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