Private air charter operator, SaxonAir Charter has announced the issue of their new worldwide Air Operators Certificate (AOC). This latest development will allow SaxonAir to expand their area of operation into new and lucrative business aviation markets concentrating on Africa, the Middle East, and Russia.
Christopher Mace, Group Commercial Director says, “Business aviation has fast become a viable and affordable means of supporting the travel needs of corporations worldwide. It offers considerable time saving benefits and plays a key role in facilitating important face to face meetings, boosting productivity and providing a level of flexibility and responsiveness that the scheduled network cannot deliver.”
He adds, “The new licence capability will increase our area of operation into new emerging markets, perfect for our long-range Hawker 900XP midsize jet. It also enables us to offer worldwide support for managed aircraft clients.”
The business aviation sector plays a crucial role in supporting business and connecting industry with an estimated 750,000 annual business aviation movements throughout Europe. A recent survey* cited the most important reasons that business executives give for using business aviation as follows:
- Saves time – 77%
- Ability to use airports that airlines don’t serve – 69%
- More comfortable flight – 44%
- Privacy – 37%
- Ability to work en route – 34%
- Security – 29%
Business aviation provides a viable and affordable travel solution
SaxonAir’s clients include many blue chip companies, individual business men and women, sports teams, musicians, the offshore energy industry and local private families. “It’s not all champagne and caviar,” Chris Mace adds. “This misconception often means that the true value and accessibility of business aviation flights can be overlooked. Of course, luxuries can always be available on-board if requested.”
A purpose built multi-million pound Business Aviation Centre and hangar facility at SaxonAir’s headquarters in Norwich was completed in May 2011; this new first class development was designed specifically to be multi-functional meeting the needs of the private air traveller together with serving the offshore transportation sector. The centre is now home to many other companies who collectively cover a wide aspect of aviation expertise and services.
The current charter fleet now consists of five private jet aircraft, from Light to Midsize Jets and two helicopters. This mixed fleet is operated from Norwich and other bases around London in the UK and also Greece.
* Source: Business Jet Traveller’s Readers choice survey.