April 19th, 2012
FlairJet, the London Oxford Airport-based business aviation operator, is not yet three years old, but having established itself successfully as Europe’s leading Embraer Phenom operator, it is now ready to widen its portfolio with other managed aircraft types. That is the message that CEO David Fletcher and his management team will be taking to EBACE, Europe’s premier business aviation show, in Geneva next month.
“We love the Phenoms and we don’t see ourselves diluting our expertise with the type. However, we have some highly experienced ex-airline pilots in our team, three of whom have logged some 10,000-15,000 hours flying large cabin Airbus aircraft. We have learned a lot building FlairJet from scratch, achieving our AOC in record time and creating a strong, operationally and technically focused team. We are now ready to broaden the fleet.”
Within the past two and a half years FlairJet has bucked the trend in Europe’s light jet fraternity and grown its team from four to over 22 personnel. The company is profitable and has doubled the office space at its Oxford Airport home and established a summer base in Cannes, South of France where it positioned a Phenom 300. FlairJet has also lent its technical expertise to Phenom operators around the world, offering numerous training solutions and has managed the acquisition, acceptance and delivery of more than 12 aircraft.
Since entering operations in December 2009 FlairJet has logged some 3120+ hours with its young fleet, the Phenom 100 having logged in excess of 2300 hours and the Phenom 300 having logged 760+ hours. To date, the longest sector flown was from Bursa in Turkey to Liverpool – a distance of 1760 statute miles with a journey time of 4h10m.
FlairJet has garnered a loyal following from charter brokers, who account for more than 90% of its bookings. As its clientele and geographical reach widened FlairJet expanded its AOC area to embrace the Middle East, Africa, the Caucuses and Russia. “Now we’re ready to grow that capability with a worldwide AOC,” said Fletcher. “The addition of larger cabin aircraft in our managed fleet goes hand in hand with that ambition.”
Backed by three London based QCs, FlairJet pioneered Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 operations in Europe, obtaining its UK AOC and commencing revenue charter flights in December 2009 initially with two Embraer Phenom 100s.
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