On Friday, NetJets pilots overwhelmingly supported a major amendment and extension to their collective-bargaining agreement between NetJets Aviation and Teamsters Local 1108, the union representing the fractional provider’s pilot group. The NetJets pilots approved the interest-based bargaining (IBB) amendment, with 75.7 percent of eligible members voting in favor of the measure; voter participation reached a historic 95.8 percent.
Darnell Martens, president and CEO of Vitesse, has devoted his career to business aviation. He began his career with Booz, Allen & Hamilton and at age 22 left the position of senior consultant to cofound American Helicopters, the first of several business aviation companies.
The NetJets Aviation (NJA) pilots, represented by IBT Local 1108, are currently voting on an “interest-based bargaining” proposal that was struck between management and pilot representatives last month.
Jim Christiansen, 54, is leaving charter/management/fractional ownership provider TAG Aviation USA after managing its integration with Wayfarer Aviation over the last two years. The business aviation veteran, chairman of the Fractional Ownership Aviation Rulemaking Committee (FOARC) and former president of Wayfarer, was named executive v-p and COO of TAG Aviation USA when the merger was completed in late 1999.
American Express entered the business aviation charter market with the introduction of the Private Jet Charter Program for its Platinum Card and Centurion Card members. The program’s service provider is Le Bas International, with offices in Cambria, Calif., and Shannon, Ireland. Le Bas is an 11-year-old business aircraft travel broker affiliated with some 5,000 charter providers worldwide.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, state and local officials are drafting an incentive package to lure fractional provider NetJets to Orlando, Fla. E-mails obtained by the newspaper indicate that a delegation of Orlando leaders planned to visit NetJets’ Columbus, Ohio facility last month.
The pilot hiring rate this year by fractional ownership operators is slightly lower than last year’s rates, according to figures compiled by AIR Inc. The Atlanta-based employment services company reported that six fractional operators had hired 607 pilots this year through July, compared with 844 hired by five operators in the same period last year. Nearly 1,400 frax pilots were hired during all of last year, compared with just 581 in 1999.
BBA Aviation and Executive Jet announced on August 13 they had signed a deal in late June that will make BBA Aviation’s Signature Flight Support chain “the exclusive FBO in all contiguous U.S. states and Alaska and in all current and all future cities for FBO services.”
Troy Eaden learned to fly just three years ago, but these days you’ll find him in the front office of the first Raytheon Premier I to be delivered. He took possession of his new airplane in late June, bolstering a tradition of ownership that began with the new Bonanza A36 he bought right after qualifying as a pilot and continued when he traded the piston single for a Jaguar Edition King Air C90B.
Jet Support Services–better known as JSSI–signed Turkish charter operator Sertur Air as a “Tip-to-Tail” maintenance plan customer yesterday here at the Dubai Air Show.