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October 2018

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Widening BACA's global presence

It is a busy time for the association. On 25 April we held our annual Spring Lunch at Merchant Taylors' Hall in London and said goodbye to two esteemed industry colleagues, Bernard Keay and Dick Gilbert, who have retired from the Council after many years of service.   Full story

BACA speaks out on London airport overnight restrictions

The majority of London's airports will suffer closure and severe reduction to overnight movements this summer in order to comply with national and local Government noise contours, and this will have a major impact on commercial and charter flights in and out of London.   Full story

Hunt & Palmer acquires Aircraft Chartering Services

As a sign of further natural consolidation in the air charter business, UK-headquartered Hunt & Palmer (H&P) has acquired the entire shares of neighbouring business Aircraft Chartering Services (ACS) upon the retirement of its founder Mark Hugo.   Full story

Horizon Air Group rebrands as Leviate

Dallas-based Horizon Air Group, a charter brokerage, aircraft brokerage and FAA-certified air operator business, has rebranded as Leviate.   Full story

SuperFly secures Middle East investment

London-headquartered broker SuperFly has secured a $7.1m investment from two funds based in the Dubai International Financial Centre Free Zone to continue development of its private aviation technology projects and also to expand its charter arm.   Full story

Blade completes series B financing and joins with Airbus

New York broker platform Fly Blade Inc has completed its round of series B financing, raising around $38 million from Californian real estate and investment management company Colony NorthStar and New York seed stage venture capital funds Lerer Hippeau, LionTree Ventures and Airbus Helicopters.   Full story

Smart Aviation donates to royals' chosen charities

To celebrate the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, UK- based Smart Aviation has made a donation to one of the couple's chosen charities representing an amount based on every one of its private jet or helicopter charters that touches down in London during May 2018, the month of the wedding.   Full story

ACS inundated with World Cup requests

As the World Cup arrives in Russia for the first time the enormity of the logistical challenge is becoming apparent.   Full story

L'Voyage sees demand for travel curation take off

Hong Kong-based L'Voyage has launched an ultra-exclusive travel curation service under its L'Voyage Travel brand.   Full story

LunaJets recognised as best employer

Geneva-headquartered LunaJets is proud to have been awarded 'Best Employer 2018 in Switzerland' by financial magazine Bilan in the category of start-ups with up to 50 employees.   Full story

After the storm...

Following the devastation in the US and the Caribbean left by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria last year, the office of Florida-based Air Charter Advisors (ACA) was inundated with telephone calls and incoming website requests.   Full story

Liliental Jet to represent Challenger 850

Moscow-based brokerage Liliental Jet has signed a cooperation agreement with a Russian operator to represent its Challenger 850 on the charter marketplace.   Full story

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The sizeable world of large aircraft charter

With demand increasing for large passenger movements supply is being met in the commercial airliner sector. Charter Broker clears up a few misconceptions about service quality and the ease of passage too.   Full story

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Victor launches carbon offset programme with Air BP

Victor launches carbon offset programme with Air BP UK-headquartered charter platform Victor has launched a carbon-offset initiative for private flights in Europe in collaboration with Air BP.   Full story

Stratajet lands in FT1000

Following growth of 3,634 per cent over three years UK-headquartered booking platform Stratajet has reached number 22 in the Financial Times' list of the fastest growing companies in Europe.   Full story

Avinode sees acceleration of Asian charter market

The Asian business aviation charter market is expanding rapidly according to new figures from Avinode.   Full story

Jettly accepts bitcoin and launches food division

Canada-based app platform Jettly's managed membership holders are now able to use digital currency to fund their charter travel.   Full story

Flyt launches digital helicopter booking platform

Flyt is a newly-live digital helicopter booking service allowing customers to instantly view quotes from a range of UK helicopter operators and book online via desktop, tablet or smartphone.   Full story

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Swiss Air-Rescue Rega takes delivery of converted Challenger 650

Swiss air ambulance service Air-Rescue Rega has taken delivery of its first Challenger 650 aircraft and will take possession of two more later this year as it replaces its earlier-generation Challenger 604 fleet.   Full story

Capital Air Ambulance passes quality inspection with flying colours

UK fixed-wing operator Capital Air Ambulance (CAA) has completed its annual Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection for 2018 with a strong performance that drew praise for its out-standing and bespoke practices.   Full story

TAA and PAA cooperate on children's intensive care transports

Austrian operator Tyrol Air Ambulance (TAA) and Germany-based Pediatric Air Ambulance (PAA) will work closely together in the future to provide intensive care transport for children.   Full story

Global Jet adds Monaco department

As Geneva-based Global Jet achieves 18 years in the aviation industry it is creating a new charter department in Monaco with the arrival of charter sales executive Nils Lovag.   Full story

Acropolis Aviation

Acropolis Aviation based at Farnborough airport has appointed Carlo Montanini as charter sales manager.   Full story

ARGUS International

Former executive vice president Bill Yantiss has been appointed chief operating officer, a new position within ARGUS International.   Full story

Summit Aviation

US Rocky Mountain operator Summit Aviation, headquartered at Bozeman Yellowstone airport, has appointed Ryan Waguespack as vice president of business development.   Full story


Hong Kong-based Metrojet has appointed Patrick Bouvry as director, aircraft management.   Full story

Elite Aviation introduces medium-size heli ops to Fiji

Newly established Elite Aviation is a wholly-owned and operated Fijian business, the largest operator of medium-size helicopters in the archipelago for tourism and SAR.   Full story

Clay Lacy installs Gogo Avance in G450

California-headquartered Clay Lacy Aviation has installed the Gogo Avance L5 4G technology platform in a Gulfstream G450.   Full story

Jinggong Global Jet benefits from boom in Chinese economy

China-headquartered Jinggong Global Jet reports more than 600 hours of charter flights for 2017.   Full story

Sun Air Jets has a record 2017

California operator Sun Air Jets has just had the best year in its history with a 21.5 per cent increase in charter hours flown.   Full story

Titan Airways celebrates landmark 30th anniversary

2018 sees London Stansted-based charter and airline sub-charter specialist Titan Airways celebrating 30 years of successful operations.   Full story

Tahiti Nui Helicopters launches Polynesian operations

Tahiti Nui Helicopters (TNH), a joint venture between scheduled carrier Air Tahiti Nui and French-Swiss helicopter group HBG with its subsidiary Mont Blanc Hélicoptères, is commencing operations with two H135s and two H125s based in Tahiti and in Bora Bora.   Full story

GrandView Aviation opens Texas base

Texas-headquartered Phenom 300 operator GrandView Aviation has opened a facility at Austin-Bergstrom International airport.   Full story

PhilJets continues expansion into Q2 2018

Now in its fifth year, Philippines operator PhilJets Group has welcomed the addition of a pilot and a team member for the logistics department.   Full story

ANA forges business jet connections

Japanese airline ANA Holdings is to establish a business jet operation with Sojitz, a Japanese operator that also represents Boeing Business Jets and Bombardier business aircraft.   Full story

OJets acquires aircraft management and charter company Elit'Avia

Singapore-headquartered OJets, a recently launched provider of business aviation services, has acquired Slovenian aircraft management, charter and services company Elit'Avia.   Full story

Pegasus Helicopters takes on Hesnes Air heli-ops

Norwegian operator Pegasus Helicopters has signed an agreement with Tenvik-headquartered Hesnes Air to take over the latter's helicopter operations.   Full story

EATIS starts charter operations

France-based European Aero Training Institute Strasbourg (EATIS) has obtained an AOC from the Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile for passenger charter operations with its HondaJet.   Full story

Central Europe's first charter HondaJet arrives in Warsaw

A HondaJet owned by Polish distillery Chopin Vodka is the first to be made available for private charter in Eastern Europe and charter throughout Europe, the UK, Russia and Scandinavia.   Full story

Tahiti Air Charter starts commercial activities

French Polynesian seaplane airline Tahiti Air Charter has received its AOC from the Direction Générale de l'Aviation Civile and has begun commercial activities, the first French seaplane airline to do so since the 1970s.   Full story

Latitude 33 Aviation achieves 50% growth during 2017

California-based Latitude 33 Aviation reports 50 per cent growth in private jet charter hours in 2017, bringing the total flown since the company was established in 2006 to nearly 11,000.   Full story

New Flight Charters starts year with above average demand

Wyoming-based New Flight Charters has experienced a 17.5 per cent year-on-year increase in charter demand for the first quarter of 2018, more than double the industry growth trend for that period.   Full story

Qatar Airways makes JetSuite investment

Qatar Airways has taken a minority stake in US West Coast operator JetSuite alongside that of New York airline JetBlue.   Full story

Deer Jet launches extra-value plans

Deer Jet has launched four plans for its on-demand charter and aircraft management services, aimed at allowing a broader customer base to experience private jet travel and to reward its most loyal clients.   Full story

Ultimate JetCharters joins OneJet network

Ohio-based Ultimate JetCharters is to become part of OneJet's air transportation network, which specialises in scheduled point-to-point flights operated by small business jets and regional aircraft.   Full story

Accreditations and certifications

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FBO news in brief

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