Oxford Airport, located at Kidlington (just north of the “Dreaming Spires” of the famous university town), has continued to experience growth in business aviation traffic. An 11-percent increase in business traffic during 2012, up from 6,913 movements in 2011 to 7,761, has also contributed to a 13-percent rise in jet fuel sales. This traffic increase has cemented Oxford’s position as the London region’s fifth busiest business destination and the fastest growing.
Fractional provider Bombardier Flexjet reported an 83-percent rise in new business growth in the first quarter versus a year ago. During this period, its fractional sales reportedly climbed by 108 percent, while new jet card sales rose by 48 percent. During the Easter travel weekend, Flexjet recorded flying hours at levels not seen since the height of the market in 2007. As a result, Flexjet said it is currently hiring pilots to satisfy the increasing demand.
Created in 2012 by industry veterans Cass Anderson and Jeff Habib, Intercontinental Aircraft Group (IAG) is a New York City-based consultancy service that provides third-party advice for business jet acquisitions and operations. IAG can provide aircraft needs assessment, mission-profile analysis, financial comparison and optimization, aircraft technical comparison, market analysis, aircraft valuation and contract negotiation.
DeliSky, the Swiss international inflight catering service provider, announced that it has launched an iPad and iPhone App to augment its unique online catering order system, which is available at more than 120 airports worldwide. The company provides catering from dozens of carefully vetted sources, including high-end restaurants and caterers.
Universal Weather and Aviation (Booth 363) announced here that it has started working with anti-bribery consultancy Trace to help mitigate its clients’ risk of bribery and corruption violations.
The IBA group has announced that Jet Intel, its market data intelligence division, is to release its first annual business jet asset report. The report provides market value trends and forecasts. A sample can be seen but the full report will be available June 7 for £1,500 ($2,300).
Fargo Jet Center (Booth 327) welcomed news yesterday that U.S. Customs and Border Protection has reinstated 24-hour customs clearance at its base in Fargo, North Dakota, following service disruptions resulting from automatic budget cuts known as sequestration.
On time, on spec, on budget is the motto of Zurich-based SR Technics (Booth 943), according to Jean-Marc Lenz, senior v-p, aircraft services. The company, wholly-owned by Mubadala Aerospace in Abu Dhabi, may be gearing up for global expansion, but the core of SR Technics is Swiss and for the moment, that core is in Zurich, according to Lenz.
Victor, an online aggregator of private jet charters, announced at EBACE that its new online platform, due to go live in June, will allow true real-time viewing of available charter legs. Victor members see open legs as they become available, with the software automatically pricing the legs and pushing the information to Victor members. Once a leg is purchased it will immediately disappear from the online departures board. The new system has been in testing for nearly a year, according to the company. There are now nearly 3,400 Victor members.
Beechcraft has appointed Kingsley Okoli regional sales director for Sub-Saharan Africa, the company announced on Tuesday. Based in Nigeria, Okoli spent 13 years in the U.S. Air Force, including work that involved the West Africa region and the Nigerian air force.