Argus will launch a certified charter broker program in the first quarter, it announced today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in New Orleans. The program will provide charter operators and end-consumers with information necessary to make a “confident decision” when engaging a charter broker.
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Demand for private charter flights is expected to pick up significantly this month, according to the latest forward-looking data from online charter portal Avinode. The Sweden-based group’s latest indices for the 30 days from January 7 show increases in projected demand for light, midsize and large-cabin business jets on both sides of the Atlantic, compared with the equivalent projections made on December 7.
Aircraft management and charter operator Comlux has just added this Bombardier Global 6000 to its fleet. The aircraft will operate under the European Union AOC of the group’s Malta-based company but will be based in Central Asia. The cabin, designed by Comlux Creatives, can accommodate 13 passengers and includes a private stateroom.
NetJets will import its first two aircraft into China this month in anticipation of securing a Chinese air operator certificate (AOC) around the end of the first quarter of next year. The U.S. company will base a pair of its Hawker 800s in China so it can offer charter services to local clients. The main business model for Zhuhai-based NetJets-China Business Aviation Ltd. will be to provide aircraft management services.
Wheels Up plans to add Cessna Citation Excels and Sovereigns to its private aviation membership program, the company announced on Friday. The first Citations are set to become available to Wheels Up members around the end of the first quarter. Cessna is currently outfitting the first of these with Wheels Up’s blue-and-white livery and with revamped cabins providing Wi-Fi connectivity.
New York City-based Wheels Up launched a partnership with HeliFlite to give Wheels Up members use of that operator’s Bell 430s and Sikorsky S-76s for transfers between Manhattan and local airports such as Teterboro, White Plains and Farmingdale. Under the terms of the December 13 agreement with HeliFlite, Wheels Up members will be able to purchase time in its rotorcraft in blocks of 10 or 20 hours. HeliFlite, based at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, offers flights within a 250-mile radius of the center of Manhattan and also operates throughout Florida.
The comment period for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) on charter brokers is now closed. The NPRM stems from NTSB recommendations following the crash of a chartered Bombardier Challenger 601 on Nov. 28, 2004, in Montrose, Colo., which raised the issue of how difficult it can be for charter customers to know the identity of the charter operator when trips are arranged on their behalf.
Aviation “knowledge management solutions” firm Web Manuals signed European charter operator GlobeAir as the latest customer for its cloud-based compliance application, Web Manuals 4 Draken. The Web Manuals application enables the authoring, publishing, distribution and control of the entire manuals library in an easy-to-use tool, saving time and manpower while improving quality. Web Manuals 4 Draken also automatically highlights any updates to the EASA regulations for easier compliance.
Zurich, Switzerland-based AC Aviation Charter has opened a new office in Vienna, Austria. Three charter sales agents will be based in the new office in Vienna, and the team will be lead by Bernhard Wipfler. The company’s current charter management fleet consists of two Learjet 40s, three Falcon 900s and a Beechjet 400A, Citation XLS, Challenger 605 and Challenger 850 and GV.
Prospects for private aircraft charter in the month leading up to the Christmas and New Year holidays appear markedly stronger in North America than in Europe, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode.