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Minister for Aviation Baroness Sugg tours SaxonAir

SaxonAir were pleased to welcome the Minister for Aviation, Baroness Sugg to the Business Aviation Centre to give her an overview of the offshore centre of excellence and SaxonAir’s charter business

Flight Support Operations & Facilities Manager John Dewing welcomed Baroness Sugg providing a tour of the aviation facility, conference rooms, and aircraft hangars.

The minister was interested to hear about SaxonAir’s diverse aviation business, specifically looking at the challenges facing the offshore and energy sectors, which form a large part of SaxonAir Flight Support business.

SaxonAir handles over 45,000 Offshore passengers with 5,500 flights per year, 500,000kg of Offshore baggage and 26,000kg Freight Offshore – alongside 3250 Fixed wing movements not including SaxonAir’s own charter business.

Also, during the visit discussions took place on what issues are effecting our industry right now and Head of Standards Howard Barber raised the issue of night airport slot restrictions in London, the impact Brexit is having on Business Aviation and John Dewing also discussed the variation in standards for NASP movements in the UK which come into force at 10 tonnes weight limit as compared to 15 tonnes in Europe.

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New Emirates aircraft is taking first class aviation to new heights!

New Boeing 777-30 aircraft, owned by Emirates, has undergone a vast upgrade, to now proudly boast private suites inspired by Mercedes- Benz.

The brand new, first-class suites are fully enclosed from floor to ceiling. With zero gravity reclining seats and virtual windows which broadcast real- time images for customers in the central suite.

Business class flyers are equipped with 23inch LCD screen and a mini bar at each seat.

Economy class has also been upgraded with a new entertainment system.

The new addition to the Emirates fleet was showcased at the Dubai Airshow in November and is now available for bookings.

… A mere £5,500 London to Dubai if you’re interested…

 

 

From: Watch: First flight of new Emirates aircraft

Dubai: Emirates’ recently unveiled Boeing 777-300 aircraft, featuring luxury cabins, has already made its first flight and a new video has been released to celebrate the milestone.

 

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Top Executive from Airbus UK warns country’s competitive edge could be threatened by Brexit

Airbus UK wings Manufacture and design could be jeopardised by more complex border checks and customs costs if British and EU processes do not remain harmonised.

Divisions in other countries are enthusiastic to secure manufacture contracts, Airbus UK Senior vice president Katherine Bennett stated;

 

 “We do build wings in China now, and believe you me they’re knocking at the door as a result of the situation that we’re in in this country,”

 

At present Airbus components are sent between plants across the continent thanks to Britain’s place in the customs union, single market and European Aviation Safety Agency. However, the extra complications which arise from Brexit could create difficulty especially when attracting investment.

 

Furthermore, 15,000 staff work for British Airbus, which is 10 percent of the global workforce. With sites in Broughton, North Wales, Filton, Portsmouth and Stevenage.

 

A written submission to the committee by ADS Group which represents Britain’s aerospace and defence sector predicts the industry could take a £1.5bn hit from extra customs expenses such as proof of origin and compliance.

 

From: Airbus UK warns Brexit threatens country’s competitive edge

The group’s top executive in the UK warns other countries are ‘knocking at the door’ to take advantage of Brexit

 

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8.9% Upsurge in Business Aviation traffic figures

This year marks the first year since 2008 of full uninterrupted traffic growth in Europe signalling a milestone for the sector!

Furthermore, the top 10 business aviation airports have also experienced positive traffic figures since January 2017.

Citing data from Eurocontrol, Brandon Mitchener, EBAA CEO, stated;

 

“October was a watershed month for business aviation movements in Europe, denoting the first full year of traffic growth since 2008, What is more, all European countries have experienced traffic growth since January 2017, and all the top 10 business aviation airports in Europe have seen positive traffic figures since the beginning of the year”

 

These findings and statements refer only to the single European Sky Area, however it is expected that similar conclusions will be drawn globally.

The figures refer to departures, arrivals, internals and overflights of business aircraft.

Does this finally mean we can draw a line under the gift that keeps on giving; the 2008 recession? Dare we suspect we may be out of the shadows?

…Watch this space as the only real determiner of these suspicions can be 2018, Happy New Year fellow aviationers!

 

From: October Marks Full-Year of BizAv Traffic Growth

Brussels, 13 November 2017 – With an 8.9% upsurge in movements compared to the same period last year, October’s strong business aviation traffic figures in Europe signalled a key milestone for the sector, with the first full 12 months of uninterrupted growth in almost a decade.

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London to Paris city centres in 90 minutes…

90 minutes… A lot of occurrences in our working life can take 90 minutes…

The commute into the city, a working lunch or even a lengthy conference call… Not to mention the fact that SaxonAir can now transport you from one of the worlds capital cities to another in this time frame.

Whats better, you can arrive 5 minutes before lifting, grab a drink, and go! (drink being time sensitive, but it’s 12:00 somewhere in the world hey…)

Departing the London Heliport, Battersea you will route direct Paris via the White Cliffs of Dover and the vast open plains of Picardy. Arriving effortlessly 90 minutes later into Issy-Les-Moulineaux, Paris Heliport, just 3 miles from the Champs-Élysées.

Travelling in the latest, luxury model of the Agusta 109 series, the GrandNew; capable of cruising at 175mph and carrying up to 4 passengers on a typical London-Paris sector.

SaxonAir Helicopters enhances the experience of Northern European private air travel, through attention to detail, tailored service for each passenger, 24/7 operations staff to answer any questions and help with bookings. We believe simplicity and speed are the ultimate forms of sophistication.

… And if not for work, why not for pleasure? With Christmas shopping looming, you could spend 90 minutes driving with the masses to a shopping complex where there will be a further hours wait to park your car… Or shop in style, for french quality, that your friends and family will truly thank you for…

Click here to see SaxonAir’s helicopter fleet! 

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$26.3 Million Invested in Latest Fighter Jet Tech

As if fighter jets weren’t intimidating enough, they now come armed with lasers!

A high power experimental laser will be developed by Lockheed Martin as part of US Air Force’s SHiELD programme.

The $26.3 million contract, will see the fibre laser being tested on a fighter jet by 2021 allowing threats to be tackled from the air.

The development demonstrates how laser weapon system technologies are becoming a reality.

 

 

 

From: Lockheed to develop experimental laser for fighters
Lockheed Martin has received a $26.3 million contract to develop and produce a laser than can be tested on a fighter jet by 2021.

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SaxonAir picks it’s charitable causes for 2017/18

This year, as ever, has been a busy and successful one for SaxonAir.

We’ve seen our 10th birthday, hosted the Red Arrows for a 5th consecutive year, expanded our fleet, flown some pretty incredible people and lastly but not least, set up some very exciting partnership’s with brand leaders.

In light of our successful year, and the positivity that comes with it, SaxonAir has decided to dedicate themselves to a few, very worthy, charitable causes over the next year, in more ways than one.

Hand picking 2 charitable causes to be SaxonAir’s charity of choice over the next year;

Firstly East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) are not only SaxonAir’s beloved neighbours, but now a charitable partner for the 17/18 business year. Over the past year Saxon have sponsored the EAAA polo festival, are sponsoring the ‘Only The Brave’ event and individuals from the Saxon family will be entering the race.

Being a Norfolk based business the EAAA are a cause very close to Saxon’s heart, whom anyone could need at any time. To find out more please visit; www.eaaa.org.uk

Tommy Hollis Children’s fund is the second charitable cause SaxonAir will be supporting this year. With a very close connection to the charity it truly is held fondly within in the heart of SaxonAir.

Tommy Hollis’s children fund aim to support underprivileged, sick and orphaned children through their work. Find out more; http://www.tommyhollisfund.co.uk/tommyhollisfund/Home.html

Finally, Saxonair will also be partaking in various other approved charitable causes. An example of this is later on this month, where SaxonAir will be sending aid to Sierra Leone in order to help with the humanitarian crisis currently in situ.

Aid will be sent not only via funds raised and toys for the children, but SaxonAir will also be sending their Head of Marketing, Jennifer Bullock, to partake in the work in Freetown, where the mudslide devastated communities in August.

Jennifer, on behalf of SaxonAir, will be working with StreetChild to help those children left homeless and in some cases parentless to try and build a foundation for them to restart their lives on. Jennifer will also be giving Street Child some free marketing consultation to ensure they have the facility to expose the issues they are facing to the western world. To find out more about this campaign and the work being partaken please follow;
https://www.justgiving.com/saxoninsierra

All in all, this year looks as though it is going to be an equally successful one, and if we can help those who need it in the process, then that is all the more reason to continue the hardwork.

 

To find out more on SaxonAir’s charity work, or to make a donation to any of the causes please do not hesitate to contact us on; Jennifer.bullock@saxonair.com

 

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The Red Arrows hit bullseye at SaxonAir HQ

It’s that time of year again!

It always excites us to host the Red Arrows but this year more than most as they are gracing us with their presence, not once… But twice!

On July 20th and August 24th– 25th SaxonAir have the pleasure of hosting the Red Arrows as they use our facilities for commuting to numerous air shows over these periods.

We love hosting the red’s, and to be honest we’re continually flattered by their love of our HQ here at the Klyne Business Aviation Centre.

Being a company of aviation geeks, lovers and enthusiasts it’s also rather exciting knowing we have some of the best fighter jet pilots in the world sat in our lounge!

So if you are local to our HQ in Norwich, keep your eyes peeled this Thursday for some pretty exciting skyline activity over Norfolk…

The weather is set to be fine and dry (but we are talking about British weather, with 4 days to go!) So we expect to see a few friendly faces along the perimeter of the Klyne Business Aviation Centre too.

4 days and counting…. Not that we’re excited….

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Fly privately this summer with SaxonAir, for 75% of the price…

We’ve just published our July empty legs for 2016. There’s a range of destinations available to fly to with us this summer and please remember that these are updated daily so there’s always more to come!

Top of our popular list currently are;

✈ London to Nice

✈ London to Bari, Italy

✈ London to Malaga

✈ London to Palma, Majorca

SaxonAir Empty legs are created when we’re flying to our next destination with no passengers on board however sometimes there are returns a few days after so keep an eye out for those. Please note the price of our empty legs is for the whole aircraft not per passenger, sometimes the price can be as little as £100 each, considering you’re flying on a private jet that’s got to be worth it!

 

 

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Norwich Airport second in top 30 UK airports for annual traffic growth

The positive trend for passenger traffic at Norwich Airport is confirmed in the latest CAA UK official UK airport annual traffic results released on 13th March 2014.

The report lists Norwich Airport as seventh in the UK for annual traffic growth 2013 compared to 2012 (for airport with annual traffic of twenty thousand passengers or more).  Total passengers are listed at 463,401 versus 396,676 being a 17% increase in people from the region using the city’s airport year on year.

However, of the top 30 UK airports Norwich International growth is second overall for the percentage increase year on year (see attached map).

Offshore helicopter traffic enjoyed yet another year of record growth with over 98,000 passengers travelling offshore, an increase of 18% on the previous year with Norwich now the UK’s second busiest offshore heliport after Aberdeen.

Andrew Bell, the airport’s Chief Executive commented, “Posting strong passenger growth is good news for the airport and the region, as ultimately the flights that are operated from the airport must be used by the travelling public if they are to remain on offer.  We recognise that we still have a great deal to do in order to satisfy the demands of the region’s business and leisure travelers alike and we are working hard to bring back routes that proved popular in the past, and to identify new route opportunities.  However, the CAA result, with Norwich second out of the top 30 UK airports, is testament to the hard work the airport has undertaken over the past few years and confirmation that Norwich Airport is moving in the right direction”.

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SaxonAir experiences significant air charter growth through business sector

 Norwich based SaxonAir Charter Ltd has seen a record increase in air charter use during the first six months trading of 2013.

Aeroplane charter hours for the first half of the year increased by over 65% against the same first six months trading of 2012, with Helicopter charter hours at its Norwich base up by 41% in the same period.    Christopher Mace, Group Commercial Director, believes this positive news is a further sign of increased business activity from the UK as companies see the value in optimising travel time for key staff away from both the office environment and family life. SaxonAir has recently undertaken a campaign to promote private air charter to the business community highlighting the time saving benefits, flexibility and potential boost in productivity that can be gained by using the service.

“Air Charter is not necessarily about living a luxury lifestyle, being served champagne and caviar on-board” advises Mr Mace.  “The majority of our clients are in fact businesses who appreciate that air charter enables them to make the very best use of their time with pre-cleared check-ins, the ability to undertake work on board in private and secure surroundings as well as landing at private airports closer to their destination not served by the airlines.”

Travelling with scheduled airlines can take you out of the office for several days, driving to major airports and adjusting your day to fit into the airline schedule – plus there’s the stress of delays or missing your flight if your meeting over-runs, lengthy check-in queues and pricy city hotel stopovers.  With SaxonAir’s air charter service you can be in the air within minutes of arriving at your local airport, arrive refreshed and ready for a productive day’s business being back home to your family that evening – and back at your desk the next morning ensuring your business keeps flowing.

There is no substitute for meeting face to face” adds Mace, “a major contract could be in the balance, presentations to be given or multiple sites to visit.  These are many of the reasons when our business clients use the service as part of their overall transport solutions.  The increased use of our aircraft in the first half of this year is down to a better understanding of air charter, our staff’s commitment to customer service and the varied modern aircraft fleet that we can offer”.

 SaxonAir operates from their headquarters in Norwich alongside operating bases in London, Cannes and Thessaloniki in Greece.  The varied aircraft fleet on offer ranges from entry level Citation Mustang jets to midsize Hawker 900XP and both a single and twin engine helicopter fleet.  In its six years of operation the SaxonAir group of companies has continued to expand and today sees its total number of staff at almost 50, bringing a significant boost to the East Anglian region’s economy and infrastructure at Norwich International Airport.

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