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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.

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.

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.”

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.


Offshore passenger handling
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.

SaxonAir Host the Red Arrows at Norwich International Airport

SaxonAir were delighted to welcome back and host the Red Arrows, Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team who once again used our handling facilities at Norwich Airport as its base of operations whilst featuring at the 2011 Lowestoft Air Show on the 11th and 12th August.

The Red Arrows team, which consisted of 10 aircraft, 10 pilots and a team of engineers, certainly seemed to enjoy the VIP facilities in the Business Aviation Centre and were provide with lunch and complimentary refreshments before and after display times.

Our handling team liaised with the airport for other requirements such as fuel and flight slots.

Many of the Red Arrows’ pilots and support staff have recently returned from Afghanistan and Iraq and many will be temporarily detached on operations overseas during their time with the Red Arrows.

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.

SaxonAir’s Business Aviation Centre Opens for Business

Private Air Charter company, SaxonAir has moved into its new £6.5m Klyne Business Aviation Centre at Norwich International Airport, consolidating their existing operations into one bespoke building and hangar space.

SaxonAir has experienced continued growth since it was established in 2007. The provision of the new Business Aviation Centre provides the ideal platform from which to further develop and improve operating efficiencies, further increasing their competitiveness in the business aviation market. It is the ideal handling facility for visiting aircraft and provides business travellers with an enviable first class facility to meet the growing demands of the local business aviation market.

The new state of the art Business Aviation Centre comprises of a three-storey administration and passenger handling facility sited between the two large aircraft hangars. SaxonAir’s fleet of private jets and VIP helicopters now occupy one of the hangars with staff located in its associated offices. The ground floor facilities include the main reception desk, VIP lounge, flight crew rest room, training facilities, conference room and offshore passenger handling facilities. Several of the first floor offices have been leased to other aviation related companies and there is considerable interest in the available remaining space on the second floor.

Purpose built offshore handling facilities

Discussions are taking place with several offshore helicopter and oil & gas operators regarding the lease of the purpose built second hangar and offshore passenger handling facilities. This includes four check-in desks, x-ray machines, seating for over 50 passengers and four briefing rooms. Outside, there are five dedicated AW139 size helicopter stands although larger helicopters can also be handled.

Colin Hancy, project manager for the new Klyne Business Aviation Centre says, “Norwich Airport is an ideal central location for offshore operations and logistic support.  With a mix of international and domestic routes and dedicated offshore helicopter operations, the airport is ideally placed for the expanding renewable energy sector as well as supporting the existing oil and gas infrastructure vital to our local economy. In my opinion the facilities are the very best available in the UK and will secure the business for both Norwich and the Airport for many years to come

Norwich as a new growth point for business

Norwich itself provides one third of Norfolk’s jobs and is the largest economy, in terms of employment, in the east of England. It has been prioritised by the government as a new Growth Point; an area for major housing and employment growth. It also has the largest cluster of financial services in the eastern region and is a major centre for creative/media industries and health and life sciences.  Other important business sectors include professional services, retailing, specialised engineering and tourism.

“The demand for business aviation has grown in popularity as a new generation of business executives prefer private aircraft charter as the fastest, easiest way to travel enabling business schedules to be performed to maximize individual time efficiency and overall company productivity” says Chris Mace, Managing Director of SaxonAir. “Our new Business Aviation Centre is a strong and visible expression of SaxonAir’s confidence in the local economy.”

SaxonAir joins support for region’s energy resources

SaxonAir joined business leaders and politicians from the East of England to join forces to press the Government for greater recognition and support for the region’s broad mix of energy resources.

Industry association EEEGR (East of England Energy Group) sponsored a Parlimentary reception to deliver the message that the East represents the richest and most diverse energy region in the UK, but needs public and private investment to achieve its potential.

East of England to play important potential role in UK energy market

Energy Minister Charles Hendry admitted concern that 90% of contracts for London Array, the world’s largest windfarm, had gone outside the UK and recognised the region’s disappointment at missing out on money granted to assisted areas. He also praised EEEGR’s role in bringing businesses and MPs together. “You epitomise everything we want to achieve in that area,” he said. “You have the drive, enthusiasm, commitment and your own energy and I have no doubt about the future role you will be playing.”

SaxonAir joined nearly 200 people attended the reception, which was hosted by Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis. EEEGR executive chairman Alan Barlow said the region’s energy assets and prospects mirrored Government demands for a balanced energy mix, one which was sustainable, affordable, secure and low carbon.

“Our region is a world leading all energy hub with, at a conservative estimate, £50bn worth of business to be won and a compelling case for investment. But Government’s subsidy support to Scotland and northern England creates an imperfect market”.

SaxonAir’s own Business Aviation Centre at Norwich Airport is due for completion in the second quarter of 2011 will operate as a hub for a variety of aviation logistic operations including offshore helicopters, private passenger charter and urgent freight movements.


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