ConnectJets Delivers First Avanti EVO in UK – as promised

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February 27, 2018ConnectJets, Piaggio Aerospace’s exclusive sales agent for the British Isles, today confirmed the first delivery of an Avanti EVO to a UK customer. The aircraft will be available in Europe for charter through ConnectJets supplementing private use by the owner.

The aircraft departed Riviera Airport, in Villanova d’Albenga, Northwest Italy, home of Piaggio Aerospace’s centre of excellence, to London Southend Airport on February 8, 2018 and is now offered via ConnectJets’ charter arm and the business aviation charter broker fraternity, starting March 2018.

The Avanti EVO is one of the world’s fastest turboprops. There are currently around 220 P.180 Avanti aircraft in service, with growing global interest and presence. The innovative 5-blade scimitar propellers and the three-lifting surface configurations marry together to reach top speeds of 402 KTAS (745 km/h), while its shape aids significant fuel savings and lower emissions, compared with other aircraft in the same class. The Avanti EVO is a great option for continental destinations, thanks to its ability to land on short, or even semi-prepared runways, giving it access to peripheral airports and small airfields that are inaccessible to commercial airliners.

The fully customizable, seven-seat configuration fuselage, with the best stand-up height of its class (5ft 9in/1.75m), can meet most exacting standards, with luxurious materials crafted to suit owners’ specifications.

The new owner, who lives and works in the UK, said: “The Avanti EVO was my first choice for a short haul aircraft in Europe. Not only it is exceptionally fuel efficient, but the interior space is very large for an aircraft of its type. After spending many hours cooped up in small light jets, the height and width of the cabin space is extraordinary. Piaggio Aerospace have fitted out the interior of the aircraft to a very high standard which makes it enjoyable and comfortable to fly in, even during three and four-hour flights. Having a plane which is easy to use for short hops from around Europe, and also comfortable for longer London to Moscow or London to Istanbul flights were key requirements. The innovative design of the plane is a real head turner when it’s on the ground too.”

Gabriella Somerville, Founder and Managing Director of ConnectJets, said: “I am delighted to have concluded this sale to a private individual, who in addition to using the aircraft for their own use, is going to make this one of a kind aircraft available for third party charter. There is a very strong demand for the Avanti EVO in the European charter market, with its ability to serve Europe’s shorter runways like London City Airport. Moreover, with increasing focus on the environment and air quality, the introduction of the pioneering Avanti EVO into Europe’s skies and into the wider charter market could not come at a better time. With increasing sales demand for the Avanti EVO, ConnectJets is undertaking further commercial initiates to expand the presence of the Avanti EVO within the UK.” 

New Knightsbridge office, James Banham joins team

In related news, ConnectJets has recently moved to smart new offices at 27 Knightsbridge, London, which features a facility to virtually showcase the Avanti EVO.  The team has also been further bolstered by the arrival of James Banham, who takes responsibility for partnerships, evens, marketing and business development. 

About ConnectJets 

Boutique private aviation company ConnectJets has, since its launch in 2009, established itself as a true innovator, focused on bespoke solutions for the private travel needs of individuals, businesses, governments and royalty – including jet and helicopter charter and aircraft sales. The company has the exclusive sales agreement to market the innovative Italian-designed and built Avanti EVO turboprop from Piaggio Aerospace.   

ConnectJets also serves as a conduit for arranging business aircraft charter, lease and latterly aircraft sales opportunities to clients across the world.  Founder and managing director of ConnectJets, Gabriella Somerville, is one of the aviation industry’s most visionary entrepreneurs; with over 25 years’ experience in commercial and private aviation. 




The Avanti EVO now available for charter in Europe.


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BBGA Honours Philip Lammiman with its Prestigious Michael Wheatley Award

Philip Lammiman accepted the Michael Wheatley Award for Outstanding Services to the general aviation industry from The British Business and General Aviation Association last week, at its 44th annual meeting at Luton Hoo.

The award was presented by BBGA Patron HRH Prince Michael of Kent who congratulated him on a stellar 48 years in the sector.

Phillip has been involved in every facet of aviation – commercial airlines, general aviation and business aviation, right up to his retirement early this year.  He started his aviation career as an apprentice for BOAC.

He joined BMI at East Midlands Airport in 1974 where he met his flight attendant wife, Cheryl.  He  moved into general aviation in 1975, before developing his own company, Phillips Aviation, providing MRO services on popular piston-engined aircraft. In 1989 he became General Manager for IDS Aircraft at Bournemouth Airport, which had recently been appointed a Cessna Authorised Citation Service Centre.  The business was later bought by CSE Aviation and ultimately, BBA Aviation.  His expertise helped BBA Aviation, under a new organisation, Signature TECHNICAir,  understand the MRO businesses they were acquiring throughout the USA.  BBA Aviation promoted Philip to Vice President Signature TECHNICAIR in 2010, giving him responsibility for a number of MRO facilities in the USA, including Bozeman, Montana; Dulles, Washington DC and Miami.  The promotion meant regular air travel back and forth to the USA.

Philip supported the business, which has now grown to 18 locations, from California to London,  up until December 2017, overseeing the most experienced and highly reputable European Cessna Citation MRO, based at their Bournemouth site as Managing Director.

He benefitted the industry as a pioneer of mobile service units in the UK (originally for CSE.)

Phillip was always committed to encouraging the younger generation to embrace aviation. Together with colleagues at Cobham Plc, he worked with the Economic Development Team at Christchurch and East Dorset Councils to help arrange inspirational school trips for BTEC engineering students from local schools and introducing Signature TECHNICAir’s own apprentices to share experiences.

His son, Craig Lammiman, carries on the family’s aviation legacy.  Ex Marshall Aerospace, Craig is currently Sales Director of Pilatus PC-12 sales distributor and MRO provider, Oriens Aviation.  During his time at helicopter company PremiAir Craig also worked with the late Michael Wheatley’s daughter, Louise.

Phil Lammiman Michael Wheatley 2*Michael Wheatley was a cornerstone of the UK’s general aviation/helicopter industry for more than 25 years. 

He held a leading role in the support advisory services to the UK police and ambulance authorities, and also to leading financial institutions. He died in 2006 and BBGA created the award in his name. 


JSSI Appoints Jason Schwab – President of Advisory Services

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CHICAGO, March 12, 2018Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading independent provider of maintenance support and financial services to the business aviation industry, today announced Jason Schwab has been named president of JSSI Advisory Services. In this new role, Schwab will lead the company’s growing range of aircraft consulting services and subscription products.

Jet Support JSSI: Jason Schwab photographed at Andrew Collings Photography Studio, Chicago, IL. February 23, 2018. Photo by Andrew Collings.

“Jason joins us with an outstanding mix of management, operations and aviation experience. He is a dynamic leader and will be a valued addition to the JSSI leadership team,” said Neil W. Book, president and CEO of JSSI. “The appointment of Jason reflects our long-term commitment to delivering a diverse and exceptional portfolio of aircraft ownership and maintenance advisory services to new and existing clients around the world.”

JSSI Advisory Services utilizes JSSI’s global network of technical advisors and operational data collected over three decades. This technical, cross-platform expertise is applied to inspect aircraft, perform appraisals and manage complex maintenance events for clients. The full suite of services includes asset inspections, aircraft appraisals, maintenance cost planning, maintenance event management, insurance claims management, and the innovative Asset Monitoring Platform (AMP) portal. AMP is a unique web-based platform, providing business aviation lenders with access to critical and real-time data pertaining to their portfolio.

“This is an exciting opportunity to build on the unique range of consulting amenities the Advisory Services team has already introduced to the market,” said Schwab. “I look forward to harnessing my broad range of public and private sector experience while working with the team to drive this part of the business forward and deliver an even higher level of service and support to JSSI clients and the business aviation market.”

Schwab joins JSSI from Goldman Sachs, where he served as a trusted advisor to institutional clients on all aspects of wealth management. Previously, he was a U.S. Army Captain and OH-58D pilot with multiple combat tours. Schwab earned a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and an MBA in finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

JSSI manages over 8,000 maintenance events each year and covers almost every make and model of business and regional jet, turboprop and helicopter. As such, the company has a unique perspective into the actual costs associated with operating and maintaining aircraft and can offer a cross-section of services to aircraft owners, operators and financiers seeking guidance on asset management, valuations or ongoing aircraft ownership consultation.

For more information on JSSI Advisory Services, visit

About Jet Support Services, Inc.

For nearly 30 years, Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), has been the leading independent provider of maintenance programs to the business aviation industry, covering virtually all makes and models of business aircraft, engines, and APUs. JSSI provides its customers with comprehensive, flexible and affordable financial programs and tools for managing the often unpredictable costs of operating and maintaining nearly all types of turbine-powered aircraft, including business and commercial jets, turboprops and helicopters. As the creator of the revolutionary Tip-to-Tail® Program, JSSI is the only single source provider of this trademarked service. JSSI serves customers globally and manages maintenance services through its worldwide infrastructure of certified technical advisors.

Other JSSI Services:

  • JSSI Parts gives clients the advantage of JSSI buying power and expertise as the single largest purchaser of parts and maintenance services in the business aviation industry.
  • Jet Engine Leasing offers engine- and APU-leasing solutions. JSSI owns several rental assets for hard-to-locate platforms and can source rental assets for almost anything that flies.
  • AMP is JSSI’s dedicated Asset Monitoring Platform (AMP), available to business aviation lenders as a tool to assist in the mitigation of risk and the management of financed aircraft.
  • JSSI Advisory Services utilizes JSSI’s technical expertise and global network to inspect your aircraft, perform an ASA-certified appraisal, or manage your next maintenance event.

Contact Information

Marj Rose, MarketLift

+1 214.862.8992

Tom Morton, JSSI

+1 312.644.8779

Mayors Preview Developments at London Biggin Hill Airport

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London – 13 March 2018: Mayors from across London and the South East visited London Biggin Hill yesterday at the invitation of the Mayor of Bromley, Councillor Kathy Bance MBE, for an exclusive look at new and upcoming developments at the airport.

The mayors enjoyed a presentation by community engagement manager Colin Hitchins on London Biggin Hill’s job creation, investment and infrastructure plans before embarking on a tour of the airport, which included the newly expanded Bombardier Corporate Jet facility. The tour also took in the spot chosen for the on-site London Aerospace and Technology College announced last month; a project supported by the London Borough of Bromley.

Andy Patsalides, marketing manager at London Biggin Hill Airport, says: “Following the success of last year’s event, we are privileged to once again welcome mayors from across the South East to the airport, on behalf of Councillor Kathy Bance MBE.

“London Biggin Hill’s plans for development have significantly evolved over the past 12 months, with investment directed towards the future of business aviation and technical education at the airport. Our distinguished guests were able to have a sneak preview of all we have planned, and the numerous opportunities that are brought to the area as we continue to be a gateway for business to London and the South East.”



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About London Biggin Hill Airport

London Biggin Hill Airport is located 12 miles from central London and offers award-winning VIP handling, a choice of FBOs, extensive hangarage, support and maintenance services for all ranges of business jets.

A designated UK Port of Entry, Biggin Hill is free of runway slot constraints. An exclusive six-minute helicopter transfer service to and from the heart of London makes it the fastest transfer of any London airport.

Biggin Hill is the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital and is already home to over 65 commercial and aviation activities.

There are very few places in the world other than Biggin Hill where aircraft operators and support companies can conduct all aspects of their business operations, management and maintenance at the heart of a global city and with the confidence in their ability to expand and develop over time.

Centreline becomes Europe’s Primary Operator of the Embraer Legacy 500

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Centreline, the leading European aircraft charter and management company, has strengthened its position as the continent’s most significant operator of the Legacy 500 aircraft after taking delivery of a second, brand new aircraft under management. The jet is based in Manchester and will be available for charter bookings from the end of March 2018.

The aircraft, which has a range of 3100 nautical miles, will add capacity to destinations such as the former CIS, Greece and the Canary Islands, even from relatively short runways such as Dundee and Oxford.  The aircraft has the kudos of being the penultimate one of its kind to come out of Embraer’s manufacturing centre in Brazil. The Legacy is Centreline’s third super-midsize jet, complementing the company’s existing Legacy 500 and Falcon 2000LXS.

Captain James Pyne, Flight Operations Manager for Centreline commented, “I have had the pleasure of flying the Legacy 500 for the last two years and I am thrilled that we now have a second one in our fleet. The aircraft is a delight to operate and we have had 100% positive feedback from our passengers on the experience we can give them on-board”.

Centreline CEO, Tanya Raynes added “Winning the contract for a second aircraft of this type is a clear sign that Centreline is firmly establishing itself as a management

organisation of choice with owners of aircraft of any size. The Legacy 500 is the perfect aircraft for us as it is designed to deliver an exceptional experience which mirrors Centreline’s brand values”.

Centreline has committed to a long-term relationship with the Legacy 500 and is the only management company in the UK to have both line training captains and Part 145 maintenance coverage for this type.

Centreline Flight Operations Manager, Captain James Pyne


IBAC Welcomes ICAO Decision on Cockpit Doors for Ultra Long-Range Business Aircraft

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MONTREAL – 12 March 2018 – The International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) welcomed last week the decision by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to raise the weight threshold requirement for aircraft with hardened cockpit doors from 45.5 tonnes maximum certificated take-off weight (MCTOW) to 54.5 tonnes MCTOW for those aircraft where the passenger seating capacity is 19 or fewer.  The decision will allow the current and planned generation of ultra long-range business aircraft to reach their full operating potential.

Kurt Edwards, IBAC Director General, stated, “This is a substantial accomplishment, and we are excited to share this news with the industry. For the last three years, IBAC has worked closely with the International Coordinating Council of Aerospace Industries Associations (ICCAIA), Bombardier, and Gulfstream to make this amendment a reality. The effort took much planning and working through the full standard-making process at ICAO and shows ICAO recognition of greater operational capabilities and industry evolution,” Edwards added.

The adoption will facilitate full type certification and operational use of such aircraft as the Global 7000 and G650ER and will become effective 16 July 2018 and applicable to States in November 2018.

The decision amended a key standard in Annex 6 Part 1 – International Commercial Air Transport.  It should be noted that the ICAO standards in Annex 6 Part II regarding international general aviation do not include the requirement for the reinforced door contained in Part I.

For more information, please contact:

Marj Rose, IBAC Communications Consultant,


About IBAC: IBAC represents the interests of business aviation worldwide. IBAC is a non-profit, international trade association with permanent observer status at the International Civil Aviation Organization, the UN Specialized Agency for aviation matters, in Montreal, Canada. IBAC promotes and manages the industry-leading standards for best safety practices through its International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAOTM); International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAHTM); Safety Management Tool Kit; SMS eLearning training; and Aircrew Identification Card.

Airways Aviation champions female pilots Awards two ab initio EASA scholarships towards ATPL worth £35,000

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Press release

8th March, 2018

Airways Aviation announced today (8th March) two recipients of its new female ab initio pilot scholarship, Hanna Gillam and Jessica Waite, to coincide with International Women’s Day.

The £35,000 scholarship programme, created in collaboration with the British Women Pilots’ Association (BWPA), was announced last October to help encourage more female pilots. Some 100 candidates attended a careers day held at Airways’ base at London Oxford Airport in the UK to register interest.

After being shortlisted to sit the industry-standard COMPASS test, Hanna and Jessica were required to attend a panel interview, give a presentation and take part in a group exercise. They both scored highly on each task and progressed to a final round of one-to-one interviews at Oxford.

“We could not determine which of the highest-scoring candidates to go with, so the Board decided to offer two scholarships in 2018,” said Marwan Atalla, Airways Aviation CEO. “With our global scholarship programme being rolled out around the world, and now with this new dedicated female scholarship in the UK, Airways Aviation is proud to be pushing for equal opportunities and reducing the barriers to entering what has typically been a male-dominated profession.”

Hanna and Jessica’s scholarships will go towards an Airways Aviation EASA pilot training course. After completing the theory component at Airways’ Oxford base, they will move on to Huesca–Pirineos Airport to undertake practical flight training.

BWPA’s Chairwoman Julie Westhorp, a former commercial airline pilot and current flight instructor and examiner, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Airways Aviation, who share our desire to encourage more female pilots globally. Only 3% of the world’s pilot workforce today is female, and we believe the key reason for these low numbers is a lack of visible role models, not a lack of ability.”

About the scholars

Jessica Waite, born in Basildon, Essex, attends Anglo European School, where she is currently undertaking A-Levels in Chemistry, Sociology, Politics and Mathematics.  Now in her fifth year as an Air Cadet at 2393 Billericay Squadron, she holds the rank of Sergeant and is involved with teaching other cadets. Jessica also enjoys a part-time administrative role at North Weald airfield. “After completing this course, which is such an amazing opportunity, I hope to work for a major airline,” she says.

Hanna Gillam, from Woolton Hill, near Newbury, attended St. Gabriel’s School and moved on to sit her A levels at St Batholomew’s School sixth form before working abroad. Hanna has been passionate about aviation from a young age. Her late grandfather founded and ran a flying school at Headcorn, Kent, while her late step-grandmother was a former chair of the BWPA. Both her parents held private pilot’s licences. At 16, Hanna signed up to be an RAF Air Cadet, where she achieved a gliding and flying scholarship.

In 2017, her membership with the Air League led her to an inspirational talk on ‘Women with Wings,’ where she heard about the Airways Aviation scholarship. Hanna would like to thank the Air League, former BWPA Chairwoman Pauline Vahey for highlighting the scholarship opportunity and Airways Aviation for helping realise her dream. Her long-term ambition is to fly long-haul aircraft.


Left to right: Scholarship recipients Jessica Waite and Hanna Gillam

About Airways Aviation

Airways Aviation brings more than 30 years’ aviation experience to offer world-class pilot training for aspiring pilots from a number of global locations.
From entry-level theory to the Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL), Airways Aviation prepares students for a life-long career in aviation.  It offers EASA accredited pilot training at its purpose-built academies at London Oxford Airport, UK and Huesca–Pirineos Airport, Spain, complemented by pilot training in Australia, which is Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) accredited.

Its Elite Pathways Programme is its full-time EASA Integrated pilot training course.  It takes an ab initio to qualified commercial pilot with a ‘frozen’ Airline Transport Pilot Licence (ATPL). On graduation, students will be ready to begin an airline career.

The British Women Pilots’ Association

Formed in 1955, the BWPA was founded ten years after World War II Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) women pilots had been thanked for their services to their country, been patted on the head and told to go back to their kitchens.  Its 300-strong membership comprises student pilots, airline captains, military pilots and flying instructors.  As a voluntary organisation, BWPA exists to support women who fly or who are learning to fly, and to encourage participation in aviation by women who have yet to try it. Members are of all ages, experience and backgrounds, but they share a common passion.

Left to Right: Matt Wood, Chief Theoretical Knowledge Instructor, Airways Aviation; Julie Westhorp, Chairwoman of the British Women Pilots’ Association; Jessica Waite; Hanna Gillam; and Joe Lopez, Chief Financial Officer of Airways Aviation.

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UK business aviation continues to flourish, says WINGX

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BBGA annual conference, 8th March, 2018  Despite regulatory uncertainty in the face of protracted Brexit negotiations, WINGX reports that 2017 saw business aviation activity to and from the UK rank among the top three countries for growth in Europe alongside France and Germany thanks to an additional 375 departures per month compared with 2016.

According to Richard Koe, Managing Director of WINGX, much of the UK’s 4.3% year-on-year business aviation growth during 2017 was driven by London, which saw an impressive 5.5% increase in overall activity. London Biggin Hill Airport saw the most substantial rise, reporting a 15.6% boost in business aviation flights, followed by London Stansted and Farnborough, which witnessed a 12.9% and 9.4% upturn in annual flight activity respectively.

Business aviation activity in Europe in 2017

Chart 1 – Business aviation activity in Europe in 2017


The UK’s leadership in business jet activity is so far showing no sign of abating this year, with WINGX revealing that in January 2018 London airports saw over 3,800 business aviation departures – almost double the number in Paris, the next busiest city. Charter demand continues to drive the numbers; AOC flights in the UK were up 10% YOY in January. Interestingly, Koe notes that over 60% of the UK’s business aviation departures are commercially-operated, far higher than either France or Germany.

Chart 2 - 2017 trend in business aviation AOC flights from the UK

Chart 2 – 2017 trend in business aviation AOC flights from the UK

Trends indicate that the Light Jet segment is the most active within this market, accounting for 19% of all commercial sectors flown from the UK last year. Koe says within this segment, the most active aircraft types flying in 2017 were the Cessna Citation CJ2 and the Embraer Phenom 300. The next busiest was the Citation Bravo, which saw over 1,500 departures out of the UK, an increase in activity of more than 50% from 2016.

The charter market also saw particularly impressive growth in 2017, increasing by 8.3% compared with the previous year. Looking ahead, Koe predicts that with the authorisation of single-engine commercial operations lowering the product price-point in mid-2017, 2018 will be the year to see whether the popularity of the leading single-engine types amongst owners.  Pilatus PC-12 flights, for example were up another  13% last year, furthering broadening the appeal of business aviation.

WINGX also confirms larger cabin activity out of the UK remains stable and has seen 5% growth during the last 12 months led by a few select aircraft types, such as the Embraer Legacy 600 and the Bombardier Global Express.

2017 trend in business aviation AOC flights coming into London airports

Chart 3 – 2017 trend in business aviation AOC flights coming into London airports




From online analytics dashboards to offline consulting, WINGX aims to provide the industry-leading decision-making tools for executives across the business aviation supply chain. WINGX customers include aircraft operators, airframe, engine and avionics OEMs, airlines, maintenance providers, airports, fixed base operators, fuel providers, legal advisors, leasing companies, banks, regulators, investors and private jet users. The company is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany and also in Geneva, Switzerland and run by Managing Directors Richard Koe and Christoph Kohler.


About BBGA

BBGA is the UK’s national trade body representing business and general aviation.  Formerly known as GAMTA, its member companies span all facets of the business aviation sector.  BBGA is headed by Chairman Marwan Khalek and CEO Marc Bailey. It represents 190 companies, including airports, corporate flight departments, operators, aviation services organisations and aircraft manufacturers.  In a new partnership with EBAA, all UK business and general aviation companies seeking to join EBAA will do so via BBGA and all current UK based EBAA members are automatically BBGA members too.  BBGA is based at Dorton, Aylesbury, Bucks.


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The 15-year old driver will be supported by the private charter platform, as he juggles GCSEs and international races, in his first European F4 season.

PrivateFly has confirmed it will sponsor teenage racing driver Olli Caldwell again this season, as he moves into Europe with PREMA Powerteam. The 15-year old is preparing to tackle the Italian and ADAC (German) F4 Championships in 2018, following his successful first season with British F4, when he became the youngest ever driver on the grid.

The 2018 season will see Olli combining his new racing career in Europe with his GCSE exams back at home, near Southampton, resulting in a very busy travel schedule. At one stage, the teenager will have three race weekends in a row, in three different countries, flying back for school in between.

Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly comments: “PrivateFly is a firm supporter of young talent and we are delighted to support one of motorsport’s most exciting rising stars again this season – when fast and efficient air travel will be absolutely key to his success. Olli had a very promising debut in British F4 last year and we couldn’t be prouder that he’ll be wearing the PrivateFly brand, as he continues his career with PREMA Powerteam.”

Olli Caldwell comments: “It’s fantastic to be working with PrivateFly again this year. Their support will be a key asset, in such an important year for me, on and off the track. Being able to move quickly between races and school will be crucial over the next few months, and the flexibility of private aviation means I can reach circuits like the Nurburgring or Monza when it’s most convenient for me, rather than on airline schedules. It will take away a lot of stress when organising the season.”


Notes to editors:

About PrivateFly:

PrivateFly is a global booking platform for private jet charter, making it faster, easier and more cost-effective to compare and book private jets. With over 7,000 aircraft integrated worldwide, PrivateFly combines innovative technology with its team of aviation experts, available 24/7.

PrivateFly holds both Argus Certified Broker and Wyvern Broker status, industry best practice accreditations. The company’s fast growth has been recognised by a number of award programs including the FT1000, The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and SME Export Track 100.

For further information, images or an interview please contact: 

Viv Diprose, PrivateFly

T: +44 (0)7931 624864



Katrina Suppiah, Publicité Ltd

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Viv Diprose

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The private charter platform is the only aviation company in The Sunday Times’ international growth league table, as it reaches ten year milestone.

The team at PrivateFly celebrated twice over last week as it marked ten years in business, hot on the heels of making The Sunday Times’ annual league table of the UK’s top exporters. The listing recognised the company’s 86 per cent overseas growth in two years.

The team marked the start of its birthday month of March, with a specially-designed Citation XLS cake, and a winter barbecue (despite the heavy snowfall at its UK HQ).

Published on 25th February, The Sunday Times’ SME Export Track 100 named PrivateFly as one of the UK’s top UK companies for overseas sales growth. The ranking is only open to profitable companies, and it is the third consecutive year the private charter booking platform has made the list – this time at position 36, and the sole aviation or travel company to feature.

Adam Twidell, CEO of PrivateFly comments: “It’s great timing to have this official recognition of our overseas growth, as we mark our first decade in business. And I’m particularly proud that we have managed to be listed for a third time. To sustain our growth at this level, while remaining profitable, makes us unique in our sector and demonstrates the strength of our model and our fantastic team, both in the UK and in our fast-growing US office in Fort Lauderdale.

“It’s been ten years since we were a disruptive start-up, looking to convince the market that our vision of a tech-driven approach to private charter would succeed. A lot has changed since, but we’ve managed to retain our culture of innovation as we’ve grown. We like to think differently here at PrivateFly, and intend to keep doing so, as we enter our second decade.”


Notes to editors:

About PrivateFly:

PrivateFly is a global booking platform for private jet charter, making it faster, easier and more cost-effective to compare and book private jets. With over 7,000 aircraft integrated worldwide, PrivateFly combines innovative technology with its team of aviation experts, available 24/7.

PrivateFly holds both Argus Certified Broker and Wyvern Broker status, industry best practice accreditations. The company’s fast growth has been recognised by a number of award programs including the FT1000, The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 and SME Export Track 100.

For further information, images or an interview please contact: 

Viv Diprose, PrivateFly

T: +44 (0)7931 624864



Katrina Suppiah, Publicité Ltd

T: +44 (0)20 8543 6582


Viv Diprose

Tel (Europe): +44 20 7100 6960
Tel (USA): 866-726-1222

Mobile: +44 7931 624 864

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