Air-taxi operators employing technically advanced aircraft (TAA) and very light jets (VLJs) are upbeat about their futures, even in the face of DayJet’s demise just last month.
AINalerts » October 14, 2008
An attempt by a group of buyers to make a low-ball bid for the former DayJet Eclipse 500 fleet appears to have run into a snag: Eclipse Aviation isn’t about to let those airplanes go cheap. The group, formed by Houston-based Eclipse 500 management company JetsAmerica and its president, Brandon Carlson, wants to offer $500,000 each for the 28 Eclipses that used to be operated by air-taxi firm DayJet.
The charter industry is increasingly optimistic, according to two charter brokerage firms. Chief Executive Air CEO Jeffrey Menaged said business jet and fractional owners are now turning to charter as a way to reduce overhead and save money. “Even during fiscally challenging times, travel remains a necessity for many people,” he said. “We feel that in today’s volatile market people are looking to preserve cash and capital.
According to aviation safety consulting firm Robert E. Breiling Associates of Boca Raton, Fla., there has been a “considerable increase” in the number of accidents (both fatal and nonfatal) and fatalities involving business jets and turboprops in the first nine months of this year.