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February 2019

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Delta World Charter prepares for expansion

A move to larger premises in Dubai South will lay the groundwork for DWC's continuing expansion over the coming year, the model for which is based on the performance of its Moscow office.   Full story

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Air Partner evacuates injured clients following Lombok earthquake

Head of JetCard Steven Warner recalls an urgent phone call from a client who needed airlift for his family who were holidaying on an island in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia when an earthquake struck.   Full story

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SuperFly donates flights to charities

They say that charity begins at home, and SuperFly has taken that on board with a donation of private jet travel to raise money for a couple of good causes that are close to its heart.   Full story

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What do FBOs bring to the air charter experience?

If your passenger needs a wheelchair yet none is forthcoming at the point of disembarkation, how will they remember their private jet charter trip? This and much more is the subject of discussion as we consider the importance of the FBO to broker business.   Full story

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Odyssey Aviation completes hangar and ramp expansion

An extra three acres of apron space has opened up for business aircraft visiting Odyssey Aviation in the Bahamas, alongside a new hangar that is already fully occupied.   Full story

New Flight Charters records year-on-year increase

New Flight Charters celebrates its 14th anniversary this year with continued growth, and was named again in the Inc 5000 Honor Roll as a fast growing US company. Since 2004 growth has averaged 13.5 per cent.   Full story

AsBAA signs MoU with JBAA and recognises ACS

Not only was the Asian association hosting awards at its gala dinner but it was there to do business too. An MoU was signed with the JBAA, and Air Charter Service won the award for best charter broker.   Full story

PrivateFly launches €6,000 route from London to Geneva

From the start of December to the end of February skiers will be flocking to the snowy slopes around Geneva. PrivateFly is aiming to introduce this crowd to the benefits of private jet travel with a fixed price deal.   Full story

Eclipse Air Charter opens New York office

Founder and managing director Yasmin Alam has expanded his Canadian charter company into US territory with the opening of a New York City office.   Full story

JetClass boosts main business jet route to three weekly

JetClass says that passengers using its new service between Vienna and Strasbourg can save eight hours of travelling - compared with the railway. The company consolidates passengers onto booked charter flights.   Full story

Avinode upgrades web charter sales apps

Avinode's upgraded web apps allow the search for flights and empty legs to be even easier than before, benefiting not just charter customers but critically brokers and operators too.   Full story

Apronjet becomes first ARGUS broker in Turkey

Since its launch in 2005 in Ankara, Apronjet has made a commitment to safety and customer service. Now it can show customers its 'stamp of approval' from ARGUS as it achieves the Registered Charter Broker rating.   Full story

ACS Hong Kong celebrates 10 years in business

A party was held in the exclusive, aviation-themed China Clipper Lounge at the Peninsula Hotel in downtown Hong Kong to celebrate the tenth anniversary of ACS Hong Kong and its decade of growing charter business.   Full story

PrivateFly CEO forecasts exciting times ahead

Green is good, shared charter less so, and consolidation may help support the industry through further regulatory change over the coming year. These are the thoughts of PrivateFly's Adam Twidell.   Full story

Apertus Aviation appoints chief China representative

After a successful 2018, Apertus is eyeing greater growth globally, but more particularly in the greater China market. Du's experience and connections in the region should raise the company's performance there to a new level.   Full story

ACC Aviation Group launches US subsidiary

Following a record year across all divisions in 2018, UK-headquartered ACC Aviation is adding New York to its Rome, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur footholds.   Full story

Throwing light on DOT 14 CFR Part 295 for regulation of air charter brokers

On 14 February the US Department of Transportation (DOT) puts its new air charter broker (‘broker’) regulation into effect. We set out a brief overview of what this means for the US business aviation industry.   Full story
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Metrojet brings back experienced Denzil White as MD

Denzil White has already served Metrojet as operations director and now he returns to the fold as MD. He is firmly rooted in the culture of Asia Pacific business aviation, and is a qualified pilot and AsBAA board governor.   Full story

P9PA offers aircraft and personal protection service to clients

Californian private charter operator Planet Nine Private Air has brought in experts to mitigate potential risks to its HNWI and high-profile passengers traveling on its Falcon 7X fleet.   Full story

Excellent Air signs preferred agreement with Jet Aviation

German operator Excellent Air has sourced handling provision for its Citation 560XL and six CJ2s throughout Europe and the Middle East thanks to a partnership with newly IS-BAH II-certified Jet Aviation.   Full story

Acquisition of Swift Air by iAero Group

Maintenance capabilities and a pipeline of engine and airframe assets are just some of the benefits awaiting the more than 20-year-old US 737 operator Swift Air once it formally becomes part of iAero Group.   Full story

FAI scoops Focus Money award

Germany's largest business jet fleet operator has been named Deutschlands Beste Fluggesellschaften and is on the way to achieving a second year of record revenues.   Full story

Fly Louie demonstrates short-haul pedigree

Fly Louie customers can make it from Pittsburgh to New York in three hours and if they can make it there, they can make it anywhere. The comfortable and economical King Air 350 will be the company's aircraft of choice.   Full story

EIC sees opportunity to expand through Wings takeover

Wings Over Kississing believes that its operations are transferring to a safe pair of hands in the form of Exchange Income Corporation, which already has several Canadian business aviation interests under its wing.   Full story

PenAir purchased by Alaskan colleague Ravn Air Group

PenAir has been serving customers in the state of Alaska for more than 60 years. As a subsidiary of Ravn Air Group, it anticipates sound financials with increased resources and a broader network for regional travel.   Full story

Qatar Executive gains two G500s

First unveiled at Farnborough International Airshow by Qatar Executive in 2018, its Gulfstream G500s will enter service shortly. The company will also receive further G500s and a sixth G650ER later in the year.   Full story

VistaJet forecasts another strong year of membership growth

VistaJet has only been operating in North America for four years, yet the market already accounts for 25 per cent of its overall business. There is more market share to be won, a subject of focus for CCO Ian Moore.   Full story

GlobeAir hires Alexa to handle enquiries

GlobeAir always aims to be ahead of the curve when it comes to integrating technology with private aviation, and is looking to pioneer voice-activated bookings, making the process quicker and more convenient.   Full story

JetSuite celebrates a decade of continuous operation

Quality of service is behind its longevity, says ARGUS Platinum-registered JetSuite, whose individualised offering, distinctive amenities and friendly pilots are moving the company into uncharted territories.   Full story

PC-24's range and runway performance a winner for Western

Western Aircraft is well-versed in Pilatus types, having flown, sold and maintained many PC-12s. The addition of a PC-24 to its Part 135 marks a new chapter, as it will be the first in the US offered for charter.   Full story

Jet Exchange goes global with worldwide AOC

The world has become smaller for the Luton-based sales, management and charter business founded by pilot and engineer Ian Austin in 2007. Its worldwide AOC now opens up global operations for its Challenger 604.   Full story

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Beware the butterfly effect

BACA - the Air Charter Association chairman Richard Mumford draws attention to the burning issue of 2019 as seen at the start of the year; the impact of drones on aircraft safety.   Full story

Will investors finally see through the illusion of online broking in 2019?

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark: there is a whisper that all is not well within some of the much vaunted tech start ups and unicorns that proliferate in the business aviation world. Will 2019 being their year of reckoning?   Full story