Greek operator Interjet has replaced its Falcon 2000 with a brand-new Falcon 2000EX EASy. It has also added a new Citation CJ2 to its fleet as part of its policy of replacing aircraft after seven years of service. The company already operates a pair of Citation Excels and an Ultra, as well as five twin-engine rotorcraft (three AS 355N TwinStars, an AS 355F2 TwinStar and a BO 105).
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The Flying Group is laying plans to add a new Falcon 900DX to its managed charter fleet next year, and it expects to have a Falcon 7X in its fleet in 2008. The Belgian company is opening a new hangar at its Antwerp headquarters later this year. It is also developing a new facility at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport in the south of France, where last year it acquired French charter firm Cap Camarat Business Jets.
Gil Wolin, vice president of corporate communications for TAG Aviation USA, posed this question at a recent seminar in New York. Most aircraft offered for charter are managed by the operators and owned by other parties.
CharterAuction, the Quincy, Mass.-based online charter broker that claims to have “the industry’s largest empty-leg database,” will now assist Phoenix-based Swift Air in finding aircraft to manage as well as match charter customers with the operator’s 15-strong fleet of business jets.
Continuing a trend, several Part 135 operators recently announced partnership agreements with others in the travel industry. Bombardier Skyjet and Abercrombie & Kent Destination Clubs signed an agreement under which Skyjet will provide air transportation to the travel company’s club member customers via A&K Jets. Marquis Jet, which provides jet cards for NetJets aircraft, is partnering with The Sea Island Co. of Georgia.
Delta AirElite, the business aircraft charter division of Delta Air Lines, this summer introduced a revenue guarantee for aircraft owners who are accepted for enrollment in the company’s aircraft-management program. The company offers new management clients flight-hour guarantees ranging from 200 to 500 hours annually for select aircraft.
NBAA last month announced the release of “The Aircraft Charter Consumer Guide,” a free eight-page publication available in printed form and downloadable as a PDF from the association’s Web site (www.nbaa.org/charter).
Executive aircraft charter activity in Europe has definitely increased this year. On average, operators surveyed by AIN reported that during the first six months of this year, the number of charter flight hours logged was around 17 percent higher than during the same period last year.
Options, awareness, acceptance, security, time, the economy and the hassles of airline travel are contributing to a buoyant U.S. charter market, with activity up an average of 30 to 40 percent over last year. The increased demand is putting pressure on operators to add aircraft to their fleets as they edge up their base rates.
Although the FAA is not yet advocating new taxes or user fees, the agency continues to emphasize that it needs a consistent, stable revenue stream that is not tied to the price of an airline ticket.