Executive Jet named Jim Christiansen vice president of national accounts for its NetJets fractional aircraft ownership program. For the peripatetic bizjet executive the appointment comes as something of a reunion–Christiansen served with Executive Jet back in the early 1980s when EJ was pioneering the concept of professional business jet management. Christiansen recently left TAG Aviation USA, where he was executive vice president and COO.
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Executive Jet has named former communications and entertainment executive Mark Booth co-chairman of its NetJets Europe fractional aircraft ownership program. Booth, based in London, will help expand NetJets throughout Europe. He joined NetJets from epartners, a subsidiary of News Corp., where he was a general partner. His career has spanned 20 years in the communications and entertainment industries.
No one connected with Texas charter operator Addison Express was arrested or otherwise implicated in connection with an early-August drug bust by federal agents, in which three Learjets operated by the company were seized, according to company owner Dale Griffin (AIN, September, page 8).
Paris Le Bourget FBO and executive charter firm Aero Services has been bought by Portuguese general aviation group Omni Aviacão e Tecnologia. The deal was concluded on April 2, with Omni paying an undisclosed sum to French entertainment group Vivendi, which was the controlling shareholder in Aero Services.
At first it might seem like an odd couple: Don Burr, People Express founder and low-fare airline pioneer, and Bob Crandall, controversial megastar of American Airlines. Fierce competitors in the 1980s, the two men are now combining their talents and their money to develop a national on-demand, regional-based air-taxi network with hundreds of very light twinjets. Crandall is chairman of the new venture and Burr is CEO.
Ceres Group of Davidson, N.C., has announced CopterShares, a by-the-hour helicopter membership program. Flight time will be sold in increments of 25 hours and membership will include an annual maintenance and service fee. Ceres Group president Joseph DePaulis expects clients to include banks, corporations, race teams and drivers. Ceres plans to start operating the service with two Eurocopter EC 120s in the first of quarter next year.
Cirrus SR-22 and soon-to-be Eclipse 500 charter operator ImagineAir, based at Gwinnett County Airport/ Briscoe Field in Georgia, announced the signing of an agreement with RockBridge Capital Partners of Columbus, Ohio, a specialty investment banking firm, to raise $18.2 million for the acquisition of up to 24 aircraft.
Pogo Jet clarified plans to launch a charter service using Eclipse 500 very light jets in a registration statement for an initial public offering (IPO) submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. In a Form S-1 filed on September 13, the company revealed many more details about its planned charter operation and outlined the risks that it faces in trying to get the service off the ground.
AMI Jet Charter CEO Charles McLaren confirmed to AIN that TAG Holdings might be interested in selling some of its stake in the charter company. TAG Holdings, based
Benjamin Murray has a vision for the future of Executive Jet Management (Booth No. 1023). As the newly appointed president and CEO, he would like to see the fleet size double to more than 200 airplanes over the next two years and expand the company to include a high-end boutique Part 91 aircraft management business.