An air charter company contacted AIN to warn about a customer who scammed $220,000 worth of charter flights through fraudulent credit-card payments. According to this company, which does not want to be named, the customer booked a trip from California to Utah and then to Arizona, claiming to be traveling with a well known rap performer.
Empty Leg Market, the web-based service that aims to help charter operators fill empty flights with paying customers, plans to develop a tool to help buyers understand business aircraft charter costs to make the most of the company’s name-your-price feature. A recent analysis of how potential customers are using the bidding feature revealed that 50 percent of potential buyers dropped out at the point where they would have to enter an amount to bid on an empty leg.
EmptyLegMarket has launched a new iPhone app with a name-your-price bidding feature for charter flights. The app allows users to enter the desired trip, the amount of the bid and payment information. Participating charter operators can elect whether or not to accept the bid. “The goal is to use empty legs or transient airplanes that are just sitting,” said EmptyLegMarket founder Elliott Schwartz. “It simplifies the chartering process so you can understand what the customer is willing to pay.”
StandardAero announced that its components business in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been designated a foreign trade zone. FTZs are sites approved by the Foreign Trade Zone Board where imported goods can be stored or processed with duty-free treatment on items that are re-exported or where duty payment can be deferred.
An aircraft maintenance technician who worked for Cessna Aircraft has been charged with one count of selling stolen aircraft parts, according to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Kansas District. Diego Alejandro Paz Teran allegedly tried to sell stolen aircraft parts on eBay from August 2008 to Jan. 30, 2009. He had listed a hot Rockwell Collins AHC-3000 and other stolen aircraft parts on the popular auction Web site, investigators said.
Two new programs designed to enhance FBO operations have been inaugurated by Chevron Aviation. One of these, called TotalGA, is designed to be a private online fuel ordering marketplace for customers. The other, the Alliance Program, is a purchase card designed to enhance the ability of FBOs and flight departments to buy Chevron products and services and access accounting data.
Van Isle Avionics is now accepting the Multi Service Card for payment. According to the Abbotsford, B.C. company, it is the first service-support provider in Canada–and one of the initial few around the world–to agree to accept the credit card for maintenance work. The card has traditionally been used for FBO services and products such as fuel, ramp charges, air navigation and airport fees and catering.
The Farnborough Air Show is to retain its seven-day format, but it will now consist of just three full trade days along with a new “industry day” and an “exhibitor family day,” in addition to the traditional two public days.
AvFuel Corporation (Booth No. 1115) now offers its customers three convenient ways to purchase fuel at sales outlets: with a fuel card at the point of purchase, by arrangement over the phone before the flight or, as a new alternative, via the Internet at www.avfuel.com. The service is limited to North America for the time being.