Barcelona-based Executive Airlines this year has added five business jets to its charter fleet, and it is preparing to add two more. At the start of this year the company positioned a Hawker 700 in Madrid, followed by a pair of Citation CJ1s, a Learjet 45 and a Citation Bravo.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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