SaxonAir was established in 2007 with the aim of providing a flexible, convenient and cost effective private air travel and associated support services. The company was formed operating only a single Beechcraft King Air aircraft and a Eurocopter AS355 helicopter with five dedicated staff.
As the company was looking for expansion SaxonAir became part of the Klyne Aviation Group in 2009. Under the Klyne Groups direction it has continued to develop the business significantly by investing in the aircraft fleet, purpose built premises and knowledgeable staff, allowing for growth and diversification into wider aspects of the aviation sector.
SaxonAir were awarded a 10 year contract in 2010 as the preferred Handling Agent to supply ground handling and associated services at Norwich Airport for all non-scheduled business, private and general aviation aircraft. Further contracts followed to provide dedicated ground support to the offshore oil & gas and renewables industry and today in excess of 40,000 passengers and 700 tonnes of freight are handled each year for flights in and out of Norwich Airport to the Southern North Sea.
To provide for the increasing demands of SaxonAir’s customers and fulfilment of further aviation contracts, a purpose built multi-million pound Business Aviation Centre and hangar facility 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 forms SaxonAir’s headquarters for its worldwide operations and is now home to many other aviation companies who collectively cover a wide aspect of expertise and associated aviation services. A third hangar was completed in 2014 for additional capacity requirements for SaxonAir’s tenants.
Today, SaxonAir operates from bases throughout Europe, and holds two UK Air Operator’s Certificate’s (CAA AOC No GB2327 & GB2425) cover both Helicopter and Aircraft operations. Individuals within the business have a wealth of experience in delivering, operating and managing a wide variety of aircraft, which enables us to provide our clients with exactly the right aircraft for their journey – a one-stop solution. Specific aircraft operating bases are located at London Luton, London Stansted, Norwich and Cambridge.
2015 welcomed SaxonAir’s first ultra-long range heavy jet onto the fleet, the Gulfstream G550. With this aircraft SaxonAir can fly clients worldwide and non-stop from London to Los Angeles or Hong Kong. This year we have also added the state of the art Legacy 500 Super Midsize jet which has incredible performance, comfort and economy together with investment into the Leonardo A109 Grand New helicopters.
The current aircraft fleet is a mix of owned and managed aircraft that fulfils the requirements of every customer from entry level to heavy jets and helicopters. Our continuing success makes SaxonAir one of the fastest growing and diversifying business aviation companies in the UK.
We look forward to welcoming you on-board.
To release the potential of aviation to our clients, partners and employees through a profitable, safe and customer focussed operation that’s supported by experience, financial stability and an appreciation of all it can offer.
OUR VISION & VALUES
To continue developing SaxonAir to be a leader in the provision of aviation services, ensuring safety and integrity are at the heart of the operation with valued staff passionate about delivery of a service aimed at exceeding our customer expectations.
Board of Directors
Alex joined SaxonAir in January 2013 as CEO. He began his career in business aviation over 20 years ago as a young graduate with an interest in flying. He now brings to SaxonAir a wealth of experience in all areas of the industry. Alex and his wife and four children now live Norfolk, having moved from Oxfordshire. A lifelong Norwich fan, so takes many visits to Carrow Road!
Group Commercial Director
Chris is a founder of SaxonAir and got the business started from his original business plan with financial backing from a local business entrepreneur. Chris started flying from an early age having gained his pilot’s licence at the age of just 17 and has spent 20+ years in the aviation industry. He initially started up a flying school before going on to manage a successful helicopter charter business before finally setting up SaxonAir in 2007. In his spare time Chris enjoys sports, including running, golf and football and loves being in his birth county of Norfolk with the North Norfolk Coast as an absolute favourite.
Managers & Key Personnel
Head of Ground Operations
Tom started working in air charter operations in 2011 and became the new Operations Manager at SaxonAir in June 2015. Tom hopes to bring the experience he gained from setting up a Corporate Charter Airline in Malta to his new position with SaxonAir, he gained his private pilot’s licence back in 2009 from Brize Norton and continues to fly in his spare time.
Continuing Airworthiness Manager
Starting with a Craft Apprenticeship at Marshall of Cambridge working an various types of aircraft from DH Chipmunks to Grumman Gulfstreams to Lockheed Tristars, Paul then moved into the Business Jet market as a Base Maintenance Supervisor before arriving into the airline market. Recent years have seen him operate as a Station Engineer and Airline Technical Representative, holding EASA B1 & C for a range of piston and turbine powered aeroplanes, before progressing to the Part M department at Saxonair. He enjoys motorcycling, photography and spending time on the family cruiser on the Norfolk Broads.
Head of Flight Operations & Crew Training
Phil’s interest in aviation started at a very early age having achieved his Pilot’s Licence in 1976/77 at Blackpool Airport on an ex-RAF DHC-1 Chipmunk. From then Phil completed his commercial training in Blackpool and Manchester taking his first commercial aviation job from Blackpool flying a Piper PA31 and progressed onto the EMB-110. Phil moved to Norfolk and spent time with Eastern Airways as a Captain before returning to the business aviation flying the Citation C560 and King Air taking a role as Head of Training and Flight Ops. Phil has spent several years flying with SaxonAir on the King Air 350 and his past experience in the management and crew training sector sees him as SaxonAir’s Head of Crew Training post holder for the fixed wing AOC.
Head of Ground Operations
Max is SaxonAir Helicopters Head of Ground Operations, he has been working within the aviation industry since he was 16. After gaining his private pilot’s licence in 2010 at the age of 17 Max joined SaxonAir shortly after as a flight support and operations officer. He spent the first 4 years working in fixed wing operations and sales before joining SaxonAir’s rotary department in April 2014. He enjoys the daily challenges of the private air charter world has to offer and in his spare time he enjoys private flying and country walks.
Charter Sales Manager
Jack joined SaxonAir in 2015 and now manages the Charter Sales Team. His background is in the head-hunting industry, where he worked within a London agency for three years before moving from the capital to Norfolk and pursuing his long-term passion for aviation. In his spare time Jack enjoys ‘the good life’ in his cottage in the countryside where he shoots, free-swims in the Norfolk Broads as well as spending time with his beloved pet Beagle.
Flight Support Operations Manager
SaxonAir Flight Support
John joined SaxonAir Flight Support in May 2011, after 12 years working as a Duty Terminal Manager at Norwich International Airport. Prior to this, John worked for Air UK for 10 years as a Load Controller and therefore brings with him a wealth of aviation knowledge and experience, both from an airline, and a terminal operations perspective. In his free time he enjoys cycling, swimming and is a keen musician. As a father of two girls and recently now a grandfather, he’s also very much a family man, and enjoy spending time with his family a great deal.
Head of Marketing and Sales
SaxonAir Charter and Helicopters
Seasoned in business management experience, Simon specialises in guiding and delivering a range of business growth initiatives and start-up efforts. His solid reputation for hands-on leadership in successfully coordinating sales strategies and supporting efficient operations in highly competitive international marketplaces makes him perfect for the constant growth and development at SaxonAir. Simon came to SaxonAir from one of the largest aviation companies in the UK, where he held the role of Head of Sales and Business development. Prior to this, Simon spent over 15 years’ in the Hotel industry working in both sales and marketing delivering new business.
Alison has been with SaxonAir since 2009 and heads up the Accounts Department for the group of SaxonAir companies. Previously Alison worked for other aviation companies at Norwich Airport and in her spare time she enjoys piano, singing as well as heading up a local choir group. Alison has also received a diploma in teaching piano.
Having gained more than 30 years experience in finance within the Klyne Group, Simon joined SaxonAir in 2012 initially taking on the role of data analyst on a part time basis. Due to the expansion of the company this became a full time position in 2013 and now encompasses working closely with all departments. Simon has also taken over the management of the company’s IT and communications, and provides support to the company’s facilities department. In his spare time Simon has a keen interest in travel, cooking and especially music, which has given him the opportunity over the years to present shows on community radio and at live events
Cathy has worked for SaxonAir since the company moved into the BAC in 2010. Starting on the reception desk she now supports senior management in day to day activities while also supporting the HR department. In her spare time Cathy enjoys looking after her family and visiting different places especially by the sea and mountains.
Deputy Flight Support Manager
SaxonAir Flight Support
James started working for SaxonAir Flight Support in 2011, and brings with him a wealth of knowledge from his previous 7yrs in ramp services at Norwich Airport. James started as a Flight Support officer but has worked through the ranks to where he now oversees the day to day running of the Flight Support Department. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and children and also attempting to play football and golf.
Head of Standards
With over 30 years’ experience in the aviation industry Howard specialises in commercial airlines, private business jet industry and aviation training. From this, Howard brings over 20,000 hours flight experience to SaxonAir. Previously to SaxonAir, Howard worked for British Airways for 25 years flying as Captain of Boeing 73’s 74’s and 77’s and was a British Airways Ambassador. Whenever Howard isn’t flying, he is partial to a round of golf
Key Customer & Sales Personnel
We take pride in our highly skilled team. If you would like to join our team, either as a pilot, engineer, ground staff, or in any other capacity, keep an eye on this page. Current vacancies will be displayed below when available.
BUSINESS AVIATION CENTRE
A purpose built multi-million pound Business Aviation Centre and hangar facility was completed at Norwich International Airport 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 aviation companies who collectively cover a wide aspect of aviation expertise and services.
SAXONAIR BUSINESS AVIATION TENANTS
SAXONAIR & THE ENVIRONMENT
At SaxonAir, we recognize that there is an environmental responsibility associated with Private Air Travel. As a responsible operator, we are continually looking for new ways to reduce our carbon emissions and the associated environmental footprint. Below are a few of the environmental initiatives that we are taking.
- Fuel efficiencies from a modern aircraft fleet
- Reducing our positioning flights
- Low energy features within Business Aviation Centre (BAC)