Some charter companies are reporting new interest and bookings as a result of last month’s terrorist attacks. Demand is reportedly up in response to more time-consuming airline check-in security requirements, as well as the perception that charter will provide better security. One wire story said a charter service in Southern California reported a 110-percent increase in customer calls.
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Executive Jet Management recently earned ISO 9001:2000 certification, making the company one of the few U.S. charter, management and maintenance companies to receive such approval. The ISO 9000 series of standards represents an international consensus on quality-management practices with the objective of ensuring that a company can “consistently achieve customer and regulatory quality requirements,” EJM said.
ExecuJet Aviation has acquired German charter operator Jet Connection Businessflight for an undisclosed sum. The Frankfurt-based firm is to be the foundation for ExecuJet’s new German subsidiary, adding to its existing European divisions in Switzerland and Denmark. Johannesburg, South Africa-based ExecuJet also has operations in Sydney, Australia, and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Belgian charter operator Flying Group’s takeover of Cap Camarat Business Jet (CCBJ) furthers the operator’s “ambition to become an important player in European business aviation,” a spokesman told AIN.
Former NBAA president Jack Olcott weighed in on the NBAA contretemps with a letter sent to member representatives. In it, he said Robert Warren’s letter reflects a “deficiency of knowledge” of the organization. Olcott, who served as president of NBAA from May 1992 until Shelly Longmuir succeeded him last July, challenged several of the “troubling management issues” that Warren enumerated.
Man doth not live by flight hours alone. For many of us in today’s flying world, something’s amiss. It might be peace of mind or a sense of purpose outside of flying airplanes. I see it as loss of soul.
What began as a concept that met with outright skepticism and indeed some hostility by the established aviation industry has blossomed into a viable branch of business and personal transportation that continues to fuel manufacturers’ production lines, gobbles up flight crews and, at least for now, staves off recessionary pressures by keeping order books fat.
Users of business-aircraft charter who prefer to purchase travel in advance now have another option that the service’s provider claims is different from other products. Under a program introduced early last month, global charter broker Air Partner is offering its new Jet Membership card program as an alternative to the group’s long-established classic charter operation.
Too few business aircraft are based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Arabian Gulf states to meet rising demand for executive charter flights, according to International Air Charter (IAC), a UK-based charter brokering group that opened an office in Dubai two years ago. The company is urging charter operators to move aircraft into the region to increase capacity and stimulate further demand.
London Executive Aviation (LEA) introduced the first Cessna Citation Excel in the UK charter market last month. The airplane, which is privately owned but managed and operated on charter flights by LEA, was ferried from the U.S. in early August. The twinjet was added to the company’s air operator’s certificate (AOC) late last month.