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SaxonAir becomes ProTrainings approved centre following the launch of training sessions for all businesses
SaxonAir becomes ProTrainings approved centre following the launch of training sessions for all businesses

We are delighted to launch our new range of competitively priced training courses at our Business Aviation Centre, based next to Norwich Airport, and are pleased to now be a ProTrainings approved centre.

The training sessions can be booked by any business looking to update or fill gaps in their training in a number of areas including First Aid and Mental Health.

The training is suitable for any size business, with competitive pricing as well as the option to add lunch and other optional extras depending on your budget and requirements.

Delivered in our comfortable and spacious conference rooms, light refreshments will be provided.

The sessions will be delivered by our own Ground Training Manager, Jane Simpson, who has almost a decades’ experience in training teams to a high standard.

At SaxonAir we operate in a Covid safe manner, so you can be assured that you and your team will feel comfortable and confident during their sessions.

Please click here https://saxonair.com/first-aid-mental-health-training/ to check any upcoming sessions or contact Jane Simpson directly at Jane.Simpson@saxonair.com for more information or to book you or your team onto the sessions.

Alex Durand, CEO at Klyne Aviation said: “We have a range of businesses operating in dynamic environments that rely on regulatorily audited standards of training, continuously improved from our operational activities.”

“The training we can now deliver brings these principles to the wider business community and offers structured accredited training courses brought to life with examples from our experiences in the global aviation industry,” he concluded.

Check upcoming training here: https://saxonair.com/first-aid-mental-health-training/

 

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SaxonAir introduces new spend management platform designed for the private aviation industry

SaxonAir are pleased to announce they have introduced a new AI-powered spend management platform designed specifically for the private aviation industry.

Created to simplify the often complex and costly process of aircraft management, MySky takes these internal processes and automates them by up to 90% – making it a more cost-effective option. Alongside this it saves time, decreasing processing time by up to 75% – meaning reduced waiting for customer billing.

Alongside cost savings, the system also prevents:

  • Loss of documentation
  • Duplication of invoices
  • Data entry errors resulting in delays
  • Late payment charges
  • Long invoice approval times
  • Fraud attempts

The system is created by a team of aviation experts for the aviation industry, with an aim to allow for a more transparent and efficient operation.

Alongside automating invoicing, the MySky system also acts as an industry benchmark tool for different areas including catering, cleaning, and fuel. MySky stores this in one place – the MySky databank – allowing an overview of the market in comparison to real-time worldwide prices, meaning SaxonAir can view comparisons and make informed decisions to ensure we are getting the best price possible. In turn, cost-savings can be passed on to our clients.

We’ve also implemented the use of SAP Concur, a system which easily allows the tracking of expenses, travel, and vendor invoice spending in one place.

The SAP Concur system means expenses can be entered easily and conveniently via an intuitive mobile app using a smartphone camera, bypassing the need to keep and process endless numbers of receipts.

In addition, the software offers a dashboard that allows a Department Manager an overview of the spend in comparison to budgets as well as VAT Reclaim and total spend by department.

The introduction of these platforms underlines SaxonAir’s commitment to innovate and streamline the customer experience by saving time and reducing costs, significantly decreasing the amount of manual work needed – cost savings which can be passed down to our clients.

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Niche Cocktails have boarded the flight…

SaxonAir are pleased to announce that we will now be serving a range of unique Niche cocktails on our flights. With a shared passion for travel, the partnership sees Norwich-based SaxonAir bring Suffolk natives Niche Cocktails on board, serving up 9 distinctively delicious flavours to choose from.

Niche Cocktails offer a range of premium, pre-mixed cocktails – with a Niche twist. From the rich, smooth and creamy Mocha Martini to a refreshingly twisted Matcha Mojito, there are plenty of options to tantalise your tastebuds.

The range of cocktails to choose from includes: 

  • Mocha Martini
  • Raspberry Cosmo
  • Manuka Honey Whisky Sour
  • Paddy’s Pink Pleaser
  • Pink Grapefruit Gin Fizz
  • Passionfruit Daiquiri
  • Blood Orange Old Fashioned
  • Matcha Mojito
  • Brazilian Lime Margarita

Plus, with the world slowly opening back up, travel is on the agenda – and Niche’s range of cocktails make for the perfect travel partner.

So, to celebrate the partnership, we have launched our ‘Around the World’ campaign, where we want to hear which cocktail you’d love to enjoy in which country – and which friend you’d share it with! Plus, Niche Cocktails and SaxonAir are giving away a 12-pack of cocktails to our favourite caption. So, head over to our socials to tell us your dream destination, which Niche cocktail you like the sound of and tag a friend you’d share it with!

Niche Cocktails was founded by Suffolk-native Bob Scott, who created Niche after travelling Europe and collecting exotic spirits and perfected the craft of mixology. His goal is for cocktail lovers to be able to enjoy delicious cocktails, wherever they may be.

This makes their cocktails the ideal companion for your charter flight with SaxonAir, as we fly our customers all over the world – so why not enjoy a delicious cocktail or two during your flight?

Sit back, relax and enjoy your flight with a Niche cocktail in hand – and don’t forget to head over to our socials to enter the competition to win a 12-pack for you to enjoy at home! 

Competition ends 23/04/2021, midnight. You must be over the age of 18 and a UK mainland resident to enter.

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SaxonAir Partners with Tree Planting Initiative to Target Net Zero by 2025

SaxonAir have announced tree planters Gone West as their emissions offsetting partner.

The air charter company are focused on addressing its carbon emission responsibilities, searching for solutions to directly replace carbon emissions from their aircraft whilst also creating opportunities for the next generation, who are likely to be most impacted by the reality of climate change.

The company is working with Gone West to plant trees within the UK for every flight, not only actively contributing towards their Sustainability strategy to reach net zero by 2025 but also supporting young people in the UK to earn a living in the current climate.

James Hughes, Founder and Managing Director at Gone West said: “We are proud to partner with SaxonAir and support them in their goal to offset their carbon emissions whilst also giving at-risk youth the chance to come out and try their hand at being a tree planter through our partnership with the Prince’s Trust.”

“Tree planting was deemed essential work in 2020, and we are passionate about ensuring everyone has the opportunity to do their part with our ‘Acorns to Oaks’ initiative, working towards keeping our planet alive.”

SaxonAir’s CEO Alex Durand shared Hughes’ sentiments, adding: “We’re delighted to partner with Gone West, which allows us to take the most direct approach possible – and with their help we now know exactly how many trees we need to plant to offset our carbon emissions.”

“This is the most immediate action we can take right now, and involving the Prince’s Trust by creating opportunities to carry out this work is a particularly pleasing addition to this initiative.”

“Our Sustainability strategy sets us some challenging targets, including targeting net zero by 2025. However, we’re also looking to transform the way we work and interact with our workforce, clients and suppliers in order to achieve this,” he continued.

“The technology just isn’t available to eliminate carbon emissions from our operations, however there are things we can do now to reduce and replace what we use.”

Durand believes that aviation has become an easy target for criticism, distracting from the responsibilities everyone has to contribute towards Net Zero.

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Klyne Aviation Centre; a facility with a multitude of offerings!

Klyne Aviation Centre welcomes another tenant to the building, cementing its offering as an aviation and offshore hub. Swift TG Maintenance, a company that specialises in the continued airworthiness and maintenance of light aircraft, join tenants such as NHV and CHC Helicopters, ONE-Dyas, a Dutch gas operator and FurtherMore Marketing, an agency known for its work within the offshore sector and Glennair an industry training company.

Swift TG Maintenance is part of the Swift Technology Group that also tenants at the former Coltishall RAF base, known now as Scottow Enterprise Park, bringing with them experience across a wide range of sectors including; Aeronautical, Marine, Automotive, Oil & Gas and Renewable Energy industries. Their diverse range of state-of-the-art technologies deliver advanced solutions taking a complete end-to-end approach.

The new tenants join Klyne Aviation Centre in a time of change. The local aviation company has strategically navigated Covid-19, having seen a huge decrease in unscheduled flights by investing in both its offshore offering and the facility itself. Embracing modern technologies, the ambition is for the Norwich based facility to become completely carbon neutral.

The facility has undergone many changes with more still to come, electric car charging points have been installed, along with a new lighting system in both hangars, a liftshare scheme for workers, along with the promotion of multiple new in-house green policies.

Klyne Aviation Centre is headed up by Alex Durand who has worked hard to push the new green agenda, especially within the aviation sector naturally known for its Co2 emissions rather than celebrated for its ecological approach.

“With Covid-19 impacting our typical day-to-day operations this year has provided a time for reflection and re-focus within our business. Whilst there have been many challenges, we have had time to further implement many ideas for a diverse business offering including our tenancy offering, which we feel is growing a community of like-minded business offering complimentary services across similar sectors. In addition, our commitment to becoming carbon neutral has been able to take centre stage and progress much more quickly than we had anticipated. So, whilst we relish getting back to a more typical day-to-day it will be so with the addition of lots of exciting new activity here at SaxonAir.”

Alex Durand, CEO SaxonAir

 

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Important COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak Information

With the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, we want to assure our partners, clients and passengers that we are monitoring the situation closely. At this moment in time, we are operating as normal whilst taking necessary measures to implement increased health and sanitary standards (which meet the latest version of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency’s information bulletin – 2020-02R2 Coronavirus ‘SARS-CoV-2’ Infections – Operational Recommendations).

We are staying up to date with announcements and advice from the World Health Organisation, and have included some easy-to-follow yet important health and sanitary advice from the WHO below.

Our staff have been provided with an Information for Airport Workers booklet from Public Health England which you can download here.

If you have any concerns, please get in touch with us at ops@saxonair.com or phone our team on 01603 518 119.

 

 

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SAXON AIR WELCOMES NOBLE ISLE ONBOARD

 

Luxury British Bath & Body Brand Noble Isle have teamed up with luxury private jet and helicopter operator, SaxonAir, based at Norwich Airport, Norfolk. Both companies are pleased to share the same British heritage, ethos and mission.

Noble Isle’s two signature scents, Rhubarb Rhubarb! and Whisky & Water have been selected in Hand Washes, Hand Lotions and Diffusers for onboard flights and in the private lounge areas.

Rhubarb Rhubarb! is a sophisticated, bittersweet fine fragrance reminiscent of the dewy wake-up of a Yorkshire spring, with top notes of Rhubarb and Juniper Berry that move on to heart notes of Rosemary and Tarragon before leaving lingering base notes of Moss and Cedarwood. Noble Isle sourced antibacterial rhubarb extract from Oldroyd & Sons rhubarb farm in the Yorkshire Triangle.

Whisky and Water is an aromatic and rich fine fragrance, a liquid gold redolent of the finest oak-aged single malt with warm vanilla and cedarwood on the nose. Noble Isle sourced skin-calming extract of Scottish malted barley from the Balvenie Distillery in Dufftown, Scotland.

As well as its dedication to capturing the essence of ‘Britain in a Bottle,’ Noble Isle is proud of its commitment to ethical, sustainable, vegan and cruelty-free practice. Each meticulously blended product is presented in 100% recyclable packaging and inspired by the natural and cultural riches of the British Isles. Every product is created as a fine fragrance, with a top, heart and base note, allowing the scent to linger on the skin like a perfume or an aftershave.

For more information, please visit nobleisle.com

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Barclays Eagle Labs & SaxonAir Showcase

SaxonAir and Barclays have teamed up for the second year running to offer premier customers an experience that can’t be bought. SaxonAir’s hangar was the perfect venue to team up with Stratton Motor Company and P&A Wood’s Rolls Royce to offer guests the opportunity to test-drive a range of high-end motors, from Lotuses and Bentleys through to Rolls-Royce’s new all-wheel-drive vehicle and of course, a selection of private jets for guests to explore. There were several keynote speakers and a range of world-inspired canapés for guests to sample throughout the evening.

Once again SaxonAir has shown itself not only as a major player in non-scheduled aviation travel but also a centre of excellence offering the highest standard of conferencing and catering services for local and global businesses looking to offer something a little bit more special.

These events increasingly attract SaxonAir partners such as the Maids Head, a local hotel as well as Factor, a bespoke road bike company. Facilities Manager John Dewing said;

‘It’s wonderful to see the local community increasingly engaging with SaxonAir. It provides us with the opportunity to showcase our facility and all the exciting services we have to offer.’

 

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SaxonAir raises over £10,000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

In early 2017 SaxonAir made the East Anglian Air Ambulance its chosen charity. Since then both staff and suppliers to the company have made a variety of donations to help support the local service.

In early 2017 SaxonAir provided a helicopter to fly the Royal guests of honour, their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent in for the Archdeacon’s Charge and Picnic, saving the charity £6,000. In the summer of 2017 they donated £3,000 towards events in the region, including taking a table at the prestigious Norfolk Polo event.

In an event sponsored by SaxonAir, ‘Only the Brave’, where teams complete a mud obstacle challenge, SaxonAir staff also took the opportunity to join in and got filthy whilst raising nearly £800 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance

Alex Durand, CEO of SaxonAir said:

‘I was delighted to see staff combining our company’s active approach to fitness and wellbeing with fundraising for our chosen charity. I’ve great respect for anyone who dedicates themselves to training and participating in such events, especially when it’s in aid of such a good cause.’

To continue this fundraising activity in 2018, Willis Towers Watson, a leading global advisory, broking and solutions company undertook a gap analysis for SaxonAir and instead of receiving payment, requested their fee be donated to the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Alex Durand again:

‘We really value our supplier relationships and have worked hard to develop a network of companies who understand our business and company ethos. This donation from Willis Towers Watson really demonstrated how worthwhile it is to seek out the right businesses to collaborate with who share those values. We were over the moon with the generosity shown by Willis Towers Watson’

This summer SaxonAir supported the East Anglian Air Ambulance with their campaign to better train individuals in first-aid skills to create more first responders. SaxonAir provided the venue for a number of training sessions for the basic first-aid courses.

SaxonAir’s total support of the charity amounts to over £10,000 over the past 12 months and there is no plan to stop there.

Alex Durand said of their plans:

‘The company will continue to support the East Anglian Air Ambulance as fellow tenants of the airport, and as part of the local aviation community this is a charity close to our hearts.’

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SaxonAir hosts Spitfire MH-434 for VIP networking event

SaxonAir was delighted to work in partnership with Barclays, the University of Anglia (UEA) and The Aviation Academy to deliver a two-day event celebrating the Spitfire MH-434 being brought to Norwich for a private showcase. Owned by the old flying machine company this Spitfire is the only one to have been flown every year since construction. Making this its 75th anniversary year.

Barclays networking events always aim to deliver something memorable for key account holders and teaming up with the Norwich Aviation community on this occasion delivered something that truly exceeded expectation.

Following a full buffet, courtesy of SaxonAir’s in-house catering team, the group were treated to a spectacular display from the Spitfire MH-434, which following a short flight from Duxford performed a few flybys before landing.

The selection of VIP’s that were invited to attend the event included local businesses, such as; Cozens-Hardy, Mills and Reeve, Archant, FreeClix, the County Council and the Lord Lieutenant of Norwich

Guests were invited to spend time meeting the pilot and plane owner Sarah Hanna whilst having a look around the plane and other aircraft on show in the SaxonAir hangar.

Both the Aviation Academy and the UEA made the most of this opportunity and ran educational tours for students throughout the day, providing a once in a lifetime opportunity to see such an iconic aircraft up close.

SaxonAir facilities Manager John Dewing said, ‘It is always fantastic to see people enjoy our unique venue, on this occasion hosting such a special aircraft made the event even more spectacular. For us, it was a great opportunity to showcase our full range of services and show people exactly what we do.’

For more information on running a bespoke VIP event at SaxonAir or booking any of our meeting rooms please contact the facilities team on jd@saxonair.com or browse our website for more information about our full range of charter services.

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SaxonAir crowned Aircraft Management Company of the Year 2018

Private aircraft operator and aviation service provider SaxonAir has once again been recognised for its services, this time by International Transport News Magazine Logistics, Warehouse & Supply Chain Awards 2018.

With their expanding and diverse fleet of managed aircraft ranging from the ultra-long range Gulfstream G550 through to a fleet of VIP Agusta A109 Helicopters, SaxonAir are continually ensuring it meets its customers strong demands for charter flights throughout the world and enabling it to maintain a strong presence in the private aviation industry.

The Logistics, Warehouse & Supply Chain Awards aim is to recognise and celebrate the achievements made by companies, teams and individuals in the industry which is the true backbone of business. International Transport News prides itself on the validity of its awards and winners. The awards are given solely on merit and are awarded to commend those most deserving for their ingenuity and hard work, distinguishing them from their competitors and proving them worthy of recognition.

Chris Mace, SaxonAir’s Group Commercial Director says “We are delighted to receive this award and it goes to highlight the great efforts that our team of experienced and dedicated staff go to in ensuring that every element of detail is planned and executed to the highest of standards.”

Discussing the awards, Steve Simpson, Awards Coordinator commented: “These awards pay showcase the very best firms and the individuals driving them from across this vital sector. I am proud to offer my congratulations to my winners and wish them the best of luck for the future.”

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