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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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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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SaxonAir Helicopters Ground Operations & Charter Manager nominated for BACA Young Person of the Year award

The Baltic Air Charter Association have introduced a new award category for young people at their annual award luncheon this October. The purpose of the Young Person of the Year Award is to provide recognition for young people who have made an outstanding start to their career in aviation. The nomination criteria specified that nominees should have made a significant impact with their work but are still 25 years of age or younger. Key factors in selecting a short list were enthusiasm, positive attitude, initiative and a passion for aviation.  The new Young Person of the Year Award reflects how brokers are accepting and embracing new entrants to the industry.

Max Randall,  Head of Ground Operations and Charter Manager at SaxonAir was shortlisted as one of the final three nominated contenders –  In the relatively short time that Max has been with SaxonAir he has become a very well-known and respected industry character and an excellent ambassador for his company. SaxonAir knows that if Max is looking after a flight, it will go well and excellent customer service is guaranteed!

SaxonAir are very proud to have been a part of the final nominations with Max and reward him on his continuous development and commitment in his role in the company.

BACA Chairman Richard Mumford comments “I believe this Award is a great step forward in encouraging and rewarding young people in the air charter industry. We have received some incredible nominations for the Young Person of the Year Award and the Council certainly had its work cut out in selecting a winner.  I look forward to presenting the Award at the BACA Autumn lunch and congratulate all those who have participated for such a high standard of entries.”

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SaxonAir fly into new partnership with iconic Welsh rugby club, Pontypool RFC

Private air charter operator, SaxonAir, is pleased to announce that it has has entered into a major commercial partnership with one of the founding clubs of the Welsh Rugby Union, Pontypool RFC, for the 2016/17 WRU National Championship campaign.

The new partnership will see the SaxonAir brand being proudly displayed on the rear primary position of the iconic Pontypool RFC jersey, in addition to numerous marketing initiatives being activated to raise awareness of the aviation specialist’s modern fleet of aircraft and operating bases located throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.

“SaxonAir is delighted to have partnered with one of the foremost historical Welsh rugby clubs in Pontypool RFC for the coming Championship campaign,” said SaxonAir’s group commercial director, Christopher Mace.

“Providing a quality and convenient travel solution to sporting events all around the country forms a substantial part of our remit to our diverse client base and we view our partnership with Pontypool RFC as the perfect opportunity to showcase our ability to transport both small and large parties to their desired destination with an exceptional level of service.

“But first and foremost, the club has demonstrated a huge ambition to bring silverware back to Pontypool this season and we look forward to taking that journey with them over the next year.”

On welcoming SaxonAir to the club, Pontypool RFC chief executive officer, Ben Jeffreys, said: “We are thrilled to have aligned with one of the fastest growing private air charter operators in the United Kingdom and it is great to have SaxonAir join our commercial family.

“The partnership is a demonstration of our ambition to further advance Pontypool RFC off the field as a rewarding commercial proposition for any ambitious organisation, with the central goal of enabling us to continue to achieve great things on the field.

“SaxonAir share our ambition for success and approach their objectives with the same positive culture that we strive for in Pontypool. I have no doubt that our shared values will lead to a highly successful partnership between both parties.”

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SaxonAir support British GT Championship driver Seb Morris

Last Sunday SaxonAir were thrilled to support British racing driver Seb Morris as he competed at Snetterton Race Circuit in the Team Parker Racing Bentley Continental GT3.

The Sunoco Whelen Challenge front-runner also goes into next month’s season finale at Donington Park third in the title race after he and team-mate Rick Parfitt Jnr raced to their fifth podium of the season.

SaxonAir are looking forward to supporting Seb and will be cheering the team on at Donington Park on the 10/11 September.

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SaxonAir congratulate DMS racing team on victory last weekend

On Sunday 8th May SaxonAir were part of a very successful day with DMS Racing Team. The team flew with SaxonAir Private Air Travel to the Britcar Championship at Snetterton Circuit following onto a victorious win in their Ferrari 458.

Our helicopter operations officer Edward Barrett was lucky enough to watch the 4 hour endurance race and witness the celebrations after managing the teams travel arrangements for the day.

We wish the team the best of luck with the rest of the Championship!

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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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SaxonAir tenant customer NHV launch rebrand

SaxonAirs tenant customer NHV operate under it’s new brand as of December 2015.

The rebranding process started shortly after the acquisition of the Blueway Group last year. As a result NHV doubled in size and has become a considerable player in the global helicopter services industry. The new brand reflects the unification of the two groups.

The new NHV brand is founded on its original core values of: Safety, Transparency, Ownership, People and Partnership. The rebranding includes a change in the visual identity. A key element in this makeover is the new logo. The logo redesign reflects the groups’ evolution from a small-scale helicopter operator providing maritime services for the local harbor to an international group providing a wide range of helicopter services to our partners.

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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 launch official partnership with Norwich City Football Club

SaxonAir Charter Ltd based at Norwich International airport is pleased to announce the official partnership with Norwich City Football Club as the preferred air travel provider for the club having been supplying aircraft charter services to Norwich City FC since the company was formed over eight years ago.

SaxonAir’s charter service provides dedicated aircraft for individuals and groups of people to travel to destinations otherwise not served by airliners. Flying with SaxonAir enables customers to travel to their own schedule with people they want to fly with, not forgetting the ability to work or completely relax en route.

Alex Durand, SaxonAir CEO said “We are delighted to develop our relationship with Norwich City Football Club, as we welcome their return to the Premier League. Our partnership enables us to enhance our services to the club, players and staff, and also to develop travel options for supporters. We also welcome the initiative from the club to work closer with partner businesses to collectively strengthen the profile of Norwich and the local region.”

SaxonAir are based from headquarters at Norwich Airport, with aircraft located in Norwich, London and other key European cities.

Stephen Hobin, Norwich City Football Club’s Head of Partnership’s says “We are really pleased to build upon our already great relationship with SaxonAir.  The partnership see’s the clubs first team and backroom staff fly to a selection of away fixtures using aircraft based at SaxonAir’s headquarters at Norwich International Airport. He goes on to say “Our geographical location lends itself to flying to away games when travelling long distances to give the team the best possible preparation.  As the partnership grows we are looking to work closely with the team at SaxonAir to extend their great services to our supporters and commercial business partners”.

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NHV showcase new H175 at SaxonAir

SaxonAir’s tenant offshore helicopter operator NHV showcased their new H175 helicopter at our business aviation centre this morning when it visited Norwich Airport on it’s way up North. The aircraft will operated from NHV’s base in Aberdeen.

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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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Centrik spurs growth for SaxonAir

Norwich-based SaxonAir is the latest aviation provider to discover how Centrik, the cloud-based management system from Total AOC, has enhanced its operations.

SaxonAir, which provides a diverse range of aviation services ranging from fixed-wing and helicopter charter flights to FBO support and aircraft sales, has deployed Centrik to successfully transition an array of diverse systems such as safety management, compliance monitoring and intranet all into one central location.

As a result of the changes, SaxonAir is improving the efficiency of its business management, consolidating the wide ranging activities of the company.

Alex Durand, CEO, SaxonAir, says: “We already had management systems in place but wanted to have something that was truly ‘best practice’ to help the business grow. We looked into Centrik after being encouraged by a major industry influencer, and since its introduction it has really helped us to manage more effectively and allow concentration on growth.”

All staff log in to Centrik at the start of each day, allowing instant sharing of information across the business, allocations of tasks and updates to management on the status of employees and operations alike.

The impact has been positive across the business. Durand says: “We use Centrik for both air charter and aircraft handling operations, and although these are very different activities, it has worked very well across the board with customer audits having also provided very positive feedback.”

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SaxonAir sponsor Swaffham Rugby Club

SaxonAir have sponsored Swaffham’s U11 & U12 Rugby teams this Christmas. At the club lunch prior to the 1st XV clash against Wymondham Chris Mace, one of the founders of SaxonAir presented the U11 & U12 squads with new playing kit. ‘The club would very much like to Chris and SaxonAir for their support for these young players.’

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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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SaxonAir Luxury Lifestyle & Travel Showcase

SaxonAir held their first showcase at their Business Aviation Centre on November the 20th. The Luxury Lifestyle & Travel event was held to present some of SaxonAirs latest services and aircraft and familiarise SaxonAir and SaxonAir core values.

The showcase also featured other bespoke luxury brands including Bell Helicopters, Kahn Design, Stratton Motor Company, Textron Aviation, Balblair Whiskey, Gillian Weir, Peter Watts Wines and many more. SaxonAir were delighted with solid attendance throughout the day, and were delighted with the positive feedback received by numerous individuals and organisations.

We are grateful to our luxury partners for providing such wonderful items on display and fantastic catering. Naturally, we extend our sincere thanks to all visitors and look forward to hosting a similar event in the future.

You can view pictures from the event on our Facebook Page

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Red Arrows return to SaxonAir for 50th Anniversary

SaxonAir once again hosted the Royal Air Force Red Arrows this year, one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams. The team are renowned throughout the world, acting as ambassadors of Great Britain. 

The Reds visited us at our Business Aviation Centre at Norwich Airport on Friday 22nd August, SaxonAir always look forward to hosting the team at the airport and were especially privileged to be a part of their ongoing celebration for their 50th display season.

This year the Reds mark their 50th Anniversary of display seasons from their first in 1965. A number of activities are planned in the coming months to highlight this milestone occasion and the Team hope people will join in and share the celebration. It is an opportunity for the Red Arrows to thank supporters from both the United Kingdom and overseas for their continued, and valued, interest in the Team.

Use #Reds50 on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all of the news on the 50th display season and follow the Team @rafredarrows or like RAF Red Arrows on Facebook.



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SaxonAir and Falck Safety Services join to launch new offshore training course

Leading offshore safety training provider Falck Safety Services (Falck) has joined forces with aviation provider SaxonAir in Norwich to offer helicopter safety training to correspond with new offshore regulations.
 
Falck, which is based in Aberdeen and Teesside, will provide specialist safety courses at SaxonAir’s Business Aviation Centre Headquarters at Norwich International Airport ahead of new UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) helicopter regulations, introducing Category A Emergency Breathing Systems (EBS).
 
The new EBS equipment was recently approved by the UK CAA as part of a series of measures to increase the safety of offshore helicopters. The new course and equipment are now an industry requirement due to the updated guidelines which come into force on 1 September 2014, and stipulate passengers will not be allowed to sit on the inside seats of a helicopter travelling to and from offshore installations without EBS. From 1 January next year, all passengers will be required to wear the device.
 
Colin Leyden, managing director for Falck said: “The latest UKCAA safety requirements for offshore helicopter transportation are an important step forward. Falck has been closely involved with the process surrounding the EBS system development, with rigorous training and testing carried out ahead of launching the course.”
 
“The training at Norwich will ensure that companies comply with the new regulations, putting the safety of offshore workers at the forefront of their operations. Our partnership with SaxonAir in Norwich will allow us to deliver seamless and quality training to individuals based or living in the East Anglian region.”
 
Falck Safety Services, which delivers realistic training in a safe and controlled environment using state-of-the-art industry standards, has recently invested more than £3.5m in its UK training facilities. The firm, which has 32 training centres across the world, has strong industry expertise servicing the global oil and gas, shipping, renewable energy, military and aviation industries, and last year trained over 340,000 people.
 
SaxonAir’s £6.5m Business Aviation Centre is strategically located to serve the Southern North Sea energy sector and currently handles over 50,000 offshore passengers and 700 tonnes of freight movements per year.

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SaxonAir titled Best Private Jet Service at the National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards

We are thrilled to announce that SaxonAir have been titled the Best Private Jet Service at the National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards this year. The National Luxury & Lifestyle Awards is a British awards ceremony held by the Chelsea Monthly Magazine celebrating the best luxury products, brands and services.

Lucy Coleman, Editor at Chelsea Monthly commented ‘The list of brands nominated this year shows that there is a consistent rise of luxury consumers. The majority of luxury consumers define luxury now by the e intrinsic values such as quality, exclusivity and craftsmanship, over external factors like brand visibility. Most luxury consumers are advocates for brands they like , with 90 percent speaking about brands, with their key motivations being superior quality, design and customer service’

We’d like to thank everyone who voted and has supported us. Well done to all our staff who’ve worked extremely hard resulting in the award.

 

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SaxonAir expand helicopter operation

SaxonAir has announced the issue of their new rotary Air Operators Certificate (AOC). This latest development through approval from the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will allow SaxonAir to expand their helicopter operations into new markets with the addition of further helicopters to deal with the demand being received.

SaxonAir have been operating its private jet fleet on their fixed-wing AOC for over seven years and in which time the aircraft fleet has expanded rapidly to include the growing development of private aircraft under management.   SaxonAir’s rotary operations will trade under the name SaxonAir Helicopters having previously being carried out by the AOC of London Helicopter Centres.

SaxonAir Helicopters operates leisure and business charters, pleasure flights for the tourism industry across East Anglia and the Norfolk Broads, agricultural survey contracts, aerial filming and photography, as well as specialist tasks for the energy and renewables industry.

Anna Loake, pilot and head of ground operations says, ‘We have been operating helicopters at SaxonAir for several years now, but the addition of our own operating licence enables us to fully enhance business opportunities and develop our scope and area of operations.’ 

SaxonAir Helicopters forms part of the Klyne Aviation Group, which includes private and business jet aviation specialists SaxonAir Charter, ground handling and offshore support business SaxonAir Flight Support and the newly formed SaxonAir Aircraft Sales.

To contact SaxonAir’s dedicated helicopter charter team call +44 (0)1603 518115 or email heliops@saxonair.com.

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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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Local school children visit SaxonAir to learn more about the Aviation industry

26 children from Heather Avenue Infant School in Hellesdon visited SaxonAir on the 3rd of February where they were shown around the facility and taught some basics on aviation.

‘Foxes class’ learned the process from check-in to take off and were shown around of SaxonAirs private jets and a Dan Copter helicopter. The children learnt lots about what goes on at the Business Aviation Centre, where the offshore aircraft go and everything that happens behind the scenes.

Teacher Wendy Howes said ‘The visit tied in with the class’s geography and citizenship curriculum, where they are learning about people, places and jobs in the world around them. The children really enjoyed it, they got a chance to do something that they would never normally do.’

A great time was had by all and rest assured when asked at the end of the visit who wanted to be a pilot when they grew up, all hands were up!

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SaxonAir host the Red Arrows again in 2013

Once again SaxonAir was asked to host one of the world’s premier aerobatic teams, the Royal Air Force Red Arrows.  The team are renowned throughout the world, acting as ambassadors of Great Britain.

They promote the professional excellence of the Royal Air Force, assist in recruiting into the Royal Air Force, contribute to Defence Diplomacy when displaying overseas and support wider British interests through the promotion of British industry by demonstrating the capabilities of its equipment and expertise.

2013 will be the 49th display season for the Red Arrows in which they will continue to enthral, captivate and inspire millions of people both in the UK and around the world with a series of displays and flypasts at a wide variety of events.

During their stay with SaxonAir they performed twice at the Clacton Air Show and in between positioned to the South West covering the Dawlish Airshow in Devon.   More information on the Red Arrows can be found on their website, http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/

 

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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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SaxonAir marks a successful first anniversary for offshore contract

SaxonAir Flight Support Ltd has marked a key milestone in its first year of offshore ground handling with DanCopter AS.  The contract involves SaxonAir handling all Shell offshore passengers and freight from Norwich Airport on behalf of DanCopter AS of Denmark.

DanCopter were awarded the Shell contract in July 2012 to operate helicopters carrying passengers and freight to and from its platforms in the Southern North Sea, and as part of the award contracted all passenger and freight facilities, check-in, processing, security screening and briefing services to SaxonAir.  SaxonAir own and operate from a multi-million pound Business Aviation Centre at Norwich Airport which includes dedicated facilities for both private and business aviation as well as offshore passengers and freight.

The anniversary was marked with a joint open day between DanCopter and SaxonAir for all related staff, organisations and individuals involved in the operation as well as key local businesses.  Over the past 12 months as part of the contract SaxonAir has handled in excess of 42,000 passengers and processed 740 tonnes of baggage and freight.

Shell has been a leading player in the North Sea for over 30 years, using cutting-edge technology to maximise production from existing oil and gas fields and to develop new resources. In the UK sector of the North Sea, Shell produces over 12% of UK oil and gas with interests in more than 50 fields and operating more than 30 offshore installations which are capable of meeting 35% of UK gas demand.

Christopher Mace, Group Commercial Director for SaxonAir says “The offshore industry is a vital part of the UK infrastructure, our services and dedicated facilities for DanCopter and Shell enables their flights to be processed efficiently and safely.  We are very pleased to be working with DanCopter marking our first anniversary of the Shell operation, and we look forward to many more years of joint cooperation”.

SaxonAir’s Business Aviation Centre is equipped with purpose built check-in desks, passenger lounges, café and dedicated security and briefing rooms.  SaxonAir also owns and operate a modern, mixed fleet of private jets and helicopters as well as managing an extensive range of other aircraft from the world’s leading manufacturers. SaxonAir’s clients include many blue chip companies, individual business men and women, sports teams, musicians, the offshore energy industry and local private families.

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SaxonAir invests in AeroTrac™ Software as infrastructure to future growth

Private air charter operator, SaxonAir Charter Ltd has chosen AeroTrac™ Aviation MRO Process Control software from TracWare Ltd to complement their Continuing Airworthiness Management functions and future Part-145 maintenance activities.

Saxon Air’s primary criteria for choosing AeroTrac™ was the savings to be made in both cost and time by streamlining the technical, logistical, commercial and financial business processes. The software package, v.2.40 Premium Plus, integrates all transactions so that any data added in one specific screen is shared and utilised in other areas of the business leading to greater consistency and a regimented, disciplined approach in performing day to day tasks.

Alex Durand – CEO of SaxonAir – says: “We are delighted to be working with TracWare. The implementation of AeroTrac™ will help us meet our objectives by replacing existing systems with a fully integrated solution offering even greater efficiency, enhanced control and a reduction in data duplication. The software is EASA compliant and will provide the capability to accelerate processes allowing for future growth.”

SaxonAir own and operate a modern, mixed fleet of private jets and VIP helicopters as well as managing an extensive range of other aircraft from the world’s leading manufacturers. SaxonAir’s clients include many blue chip companies, individual business men and women, sports teams, musicians, the offshore energy industry and local private families.

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 the head office at Norwich and other locations around London, South of France and Greece.

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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 appoints new CEO

As part of their continued expansion, Norwich based air charter operator and flight support services company SaxonAir announces the appointment of a new CEO, Alex Durand, who takes up his new position within the company in early January 2013.

Mr Durand, 43, brings to the role over 20 years of experience in the Business Aviation sector, most recently as UK representative for the ProAir Group, Accountable Manager of Finesse Executive Ltd and prior to that, Group Managing Director for Gregg Air. His extensive experience in leadership, business planning and development, operations and safety management will support SaxonAir’s future growth and expansion and increasing presence in the international business aviation marketplace.

“I am delighted to be joining SaxonAir having watched their development with interest,” says Durand. “I am also excited about the new opportunities that I can bring through my own established network of industry relationships and experience.”

The new appointment will enable the existing Managing Director, Christopher Mace to take up a new role within SaxonAir’s parent company, Klyne Aviation as Group Commercial Director. Mr Mace’s primary focus will be to create new business opportunities for the companies within the group, including overseeing marketing activities, and maintaining a proactive commercial focus.

Chris says, “We are delighted to welcome Alex Durand into the SaxonAir team. His experience will be of great benefit to the company as it continues to excel in the business aviation market. I look forward to working with him in my new role within the Group to generate further growth within the sector.”

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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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Helicopter Flight Gift Vouchers now available from SaxonAir

SaxonAir are now selling helicopter flight gift vouchers from £125 inc. A unique gift for someone special and a wonderful way to see the beautiful Norfolk broads. Take off from Norwich Airport in our EC120 helicopter for an unforgettable experience and a bird’s eye view of beautiful Norfolk, Norwich and the stunning East Anglia coastline.

All vouchers are printed on quality card and come in their own presentation folder.

Click here or call 01603 518115 for more information.

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SaxonAir to provide new base facilities for NHV Helicopters at Norwich International Airport

SaxonAir, part of the Klyne Aviation Group announces that they have agreed terms to provide helicopter facilities and associated passenger handling services to Belgian company NHV Helicopters at their new Business Aviation centre at Norwich International Airport.

SaxonAir’s new £6.5m Business Aviation Centre was opened in May this year and offers dedicated offshore facilities. It will become NHV’s new UK operating base and the company will occupy several offices, workshops and hangar space within the building as well as making use of the passenger handling facilities.

NHV (Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen) are specialised in all kinds of helicopter operations in Belgium, the UK, France, The Netherlands and Ghana. They provide offshore operations (hoisting and deck landings), transport of passengers and freight, medical transport, pollution control, sling operations and Search & Rescue services. The fleet consist of EC155, AS365N2/N3 Dauphin, EC145, EC120 and MD Explorer helicopters.

NHV are the third tenant to take up residence in the Klyne Business Aviation Centre alongside Glennair, a Part 147 training centre, and aviation medical company, Examinair. NHV helicopter flights will start operating from the new base on 1st October 2011.

Nick Hallett, Managing Director of Klyne Aviation says, “We are delighted that NHV have chosen the Klyne Business Aviation Centre as their new UK operating base. Norwich Airport is an ideal central location for offshore operations and logistic support vital to our local economy. The apparent confidence in this class leading facility further enhances its role within the expanding local energy sector. We look forward to welcoming NHV into the building.

SaxonAir has experienced continued growth since it was established in 2007. The Private Air Charter Company owns and operates a fleet of private jets and VIP helicopters as well as offering both aircraft management and handling services.

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