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June 2017
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Siegfried Axtmann is to expand FAI into Middle East with Mumtalakat

News in brief

Chantilly Air, Washington DC, USA, has been named best air charter service in northern Virginia for the third consecutive year by lifestyle magazine Virginia Living’s reader survey.

Coleman Jet, Indiana, USA, has received FAA authorisation for worldwide Part 135 charter operations.

Delta Private Jets, Kentucky, USA, has partnered with Porsche to provide transfer services at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International, John F Kennedy International and Los Angeles International airports for its card members.

Custom Jet Charters, Florida, USA, has achieved DCA Access Standard Security Program certification enabling it to fly to and from Ronald Reagan Washington National airport.

FAI Aviation Group, as part of Axtmann Aviation Holding, Germany, has received significant minority stake investment from Mumtalakat, the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Falcon Aviation, Dubai, is now managing a VIP heliport at Al Maktoum International airport with heli charters available to all operators, corporates and private individuals arriving with their business jets at its Dubai South terminal.

Gama Aviation has been ranked by ARGUS TRAQPak as top US Part 135 operator, based on all flight activity and data collected throughout 2016. The company performed 54,533 flight hours last year, and its acquisition of Landmark Aviation at the beginning of 2017 brings the fleet total to over 200.

Genesis Global Aviation, Nigeria, has received its AOC from the Nigerian CAA. Now enabled to begin full commercial helicopter services, the company will also operate passenger charters from Kaduna to Abuja.

GlobeAir, Austria, is to partner with London City airport, which saw over 3,800 business aircraft departures in 2016. GlobeAir CEO Bernhard Fragner says: “London is our second biggest market and by offering our clients the opportunity to use London City airport we expect to see further significant growth in our London-based business.”

Gulf Helicopters, Qatar, has established a Malta-based transport and medevac helicopter service under the name of Gulf Med Aviation Services in partnership with UAE-based Medilink International. The company received its AOC and Part 145 maintenance approval in February this year.

Jersey Jet Centre, Channel Islands, has launched Isle-Fly, an eight-seater multi-engined Cessna operation based at Jersey airport and the first new air taxi service on the island for over 30 years.

Dassault Falcon Service, France, will provide ongoing flights to any destination in the EMEA region for Japan Airlines passengers as part of a private jet service collaboration between the two companies.

K5-Aviation, Germany, has equipped one of its ACJ319s with Gogo’s 2Ku advanced technology.

Latitude 33 Aviation, California, USA, is marking its 10-year anniversary. The ARGUS Platinum rated company now manages 30 jets and has accum- ulated over 7,300 flight hours.

LJ Aviation, Pennsylvania, USA, founder Edward M Kilkeary Sr is to receive the William A Ong Memorial award at the National Air Transportation Association presentation luncheon in June. The award is given for extra-ordinary achievement and extended meritorious service to the general aviation industry.

Zenith Aviation, London Biggin Hill airport, UK, has seen its Q1 2017 charter sales rise 250 per cent compared to the same period last year, and has exceeded year-on-year hours flown by over 300.

Zetta Jet, Singapore, has extended its agreement with MedAire for the provision of 24/7 medical, security and travel safety assistance in flight and at destination along with advanced aviation medical kits and equipment.

Air Alsie, Denmark, has appointed Satcom Direct as its exclusive provider of voice and data services as well as flight deck communications across its fleet.

Azur Hélicoptère, based at Nice Côte d'Azur International and Cannes-Mandelieu airports in France, has partnered with Luxaviation Group to provide helicopter transfers to clients' end destinations in the region.

Sky Mark Executive, Dubai, has secured two G450s for exclusive charter on behalf of Lebanon-based Executive Aircraft Services and Smart Aviation in Egypt. CEO and founder Captain Farid Gharzeddine says: “Sky Mark Executive is delighted to add these two key aircraft to our charter fleet. The signing of these agreements allows the aircraft owners to maximise charter revenue.”

Deer Jet, China, continues to promote its 787 Dream Jet with a series of showcases across the globe. Its 'Dreams Encounter the World' tour has taken it from Hong Kong, Shanghai, London, Dublin, Doha and Seattle to Marrakech.

The aircraft is operated on the Guernsey registry under the AOC of Business Aircraft Services Guernsey by Deer Jet subsidiary HongKong Jet. Elit'Avia, Ljubljana, Slovenia, has been awarded an AOC from the Republic of San Marino CAA. VistaJet has abolished hourly ferry flight fees for all new Programme customers. It has also launched a WeChat sales platform for Chinese corporations, travel departments, and UHNWIs who represent 17 per cent of its worldwide customer base


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Chantilly Air
Coleman Jet
Delta Private Jets
Custom Jet Charters
FAI rent-a-jet
Genesis Global Aviation
Jersey Jet Centre
Dassault Falcon Service
Gama Aviation
Gulf Helicopters Company
Latitude 33 Aviation
L.J. Aviation
Zenith Aviation
Zetta Jet
Air Alsie
Azur Helicoptere
SkyMark Executive
Deer Jet