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February 2018

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BACA expects a politically interesting year

2017 was a fantastic year for BACA and we enter 2018 full of drive and enthusiasm to build on what we achieved last year. Under the able leadership of our CEO Dave Edwards, we are now able to really start driving forward on our outstanding project work, while ensuring that we stay in touch with the feelings of our members.   Full story

BACA and London Biggin Hill to serve up third ACE in a row

BACA CEO Dave Edwards met Robert Walters of London Biggin Hill airport and Mark Ranger of EBAN and Charter Broker magazines to officially launch ACE18, the annual charter broker exhibition and conference, which takes place at the airport on 11 September, 2018.   Full story

Looking to the future with ACANA

A highlight of last year's NBAA-BACE, which took place alongside the IMEX America worldwide exhibition for incentive travel, meetings and events where a number of our members were also ensconced, was for me the reunion of some of the ACANA board.   Full story

So what does 2018 hold? PrivateFly makes its predictions

During 2017, ACANA member and UK-headquartered booking platform PrivateFly saw its flight sales increase by 51 per cent year-on-year and average spend per flight grow by 19.7 per cent.   Full story

Air Charter Service invests in larger premises in India

The Indian operation of Air Charter Service has moved to new premises in Mumbai in order to fulfil the company's growth plans in the region.   Full story

Air Partner releases second half statement

Air Partner has had another encouraging year and the board is confident about future prospects. It reports a good second half to 2017, which has been driven by continued performance across all product lines within the broking division, including strong results in the US and in freight.   Full story

Mobile experience leads improvements to PBJ website

Virginia, USA-based Paramount Business Jets (PBJ) has launched a new website that features improved presentation and faster response speeds and is optimised for mobile devices, allowing clients to book flights while on the go.   Full story

365 Aviation wins industry accolade

London-headquartered 365 Aviation has been voted UK luxury charter broker of the year at the Luxury Travel Guide Awards, which recognise excellence across all sectors of the travel and tourism industry.   Full story

Jet Productions benefits from the millennial effect

California brokerage Jet Productions Worldwide has hired two aircraft greeters, Meg Aldridge and Tierney Malloy, to provide customer service for all its arrivals and departures out of Los Angeles area airports.   Full story

Monarch Air Group finds cryptocurrencies speed up booking

Florida-based Monarch Air Group has recorded its first bitcoin transaction for a flight from Pittsburgh to Massachusetts just weeks after introducing the cryptocurrency as a payment method.   Full story

Sentient Jet approves Cirrus Aviation operations

Following an inspection and auditing process, Massachusetts broker Sentient Jet has enrolled Las Vegas-based Cirrus Aviation Services in its network of approved operators.   Full story

Smart Aviation unveils new identity

UK-based charter broker Smart Aviation Ltd has unveiled a new brand identity for 2018. In addition to a new logo, the broker has launched a website that incorporates the brand identity and strapline: 'European Charter Specialists'.   Full story

Wholesale Jet Club celebrates first year

New York-based subscription charter service Wholesale Jet Club has completed its first year in business and reports a membership total approaching 100.   Full story

Helicopter Private Services grows its customer base

Greece-based Helicopter Private Services has opened additional offices in Crete and Mykonos from where it hopes to better assist customers departing from locations other than Athens and Santorini.   Full story

New kid on the block: Pilatus PC-24

EASA and FAA type certification for the first-ever Swiss business jet was achieved in December 2017 and deliveries of 23 aircraft are scheduled to take place during 2018.   Full story

Above and beyond: Charitable works give Santa 'claus' for celebration

The festive season is generally felt to be full of comfort and joy, and for two UK-based private aviation companies in 2017 their cups runneth right over.   Full story

Artist Charter named ARGUS registered broker

UK music and entertainment industry brokerage Artist Charter has achieved ARGUS Registered Broker status.   Full story

Zela Aviation makes two key appointments

Cyprus-based Zela Aviation has appointed Nikolay Panov and Andrew Christoforides to its air charter broker team.   Full story

Chapman Freeborn Belgium gears up for growth with office move

Chapman Freeborn's Benelux team is set for further expansion following a move to a new office facility in Bruges.   Full story

Q&A: 10 things you need to know about Matthew Savage

In the first of a new series we hear an individual view on the state of the ad hoc passenger air charter market from brokers around the world.   Full story

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A day in the life: Avinode aims to blend traditional communication with cutting-edge tech

“Working for Avinode, I find myself at the forefront of the latest technologies and trends in the business aviation charter industry,” says Saskia de Jong, director of sales for Avinode Americas.   Full story

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For some the world is a playground: lifestyles of the rich and famous

How do you manage air charter for the social calendars of the rich and famous, and what problems typically arise when large numbers of private aircraft are trying to land at the same place? From the Monaco Grand Prix to the Gumball Rally, and from Seoul's Winter Olympics to Russia's World Cup, we talked to air charter brokers about the sort of ad hoc operations they may organise when the wealthy take time out to focus on the social side of their calendars.   Full story

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Returnjet registers its 1,000th broker

UK-based online platform Returnjet registered its 1,000th charter broker in 2017 and saw an increase in charter requests of over 400 per cent on 2016.   Full story

Avinode makes internal appointments

Sweden-headquartered business aviation technology company Avinode has appointed Oliver King to CEO. King holds a PhD in Economics and joined Avinode in 2011 as managing director.   Full story

Jettly partners with Shangri-La and Uber

Canada-based online booking platform Jettly is now able to offer its members preferential room rates at any Shangri-La, Kerry, Hotel Jen and Traders hotels worldwide thanks to a collaboration with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.   Full story

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A round-up of fleet additions

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FAI remains on schedule to harmonise Learjet fleet by mid-2018

Germany-headquartered FAI rent-a-jet has bid farewell to its penultimate Learjet 55 aircraft, which will now continue life as an air ambulance jet in the USA.   Full story

Executive Flight Services receives FAA approvals

Kansas-based operator Executive Flight Services has achieved certification to fly FAR Part 135 aircraft with 10 seats or more, and to operate flights to Europe, across the Pacific and throughout the world.   Full story

Jet Edge moves to larger facility

Large-cabin operator Jet Edge International is relocating its corporate headquarters to a new facility at the north end of Van Nuys airport in Los Angeles.   Full story

RAI Jets upgrades historic Citation X

Michigan operator RAI Jets is continuing to improve its fleet with the addition of high-speed internet aboard its Citation X, the very aircraft that former owner American businessman Steve Fossett used to make his record-breaking flight from San Diego, California to Charleston, South Carolina, in under three hours   Full story

XOJET upgrades flight standards department

California-based XOJet has increased its investment in safety, flight standards and training. To this end the company has appointed aviation industry veteran Daniel Ramirez, formerly of Embraer Aircraft Corporation, as its new director of safety.   Full story

Jet Aviation secures Maltese AOC and expands charter operation in EMEA and Asia

Zurich, Switzerland-based Jet Aviation has secured a Maltese AOC, which joins the company's other regional AOC operations from Switzerland and Germany.   Full story

Deer Jet makes maiden Antarctic landing

Deer Jet conducted China's first passenger service to Antarctica when its Gulfstream G650 took off from Hong Kong International airport with 22 passengers on a 15-hour journey to Cape Town airport in South Africa.   Full story

Journey Aviation gains KDCA operations authorisation

Florida large cabin aircraft operator Journey Aviation has received DASSP approval to conduct flight operations to and from Ronald Reagan Washington National airport, saving travellers a significant amount of time by avoiding Washington Dulles International airport.   Full story

West Wind Aviation suspended from operations

Saskatoon-based West Wind Aviation's AOC has been suspended by Transport Canada in the interests of public safety following identification of deficiencies in the company's operational control system during a post-accident inspection.   Full story

Ravn Alaska SMS approved by FAA

Alaska-based national and charter airline Ravn Air Group has received FAA approval for its safety management system.   Full story

PhilJets celebrates fifth anniversary

Philippine operator PhilJets has marked five years of service with an accolade from the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards as outstanding company in the transportation and logistics category.   Full story

Navair Jet Services is onboard for Bitcoin

Australian operator Navair Jet Services is now accepting payment in bitcoin. “When you need to fly now, or even tomorrow, how is a client going to transfer a few hundred thousand dollars to charter a private jet?” asks pilot and general manager Rickie Pegus.   Full story

VistaJet positions to seize larger market share in 2018

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Luxaviation's group broker desk enjoys a successful first year

Luxaviation has reported a successful first year of operations for its London Luton airport-based group broker desk network.   Full story

Aeropartner acquires Air Prague

Czech Republic operator Aeropartner has acquired a 100 per cent share in Air Prague charter airline, that has been active mainly in Italy using two Beechcraft King Airs to fly pass- enger and ambulance missions.   Full story

Topjet Executive rebrands for large cabin adventures

Italy-based Topjet Executive has rebranded its corporate image and introduced dedicated in-flight cabin amenities that include Ganduia chocolates and branded water bottles on all aircraft in its fleet.   Full story

Zenith Aviation looks for significant growth in 2018

UK operator Zenith Aviation has enjoyed a record year with flight hours up 35 per cent compared to 2016, thanks in part to the 2016 purchase of two Learjet 75s.   Full story

FBO news in brief

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Accreditations and certifications

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