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October 2018

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News from BACA: Member numbers fuel BACA engine

In a month in which the world became aware that UK racing driver Lewis Hamilton owns an aircraft, it is easy for important matters to get lost among all the speculation.   Full story

Edwards to re-energise BACA's role

BACA has appointed industry veteran Dave Edwards to the role of CEO. The part-time appoint-ment is part of BACA's strategy to drive the association forward, to increase value to its members and to represent the air charter broking market in the aviation sector.   Full story

News from Acana: A commitment to best practice

Following the hurricane in Florida in November a US private jet customer wrote about her experience of business aviation involvement in the rescues.   Full story

Monarch Air Group accepts Bitcoin

In a move aimed towards increasing its customer service, accessibility and levels of customisation, Florida brokerage Monarch Air Group will now accept payment for air charter via Bitcoin.   Full story

Elan Air launches in Dubai

Elan Air Charter is the new brokerage division of Dubai-based aviation services company Empire Aviation Group (EAG). It will meet customer needs for support with passenger charters, commercial cargo, air ambulance flights and concierge services.   Full story

ACS reports a record quarter

Air Charter Service has achieved revenue of nearly $190 million in the three months from August to October 2017, 50 per cent up on the same period last year and reaching a new high of 4,279 contracts in that time.   Full story

L'Voyage wins AsBAA award

Hong Kong brokerage L'Voyage has been recognised as 'Best Charter Broker' at AsBAA's Icons of Aviation 2017 Awards held at the Intercontinental hotel in Hong Kong.   Full story

Chapman Freeborn makes managerial appointment

UK-headquartered Chapman Freeborn has appointed Sabrina Schwiderski as private and commercial jets manager for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Scandinavia.   Full story

Blackbird moves into charter ops

Blackbird moves into charter ops Danish broker Blackbird Air Charter has obtained its own AOC and recently operated its maiden flight with its Falcon 7X under the BBB – BLACKBIRD call sign.   Full story

Air Partner offers JetCard enhancements

Independent aviation consultancy Conklin & de Decker has again ranked the Air Partner JetCard as the most flexible membership programme in Europe, and the JetCard team has introduced new gourmet menus across 34 airports in Europe.   Full story

New Kid on the Block: Citation Longitude

The Citation Longitude delivers a quiet cabin with low cabin altitude (5,950 feet) and a comfortable, bespoke interior.   Full story

ACC Aviation's Glenn Hogben joins the BACA council

Operations director at UK-based ACC Aviation Glenn Hogben has been elected to the council of BACA, the Air Charter Association.   Full story

Above and Beyond: Resolving Part 135 charter arrangements for a former Part 91 pilot

At NBAA in October, pilot, editor and owner of Texan private jet travel company The Company Plane Jim Kastleman talked about a recent piece of broker business that had proved to be quite a challenge.   Full story

ASA Thailand moves across the road

After 10 years in situ, ASA Thailand has relocated to offices just across the street. The company's new home is in The Column Tower, a commercial building, residence and hotel in the heart of Bangkok.   Full story

Privé Jets launches jet card programmes

Florida, USA-based Privé Jets has launched 25, 50, 75 and 100-hour jet card programmes and, for a limited time, is offer- ing an introductory 10-hour jet card to clients.   Full story

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A day in the life: In the A-Z of broker skills, S is for salad

For Asian Sky Group business operations manager Carmen Chan no two days are alike, and no two requests are alike either. Her clients are based all over the world so she has to be available around the clock and today the early morning start in the office finds her reading through the email inbox.   Full story

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Yacht charter for jet customers – have you missed the boat?

There are many similarities between the users of luxury air and boat services. We look at how private jet brokers around the world are dipping a toe or two into the parallel specialism of yacht charter. We asked about the challenges of moving into another area of the travel industry, and what benefits it brought to those companies involved.   Full story

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JetClass launches new flight routes across Europe

Austria-headquartered JetClass, the non-subscription seat-booking service targetting business class customers, has released a new schedule offering seats from €290 on additional European destinations connecting Paris-Milan, Warsaw-Vienna, Berlin-Strasbourg, Hannover-Amsterdam and London-Chambery.   Full story

GetJet sponsors broker award

Malta-headquartered search platform GetJet is to sponsor an award for broking at the Wings of Business ceremony taking place in Moscow in February next year.   Full story

Stratajet strengthens tech team

UK-headquartered booking platform Stratajet has appointed Donovan Frew as its chief technology officer to work alongside founder Jonny Nicol in expanding the company's technical infrastructure.   Full story

PrivateFly takes over Bird Dog Jet

UK-headquartered private charter platform PrivateFly has taken over USA broker Bird Dog Jet. Joining PrivateFly will be founder and president Chris Early, COO Ryan Folkening and sales advisor Zach Rankin – a team with industry experience of on-demand charter, fractional and card programmes.   Full story

The Avinode Marketplace shows strong US charter growth

Requests for US departures through the Avinode Marketplace rose by around 54 per cent for the period January-August 2017 compared to the same period in 2016, from 428,585 to 660,450.   Full story

JetSmarter makes board appointment

US-headquartered JetSmarter has appointed Christophe Navarre to its board of directors to help oversee the company's continued expansion.   Full story

EcoJets sells jet card via online retailer

New York broker EcoJets has listed its memberships of jet card programmes for sale on the website.   Full story

PayNode's WorldFirst partnership facilitates bank payments

PayNode is forging a partnership with international payment specialist WorldFirst to improve bank wire transfer payments for charter brokers and operators.   Full story

MemberJets launches private aviation seat marketplace

Florida-based MemberJets has launched Sky380, a B2B sales tool that allows operators, brokers and travel agents to sell charter by the seat as well as to offer excess capacity on a per seat basis through its seat marketplace.   Full story

Returnjet reaches five-year milestone

Online charter search platform Returnjet has celebrated its fifth anniversary, shortly after it saw a record number of brokers submitting quote requests during its most active month to date.   Full story

Victor makes North America appointment

UK-headquartered Victor has appointed Jean De Looz senior vice president of North America. He takes responsibility for regional sales and operator relationships as well as leading broader strategy and management of Victor's US business.   Full story

Stellar Labs raises $26.3 million equity funding

Silicon Valley technology company Stellar Labs has raised $26.3 million in Series A equity financing from corporate aircraft financing solutions company Global Jet Capital, Columbia Equity Partners (CEP) and global entrepreneur network Expa.   Full story

Jettly inaugurates flat fee membership

The Canada-based Jettly platform is now operating on flat rates, no booking fees and zero commissions. For a fee of $370 per month personal members get three charter bookings, be they one-way flights or seven- stop multi-leg itineraries.   Full story
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Waves gets soft launch underway

Guernsey-based on-demand air taxi service Waves Technologies has started the soft launch of its passenger service following receipt of its AOC from the island's air registry 2-Reg.   Full story

Coleman Jet's GIV features Gogo AVANCE L5

A Gulfstream IV belonging to Chicago, USA-based Coleman Jet is one of the first recipients of the Gogo AVANCE L5 to be installed on a Part 135 charter aircraft.   Full story

GlobeAir logs record flights in three months

Austria-based GlobeAir has logged 2,509 flights between July and September this year, more than any other third quarter period in its 10-year history and four per cent higher than the same period in 2016.   Full story

TAG Aviation Asia granted San Marino AOC

TAG Aviation San Marino, a subsidiary of TAG Aviation Asia, has been awarded an AOC by the CAA of the Republic of San Marino   Full story

Comlux to operate Global Jet Capital Lineage 1000

Fly Comlux, the aviation division of Comlux, has been selected by Global Jet Capital as the management company for its Lineage 1000.   Full story

Bankruptcy proceedings brought against Europ Star

Austrian operator Europ Star has been declared insolvent and bankruptcy proceedings have begun.   Full story

Falcon Aviation offers three-month charter enticement

Abu Dhabi-based Falcon Aviation is offering a five per cent discount on a selection of long haul charter flights booked for travel from the end of November 2017 to the end of February 2018.   Full story

Empire Aviation Group awarded NSOP in India

Dubai-headquartered Empire Aviation Group (EAG) affiliate, Empire Aircraft Management Services Private Limited, has been awarded a Non-Scheduled Operator's Permit (NSOP) by the Civil Aviation Department in India.   Full story

Heli Jet wins Luxury Travel Guide award

Costa Rican operator Heli Jet was recently awarded Best Aviation Company of 2017 by UK publisher Luxury Travel Guide at a ceremony held at the Hilton Waldorf in London.   Full story

Nomad Aviation signs Russian cooperation agreement

Switzerland-based Nomad Aviation has signed an agreement with Russia's JetVIP for the marketing and sales support of its aircraft in Russia.   Full story

VistaJet partners with Christie's auction house

VistaJet is to sponsor the worldwide exhibition of an auction entirely dedicated to raising funds for philanthropic causes.   Full story

Jet Aviation is 50

Switzerland-based aviation services company Jet Aviation is celebrating its 50th anniversary.   Full story

Titan Airways receives BACA award

UK company Titan Airways has been voted best passenger charter airline by BACA, the Air Charter Association, for a sixth consec-utive year.   Full story

Head of customer experience appointed

Waves has appointed Marina Burr to a newly-created role dedicated to customer experience and satisfaction.   Full story

VistaJet posts strong results

VistaJet has reported US year-on- year results for the third quarter of 2017 that show new programme hours increased by 146 per cent and flight hours sold to prog-ramme members grew by 210 per cent.   Full story

Deer Jet is Seven Stars' most exceptional brand

The luxury panel of the Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards, made up of high profile experts in the fields of luxury hospitality and lifestyle, has selected Deer Jet as its most exceptional brand.   Full story

Sky Prime gains significant Saudi market share

Saudi Arabian operator Sky Prime Aviation Services claims it has become the largest private aviation operator in the Middle East.   Full story

Metrojet takes on general manager in Shanghai

Hong Kong business aircraft services provider Metrojet has appointed Michael Chen as general manager.   Full story

Zetta Jet ceases operations

Singapore-headquartered Zetta Jet has ceased operations and turned over its AOC to the FAA.   Full story

Premium Jet now accepts Bitcoin payments

Swiss operator Premium Jet is now accepting charter flight payments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.   Full story

A round-up of fleet additions

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