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October 2018

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ASG on the move

Hong Kong-based Asian Sky Group (ASG) has relocated its Hong Kong office just a few minutes away from its current location in Admiralty to Fortis Tower in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island.   Full story
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Zeusch Aviation takes off with King Air 200

Netherlands operator Zeusch Aviation has taken delivery of its third aircraft, a King Air 200, that will provide both medevac and passenger charter operations from its base at Lelystad airport.   Full story

Guardian Flight names Alaska executive director

UK ambulance provider Guardian Flight has appointed Jared Sherman as Alaska executive director.   Full story

Angel MedFlight elects executive chairman

Arizona-headquartered Aviation West Charters, parent company of Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance, has elected Jim Adams to be executive chairman.   Full story

FAI collects Diamond award for safety

Germany-based air ambulance jet operator FAI Aviation Group has been awarded a Diamond Safety of Flight Award from the European Business Aviation Association in recognition of operating business aircraft for 100,000 hours without an accident.   Full story

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Shy Aviation takes green initiative

UK-headquartered Shy Aviation has launched a partnership with the World Land Trust, an international conservation charity that has been instrumental in the purchase and protection of more than 600,000 acres of tropical forest and threatened habitats.   Full story

BACA steers international industry cooperation

BACA – The Air Charter Association had a great EBACE again this year. Our BACA Bikes the Lake event was great fun, and those who cycled it had certainly earned a pint or two at our networking reception at the Mr Pickwick pub in Geneva on the Tuesday night.   Full story

Allavita formed from merger of ASA Group and L'Voyage

Asia-based The ASA Group (ASA) and L'Voyage have combined operations under the brand of Allavita.   Full story

BlueSky Jets goes commission-free

BlueSky Jets goes commission-free Florida-based BlueSky Jets is rolling out a programme of commission-free private flights called Sapphire membership.   Full story

New kid on the block: HondaJet Elite

Honda Aircraft's new upgraded HondaJet Elite is to replace the current version of the twin-engine light business jet.   Full story

Jetlogic welcomes new staff members

Scotland-based Jetlogic is celebrating the start of its ninth year with two new members of staff at its Edinburgh HQ.   Full story

LunaJets receives ARGUS rating renewal

Geneva-based LunaJets recently received renewal of its ARGUS Certified Charter Broker certification, having become the first charter broker in Europe to gain the accreditation in 2015.   Full story

Chapman Freeborn marks 45 years of charter

Chapman Freeborn is celebrating 45 years in the aviation industry, during which time it has grown from a small UK-based operation to an international business with a global footprint.   Full story

ACS invests further in China and US

The Chinese operation of Air Charter Service has moved to larger premises in Beijing to enable the next step in its plans for expansion.   Full story

ANA Business Jet appoints CEO

Tokyo-headquartered ANA Business Jet has appointed Jun Katagiri as chief executive officer.   Full story

Air Partner opens LA office and posts strong results

Air Partner has opened a new office in Los Angeles that will service southern California and the broader West Coast markets.   Full story

e-Jet sponsors polo in Prague

Czech Republic-based e-Jet Exclusive Charter sponsored the Diplomats Polo Cup charity event held in Prague in June at the Velka Chuchle racecourse.   Full story

SuperFly practices diversity and opens Dubai office

UK-headquartered SuperFly has opened a charter office in Dubai after seeing a 131 per cent year-on-year increase in its completed ad hoc and empty leg charter bookings, around a third of which come from the Middle East.   Full story

Hunt & Palmer appoints director of business development

UK-headquartered Hunt & Palmer has appointed 20-year aviation veteran Karen Farquharson as director of business development.   Full story

ACC appoints CEO

ACC Aviation has appointed Philip Mathews as chief executive officer, taking over from previous CEO Phillip Aird-Mash who is now executive chairman.   Full story

Krimson launches Ethiopian brokerage

Ethiopia-based flight support company Krimson Aviation has commenced charter broker services.   Full story

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Walk the tarmac, smell the jet fuel, make connections

ACE18 is the only one day business aviation show that puts brokers at its heart, recognising the value they bring to the industry. It’s bigger and better than ever this year: a full day of aircraft, exhibits, training and opportunities to do business.   Full story

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FBO news in brief

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Returnjet sells 100th empty leg

UK-based online search and booking platform Returnjet has facilitated the purchase of an $21,500 empty leg flight from London to Croatia on a Challenger 850 for UK-based broker Superfly Aviation, bringing the total number of empty legs sold through the platform to 100.   Full story

Stratajet integrates Luxaviation bookings

UK B to C platform Stratajet is now offering its technology directly to aircraft operators to help them streamline customer bookings.   Full story

Avinode reports growth for European business aviation

The year to March 2018 figures from Avinode show a healthy rise in demand for European business jet charter.   Full story

What Jettly did next

The latest offering from Canada-based platform Jettly is a global network of professional chauffeur service providers.   Full story

Flapper receives seed investment

Brazil-based private aviation online marketplace Flapper is to expand its domestic pay-per-seat market and invest heavily in technology thanks to a US$1 million seed investment.   Full story

Alyssum Group makes appointments

UK-headquartered aviation investment vehicle Alyssum Group, the parent company of charter platform Victor, has appointed consumer technology leader Joe Cohen as CEO of Victor to replace Clive Jackson, who is now CEO of Alyssum.   Full story

JetSmarter offers pay-as-you-go flights and LA perks

US membership flight platform JetSmarter has launched a pay-as- you-go pricing model option without the commitment and annual fee of membership.   Full story

GetJet launches mobile app for flight matching

Maltese members-only software platform GetJet has launched a mobile app for iOS users.   Full story

PrivateFly shares charter analysis

The UK-headquartered online booking platform has shared its clients' most popular aircraft, destination trends and other flight demand statistics in its private jet charter trends report, which looks at the booking and flying behaviour of its global on-demand customers during January to March 2018.   Full story
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ASL launches Air Charters Europe

Belgium-based ASL Group has launched Air Charters Europe; operations for charter groups of up to 30 people that commences with an ERJ 135.   Full story

DC Aviation opens Paris office

Stuttgart-based DC Aviation has opened an office in Paris, France, in order to promote its services to corporate and individual aircraft owners in western Europe.   Full story

Sino Jet launches new Guangzhou operation

Following the Chinese govern- ment's ongoing RMB 88 billion aviation-focused investment into its Greater Bay Area, Sino Jet, part of the Beijing and Hong Kong-headquartered Sino Jet Group, has opened a new operation at Guangzhou.   Full story

flYellow takes off

Following 12 months of planning newly-established German operator flYellow is to commence commercial flights throughout Europe with a Grand Caravan from its base at Vilshofen airport.   Full story

Planet Nine Private Air comes to market

US-based long-haul charter operator Planet Nine (P9) has secured its FAA Part 135 operating certificate and has made its Falcon 7X available for charter.   Full story

Deer Jet launches luxury Antarctic expeditions

Chinese operator Deer Jet has launched a luxury cruise expedition service for its private jet clients with Antarctica as the first destination.   Full story

AAG and LBH do New York shuttle

US-based Sikorsky S-76 helicopter operator Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) is to launch a six-minute New York Heli Shuttle from Teterboro airport to Manhattan’s East 34th Street heliport.   Full story

TAG Aviation Malta celebrates first anniversary

TAG Aviation Europe has marked the first anniversary of its Maltese AOC with an official celebration alongside the inauguration of a brand new office space.   Full story

Air Hamburg installs high speed in-flight wi-fi

Germany's Air Hamburg has selected Honeywell's GoDirect Router and GoDirect Access service for high speed in-flight wi-fi on its fleet of Legacy 650s   Full story

VistaJet integrates with Avinode

VistaJet is integrating with Avinode in response to the technological transformation in the on-demand business jet market.   Full story

Luxaviation Helicopters announces VIP partnership with HeliFlite

Luxaviation Helicopters has partnered with US VIP rotorcraft operator HeliFlite Shares to enable customers to fly to and from New York, Chicago and Florida.   Full story

Clay Lacy opens New York office

US operator Clay Lacy has opened a new office at Westchester County airport in White Plains, New York.   Full story

Ortac approved for commercial charter and takes delivery of first Citations

Channel Islands-based manage-ment company Ortac has been awarded an AOC by Guernsey registry 2-Reg.   Full story

Company appointments

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Titan Aviation secures two AOCs and plans growth

Dubai-headquartered Titan Aviation has recently secured an AOC from San Marino as well as FAA Part 135 certification.   Full story

Elit’Avia expands into Asia and names MD

Slovenia-headquartered Elit’Avia has launched Elit’Avia Asia with the opening of offices in Hong Kong and Bangkok, Thailand, in response to projected growth of the region’s market.   Full story

Voluxis launches in the UK and Middle East

Formerly known as Interflight, UK operator and AOC holder Voluxis is operating in the UK and Middle East with a fleet of three aircraft, including a Hawker 800XP and Falcon 2000 based in London and Dubai respectively.   Full story

Accreditations and certifications

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