern founder and president Walter Lamon told AIN.
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News and issues concerning the aviation charter industry and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.
A North Carolina judge issued an injunction recently against charter facilitator CharterX, its new Wyvern Consulting charter audit unit and a former ARG/US employee for allegedly using proprietary information from ARG/US computers without the company's permission.
Executive Jet Management (EJM) has announced a significant increase in its charter fleet and reorganization of its sales and aircraft owner relations staff. Cincinnati-based EJM provides aircraft management and charter services worldwide.
Charter broker Hunt & Palmer has opened a new office in Hong Kong. According to the UK-based group’s executive aviation manager, Neil Harvey, the operation will be able to exploit high levels of growth in demand for charter flights into mainland China and the Far East region over the next five years.
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has moved to ease restrictions on access to U.S. skies for foreign charter operators. It will increase to 12 (from six) the number of flights any one operator can make per year into the country before having to apply for a Part 129 foreign carrier certificate, and address applications on an ad hoc basis pending a permanent rule change that could take another two years to implement.
On October 3, corporate aircraft sales and management company Axis Jet announced the opening of a new Part 135 air charter division based at Sacramento Executive Airport in California. Catering to business and leisure travelers, Axis Jet’s charter fleet consists of three King Airs–a 350, a 300 and C90B.
Global charter broker Air Partner International has acquired UK executive charter operator Gold Air for £4.4 million ($8.1 million). From its base at London Biggin Hill Airport, Gold Air now operates six new Learjet 45s and a Hawker 800 under management contracts for their owners.
According to Air Partner managing director David Savile, the company bought Gold Air primarily to ensure a supply of charter capacity for its clients.
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.
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.