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October 2017

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Standing room only at ACE

ACE17, the Air Charter Expo on 12 September at London Biggin Hill airport, was a huge success. Attendance reached more than 700 visitors, up 40 per cent on last year despite a frenzy of broker activity in the wake of the recent hurricanes.   Full story

Forging ahead

Since the AsBAA board of directors was elected in June the non-profit industry body has been active in government lobbying, member engagement and delivering a series of events and meetings around the region.   Full story

Members step up for operation Hurricane Irma

This issue we are without the usual ACANA association report. With most scheduled flights cancelled during the approach of Hurricane Irma, instead we hear from some of the association's members who have been involved in evacuation activities in Florida.   Full story

ASA Group introduces lifestyle services

As part of its ongoing development the ASA Group has introduced a lifestyle and concierge service department, headed up by John B Sutherland through the company's Hong Kong office.   Full story

Q4 Aviation reports on healthy year-to-date

Cyprus-based Q4 Aviation has reported healthy sales of ad hoc charter since the beginning of the year.   Full story

Churchill opens office at London Biggin Hill

UK brokerage Churchill Aviation has recently opened a new office at London Biggin Hill airport.   Full story

Satisfied PrivateFly client blogs her thanks for 'top notch' response

Laura Spence from Michigan, USA, had not chartered a jet before, but she recently had cause to come to the market for the first time due to unforeseen medical circumstances.   Full story

Flight Solutions expands brokerage capabilities

Tennessee business aviation services company Flight Solutions has appointed Jackie Simmons, a 20-year aviation veteran, to oversee its fast-growing charter brokerage services and shared leasing division, Jet Club.   Full story

BACA calls for an urgent review of regulations for private flight cost-sharing platforms

BACA, the Air Charter Association, is calling for an urgent review of regulations covering the practice of flight bookings made on a private, cost-sharing basis.   Full story

New kid on the block: Gulfstream 500

A single production model with complete interior has been built for cabin evaluation as part of the flight test programme for Gulfstream's G500, which is scheduled for customer deliveries this year.   Full story

Smart Aviation augments its charter operation

Smart Aviation has strength-ened its charter team with the appointment of Nathan Roe, following continued growth across its commercial and private jet charter services.   Full story

Air Partner is a company at the top of its game

The Air Partner group's European offices have conducted 79 football-related flights, flying over 5,000 passengers more than 90,000 miles to 21 different countries to date in 2017.   Full story

Big Game Air launches same-day game-day travel

Chicago-headquartered Big Game Air is offering sports enthusiasts private jet travel to major events with the ability to return home the same day.   Full story

Trips to the eclipse

Air Charter Service (ACS) recently chartered a number of aircraft to enable stargazers to get a better look at the first total solar eclipse visible from the continental United States in nearly four decades.   Full story

ACE17: Highlights from the show

If you didn't manage to get to the Air Charter Expo at London Biggin Hill this year, here's a round-up of what you missed.   Full story

PrivateFly features in UK tech company rankings

UK-headquartered PrivateFly has featured in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for the second year running.   Full story

Magna Aviation deploys helicopter for stranded client

Greek brokerage Magna Aviation has opened Travel Point Mykonos, an office at Mykonos airport, with sister company Magna Travel, an IATA travel agency operation.   Full story

BACA chairman completes 50k trek for charity RedR

BACA chairman Richard Mumford has completed a 50 kilometre trek for RedR, BACA's chosen charity for 2017.   Full story

Wings Up offers discounts for friends

New York broker Wings Up has seen healthy growth this year, on the back of which it has introduced a friendship referral discount to complement its membership club services.   Full story

ACS invests in its Canadian presence

The Canadian team at Air Charter Service (ACS) has relocated to larger premises in Toronto.   Full story

Helicopter Private Services starts Greek operations

Helicopter Private Services has opened for business in Athens, Greece, offering VIP charters and emergency air services.   Full story

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Music, movies and sport are key

“One of the highlights of working at Chapman Freeborn is the variety of the work we do each day,” says VIP and executive charters manager Steve Huddlestone.   Full story

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Investigating the hidden value of brokers

In this issue we look at service inconsistencies relating to business aviation operations. In life, if something can go wrong, it usually does; in business, how brokers deal with flight problems is the mark of their skill and professionalism, and the kiss of life or death to their relationship with the client.   Full story

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GetJet banks on attraction of opposites

GetJet, a company with offices in both Moscow and Malta, has launched a platform where members can search for discounted private aircraft flights.   Full story

EcoJets acquires software and data provider

New York-based EcoJets has acquired UK aviation software services platform and data provider iFly.   Full story

Victor partnership fuels investment

UK-headquartered online market-place Victor has signed a strategic investment agreement with BP Ventures, the investment arm of BP, which has committed to invest $10m as lead investor to the company's Series B fundraising round.   Full story

Returnjet partners with Hahn Air Lines

UK-based Returnjet has part- nered with German business jet charter operator Hahn Air Lines (HAL) following integration with HAL's flight operations management system, FL3XX.   Full story

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Luxaviation UK sees increase in music festival activity

Luxaviation has reported an increase of 30 per cent in this summer's music festival business versus the same period last year.   Full story

Luxaviation Helicopters acquires Starspeed

Luxaviation Helicopters, part of the Luxaviation Group, has acquired global helicopter management, charter and training company Starspeed.   Full story

Air Hamburg is UK's pet-friendliest charter operator

Germany's Air Hamburg has become the first charter operator to be approved to fly with pets into all 16 possible entry airports in the UK.   Full story

Coleman Jet gains DCA authorisation

Gary, Indiana-based Coleman Jet has achieved certification for the DCA Access Standard Security Program, which gives authorisation to operate flights at Ronald Reagan Washington National airport (DCA).   Full story

Midwest heli operators make Sweet merger

US helicopter charter comp- anies Indiana Helicopters of Goshen, Indiana, and Helimotion of Joliet, Illinois, have merged to form Sweet Helicopters.   Full story

Management company offers Learjet leasing

Choosing a reliable fuel and flight support provider can be tricky according to Aviation Services Management (ASM) managing director Vito Gomes.   Full story

Pan African achieves record flight hours with Bell 407

Nigerian aviation transportation supplier Pan African has reached 27,000 hours of operation and achieved 154,523 landings with its Bell 407, the highest number of flying hours on the type in the world according to Bell Helicopter.   Full story

Woodgate Aviation teams up with golf pro to launch race to The Open

Belfast operator Woodgate Aviation has signed up Northern Ireland golfer Jonny Caldwell as part of an all-out drive to win business ahead of The Open in 2019.   Full story

Zetta Jet to implement debt restructuring

California operator Zetta Jet, along with US subsidiary Zetta Jet USA, has filed voluntary bankruptcy petitions under Chapter 11 of the US bankruptcy code to seek to restructure its debt while continuing normal business operations.   Full story

Company appointments

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Avionco is working toward receiving Guernsey AOC

Guernsey-based Avionco is in the final stages of applying for its Guernsey commercial AOC, which will allow it to focus on managing business aircraft in Europe.   Full story

Helivia Aero Taxi celebrates 30th anniversary

Brazilian helicopter operator Helivia Aero Taxi is celebrating three decades of service to offshore and onshore clients in the oil and gas industry.   Full story

VistaJet directs digital membership

VistaJet has launched VistaJet Direct, a digital membership offering priority access to its one- way and empty leg flights at preferential rates, via app and website.   Full story

XOJET expands its network of sales offices

California operator XOJet has opened an office in Palm Beach International airport in south Florida, a region where the company has witnessed an 18 per cent increase in flights over the last year.   Full story

Jet Exchange secures pet transport approval

UK operator Jet Exchange has secured approval to fly pets that comply with DEFRA requirements into Farnborough airport.   Full story

Amber Aviation receives AOC

Shenzhen, China-based Amber Aviation has obtained an AOC from the Civil Aviation Administration of China.   Full story

Clay Lacy Aviation raises funds for homeless students

California-based Clay Lacy Aviation helped raise $24,000 for homeless students in Orange County at the second annual FLOCK Dinner Gala this summer.   Full story

A round-up of fleet additions

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