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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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SaxonAir take delivery of the stunning Embraer Legacy 500

London Stansted Airport, United Kingdom, 23rd February 2017 – SaxonAir is delighted to announce the addition of one of the most advanced super midsized business jets to its extensive fleet, after taking delivery of the brand-new Embraer Legacy 500, G-SUEJ.

Powered by the state-of-the-art Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion avionics suite, the Legacy 500 is the first aircraft in its category to feature digital flight controls based on Fly-By-Wire technology. The system is further bolstered with graphical flight planning, auto brakes and Synthetic Vision.

G-SUEJ is the first Legacy 500 to be based in London and SaxonAir chief executive officer, Alex Durand, believes that the aircraft’s class-leading performance and comfort qualities has established a luxurious niche for its customers departing from the nation’s capital.

He said: “The Legacy 500’s capability to take-off from shorter airfields establishes a tremendous opportunity for our customers to travel from airports closer to their destination such as London City Airport, which is notoriously problematic for many other aircraft in its category to operate from.

“Combine this with the aircraft’s ability to fly over 3,000 nautical miles and reach destinations such as Dubai non-stop, the Legacy 500 will facilitate the requirements of practically any business or leisure customer.”

Passengers who travel on G-SUEJ will experience a fully-equipped wet galley and the latest in cabin connectivity – including WIFI, SatPhone and a high-definition inflight entertainment, displayed on multiple 19” full HD screens with individual touchscreen and wireless iPad/iPhone controls.

The Legacy 500’s 6 ft. tall and 6 ft. 10 in. wide cabin is amongst the largest in its class and its 110 cubic feet of main baggage capacity, complemented by a generous inflight-accessible baggage compartment and cabin stowage space, enables travellers to carry additional luggage for longer journeys.

“The addition of the Legacy 500 and its exceptional qualities to our already versatile fleet demonstrates our commitment and ability to deliver the most modern, advanced and luxurious experience for our customers,” continued Durand.

“With its functionality to berth its six club seats and spacious divan into four beds for longer journeys, the Legacy 500 will deliver a complete solution to our customers.

“Combine this with the Legacy 500’s cabin altitude of just 6,000 feet at high altitude and reputation as a leading player for exceptionally low cabin noise, our customers will arrive at their destination feeling increasingly refreshed.”

Additional to its impressive capabilities, the Legacy 500 wowed the aviation industry last November after it set a new benchmark for reaching continental and transoceanic routes in record time, thanks to its two Honeywell HTF7500E engines, the greenest in their class.

To learn more about SaxonAir’s new Embraer Legacy 500, please visit www.saxonair.com/legacy500.

SaxonAir’s new Embraer Legacy 500 can be booked for charter by contacting its dedicated sales team by telephone on +44 (0) 1603 518 118 or via email at charter@saxonair.com.

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Brand new Legacy 500 available from SaxonAir for flights in 2017

We’re thrilled to announce the arrival of another brand new Embraer aircraft onto the SaxonAir fleet. The 10 seat ‘super midsize’ Legacy 500 is now in the UK after being flown over from the factory in Brazil and is available for quote requests now! If you have any specific questions regarding the aircraft please don’t hesitate to contact our sales team to find out more.

  • 3,125nm range
  • Ultra quiet cabin
  • High speed cruise mach 0.82
  • Vacuum lavatory with cabin window
  • Ovation cabin management system
  • iPad/iPhone control connectivity
  • 155 cubic feet baggage space
  • Fly-by-wire technology

 

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SaxonAir enhances diversity in its fleet with the addition of two new aircraft

Private aircraft operator and aviation service provider SaxonAir has continued its expansion and diversity following the addition of a further two new generation aircraft to its fleet.

The Embraer Phenom 300 light jet is being operated from London Stansted Airport. The aircraft has won the award for ‘the most delivered business jet’ for the past two years and with seating up to nine passengers in its spacious light cabin, the aircraft is ideal for inter-European flights and can be suited for either business or leisure use.

Jack Hellewell, SaxonAir Charter Sales Manager says ‘The Phenom is proving to be a well-liked aircraft, we’ve received many requests since its launch from industry and our private clients. Its baggage hold is the largest it its class and this is an important commodity when our customers choose their aircraft. It can fly with ease towards 2,000nm, it’s a great extension to our fleet.’

SaxonAir are also delighted to announce the delivery of their 2016 model AW109SP GrandNew Helicopter that will be operated from North London. The helicopter was delivered new from from the manufacturer, Leonardo in Milan at the end of September and will be the newest of its type in the UK, seating up to 7 passengers in its luxurious cream leather interior.

The brand new helicopter showcases an array of advanced features including; private cabin intercommunication system, 4 axis autopilot, super silent sound proofing, USB connections and traffic avoidance systems.

Christopher Mace, SaxonAir’s Group Commercial Director says ‘Both additions to our fleet represent SaxonAir’s commitment to our customers’ requirements by supplying the very latest in technology and further enhancements in capability. Clients are already enjoying the new aircraft and all the comforts they provide.’

To charter the Phenom 300 aircraft contact our charter sales team charter@saxonair.com and for helicopter enquiries heliops@saxonair.com.

 

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SaxonAir enhance on board safety as crew undertake specialist training through MedAire

SaxonAir Charter Ltd, one of the leading UK based private air charter companies has invested in enhanced training for their crew on in-flight health and safety. The training ensures all staff on board are able to better deal with any illness or injuries that may arise mid-flight, in addition to their standard crew training.

The course was held by MedAire, a health and safety company for crew of airlines in business aviation and yachts, and the crew qualified after a period of intense training at Inflite Jet Centre, Stansted Airport. The course taught crew members the skills to successfully and confidently respond to medical events before, during and after a flight, integrating first responder training with the medical kits that are available on board an aircraft and is taught by instructors from medical, triage & aviation backgrounds.

Phil Stead, Head of SaxonAir Crew Training says ‘I believe it is accepted by the pilots and cabin staff that following attendance of the MedAire course, they are now better prepared to meet today’s increased demand for passenger safety and welfare in addition to SaxonAir’s ongoing commitment to enhancing training requirements to facilitate a safer and more acceptable environment for our clients.’

In addition to the course, SaxonAir made it their highest priority to purchase defibrillators for their longer range aircraft ensuring maximum safety to all passengers and crew. This is not a standard requirement in the industry so the company is proud to be one of few to have invested in this equipment. Pilots and flight attendants of SaxonAirs midsize & heavy jet fleet are now proficient in dealing with illness and injury in many areas including; CPR techniques and AED use, hypoxia signs and response, altitude physiology & trauma management.

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SaxonAir and The World Is Yours partner for operation of Hawker 750

Private air charter operator SaxonAir announces the addition of a Hawker 750 midsize jet to their aircraft fleet. The Hawker began operation in late June following a joint management partnership with London based air concierge company The World Is Yours.

The Hawker 750 will be based alongside SaxonAir’s existing Hawker 900XP and 400XP fleet in London Luton, serving to the ever growing London air charter marketplace. London Luton is now one of the top 10 busiest private jet airports in Europe and acts as SaxonAir’s main operating hub airport.

Alex Durand, SaxonAir CEO says ‘The Introduction of another Midsize Hawker aircraft onto the charter fleet gives further flexibility to our clients and partnering with The World Is Yours brings further opportunities that can arise by bringing together two separate but related aviation companies with the same desire to providing a high degree of service and quality to the clientele.’

The World Is Yours offers global aircraft concierge services based within London and partnered with SaxonAir in order to provide commercial charter services with SaxonAir’s worldwide AOC operation. Also holding a strong background in aircraft management, The World Is Yours provides support for privately operated aircraft. Alex Cope, owner of The World Is Yours adds ‘Our clients upgraded from ownership of a light-jet to the larger Hawker and we partnered with SaxonAir due to their Hawker experience and similar client attention detail.  The 750 has excellent capability in range without compromising in the use of smaller private airfields, allowing our clients to get closer to their destination’

The Hawker 750 has a similar executive interior layout and large cabin oval design to the Hawker 900XP with additional advantageous external luggage capacity. The aircraft has recently been refurbished throughout with a luxurious, light interior seating up to 9 passengers with hot food capability from the well-appointed galley area and bright glow white external paintwork.

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SaxonAir enters worldwide aircraft operation as Gulfstream G550 joins the fleet

Private air charter operator SaxonAir announces the addition of a Gulfstream G550 heavy jet to their aircraft fleet. The Gulfstream began operation in late May and will be the only G550 type operated from its base in London Stansted airport.

With the addition of the G550 SaxonAir have successfully gained a worldwide AOC enabling them to fly to the most popular destinations all over the globe. This aircraft has almost unrivalled range with the capability of journeys in excess of 6000nm, meaning it can fly nonstop from London to Los Angeles, Cape Town or Hong Kong. The G550 is a proven aircraft with a worldwide fleet having collectively flown over 1 million flying hours.

Operating a long range heavy jet accommodating up to 16 passengers in the fleet brings many advantages to SaxonAir in the wide capability that they can now offer to their clients. This particular aircraft features a generous modern stand up cabin, individual passenger entertainment systems, Wi-Fi and a full size galley providing a full bespoke menu of freshly prepared hot food on board. The interior layout comprises of three luxury cabin zones including dual opposing four place divans that can be joined together creating a comfortable double bed or two individual single beds.

Group Commercial Director, Christopher Mace says ‘The Gulfstream offers ultimate refinement and is very much the pinnacle of the aircraft charter market. It is a class above its competition on long range flights. Entering another aircraft into the London market also strengthens SaxonAir’s presence significantly and joins our other London base at Luton as well as bases at Antwerp, Carlisle and the company’s headquarters in Norwich.’

Find out more about the Gulfstream G550

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SaxonAir prepares for European sales as Nextant G90XT completes first flight

SaxonAir, a European appointed representative for Nextant Aerospace, are pleased to announce very strong sales interest following the completion of the first test flight of the Nextant G90XT turboprop.

Building on the experience and success of the 400XTi twin jet Nextant’s remanufactured King Air C90A is fitted with more efficient new generation GE H75 engines and the latest in Garmin G1000 avionics. Chris Mace, Group Commercial Director, said of the G90XT “Like the 400XTi, the G90XT is rewriting the rules by taking a good, familiar and proven aircraft and making it even better. As an operator, the G90XT is an exciting prospect not only offering great flexibility but reduced operating costs, lower scheduled maintenance figures, enhanced performance and better range.” Nextant conducted a lot of research with existing King Air C90 owners and listened to the responses, offering an attractive package which is sure to have impact within the market sector. The aircraft will benefit from several significant technology enhancements including single level power control for simplified operations and reduced pilot workload.

Nextant’s Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Ops, Captain Nathan Marker, was at the controls of the G90XT for the first flight. “The increased power was very noticeable during the take-off run,” stated Captain Marker. “I was also impressed by the lower noise levels in the cockpit. The change in position of the propellers relative to the fuselage combined with the new engine makes for a much quieter and more comfortable flight experience for passengers.”

Once flight testing and certification is completed, the G90XT will be making its European debut this summer, with the aircraft being available for viewing and test flights. Caleb Whitehead, Head of Aircraft Sales for SaxonAir spoke about the route to G90XT ownership; “The G90XT can either be offered as a remanufacture package to existing C90A owners, or with support from Nextant we can source a suitable base airframe to undergo the remanufacturing process and deliver a new aircraft to a new owner. Both routes offer some degree of flexibility, with the owner having multiple choices and customised options inside and out. All G90XT’s which leave the factory benefit from a full tip-to-tail warranty, supported by a comprehensive global network of service and support centres giving owners reassurance.”

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Nextant Aerospace Completes First Successful Flight for New G90XP Turboprop

CLEVELAND, OHIO, January 15, 2015 – Nextant Aerospace (“Nextant”), a Directional Aviation Capital company, maker of the Nextant 400XTi – the worlds only remanufactured business jet – and the forthcoming Nextant G90XT turboprop, today announced the successful completion of the first test flight for the new G90XT. The company celebrated the landmark event with a rollout celebration at their headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

“This is a very exciting day for the team at Nextant and our customer base,” said Nextant President and CEO Sean McGeough. “We announced this program just twelve months ago and we are on schedule for certification. We have great expectations for this aircraft and believe the new technology that it offers will be appealing to this market segment.”

The G90XT by Nextant Aerospace is a remanufactured King Air C90A that features the new H75 engine by GE. The aircraft will benefit from several significant technology enhancements including a fully integrated GARMIN G1000 cockpit, electronic engine control with complete exceedance protection, single lever power control technology for simplified operations and reduced pilot workload, digital pressurization, all new dual-­‐zone air-­‐conditioning for enhanced ground cooling in warm operating environments along with a significant interior upgrade for enhanced cabin comfort.

“We spent several months with existing King Air operators during our feasibility studies trying to understand what types of enhancements would significantly improve their ownership experience. We listened carefully and believe we are delivering a product that will have a large impact within this market segment,” offered Mr. McGeough. “Like our previous aircraft, the 400XTi, we’ve tried to take a good aircraft and make it a great aircraft!”

Chief Test Pilot and Vice President of Flight Operations, Captain Nathan Marker, was at the controls of the G90XT for the first flight. “The increased power was very noticeable during the take-­‐off run,” stated Captain Marker. “I was also impressed by the lower noise levels in the cockpit. The change in position

of the propellers relative to the fuselage combined with the new engine makes for a much quieter and more comfortable flight experience for passengers.” In addition to the G90XT program, Captain Marker led the test flight program for the 400XTi. “Like we did with the 400XTi, we will spend the next several weeks running the aircraft through a full test flight envelope.”

Nextant expects the flight test program to last approximately 6 weeks and anticipates certification for the aircraft in the second quarter of this year. Once certified, Nextant will begin delivery of production aircraft immediately.

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SaxonAir commences commercial flight operations with Europe’s first Nextant 400XTi

SaxonAir have welcomed the first Nextant 400XTi light jet onto their operating fleet.  The aircraft is operated under SaxonAir’s Air Operators Certificate (AOC) and will be available for commercial charter alongside flights undertaken on behalf of the owner.

This aircraft is the first of the latest 400XTi variant to be delivered into Europe, which sees it operating alongside six of the earlier successful XT variants, and the first of the type into the UK. The operation comes just months after SaxonAir were awarded the exclusive sales representation rights for Nextant Aerospace products throughout the UK and Ireland together with general coverage into many other areas of Europe.

The spacious feature packed cabin incorporating fingertip climate control, sculpted wide 4-axis lateral tracking club seats and an espresso machine has proven incredibly popular with passengers. Using the latest technology including modern Williams International engines enables the 400XTi to fly further and fastest then similar aircraft, yet offers a much quieter cabin and a significant reduction in operating costs.

“We’re really pleased to add the Nextant to our fleet alongside our already very popular Hawker 400XP. Our current customer base will be able to benefit from the Nextant’s outstanding range whilst also enjoying the same high levels of comfort. The Nextant has a charter range in excess of 1700nm opening up destinations such as Istanbul” says Lee McGahan, SaxonAir Charter Manager.

The project to gain approvals in the operation of the Nextant has come about from a collaboration of various departments and specialists within SaxonAir’s group of companies.  In excess of 6,000 hours go into the remanufacturing of each aircraft and the type has now proven its capabilities on a global scale – with the combined fleet reaching a 50,000 flight hour milestone.

SaxonAir’s private charter fleet now consists of the Citation Mustang, Hawker 400XP, Nextant 400XTi, King Air 350 and two Hawker 900XP aircraft alongside various Eurocopter helicopters.

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The Nextant G90XT Takes Flight

Nextant Aerospace unveiled the cockpit mockup of their remanufactured King Air G90XT at the GE Aviation booth at EAA on Monday 7th July. Attendees at the unveiling were the first to see full-scale mock-ups of the G90XT’s “cockpit of the future” and of the GE H75 engine.

Nextant has already taken delivery of the first shipped set of engines and is on track for certification of the King Air-derived remanufactured aircraft by year end. The new-generation H75 turboprop saves weight compared to the PT-6 it replaces and benefits from GE’s broad experience in several key aspects. Major savings are expected in operating costs thanks to reduced fuel consumption, no hot sections and 4,000 hour TBO.

“It’s exciting to bring some of our latest design and engineering technology to Oshkosh for their first ever public appearance”, said Nextant President Sean McGeough. “Nextant is redefining the business aviation industry by combining the reliability of highly-successful business aircraft with the latest technology in engines, avionics and cabin comfort. With our unique remanufacturing process we create as-new aircraft with performance that will match or surpass comparable new models for half the purchase price. That’s the transformational message we’re sending from Oshkosh to business aircraft customers everywhere.”

The G90XT also features an array of advanced technology from integrated electronic engine management and single-lever power control to the latest enhanced Garmin G1000 glass cockpit, digital pressurization and an all-new environmental cooling system. Like its jet stable mate the 400XTi, the G90XT also features a handcrafted interior, reduced cabin noise and aerodynamic refinements.


Find out more about the G90XT

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SaxonAir appointed as the UK sales representative for Nextant Aerospace

Nextant Aerospace (“Nextant”), maker of the Nextant 400XTi – the world’s only complete remanufactured business jet – and the G90XT turboprop, has announced an expansion of its European Sales Network with the appointment of Norwich based SaxonAir.

SaxonAir has been appointed as the exclusive Sales Representative for Nextant in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, and Ireland. Later this year SaxonAir will add the UK’s first Nextant 400XTi to its operation. Remanufacturing is a big topic in the UK following the recent release of an All-Party Parliamentary report on the significant potential economic and environmental advantages of remanufacturing practices ‘Remanufacturing: Towards a Resource Efficient Economy 2014’.

“As the UK emerges from its austerity programs, there is a strong focus on value for money,” said Christopher Mace, SaxonAir Group Commercial Director. “The great thing about the 400XTi is that there is no trade-off between price and performance. The aircraft has already proven itself as great value for money, with private companies and as a charter aircraft.”

Nextant’s pioneering process for remanufacturing business jets is now recognised as an established technical and commercial success worldwide with significant sales in every major operator category and class-leading levels of comfort, performance, and reliability at a purchase price a fraction of comparable new aircraft.

Forming part of the Klyne Aviation Group, SaxonAir has continued its expansion into specialist niche aviation areas and sees the creation of SaxonAir Aircraft Sales, a new dedicated aircraft sales division. “SaxonAir Aircraft Sales and our agreement with Nextant Aerospace is creating exciting new opportunities within the group and sees the recruitment of new specialist staff to continue developing our aviation capability” Mace adds.

SaxonAir’s £7 mil GBP Business Aviation Centre headquarters in Norwich will provide showroom facilities for showcasing the Nextant aircraft products with development into wider support and service centre capability.

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SaxonAir grows charter fleet with the addition of further managed aircraft

Private air charter operator SaxonAir Charter continues its growth this spring after signing an agreement to manage a further Hawker 900XP midsize jet. SaxonAir have owned and operated their own Hawker 900XP for the past two years and have over this time gained considerable experience of the aircraft and a regular client following.

SaxonAir CEO Alex Durand says ‘We are all very pleased about the addition of another Hawker 900XP to the SaxonAir fleet. The aircraft is one of the most popular types we operate and it comes online at a great time in which we have seen continued growth in our charter utilisation.’

The Hawker 900XP is the world’s bestselling midsize business jet and delivers an unrivalled combination of range, speed, payload and comfort. It can travel 2,700nm carrying up to eight passengers in comfort. This particular aircraft continues to be popular with SaxonAir’s own customers due to its spacious modern layout, cabin attendant service and hot food capability. The aircraft has already flown to destinations in Russia, Italy, France and Israel since its recent introduction onto the fleet.

The aircraft management deal will see SaxonAir providing crewing, continuing airworthiness, maintenance and operational support under commercial air charter use.  The aircraft will be based at London Luton airport increasing SaxonAir’s London presence alongside its second Hawker 900XP and the smaller Hawker 400XP light jet. SaxonAir also operates Citation Mustang entry level jets, a King Air 350 turboprop as well as a mixed helicopter fleet from its Norwich headquarters and other locations in both the UK and Europe.
To charter the Hawker 900XP contact SaxonAir’s dedicated charter team by calling +44 (0)1603 518118 or email charter@saxonair.com.

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SaxonAir adds further managed aircraft to complement air charter fleet

SaxonAir maintains its continued growth after signing an agreement to manage a Beechcraft King Air 350 on behalf of the aircraft owner, Gresley Aviation.  The aircraft has joined SaxonAir’s existing mixed charter fleet which ranges from the entry level Citation Mustang jet, to the longer range Hawker 900XP midsize jet alongside its helicopter operation.

The turbo-prop Beechcraft King Air 350 continues to be the choice of flight for many companies, government agencies and individuals from around the world. This is primarily due to its mix of comfort, economy and flexibility, giving the ability to serve both major business hubs and smaller private airfields alike.  The aircraft seats up to nine passengers with unmatched fuel efficiency and lower operating costs, seeing it as a greener option for the private business traveller.

Alex Durand, CEO of SaxonAir Charter Ltd says “We are delighted to see the King Air 350 aircraft back onto our charter fleet.  The company has operated this aircraft type for many years now and our experience was one of the major factors in the owner choosing SaxonAir for its aircraft management.”

The aircraft management deal will see SaxonAir providing crewing, continuing airworthiness and operational support for both owner operated flights and private air charter use when not in operation on behalf of Gresley Aviation.  The aircraft will operate jointly between both SaxonAir’s headquarters in Norwich and Brussels on behalf of the aircraft owner.

To charter the King Air 350 contact SaxonAir’s dedicated charter team by calling +44 (0)1603 518118 or email charter@saxonair.com.

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SaxonAir gain approval for Ski destinations, Chambery, Sion and Innsbruck

In response to high demand last year, SaxonAir has been granted approval to operate flights into ‘Category C’ airports, Chambery, Sion and Innsbruck.

Due to their mountainous position, these airfields can present difficult approach patterns, peculiar weather conditions or require special knowledge of terrain, airfield or terminal area procedures. In order to qualify for approval, our pilots have undertaken special training procedures, flying in a simulator under various configurations and scenarios. This ensures the highest of safety levels are maintained and crew receive excellent situational awareness before arriving at a new airport.

Demand for these destinations in 2009 and 2010 was high, especially during the ski season. Chambery Airport, in particular has experienced recent growth in popularity as a ‘gateway to the French Alps’ and is within easy driving distance to many well known ski resorts.

This recent development further enhances our ability to offer our clients greater choice and flexibility, providing access to a wide range of destinations not serviced by scheduled airlines or other private air charter operators.

For more information about flights to these, or any other destination, please call our operations team on +44 (0)845 1556222.

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SaxonAir announce new worldwide operating capability

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:

  1. Saves time – 77%
  2. Ability to use airports that airlines don’t serve – 69%
  3. More comfortable flight – 44%
  4. Privacy – 37%
  5. Ability to work en route – 34%
  6. 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.

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SaxonAir Announces Order for New Hawker 900XP

Norwich based private air charter operator SaxonAir has announced an order for a new Hawker 900XP. Delivery of the new aircraft is expected in Spring 2012. It is part of SaxonAir’s ongoing fleet expansion and will provide SaxonAir with their first mid-size jet offering a greater payload and range than the other aircraft in its fleet.

Chris Mace, Managing Director of SaxonAir says, “We are very excited by the new opportunities that the Hawker 900XP will offer both SaxonAir and its customers. This new aircraft will allow SaxonAir to expand its business by offering clients a greater choice of non-stop destinations with an enhanced in flight experience. We considered several other aircraft in its class, however the Hawker 900XP delivered a combination of range, speed, payload and comfort that we could not find in any other mid-size jet.”

The 900XP is the world’s best selling mid-size business jet. It can travel 2,600 nm carrying up to eight passengers and their luggage in true comfort. The stand-up cabin is spacious and well appointed with galley and full size private lavatory.

Better on board creature comforts

SaxonAir will be offering the aircraft for private charter with many of the same on board creature comforts that one would expect to find on larger sized jets; a benefit that Operations Manager, Lee McGahan describes as “right-sizing”.

We feel it is important to provide our clients with the same level of service and on board benefits that they might be used to on Super Midsize and Heavy Jets. A multi lingual flight attendant, hot food, satellite telephone and wireless internet connection will all be included as part of the first class cabin service. After all, the aircraft may be occupied for hours at a time, and it is important that the client feels as comfortable and ‘at home’ as possible”, he says.

The new aircraft is the latest variant of Hawker 125-series with excellent efficiencies and enhancements. The Honeywell engines are the newest generation and provide more take-off and cruise thrust whilst significantly improving operating efficiency and reducing fuel burn. The improved composite winglets also contribute to its increased range and fuel economy.

Sean McGeough, Hawker Beechcraft president – Europe, Middle-East and Africa, said: “We know that SaxonAir carried out a very thorough review of the market before placing this order.   It’s a testament to all of the team at Hawker Beechcraft and a reflection of SaxonAir’s previous experience with our aircraft that they have selected the 900XP.  Having our own service centre close by in Chester was also seen as beneficial in maximising aircraft availability, with the whole package providing better value and a competitive advantage to SaxonAir’s business.”

Despite recent economic conditions and bucking the trend in general aviation, SaxonAir has experienced a 12.5% increase in charter flights flown and a 65% increase in handled flights at Norwich since moving into their new £7.9m facility at Norwich Airport in May 2011.

 

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SaxonAir expands operation into Europe

Norwich based private air charter operator SaxonAir has added a second Citation Mustang G-MICE to its operation. The aircraft is part of SaxonAir’s ongoing expansion and comes at a time when their new multi-million pound Business Aviation Centre headquarters at Norwich International Airport is nearing completion.

New operating base in Europe

The aircraft will benefit from being jointly operated and marketed by both SaxonAir and Surrey based aviation company, Catreus Ltd. It will also be based from a new satellite base at Thessaloniki International Airport, Greece enabling both operators to offer private air travel in a different European region.

Christopher Mace, Managing Director for SaxonAir says, “Our existing Citation Mustang Jet has proved to be a popular choice within the European charter market. We are delighted to be able to offer the same, cost effective and personal service to new customers from a new operating base.”

The range of the Citation Mustang means that from the new European base, SaxonAir can fly clients non-stop to North Africa as well as other Southern Europe locations such as Turkey, Bulgaria, Italy and Malta.

The new aircraft matches SaxonAir’s existing Mustang aircraft and is equipped with the same latest state of the art Garmin G1000 Avionics, including Collision Avoidance Systems and latest generation new fuel efficient Pratt & Whitney PW615F engines.

Citation Mustang: the benchmark entry level business jet

“The Citation Mustang is firmly established as the benchmark entry level business jet,” Mace added. “Not only does it offer a great passenger experience, but it provides extremely cost effective and affordable flights whilst delivering the speed, efficiency and comfort that passengers expect from a private jet.”

The aircraft is managed on behalf of a private owner, who will allow SaxonAir to offer the aircraft to the charter market when not in use and is expected to spend a lot of time flying between Greece, Cyprus and the South of France.

SaxonAir’s current fleet now consists of two Hawker 400XP business jets, a King Air 350 executive propjet, two Citation Mustangs, and Eurocopter EC120 & EC135 helicopters.  This mixed fleet is operated from Norwich and other bases at Edinburgh, Redhill (nr Gatwick) and now Thessaloniki, Greece.

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