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Monthly Archives: April 2016

Group Commercial Director appointed as BACA Council member

Chris Mace, SaxonAir Group Commercial Director has been appointed a member of the governing Council of the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA). As well as Chris’s wider role within the SaxonAir group of companies including strategic business development, responsibility for all the group’s sales activities and Rotary AOC accountability he is one of the founders and shareholders of SaxonAir.
On joining the BACA council Chris comments; ‘I feel very honoured to be part of the BACA Council, having been a member for many years and I am looking forward to playing a role in further enhancing the association for our members. BACA has always provided great networking opportunities and specific industry support and related services, all underpinned by a great history with a stand for integrity and professionalism within the industry.’

Chris was appointed his position along with three other new executives following elections at the March 2016 council meeting.

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SaxonAir reports buoyant trading whilst increasing diversification in their aviation services

Pictured left to right; SaxonAir CEO Alex Durand & SaxonAir Group Commercial Director Christopher Mace

Specialist aviation company SaxonAir continues its growth reporting on a buoyant performance over the past year in most areas of the group. Since the company was founded in 2007 it has grown year on year with new charter and managed aircraft being added to the fleet, flight support contracts won through its Business Aviation Centre headquarters and increasing numbers of aircraft sales and acquisitions brokered.

The group collectively increased turnover by 32% compared with the previous year to over £13 million GBP in 2015, whilst welcoming over 20 new staff to deal with the growing demands within the organisation, providing a great platform for further drive into new business for the future. SaxonAir provides a range of aviation services including private jet charter, aircraft management, helicopter charter & utility surveillance, aircraft sales & leasing, flight support and ground handling. As well as expanding through its Norwich head office, SaxonAir have increased their operational bases across the UK with aircraft also located in both London Stansted and Luton airports.

Chris Mace, SaxonAir’s Group Commercial Director says “Our private air charter service has become increasingly popular for business travellers; it’s a recognition of the convenience and time saving abilities that can be achieved by flying privately. Air charter has the ability to turn days into hours, making valuable business sense.”  The modern and diverse SaxonAir aircraft charter fleet flew almost 2,500 flight hours in 2015, a 13% increase from the previous year and equates to flying over 27 times around the world.

The company’s specialist ground handling services have also experienced growth in business aviation activities, seeing over 3,000 private and business aircraft movements, a 12.5% increase on the previous year. Alex Durand, SaxonAir CEO comments “Despite the continued difficulties and industry decline of the offshore and energy market, SaxonAir Flight Support has increased business aircraft movements and fuel sales at our Norwich headquarters showing the firm importance our aviation sector has regionally.  Our diversification into other aviation sectors has played a key part in our continued success.”

SaxonAir has also seen the positive benefit in investing into the younger generation, having now provided 7 apprenticeship’s within the organisation.  This commitment has recently won SaxonAir the Apprenticeship Employer of the Year 2016 in the small to medium size business category by the City College Norwich National Apprenticeship Awards.

PRESS RELEASE STATISTICS:                 

  • Business and Private aircraft handling movements undertaken by SaxonAir Flight Support at Norwich International Airport increased by 12.5% to over 3000
  • SaxonAir Charter saw flying hours increase by 13% from 2014 to the same period in 2015
  • Collective turnover in the group was up by 30% to £13.2million GBP in 2015 when compared against 2014
  • 20 New staff joined in the business in 2015 making numbers of 65+ today
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