Founded in 1976 as the air arm of the Latsis shipping group, PrivatAir until recently catered exclusively to the top end of the executive charter market with a fleet consisting of a Gulfstream IV, a Boeing 737-300, three BBJs and a Boeing 757, all based at Geneva International Airport.
JetLimited, the new fractional aircraft ownership program from Rifton Aviation, believes it sets itself apart from other regional and national frax programs in several ways, all intended to result in more personalized service to its target Northeast U.S. customers than other frax operations.
PrivatAir has begun feasibility studies into launching scheduled flights from Geneva to New York using a 48-seat Boeing Business Jet. The service would aim to be the first ever “FBO to FBO” scheduled commercial air service, and would initially be built on the travel needs of three or four noncompeting corporations with major offices in Geneva, where PrivatAir is headquartered.
No fewer than 10 Boeing 757-200s–both VIP and head-of-state aircraft–now benefit from Aviation Partners’ Performance Enhancing Blended Winglet Systems, the company reported as it prepared for business at EBACE this year. The company places the global market for Blended Winglet VIP and head-of-state upgrades at some 25 Boeing 757-200s, five 767-300ERs and 25 Boeing 737 NG and Classic airframes.
When Lufthansa started offering executive jet flights through its subsidiary Lufthansa Private Jet in March 2005, the intention was to carry first-class passengers to and from its hub airports in Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich, providing a seamless connection with scheduled services. The airline was also offering point-to-point flights between some 1,000 European airports.
Late last year, PrivatAir sold its U.S. subsidiary Flight Services Group (FSG) to Britain’s GAMA Aviation. According to the Swiss-based group, this move was not motivated by any problems with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration over foreign ownership–as had earlier been the case with TAG Aviation’s ownership of AMI Jet Charter–but solely by low profitability and signs of a turndown in the U.S. market.
A new business aviation terminal was officially opened at Switzerland’s Geneva International Airport last month. The 50,000-sq-ft, three-story building is the headquarters for charter group PrivatAir, which is leasing space to competitors Jet Aviation and TAG Aviation. The new terminal (designated C3) also offers a VIP lounge and a crew suite. PrivatAir provided around $6.4 million of the $7.5 million spent on the facility.
The Airbus Corporate Jetliner (ACJ) received FAA type certification on October 28. The approval came just over three years after the large-cabin bizjet was certified by Europe’s Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) and clears the way for deliveries in the U.S.
Airbus has hired executive charter specialist PrivatAir to operate a corporate shuttle service linking its facilities in the UK, France and Germany. Starting in April, a pair of 126-seat Airbus A319s will provide the daily midweek service between the Airbus factories at Broughton and Filton in the UK with those at Toulouse in southwestern France and Hamburg in northern Germany.
Jet Aviation has joined a growing number of Part 121 air carriers and Part 135 charter carriers offering more than just automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) as lifesaving equipment aboard their aircraft by signing a contract with Remote Diagnostic Technologies (RDT) to offer the Tempus 2000 aboard the aircraft it manages.