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December 2018

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Milestone agreement merges First Air and Canadian North

Following three months of negotiations a merger between Canadian companies will open up airways for the benefit of pan-Arctic communities across the Northwest Territories and beyond.   Full story

Elevate becomes first Canadian ARGUS Registered Broker

Robert Rennert's recently launched brokerage is making its presence felt in the Canadian arena and he has forged straight ahead with ARGUS broker registration.   Full story

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JetSeta seeks to expand opportunities across Africa

Newly-formed Nigerian charter platform JetSeta is looking to break down some of Africa's travel problems before turning its sights on Europe and the Middle East.   Full story

Luxury Aircraft Solutions named in Inc. 5000 for 2018

Entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of an economy and US business magazine Inc.'s ranking of 5,000 companies is an indicator of America's circulatory system. In at number 2,143 is a Long Island charter brokerage.   Full story

Volanteus appointment will lead US expansion

Led by Mark Green, a business aviation industry veteran of more than 20 years, charter broker Volanteus has completed nearly 1,000 flight sectors in two years. America is now within its sights.   Full story

Takeoff360 launches version 2.0 of its one-way app

One of the scourges of the business aviation industry is the inefficiency of repositioning flights. Working closely with Avinode, one company is updating its mobile empty leg facility to make them more accessible.   Full story

Victor serves ultimate fine dining at altitude

Passengers can now choose between caviar and lobster when departing London on board flights organised by Victor. The courses are paired with fine wines and champagnes curated from the Moët Hennessy stable.   Full story

Avinode makes charter sales easier with improved apps

It's not just brokers and operators who will benefit from its app upgrades, says Avinode, but customers too. As it becomes easier to buy charter flights the company hopes its service will attract new clients to the market.   Full story

Asian Sky Group appoints sales director

Carrie Yu is an experienced aircraft sales director now covering Shanghai and Taiwan on behalf of ASG. The company's services are supported by offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen and Singapore.   Full story

Air Charter Service appoints director, private jets

With an eye to further expansion, ACS has welcomed trained helicopter pilot, trustee of the Geoffrey de Havilland Flying Foundation and Honorary Secretary to the Royal Air Squadron George Rolls to its board.   Full story

Stratos Jet Charters awards first pilot scholarship

Stratos Jet Charters has launched its pilot scholarship and the first recipient is an Orlando resident who fell in love with flying following a discovery flight in her college freshman year. Her goal is ATP certification.   Full story

JetSmarter launches in-app crowdfunding

Both members and non-members of the platform can now create crowdfunded flights on JetSmarter's newly modified app, and can cancel at no cost up until point of confirmation.   Full story

Airthereum launches Fly app

Airthereum is championing a faster, cheaper and smarter solution to the private jet ecosystem and aims to provide AI powered concierge jet travel in minutes. Its music producer and commercial pilot CEO is excited.   Full story

New Flight Charters awarded ARGUS Registered Broker rating

Of all the air charter broker companies in the US, only 22 carry an ARGUS Registered or Certified rating. The latest to join the club is New Flight Charters of Wyoming.   Full story

Global Jet Centre celebrates five year anniversary

The founders of GJC had more than 45 years of collective aviation experience when they set up their Dubai brokerage. With another five years each under their belts they reflect on their challenges.   Full story

LunaJets powers land-based transportation

No one should suffer from the lack of mobility, and by continuing its support for World Bicycle Relief LunaJets is hoping to empower the inhabitants of the developing world’s rural areas through better modes of travel.   Full story

Flightserve partners with Jet Assist

Flightserve holds accreditations for MEBAA, NBAA, EBAA, BHA, BACA and the British Ambulance Association. By joining forces with Jet Assist at Belfast International airport, both companies gain access to a greater fleet.   Full story

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AirX appoints music royalty before stock market launch

Having ferried Queen + Adam Lambert around Europe for their recent European tour, AirX signs the group as one of the first of its growing number of celebrity ambassadors.   Full story

Premium Jet adds two to charter sales team

Peter Baiker and Matthias Gramlich both spent a number of years at Jet Aviation prior to their latest appointment. Working for more than a decade apiece in the industry should equip them well for their new roles.   Full story

Salley honoured with 40 Under 40 awards

The 40 Under 40 awards, organised by NBAA, rank the most influential young people in business. National Jets' Christopher Salley has met the criteria with flying colours.   Full story

Air 7's focus on staff development leads to key promotion

Ben Nematzadeh has already served as a scheduler and assistant safety manager for Air 7, and will now be responsible for supporting the growth of the company's FBO, Part 135 and Part 91 client base.   Full story

Mountain Lion demonstrates TBM 930 potential

Daher is hoping that commercial ops using its TBM 930 are about to catch on, as Mountain Lion Aviation has avoided the congested California freeways and notched up 430 hours and 300 flights since taking delivery.   Full story

Icon and Luxaviation team up to offer the best in Brazil

Brazil can be a valuable destination for travellers with global business interests, and the collaboration between Luxaviation and Brazilian operator Icon hopes to yield seamless transfers to the country's key destinations.   Full story

FAI receives CL850 and retires final Learjet

It is out with the old and in with the new at FAI, as the medevac specialist welcomes its first Challenger 850 and says adios to its final Learjet 55, which is off to fly air ambulance missions in Mexico.   Full story

VistaJet on the charge as it reports healthy 2018 so far

VistaJet's 70-strong fleet has visited 96 per cent of the globe, carrying more than 330,000 passengers in the process. Its flying figures are up in 2018 across much of Europe, with a strong pull in Sweden.   Full story

Change at the top for TAG in Europe

Graham Williamson has been a faithful servant of TAG Aviation for 14 years, and is now moving on to a new career challenge. The experienced Carlos Gomez is the man who will fill Williamson's shoes.   Full story

Makers Air reveals new name at boat show

Formerly known as Watermakers Air, Makers Air will continue to serve remote Bahamian destinations. The rebrand is designed to 'reflect the company's unparalleled personalised service and prestige'.   Full story

Priester introduces jet card at seven key US hubs

With its members in mind, Priester has created a bespoke jet card programme that claims the very highest safety standards, tip top crews and a variety of short and longer range aircraft to choose from.   Full story

N-Jet adds Janz to boost visibility

Trevor Janz is right at home running marketing for growing companies, and N-Jet will be his next venture. The Chicago operator is looking for new and innovative ways to communicate its message to customers.   Full story

Voluxis recruits the know-how of experienced Moody

Keith Moody has worked for some of the biggest names in aviation across four continents. Now he will be bringing his expertise to Voluxis at Biggin Hill, overseeing scheduling, documentation and third party suppliers.   Full story

Edwards moves from filming The Queen to flying those in need

For the past 26 years, Jonathan Edwards has filmed more than 600 investiture ceremonies at London's Buckingham Palace in his role at British Ceremonial Arts. He will now follow his lifelong passion for aviation.   Full story