Charter and Fractional » Charter

News and issues concerning the aviation charter industry and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.

November 3, 2013 - 1:00am

EmptyLegMarket has added two new capabilities to its online clearinghouse for charter flights with empty seats that are available to generate revenue. The first, an Apple iOS app that allows users to bid on a price for potential empty legs, went live in early August. The newest EmptyLegMarket feature is integration of its scheduling software with other charter scheduling systems.

November 2, 2013 - 3:10am

ExecuJet Europe has plans to launch commercial helicopter charter operations from the company’s London Cambridge FBO later this year, the company announced at Helitech in September. ExecuJet Europe expects to receive a helicopter air operator certificate (AOC) from the UK Civil Aviation Authority next month.

It will not operate its own helicopters but rather use those it has under management contracts. The company’s managed fleet already includes two Eurocopter EC155s based at Cambridge Airport, with another two contracts in the final stages of negotiation.

October 24, 2013 - 2:10pm

Fractional jet share and charter companies from NetJets to JetSuite to Executive AirShare are choosing to stack their fleets with Cessna Citation jets, large and small, according to Brad Thress, senior vice-president of business jets for Cessna Aircraft Company (Booth No. C8843).

NetJets, the largest Citation Jet operator in the world with 50 Citation Xs in its fleet, is perhaps one of the clearest examples, Thress pointed out. NetJets has 25 Cessna Citation Latitudes on order and options for 125 more, all of which will begin deliveries in 2016.

October 23, 2013 - 8:40pm
Wheels Up and JetSuite

JetSuite has exercised options for 10 more Cessna Citation CJ3s to provide additional capacity for its new partnership with private flight membership program Wheels Up. In a deal confirmed here at the NBAA show, JetSuite agreed to take the first of the 10 additional aircraft on November 22, with one more to join its fleet every 90 days.

October 23, 2013 - 7:00pm

Private aviation membership services JetSuite and Wheels Up have forged a new partnership that will give reciprocal benefits to their customers. The agreement, which was announced today at the NBAA show in Las Vegas, will see Wheels Up members gaining access to JetSuite’s fleet of Embraer Phenom 100 and Cessna Citation CJ3 aircraft, giving them a light jet alternative to the new company’s Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprop twins.

October 23, 2013 - 7:00pm

Cessna Aircraft inked a deal with Yunnan Ruifeng General Aviation Co. this week at NBAA 2013 that will see Citation Mustangs being flown for charter services in China for the first time. Yunnan Ruifeng is acquiring two Citation Mustangs to operate charter flights in China. First delivery is scheduled for December, with the second delivery following next year. The Chinese operator was founded in 2011 and already flies a Cessna Grand Caravan for sightseeing flights in southwest China.

October 23, 2013 - 3:33pm

Private aviation membership services JetSuite and Wheels Up have forged a new partnership that will give reciprocal benefits to their customers.

October 23, 2013 - 1:30pm
Xie Xin, chairman, Deer Jet and Randall Reed, CEO Starbase, signed a strategic alliance for air charter at NBAA 2013.

Chinese charter provider Deer Jet (Booth No. C10450) and Dallas-based charter/management and maintenance provider Starbase signed a historic strategic alliance on October 22 during NBAA 2013. The alliance will allow Starbase (Booth No. C10450) to operate Deer Jet-owned N-registered aircraft under Starbase’s charter certificate in the U.S. and around the world.

October 22, 2013 - 12:00pm
Beechcraft King Air 350i

Wheels Up, the U.S.-based aircraft access membership program scheduled to begin service this November, has named Gama Charters of Stratford, Conn., a subsidiary of Farnborough, UK-based Gama Group, as operator of its U.S.-based fleet of Beechcraft King Air 350i turboprops.

October 21, 2013 - 5:20pm

JFI Jets (located here at the Epic Fuel stand, Booth No. C10807) has announced that its JFI JetCenter in Long Beach, Calif., has joined the Epic FBO Network. It has also become an Epic Aviation and UVair branded fuel reseller, and its customers can now earn Bravo Rewards and use the Epic card at Long Beach, said the company.

“We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with Epic and UVair and the outstanding service that we can provide together to our customers,” said Robert Seidel, CEO of JFI Jets.

 
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