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

October 21, 2013 - 12:01pm

Not long ago it was a real struggle for charter operators to get slots into Japan’s Narita International Airport and every other Japanese airport for that matter. Thankfully, for charter operators around the world, Japan has adopted a much friendlier approach to business aircraft operations.

The Japanese Civil Aviation Bureau (JCAB) and Japanese Business Aviation Association (JBAA) announced on October 21 that the county is implementing new charter operations regulations based on FAA Part 135 standards.

October 20, 2013 - 6:00pm
Clay Lacy fleet grows

Clay Lacy Aviation (Booth No. N5115) has added 15 more aircraft to its managed and charter fleets so far in the second half of 2013. The Van Nuys, Calif.-based company said that the additions represent the highest rates of growth in those fleets since the company was founded in 1968 and suggested that it is a strong signal of a resurgent business jet market, especially in Southern California.

October 19, 2013 - 1:00am

Charter/management firm ExcelAire (Booth No. C6629) announced last month that it is opening a facility to serve the New York City area at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y. In addition to charter, the location will offer aircraft management and hangar space. ExcelAire, which operates more than 20 jets throughout the Northeast and Midwest, currently bases two of them at Westchester County–a Dassault Falcon 900 and a newly added Citation CJ3.

October 17, 2013 - 3:20pm

The Air Charter Association of North America (Acana) will hold an open forum on Tuesday at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas to discuss the U.S. DOT’s recently published proposal to regulate aircraft charter brokers. The two-hour session will be held at 3 p.m.

October 17, 2013 - 2:40pm

Air charter firm JetSuite plans to expand its fleet of refurbished and upgraded Cessna Citation CJ3s to 15 by the end of next year. Known as the JetSuite Edition CJ3, these aircraft are easily distinguishable by their JetSuite red stripe painted on the exterior. The company currently has six JetSuite Edition Citation CJ3s and will be adding two more this year. JetSuite said it is flying each airplane approximately 120 hours a month, more than twice the typical utilization of a Part 135 airplane.

October 10, 2013 - 3:10pm

Aviation software company Coastal Aviation Technologies has launched a software platform that allows independent air charter operators to combine their fleets virtually, generating scale efficiencies seen only at the largest charter companies. The Air Charter Alliance Platform uses its proprietary fleet schedule optimization system to provide charter operators with the ability to reduce deadhead flying and increase aircraft time available for revenue service.

October 8, 2013 - 2:40pm

Ljubljana, Slovenia-based business aircraft management and charter firm Elit’Avia appointed Puja Mahajan as its new COO. In her new role, Mahajan will manage Elit’Avia’s growth strategy, ensure safety across all operations and “deliver top-notch client services.” Most recently, she was director of business aircraft flight operations at Bombardier Aerospace, where, among other accomplishments, she ran the award-winning Safety Standdown Program for five years.

October 3, 2013 - 1:45am

VLJ activity has rebounded strongly in Europe, at the expense of traditional light jets such as Citations and Learjets, according to speakers at the annual Business Aircraft Europe event, held at London Biggin Hill Airport on September 11 and 12. The event grew out of Light Jets Europe, which started in 2007 but was renamed after the VLJ (very light jet) sector nosedived with much of the rest of the industry when the global financial crisis hit five years ago.

October 2, 2013 - 2:57am

Hangar8 expects to open a new FBO on Jeresy, one of the Channel Islands, in early 2015. According to the UK-based group’s CEO, Dustin Dryden, the year-long construction project is slated to begin in the offshore tax shelter by the start of next year. Dryden indicated that Hangar8 is exploring plans to expand further into the FBO sector. “We see this as a way to improve the facilities and the service we receive ourselves [as an aircraft operator] and we may buy our way into existing [ground handling] markets where established skills and facilities are available,” he explained.

October 1, 2013 - 2:38pm

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) yesterday that would regulate “air charter brokers.” The agency says it is undertaking this action “to protect consumers, ensuring that consumers of single-entity charter air transportation have adequate information about the operator of chartered aircraft and enumerating certain prohibited unfair and deceptive practices by air taxis and commuter air carriers.”

 
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