On November 19, Embraer delivered the first Legacy 650. It went to Amsair Aircraft, which is owned by Lord Alan Sugar, and will be based at London Stansted Airport. The bizliner will be operated by Titan Airways Executive, an air charter firm at Stansted.
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Helicopter operators wanting to fly into London now have a less costly alternative to the London Heliport at Battersea. Aircraft charter broker Jet Booking Direct is offering the use of a temporary landing site at The Ham Polo Club for VFR movements only.
The new passenger terminal at the London Heliport was officially opened on July 13. The facility is operated and managed by PremiAir on behalf of its parent company von Essen Group, which is due to open its new Hotel Verta on the same site next month.
The new passenger terminal at the London Heliport officially opened on Tuesday. The facility is operated and managed by PremiAir on behalf of its parent company, von Essen Group, which is due to open its new Hotel Verta at the same site in September. Located at Battersea on the south bank of the Thames River, the London Heliport remains the UK capital’s sole licensed heliport.
PremiAir, the operator of the London Heliport (also known as Battersea), is to open a new passenger terminal “this spring.” It will replace a 50-year-old building that is to be demolished. The increased ramp space will provide greater capacity at peak times. The new facilities were formally handed over by the builder, Weston Homes, on February 11.
The extensively redeveloped London Heliport is set to reopen this spring. It is owned by charter operator PremiAir and is situated at Battersea on the south bank of the Thames River about four miles from the center of London. The new terminal is directly connected to the new five-star Hotel Verta, which is owned by PremiAir’s parent company von Essen Hotels.
Swift lobbying work by the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) and its members appears to have averted the threat of a new limit on the number of non-airline movements at London Stansted Airport. Following discussions with the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT), it has been confirmed that the 10,000-movement limit will apply only once a new overall threshold of 264,000 annual movements has been reached.
Farnborough Airport may be packed with an odd assortment of aircraft for this week’s show, but ordinarily it is strictly business. Under the ownership of TAG Aviation (Chalet K15-16), the former Ministry of Defence site has been transformed into one of the London area’s leading business aviation gateways.
London Heathrow Airport is becoming more accessible to business aircraft operators thanks to the downturn in airline traffic. Following the controversial abolition of opportunity slots in 1998, the UK gateway had become almost unusable for ad hoc corporate flights.
Jeffersons Private Jet Holidays launched a luxury vacation service using chartered business aircraft. The London-based company is offering short-break packages, including flights, top-class hotels and limousines, at prices starting at around $3,800 for a three-night stay in Paris. The jets chartered by Jeffersons include UK-based Citation CJ1s, IIs and Excels, as well as Learjet 45s.