Demand for charter flights in Europe looks set to increase steeply over the remainder of the continent’s peak summer vacation season, according to the latest projections from online charter portal Avinode.
Projected demand for private charter flights over the next 30 days is down significantly from where it stood at the start of January, according to the latest data from online charter portal Avinode. The company’s demand index for February 2 shows lower air charter demand levels on both sides of the Atlantic for the light, midsize and large-cabin jet categories surveyed each month by Avinode for AIN.
The Air Charter Safety Foundation (ACSF) has gone live with its aviation safety action program (Asap) for on-demand charter operators. The demonstration program currently has two charter operators under the jurisdiction of the Minneapolis FSDO, and will eventually expand to other charter operators in the FAA Great Lakes Region. Asap allows employees of participating air carriers, fractional managers and repair station certificate holders to identify and report safety issues to management and to the FAA for resolution, without fear of reprisal.
Air traffic management solutions company NATS is collaborating with UAE-based Royal Jet to help improve the environmental performance of the air charter firm’s flights in UK airspace. The partnership will see the two parties work together to improve Royal Jet’s flight efficiency, as well as reduce fuel burn and CO2 emissions. NATS will provide Royal Jet with actual data to monitor its flight profiles.
Milwaukee-based aircraft management, air charter, maintenance and acquisition services firm Sterling Aviation says it has seen a 57-percent year-to-date increase in its subcontracted charter business. This growth is prompting Sterling to add several aircraft to its fleet, most recently a refurbished Hawker 800XP. “Our charter fleet expansion is a timely response to the double-digit charter growth we’re experiencing for long-range, midsize aircraft,” said Sterling president and COO Rob Gort.
After asking for a show of hands from air charter operators who are experiencing difficulties filling pilot vacancies, FAA deputy director of flight standards John Duncan told attendees at last month’s NATA Air Charter Summit that he gets involved in discussions about pilot shortages in a lot of different venues. “From an academic standpoint, it’s going to be interesting,” he said. “But from a community standpoint, it’s probably going to be a little painful. This is a dilemma for the aviation community.”
UK-based air charter broker Air Partner announced a strategic partnership with InterGlobe Established of Gurgaon, India, to launch a range of private aviation products in India. InterGlobe will provide access to potential customers and knowledge of the Indian corporate and luxury travel markets, while Air Partner will offer clients access to the group’s on-demand charter and pre-paid jet card program. Clients will also have access to Air Partner’s commercial jet services, which charters airliners with 20 to 500 seats.
Nairobi, Kenya-based air charter operator Phoenix Aviation achieved Wyvern Wingman status after successfully completing an on-site audit. It is also one of the first fixed-wing air charter companies in Africa to be awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification under the scope of supply for provision of domestic, regional and international charter flights, aircraft maintenance and worldwide medical air ambulance charter for both UK and U.S. accreditation.
Per-seat charter broker Greenjets has launched an introductory program that offers a 40-percent discount for new clients who sign up as members before June 30. The company’s jet charter memberships typically start at $7,000, it said, but under the limited-time offer this price drops to $5,000.
Averring that “I am not your friend,” the FAA’s director of flight standards nevertheless told attendees at the fifth annual Air Charter Safety Symposium he believes in collaboration with offenders before enforcement actions are taken.
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