British business aviation companies have joined forces to help 16 seriously ill or disabled children and their families. Freestream Aircraft, Gama Aviation, TAG Aviation and TAG Farnborough Airport supported a special day held by the Fly2Help and Dreamflight charities at BAE Systems’ Filton Airport in Bristol on September 7.
ExecuJet Aviation Group, Gama Aviation and Jet Alliance International were among the companies inducted Sunday into the National Aircraft Resale Association (NARA) at the organization’s annual membership meeting. Other new members included Boutsen Aviation, Symbolic Aviation and Tandava Aviation. Hawker Beechcraft Services; Hinckley, Allen & Snyder; Hope Aviation Insurance; and Ober Kaler, Attorneys at Law, joined as associate members.
Customers who finance an aircraft through Bank of America can arrange more attractive lease terms if they also hire Gama Aviation for management services. Michael Amalfitano, corporate finance executive for Bank of America, and Scott Ashton, vice president for business development at Gama, announced the alliance at Gama’s booth (No. 1247).
The charter industry has seen a flurry of acquisitions and mergers in the past year, and by all accounts the activity will continue. One of the most surprising, perhaps, was the acquisition of PrivatAir by UK-based Gama Holdings, a company relatively unknown in the U.S. The new business was named Gama Aviation and is based in Stratford, Conn., with additional locations in West Palm Beach, Fla., and Norwich, N.Y.
Farnborough, UK-based business aircraft operations company Gama Holdings purchased PrivatAir Inc., the U.S. division of PrivatAir Group, on February 29 for
an undisclosed sum. Gama also bought 25 percent of charter operator Flight Services Group (FSG), which provides charter services to the former U.S. PrivatAir management clients.
Executive charter group Air Partner has received approval to build a 175,000-sq-ft business aviation enclave at London Biggin Hill Airport. The $14 million development will house its own charter fleet and accommodate aircraft, crew and passengers of other operators. The construction work will be complete by the end of next year, but the company will start marketing the space next month.
Farnborough, UK-based business aircraft operations company Gama Holdings purchased PrivatAir Inc., the U.S. division of PrivatAir Group, on Friday for an undisclosed sum. Gama also bought 25 percent of charter operator Flight Services Group (FSG), which provides charter services to the former U.S. PrivatAir management clients. Gama Holdings has renamed the U.S. company Gama Aviation and said its headquarters will remain in Stratford, Conn.
Everybody knows that China is a fast-growing economy of staggering size. However, business aviation in that part of the world has remained relatively inconspicuous–until now.
On May 20, Peter Edwards, formerly president of Bombardier’s Business Aircraft Division, took over as group CEO at Jet Aviation, succeeding interim CEO Carl Hirschmann. Edwards is now responsible for all of Jet Aviation’s global activities. His aviation experience spans 28 years and also includes senior positions at AiResearch and Gulfstream. Edwards has served on the boards of both GAMA and NBAA.
Plenty of major players have voiced high expectations for the eventual flowering of business aviation in the Asia/Pacific region, but Jet Aviation is one of just a few that has put its money where its mouth is. The Swiss-based group established a bridgehead facility here in Singapore a decade ago, and has stayed the course despite receiving little encouragement from the marketplace–until recently.