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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.

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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