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News from BACA: The threat to our airfields

Short term thinking is rarely productive in the long term. Sometimes we have to take quick decisions, but most of the time we do at least have the chance to step back and think about longer term consequences and objectives.   Full story

News from AsBAA: Advocacy, representation and community

At the recent AsBAA AGM in Singapore, the Asian business and general aviation community voted for its new industry representatives and the departing board of directors Charlie Mularski, David Best and Kevin Wu transitioned into board of governor positions.   Full story

News from ACANA: Establishing clarity of certification

ACANA is pleased to announce its board members for 2017. Paul McCluskey, vice president of commercial aviation at Hunt & Palmer USA, becomes chairman while Richard Zaher, CEO of Paramount Business Jets, and Seth Rothman, director of business development at Air Partner, now share vice president duties   Full story

Blackbird Air Charter gains AOC

Denmark-based Blackbird Air Charter has taken the first step in a new venture that will see it add EASA-certified operations, as Blackbird Air, to its brokerage.   Full story

Velocity Jets marks its 10-year anniversary

Ten years ago Jessica Osterneck and Patrick Harris started their boutique brokerage in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, offering ad hoc charter, acquisitions and management as well as jet card memberships.   Full story

Global Jet Centre gains market share

Dubai-based Global Jet Centre has reported strong first half-year results with the number of flights arranged up by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.   Full story

HAG acquires Starbase Jet

Dallas, Texas-headquartered Horizon Air Group (HAG) has acquired Texan Part 135 operator World Class Jet dba Starbase Jet, which will be rebranded as Horizon Jet Management.   Full story

Batliwala celebrates 30 years with Chapman Freeborn

This summer, Chapman Freeborn CEO Russi Batliwala celebrates his 30th anniversary with the company.   Full story

LunaJets supports World Bicycle Relief association

As part of its corporate social responsibility programme Geneva-headquartered LunaJets is supporting the World Bicycle Relief association, which empowers people through the gift of bicycles.   Full story

Above and beyond: South American Jets participates in search for cosmic particles

The team at South American Jets (SAJ), a Buenos Aires, Argentina-based brokerage and BACA member, loves a challenge and one such is its recent collaboration with NASA on a scientific research project to detect the most energetic cosmic particles ever observed – ultra-high energy cosmic rays from beyond our galaxy that penetrate the Earth's atmosphere.   Full story

Encore Jets partners with Forbes

New York-headquartered Encore Jets has partnered with US business magazine Forbes to expand Forbes' executive travel capacity for corporate events.   Full story

Smart Aviation makes addition to charter team

UK-based Smart Aviation has appointed Sean Orr to its charter team. Orr will deliver commercial and private jet charter flights for the broker's corporate and private clients.   Full story


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New kid on the block: Dassault Falcon 8X

How does Dassault Aviation's Falcon 8X flagship differ from the 7X from which it is derived? Firstly, it can fly 500 nm farther; a range of 6,450 nm non-stop enables it to connect Beijing to New York or Hong Kong to London in a single hop.   Full story

Air Partner appoints chairman

Following the retirement of Richard Everitt at the conclusion of the company's AGM in June, Air Partner has appointed Peter Saunders as its independent, non-executive chairman.   Full story

ACC Charter expands client relations team

Reigate, UK-based aviation service provider ACC has appointed four new members to its aircraft charter division, ACC Charter, following a record year for charter sales in 2016.   Full story

ACS makes US appointments

Air Charter Service has promoted Joel Fenn to business development director for its five North American offices.   Full story

Bluejet promotes China's shared access philosophy in Times Square

China-based flight services platform Shenzhen Qianhai Bluejet Aviation Service (Bluejet) recently advertised its message of shared access to, and shared leasing of, privately owned aircraft in China on the digital screens overlooking Times Square in New York.   Full story

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H&P manager is utterly addicted to aviation

The Wednesday we speak to her is a typical day in the life of Hunt & Palmer (H&P) manager, executive aviation, Julie Black.   Full story
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Charterscanner starts scheduling flight services

The owners of Dubai-based B2C private jet booking system Charterscanner have launched JetClass, a booking platform for individual seats on business aircraft serving popular European destinations at business class prices.   Full story

Avinode records half-million charter quote requests in one month

June 2017 was a record month for online marketplace Avinode, which surpassed half a million charter requests for the first time.   Full story

SimpleCharters accepts bitcoin payments

New Hampshire, USA-based online marketplace SimpleCharters is now accepting payment using bitcoin, the decentralised peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that has a total market capitalisation in excess of $40 billion.   Full story

EcoJets launches North American membership portal

New-to-market sourcing and booking platform EcoJets, based in New York, is offering instant and automated private jet booking via API link to its MyPrivateJet member market-place.   Full story

Fly Blade teams with Bristow for New York service

New York-headquartered online and app platform Blade has formed an agreement with helicopter operator Bristow US LLC for the provision of helicopters, crew and maintenance for its New York area service.   Full story

Jettly adopts travel and expense management software

Ontario, Canada-based Jettly has integrated with accounting software Certify and Expensify.   Full story

PrivateFly sponsors rising star of Formula 4 motorsport

UK-headquartered private charter platform PrivateFly is sponsoring 'one to watch' racing driver Olli Caldwell in his debut season for the Formula 4 (F4) British Championship 2017.   Full story

JetSmarter launches SharedCharter service

USA-headquartered JetSmarter has launched its SharedCharter service, an app that allows members to create personalised charter flights and offer the unused seats for purchase to other JetSmarter members.   Full story attracts first 100 clients

Moscow-based internet platform has achieved a first milestone of attracting more than 100 users after just three months of operation.   Full story

Booking rebate at London City offered to Returnjet's registered brokers

UK-based search and booking platform Returnjet has partnered with London City airport on a six-month campaign aimed at driving more traffic through the airport's dedicated private jet centre.   Full story

Stratajet expands marketing team

UK platform Stratajet has appointed Verity Richardson to the position of marketing manager where she will work closely with chief marketing officer Ricardo Gato.   Full story

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Zenith Aviation almost doubles half-year hours flown

London Biggin Hill-based Zenith Aviation has reported a year-on-year increase in the number of hours flown in both Q1 and Q2 of 2017.   Full story

Luxaviation UK enjoys positive start to summer 2017

Luxaviation UK is celebrating a positive start to the summer period with a 15 per cent increase in bookings in June versus the same period last year.   Full story

Richmor Aviation celebrates 50 years of flight services

Having started out in 1967 with a Cessna 310 and just two employees, New York-based Richmor Aviation is celebrating 50 years in business.   Full story

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Multiflight supports local football club

Leeds Bradford airport, UK-based Multiflight has become the official flight partner of newly-promoted Premier League football club Huddersfield Town.   Full story

IJM signs preferred handling agreement

Schwechat, Austria-based International Jet Management (IJM) has signed a contract for Jet Aviation to become its preferred fleet handling service provider.   Full story

TAG Aviation agrees connectivity deal

Farnborough, UK-based TAG Aviation has signed an agreement with Satcom Direct (SD) to incor- porate nose-to-tail connectivity services and technology across its UK fleet.   Full story

VistaJet growth behind launch of digital platforms

For the three months to end June 2017 VistaJet's total flight hours sold were up more than 51 per cent on the previous year.   Full story

Meridian earns NetJets subcontractor award

Teterboro airport-based Meridian Air Charter is pleased to have been named top subcontract provider for NetJets in the north-east USA region for the first and second quarters of 2017.   Full story

Desert Jet achieves ten-year milestone

Palm Springs, California-based Desert Jet recently celebrated its ten-year anniversary with a static display of its entire fleet, a reception and an 80s themed dance party for friends, family, clients and customers.   Full story

Deer Jet enjoys season of partnerships and awards

China-headquartered Deer Jet has partnered with Hilton Hotels Worldwide, part of parent HNA Group's portfolio of luxury hospitality brands,┬áto offer seven complimentary nights at the presidential suites of assorted Waldorf Astoria Hotels and Resorts properties in Paris and Rome.   Full story

ExecuJet kicks off celebrations for Mandela Day

ExecuJet kicks off celebrations for Mandela Day ExecuJet South Africa played host to a team of the country's premier sporting stars and welcomed children from local community schools to an event held on Mandela Day, 18 July, the international day of commemoration for politician Nelson Mandela.   Full story

Kopterfy launches in Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia-based Kopterfy has begun heli- copter charter operations from Scandinavia and the Baltics with an AgustaWestland 109SP.   Full story

Luxury holidays fuel GlobeAir demand

Austria-based GlobeAir says growth in the luxury holiday market has resulted in an increase in demand for private aviation, in line with Avinode's comments on pages 17-18.   Full story

A new brand and a new chapter for Aviation Services Management

To be the first choice provider in a market as competitive as flight support services means offering the best customer-centric practices possible, according to Dubai-based Aviation Services Management (ASM) owner and CEO Vito Gomes.   Full story

A round-up of fleet additions

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FBO news in brief

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