The charter booking platform has unveiled a new and extended menu of fixed-price charter routes in Europe on the Nextant 400XTi and Legacy 600, available until 31 March 2020

Private charter platform PrivateFly, a Directional Aviation company, has announced a new and extended list of discounted, fixed-price charter routes for the autumn and winter season. This follows the successful launch of its City Pairs offering earlier this year, which accounted for over 20% of its European flights in the summer period.

According to PrivateFly, its City Pairs exclusives are 30% lower than average on-demand prices on the same or an equivalent aircraft. New route pairings from London include Amsterdam, Zurich, Luxembourg, Frankfurt and Barcelona – adding to existing destinations such as Paris, Geneva and Nice. Prices start from €4,500 (£4,050) one-way between London and Paris on the 6-seat Nextant 400XTi, giving a person price of £675 if a six-strong group fly together.

Longer range pairings on the Legacy 600 include Marrakech and Moscow, and in addition to London, there are routes to and from Paris, Geneva and Nice. These prices are available for flights departing before 31 March 2020.

Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly, said: “As part of Directional Aviation’s OneSky family, access to the family fleet enables us to offer these kinds of exclusives, alongside the wider market.

“Our initial range of City Pairs proved very popular with clients over the summer. Not only for the great price but for the certainty. On these routes we can provide a guaranteed price upfront and take out some of the steps in the supply chain which are usually required to confirm the quote. By committing to volumes, on routes that are operationally efficient, we can offer our City Pairs as a fixed, one-way price upfront, with no ferry fees.

“It’s a bit like Expedia comparing all places to stay in Paris, but at the same time offering an exclusive they have negotiated with a particular hotel. Ultimately these aircraft and routes won’t be right for everyone, but for clients who are a good fit – they won’t find better prices anywhere else.”    

These are some of the PrivateFly City Pairs available to and from London. For a full list of route pairings and prices see

ROUTE PAIRING (one-way & in either direction) Nextant 400XTi (6 seats) Legacy 600 (13 seats)
London & Paris Le Bourget €4,500 (£4,050) €15,500 (£13,900)
London & Amsterdam €4,750 (£4,250) €13,500 (£12,050)
London & Geneva €6,000 (£5,350) On request
London & Zurich €6,000 (£5,350) €18,000 (£16,100)
London & Frankfurt €7,900 (£7,050) €17,000 (£15,200)
London & Barcelona €9,000 (£8,050) €20,500 (£18,300)
London & Marrakech N/A €33,500 (£29,900)
London & Moscow N/A €37,000 (£33,000)


Note to editors:

*Fixed prices are based in €, and prices in £ will vary according to exchange rates at the time of booking. £ prices shown here are based on exchange rates as at 7 October 2019. Flights to and from Italy are subject to Italian Luxury Tax (ILT), payable at an extra €100 per passenger. Available London airports are London Luton, London Farnborough, London Biggin Hill, London Stansted, London Southend.

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About PrivateFly:

PrivateFly is a leading booking platform for on-demand private jet charter and part of Directional Aviation’s OneSky group of companies. With thousands of accredited aircraft integrated worldwide, PrivateFly combines innovative technology with a team of aviation experts, available 24/7 – making it faster and easier to arrange a private jet, wherever and whenever you want to fly.

PrivateFly holds Argus Certified Broker and Wyvern Broker best practice accreditations and is a preferred partner of Virtuoso, the world’s leading luxury travel network. Established in 2008, PrivateFly’s Global Headquarters are located in St Albans, UK while the US operation is Headquartered in Boston with a sales office focused on the Americas in Ft. Lauderdale. 

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British Antarctic Survey Study recommends special protection of emperor penguins

In a new study published this week (Wednesday 9 October) in the journal Biological Conservation, an international team of researchers recommends the need for additional measures to protect and conserve one of the most iconic Antarctic species – the emperor penguin (Aptenodyptes forsteri).

The researchers reviewed over 150 studies on the species and its environment as well as its behaviour and character in relation to its breeding biology. Current climate change projections indicate that rising temperatures and changing wind patterns will impact negatively the sea ice on which emperor penguins breed; and some studies indicate that emperor populations will decrease by more than 50% over the current century. The researchers therefore recommend that the IUCN status for the species be escalated to ‘vulnerable’; the species is currently listed as ‘near threatened’ on the IUCN Red List.  They conclude that improvements in climate change forecasting in relation to impacts on Antarctic wildlife would be beneficial, and recommend that the emperor penguin should be listed by the Antarctic Treaty as a Specially Protected Species. 

Lead author Dr Philip Trathan, Head of Conservation Biology at British Antarctic Survey, says:

“The current rate of warming in parts of the Antarctic is greater than anything in the recent glaciological record. Though emperor penguins have experienced periods of warming and cooling over their evolutionary history, the current rates of warming are unprecedented.”

“Currently, we have no idea how the emperors will adjust to the loss of their primary breeding habitat – sea ice. They are not agile and climbing ashore across steep coastal land forms will be difficult. For breeding, they depend upon sea ice, and in a warming world there is a high probability that this will decrease. Without it, they will have little or no breeding habitat.” 

Greater protection measures will enable scientists to coordinate research into the penguins’ resilience to a range of different threats and stressors.

Dr Peter Fretwell, remote sensing specialist at British Antarctic Survey and co-author says: 

“Some colonies of emperor penguins may not survive the coming decades, so we must work to give as much protection as we can to the species to give them the best chance.”

The UK, supported by a number of other countries whose researchers have engaged in this scientific work, notified the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting at its 2019 meeting, held in Prague in July, that Emperor Penguins were threatened through the loss of their breeding habitat and that further protections should be developed.  A similar paper has also been submitted to this year’s Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, which meets in Hobart later this month, where the UK is also supporting a number of proposals to extend the coverage of Marine Protected Areas in the Southern Ocean. 


The emperor penguin – vulnerable to projected rates of warming and sea ice loss by Philip N. Trathan, Barbara Wienecke, Christophe Barbraud, Stéphanie Jenouvrier, Gerald Kooyman, Céline Le Bohec, David G. Ainley, André Ancel, Daniel P. Zitterbart, Steven L. Chown, Michelle Larue, Robin Cristofari, Jane Younger, Gemma Clucas, Charles-André Bost, Jennifer A. Brown, Harriet J. Gillett, PeterT. Fretwell is published in the journal Biological Conservation published by Elsevier on Wednesday 9 October 2019 (

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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, founded in 1964, is the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of biological species. It uses a set of criteria to evaluate the extinction risk of thousands of species and subspecies. It defines a “Vulnerable” species as one likely to become endangered unless the circumstances that are threatening its survival and reproduction improve. Vulnerability is often caused by decreases in population resulting from habitat loss or destruction of the species home. “Vulnerable” is a step higher than ‘Near threatened”.

Emperor penguins are unique amongst birds in that they breed on seasonal Antarctic sea ice. They need sea ice during the time that they incubate their eggs and whilst they raise their chicks. Emperors also need stable sea ice after they complete breeding during the time when they undertake their annual moult, a period during which they cannot enter the water as their feathers are no longer waterproof.

The first emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) ever captured was probably taken 200 years ago during the Russian Naval Expedition of 1819-1821, under the command of Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen. The species was first described scientifically and distinguished from its closest relative, the king penguin (A. patagonicus), in 1844 by George Robert Gray, head of ornithology at the British Museum. Gray examined and described specimens from the British Naval Expedition of 1839-1843, under the command of James Clarke Ross, and named the emperor penguin with its specific Latin name in honour of Johann Reinhold Forster, the naturalist on James Cook’s second voyage of 1772-1775.

Prior to breeding, both males and females must build their body reserves, necessary for females to lay their single egg, and for males to fast while undertaking the entire egg incubation during the Antarctic winter. Birds gather at their preferred sites from April onwards, upon development of stable fast ice. Courtship, egg laying and incubation occur as winter proceeds. Chicks hatch and are brooded during July and August, the coldest time in Antarctica. Chicks then begin to crèche in September, when left alone in the colony so that both parents can forage simultaneously to satisfy the chick’s growing demands. Chicks are provisioned by both parents until they fledge, usually during December, just before the fast ice begins to break out. By this time, chicks must have replaced their natal down with feathers that provide water-proofing and insulation.

Adults moult between January and March, on accessible islands, on the continental ice cap where it is accessible, on sea ice, or consolidated pack ice, floes that normally drift with the ocean and wind, but which may merge and combine. Unlike all other seabird families, penguins undertake a catastrophic moult, during which they replace their entire plumage within a few weeks; during this time, their plumage no longer provides water-proofing and they cannot enter the sea. Thus, they must have a stable platform and sufficient body reserves to moult successfully.

Emperor penguins depend upon stable sea ice throughout their breeding period. Consequently, late sea ice formation, early break up, or even complete failure of fast ice formation, strongly reduces the chances of successful breeding and species persistence at any given breeding location.

Philip Trathan and Peter Fretwell were funded partly by the Natural Environment Research Council and by the charity WWF.

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BBGA calls for more trailblazer apprenticeships Advocates skills centres for aviation to attract the next gen

9 October, 2019.  London Stansted, UK.  A successful pathway to a world of future aviation opportunities lies in a revitalisation of apprenticeships, a newly released manifesto from the British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) highlighted today.  

Kick-starting a campaign to encourage STEM for the new generation, BBGA is today calling on government and the private sector to come together and create more successful initiatives such as that pioneered by Stansted Airport College, which has just enrolled 429 full-time trainees and 52 apprentices in its second year. 

BBGA plans to work with the UK CAA to leverage its approach and steer a path toward innovative training for a global industry – to equip aviation’s workforce with skills on the ground, as well as in the air.

Representing over 180 UK business and general aviation companies, in a variety of disciplines, BBGA highlighted at a special Tomorrow’s Workforce event, that its first priority is to align with Aviation Strategy 2050 and quantify what the UK workforce needs over the next 30 years.  Creating apprenticeships in a range of aviation services is the goal. It is also seeking development of all streams including flight operations, ground operations and airworthiness, mindful that business aviation per se does not feature in any syllabuses.

The urgent requirement for more commercial pilots is well known, but other roles in the less recognised ‘aviation services’ – in aircraft maintenance, ATC, ground and flight operations, are deteriorating as the UK faces a demographic cliff edge as the baby boomers retire.

Call for Centres of Excellence

With support from the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) under its Expanding Horizons initiative, which aims in part to attract and engage the next generation of business aviation professionals, BBGA advocates dedicated aviation centres of excellence up and down the country. These would offer City and Guilds Level 2, 3, 4 and 5 on aviation services pathways where trainees would receive high quality training inhouse with assured work placements when ready.  

“We have the largest aviation network in Europe, and with 435 million passengers set to travel through UK airports by 2050, we need the brightest minds from all backgrounds to support and strengthen this industry.” stated Paul Maynard MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the DfT.

“With business aviation accounting for 7% of that traffic, linking city pairs not connected by scheduled airline, it is vital that aviation moves together to keep up with that demand.  We desperately, as an industry, need more technicians, engineers, air traffic controllers, ground handlers, as well as pilots to secure tomorrow’s workforce too.  It is a fact of life young people are increasingly facing tempting offers from other industries, including the tech sector.  The solution, we are championing, lies in practical and immersive training, hand-in-hand with industry – as successfully demonstrated at Stansted Airport College,” highlighted Marc Bailey, CEO of BBGA

“The aviation industry is falling behind because we are not doing enough to make our sector more attractive to a diverse talent pool – from all areas of the social spectrum.  We need to create new centres of excellence to train a much needed workforce,” said Frederique Luca, Senior Communications Manager of EBAA. 

Stansted Airport College – a case study

Stansted Airport College, opened in September 2018 in a joint venture with Harlow College, is the first purpose built further education college at a major UK airport. It will see a further 138 graduate in June 2020 after 40 graduated in 2019.

Its curriculum offers pre-apprentice, apprenticeship and full-time programmes, plus work-transition courses in a range of subjects including aircraft engineering, maintenance, aviation operations, cabin crew, hospitality and event management.

After a successful first year, with an average pass rate of 97%, college graduates have secured permanent jobs with apprenticeships at FlightWorx, Manchester Airport Group, Jet2, Ryanair, Kearsley Airways, GT Engines, Harrods Aviation, British Airways and AIM Composites.

This year it is delivering apprenticeship training for Ryanair, Tui, Harrods Aviation, Avalon Aero, Titan Airways, Inflite, CRS Technics, IMT Aviation, Sky Smart, ACS Aviation, GT Engines, Storm Aviation and Kearsley Airways.  

“This year we have already received over 450 applications for future places,” says Karen Spencer, Principal.   “The college is nearly at capacity and will only have approximately 150 spaces next year.  This partnership, developed with London Stansted Airport, is already making a difference to the future of aviation training and meaningful careers for young people.”

Women in aviation boost

Following on from its ‘Go on Girl’ campaign, Stansted College has successfully recruited 12 females onto its engineering programmes, equating to 8% engineering trainees, a 5% increase on the previous year.  A total 60% of trainees on its Aviation Operations programme are female.

Photo: Young engineer at BBGA member company Oriens Aviation. 

Photo credit:  Mike Rivett.

Editor’s note

BBGA is the UK’s national trade body representing business and general aviation.  Now in its 46th year, (formerly known as GAMTA) its member companies span all facets of the business aviation sector.  It represents 180 companies, including airports, corporate flight departments, operators, aviation services organisations and aircraft manufacturers.  In a partnership with EBAA, all members of BBGA enjoy dual membership of both associations, similarly any UK based organisation seeking to join EBAA do so via BBGA.  BBGA is based at Dorton, Bucks.

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Photo: Young engineer at BBGA member company Oriens Aviation. 

Photo credit:Mike Rivett.

Media contact: Alison Chambers, Emerald Media T: +44 (0) 7721 882939

Shawbrook recruits Managing Director to lead Specialist Asset and Sector Finance teams as the Bank continues to invest in specialist SME lending proposition

  • Shawbrook Bank’s Business Finance Division recruits Chris Richold to lead its Specialist Asset and Sector Finance teams.

With over 20 years’ experience in the asset finance industry, Chris Richold joins Shawbrook following a 6 year period at a large financial institution where he led the Wholesale and Specialist Asset Finance team. Prior to this Chris was responsible for a ‘real asset’ investment business within a global banking division and he has extensive experience in the asset finance industry covering new business origination, asset management and portfolio management.

Chris will now lead the Specialist Asset & Sector Finance business at Shawbrook, working with established teams in specialist markets including; Marine and Aviation, Healthcare, Agriculture, Renewable Energy and Technology.

Neil Rudge, Managing Director for Business Finance at Shawbrook Bank says, “I am delighted that Chris has joined the team. We have well-established and very experienced specialist finance teams here at Shawbrook and we are seeing the potential for further growth and development in a number of markets right now. Chris will help us to leverage our expertise and market presence in these sectors and to evolve our proposition to ensure more businesses get the specialist lending support they need.”

Chris Richold, Managing Director for Specialist Asset and Sectors at Shawbrook Bank says, “Having worked for large corporate banks for many years now, I was attracted to the dynamic environment and agility of Shawbrook. I am looking forward to working with each specialist team as we focus on the challenges and complexities of each sector and strive to meet the evolving needs of such a diverse group of customers.”


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About Shawbrook

Shawbrook is a specialist UK savings and lending bank founded in 2011 to serve the needs of SMEs and individuals in the UK with a range of lending and saving products.

Jet Aviation announces opening of new Teterboro hangar and renovated FBO

David Best, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Regional Operations USA, speaking at the pre-opening celebration.

TETERBORO / October 7, 2019 – Jet Aviation announces the opening of its new 40,000 sq. ft. hangar and completely renovated FBO in Teterboro, NJ. The company held a pre-opening celebration at the hangar in August 2019 and has now received its final operating approval. Built to meet growing demand for long-range business jets, the new hangar can accommodate most large aircraft.
The construction is part of Jet Aviation’s efforts to expand and improve its global FBO network of 35 locations. The company is investing heavily to ensure its facilities are designed and equipped to meet all the business aviation needs of its global customers.
Jet Aviation invested more than $25 million in its Teterboro facility, including a complete renovation of its FBO and construction of a new state-of-the-art, 40,000 sq. ft. hangar — equipped with 30-foot doors — that can accommodate aircraft as large as the Gulfstream 650s. The FBO incorporates new standard design elements that will ensure customers have a consistent experience when visiting any of the company’s sites worldwide. Guests and crew can relax and enjoy the site’s many amenities, including dedicated passenger and crew lounges, flight planning room, executive conference rooms, business center, health/fitness spa and on-site U.S. customs services.
Teterboro is the busiest business aviation airport in the United States, averaging more than 200 departures per day, and is centrally located just miles from midtown Manhattan. The expanded Teterboro FBO and hangar allow Jet Aviation to continue supporting customers in the locations they most frequent.
“We are committed to growing Jet Aviation’s position as a leading business aviation service provider in the United States,” said David Best, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Regional Operations USA. “Teterboro’s location in relation to the busy New York metro area market makes it a highly attractive location to many business jet owners and operators. Our expansion makes it easier for customers to access this important market.”
According to John Langevin, Vice President, Regional Operations, USA East, the state-of-the-art hangar was designed to accommodate the larger ultra-long-range aircraft entering the market. “These improvements at the Teterboro site demonstrate how we at Jet continually strive to meet our customers’ changing requirements to the highest quality and safety standards,” Langevin said.
Construction and renovation is under way or pending in the U.S. and Caribbean at six of Jet Aviation’s 13 regional locations. This includes an entirely new FBO and hangar complex that is nearing completion at Van Nuys, California. Hangar expansions in San Juan, Puerto Rico and West Palm Beach, Florida are ongoing and significant renovations will soon be underway at the Dallas, Texas FBO. Finally, Jet Aviation is preparing to begin construction on its newest FBO in Scottsdale, Arizona, where Jet Aviation recently announced it has acquired a stake in the Scottsdale Jet Center.

Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. More than 4,600
employees cater to client needs from 50 locations throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, North America and the Caribbean. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment,
engineering, FBO and fuel services, along with aircraft management, charter services and personnel services. Jet Aviation’s European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet
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‘We are a small family owned and run business that the introduction of new measures by BF would have caused severe financial hardship.  I was recommended to ask BBGA for advice which they instantly gave even though we were not members.  They attended various meetings by my side, took the situation to a higher level within the Government department and helped me achieve a satisfactory outcome.  I wasn’t pressured to become a member but what became apparent was their genuine desire to help resolve aviation issues for the better of the community.  This association covers almost every aspect of the industry, has representation on the majority of decision making panels and achieves results by either diluting possible harmful legislation or stopping it altogether.  Its members receive updates in real time often leaving other associations to ‘cut and paste’ BBGA releases some time later.’
Penny Stephens – Director
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