Flexjet, a US fractional ownership and charter provider from Cleveland, Ohio, has purchased UK charter and management company FlairJet from previous owner Marshall Aerospace. The acquisition will allow Flexjet customers point-to-point travel between North America and Europe, using FlairJet’s base at Birmingham Airport, UK. It will also make use of FlairJet’s UK CAA air operator certificate (AOC) in Europe to fly to North Africa and the Middle East. Flexjet will operate eight Nextant 400XTis as part of its extended service, in addition to FlairJet’s existing fleet of seven managed aircraft.
Kenn Ricci, Flexjet’s chairman, said, “Our acquisition of FlairJet enables us to operate a European-based fleet of aircraft within our system – and consistent with Flexjet’s impeccable service and quality standards. Since acquiring FlairJet, we have been driving innovation in order to expand. This further validates Flexjet as a global competitor within the private aviation industry. The next natural step is to strategically continue to move into the remaining global markets.”
Raymond Jones, London-based managing director of Flexjet, added, “These initial plans will be in effect by the end of the year. We are in the process of developing additional programs that are in step with the market demands of the EMEA region, and are carefully tailored to the unique needs of private jet travelers in this part of the world.”