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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 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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