Delta AirElite, which has operated an aircraft management and charter service since 1991 when it was still Comair Jet Express, took a step toward further expansion last month with the announcement of its Delta AirElite Fleet Membership block-charter program.
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The aviation industry is beginning to react to the FAA’s October 4 suspension and then last Friday’s revocation of AMI Jet Charter’s Part 135 certificate, in which the FAA cited illegal foreign influence over the company’s charter operations. “I am extremely angered by the [FAA’s] decision last Friday to revoke the operating certificate of AMI Jet Charter,” wrote NATA president James Coyne in a letter to NATA members yesterday.
Last night, the FAA revoked the charter certificate of AMI Jet Charter in a letter hand-delivered to AMI president Don Hitch. The letter outlines the FAA’s determination “that an emergency exists related to safety in air commerce and that immediate action to revoke AMI Jet Charter, Inc.’s Air Carrier Certificate is required.” This move follows the FAA’s October 4 suspension of AMI’s charter certificate.
Sentient, launched four years ago as a business aviation charter broker, is now second only to fractional-ownership giant NetJets in the number of business jet flights flown annually, according to president and CEO Mark Stone.
Despite repeated requests from AIN, the FAA said that no officials would conduct any interviews about last week’s emergency suspension of AMI Jet Charter’s Part 135 certificate. Asked specifically what AMI had done that made it so unsafe, the FAA refused to comment, except to say, “Revocation/suspension is our last resort. Our goal is to obtain compliance with regulations and ensure safety, not suspend or revoke a certificate.
The McDonnell Douglas MD-83 on the EBACE static ramp was the newest addition to the charter fleet of Vienna, Austria-based Jetalliance. Although currently registered in Mauritius, it will shortly be put on the Austrian civil register. Always an executive airplane and never an airliner, the twinjet can accommodate up to 40 passengers in its 101-foot-long cabin.
In an e-mail sent to employees on Friday morning, AEXjet CEO John Gallaher said the charter company is ceasing operations for two weeks while the transactions for entering into a “business combination” with an unidentified operator are finalized. The company voluntarily filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on September 14, and Gallaher released a statement at that time assuring customers and employees that operations would continue.
The consequences of the FAA’s emergency suspension of AMI Jet Charter’s Part 135 certificate last week are not yet immediately apparent. Aircraft charter operators asked by AIN what they thought the AMI suspension could mean for the charter/management industry said they had no comment.
The European executive charter market is becoming more and more competitive, and the majority of operators and brokers expect demand to increase over the next 12 months. These are the main conclusions of a survey conducted by online charter network Avinode between April 1 and September 1.