Charter operator Jet Exchange has been granted a worldwide AOC (air operator’s certificate), allowing it to operate globally.
The Luton Airport-based business will use the AOC primarily for operations with its Challenger 604, which can travel from the UK to New York and Kazakhstan without refueling. As part of the certification, the company also has specific approvals for operations to Svalbard in the Arctic Circle.
Jet Exchange secured the new certification with the assistance of aviation experts Total AOC, which provided full management of the approval process.
Ian Austin, managing director at Jet Exchange, said, “We’ve established a reputation for reliability with brokers, and with our worldwide AOC, we can now transport clients to destinations anywhere in the world. The Challenger 604 is an excellent choice for crossing the Atlantic, and with one refueling stop, most of the globe is reachable. We can also take on new clients with ultra-long-range aircraft and look after them globally.”
The company has already used the AOC to conduct operations to the Middle East, Hawaii, Alaska and southern Africa. Additionally, Jet Exchange’s certification from DEFRA (Department for Environmental, Food and Rural Affairs) allows it to provide pet transport using Biggin Hill, Farnborough, London Stansted and London Oxford, and is able to obtain authorization for other airports if required.
The company also holds approvals from the Canadian Transportation Agency, the US Department of Transportation, and the Federal Aviation Authority to conduct commercial operations in the USA. Jet Exchange is an approved member of the US Visa Waiver Program.