Charter & Fractional

News and issues concerning the aviation charter and fractional-ownership industries and markets, including company announcements, regulations, new developments and labor issues.

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Euro charter firms offer ‘light’ options

Increasing demand from wealthy individuals for the Bombardier Skyjet International fixed-rate block charter program has prompted the company to experiment
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New Owner and New Home for Avantair

Piaggio Avanti frax operator Avantair has a new owner–Alfred Rapetti–and in the middle of next year will relocate its headquarters from Caldwell, N.J.
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TAG Aviation Introduces Jet Card

Charter sales firm TAG Aviation USA launched its JetCard at the NBAA Convention last month.
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NetJets pilots ratify contract

The unionized NetJets pilots, represented by IBT Local 1108, on November 21 overwhelmingly ratified the tentative labor agreement signed on October 8, near
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Flexjet Frax Claims Small Profit

Bombardier’s fractional operation, Flexjet, said last month that after a decade it has turned the corner and is making money.
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Platinum Jet, FAA Postpone Meeting…

An “informal” meeting between Platinum Jet Management and the FAA was postponed from November 1.
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…and Charter Broker, DOT Reach Settlement

New York charter broker Blue Star Jets and the DOT reached a compromise settlement regarding alleged regulatory violations in connection with the same cras
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Air-taxi Hopeful Pogo Co-founder Quits

Donald Burr recently left air-taxi hopeful Pogo to “pursue other opportunities,” according to a company statement.
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Platinum Jet, FAA reschedule meeting

An “informal” meeting between Platinum Jet Management and the FAA was rescheduled from November 1 to December 15 at the agency’s northeast regional office.
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Flying Group lands in Paris

After months of negotiation, the Flying Group has obtained approval from the board of directors of Aeroports de Paris to convert the short-term lease at Eu
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Europe inches closer to interim frax rule

At the EBACE gathering in Geneva earlier this year, the joint industry working group on business aircraft operations (IWG-BAO), which includes NBAA, the Eu
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Aircraft title insurance: Do you need it–or not?

The time has come, your boss tells you, to buy another aircraft.
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Bookajet tries its hand with a new name

UK executive charter firm Bookajet is rebranding its operation under the name Club328 to emphasize its new fleet of AvCraft Dornier 328Jets and Envoy 3s.
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Italian Airline Launches Charter Division

Italian airline Blue Panorama has launched an executive charter division with a pair of Piaggio Avanti P.180 twin turboprops.
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Netjets Opens Scottish Frax

Fractional ownership provider NetJets Europe has launched a dedicated operation for the Scottish market.
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Two Indicted In Onboard Recording Of Michael Jackson

A federal district court in California indicted Jeffrey Borer and Arvel Reeves on charges of secretly recording conversations between entertainer Michael J
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Fractional Hiring Ahead of Last Year’s

In the first eight months of this year, the top five fractional operators hired more pilots than they did in all of last year, according to aviation job pl
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PC-12 Fractional Marks 10 Years

PlaneSense, the Pilatus PC-12 regional fractional ownership program of Manchester, N.H.-based Alpha Flying, celebrated its 10th anniversary last month.
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Platinum Jet, FAA To Take a Meeting

An “informal” meeting between Platinum Jet Management and the FAA is scheduled at the agency’s northeast regional office on November 1.
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Fixed-rate Charter Program Expands

Air Partner International has started offering its Jet Membership Program fixed-rate charter package throughout Europe, having launched it in the UK last y
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Citation Jet Card Sales Reach Capacity

One year after CitationShares introduced its Vector jet card, the fractional provider has curtailed sales so as “not to exceed the capacity to fulfill” cha
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BusinessFly awaits SEIMC rule change

Cyril Baert believes he has found a new market niche for single-engine turboprop aircraft in France’s business aviation sector despite yet another postpone
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No Commercial SEIMC for Europe This Year

Prospective European clearance for commercial single-engine IMC operations (SEIMC) continues to progress through regulatory approval stages but will not co
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NetJets pilot talks stall, again

Contract talks between NetJets management and pilots broke down once again on September 12, three days shy of a scheduled 30-day marathon bargaining sessio
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'Business as usual' at Delta AirElite?

Travelers on Delta, Northwest and other airlines operating under bankruptcy protection might face longer lines, delays and fuller and less frequent flights
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Spanish charter firm expands its bizjet fleet

Executive Airlines, Spain’s second largest executive charter operator, in the last few months has added three business jets
to its fleet, bringing it
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NetJets pilots reach accord

Four years after their contract became “amendable,” the unionized NetJets pilots may finally have a new work agreement.
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Mustang Not For Air-Limo Network

Few if any Mustang orders are for very light (VLJ) jet air-limo operators, and Cessna seems neither surprised nor alarmed.
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Flight Options Union Drive Strengthening

Three of the five Flight Options pilots who have been trying to organize the fractional pilot group under IBT Local 1108 (the same union that represents Ne
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Wet Lease Guidance Issued by the FAA

Part 135 operators and management entities will be affected by a proposed policy guidance involving wet leases, an arrangement in which an air carrier can