Inflite The Jet Centre welcomes On Air Dining

Inflite The Jet Centre (ITJC), part of the Inflite Group of companies, based at London Stansted Airport, is delighted to welcome executive aviation inflight caterer On Air Dining as a new inhouse service provider. The agreement was ratified during lockdown when On Air was working tirelessly to support business aviation movements and a limited number of sports charters.

Inflite and On Air Dining have worked closely for many years and the time was finally right for On Air Dining to work more closely with Inflite to support its catering needs. Now it can offer an even more convenient service offering 24/7 deliveries, benefitting from an airside position and views which bring the business even closer to its customers.

“This is a brilliant partnership for us,” commented Inflite The Jet Centre CEO Penny Stephens. “I have known Daniel Hulme for many years and admire his creativity and passion for his work. The menus designed and cooked by On Air’s talented chefs are revered by business aviation clientele all around the world, so this is a great addition for our discerning VIP clients who fly in and out of our FBO.”

On Air Dining joins a complementary number of service providers working closely with the Inflite FBO, including SaxonAir, Up and Away Aviation and Embraer Aircraft, which also has its European business aircraft demo fleet based there.

On Air Dining will continue to offer Halal food, catering for an expanded Middle East client base. It has two high loaders servicing wide-body business jets, one based at Stansted, the other at Farnborough Airport. Its team of chefs has also enhanced and expanded its plant-based menus, in response to widening dietary needs. On Air has just finalised its ‘best ever’ festive menus and confirms it will be open on 25th December, at Inflite – to serve London area airports.

“We are thrilled to be a part of the exceptional business aviation offering Inflite has cultivated within their stunning FBO,” said On Air Dining CEO Daniel Hulme. Under Penny’s direction, the Inflite team is well known for its exceptional customer service

and attention to detail, principles we are proud to mirror in our brand as well,” he added.

“Stansted Airport is where it all started for On Air Dining and this new partnership coincides with our sixth anniversary at the airport. We are proud of the reputation and relationships we have built here over the years. This partnership with the Inflite FBO marks a significant step towards our long-term plans for this airport.”

The upgraded facility inside the FBO gives us closer proximity to our operator customers and will allow us to better respond to customers’ needs and deliver on our commitment to be the world’s best inflight dining experience,’ he added.

One Fine Dine is a popular addition

On Air Dining will continue to produce its high-end takeaway business One Fine Dine, an innovative cold food kit you assemble and cook at home. Created this Spring, during the first lockdown, serving customers in London and the Home Counties, One Fine Dine appeals to home-based chefs, who occasionally want to create something special for family and friends.

Editor’s notes

Inflite The Jet Centre Ltd is part of the Swan Investments Group. It is headquartered at Inflite House, London Stansted Airport. The business provides an extensive range of aircraft handling, engineering and support services from purpose built and newly refurbished premises. With over 30 years’ experience, the company’s success has been built on the pursuit of excellence and a total commitment to maintaining the quality of its highly skilled 70-plus workforce and state of the art facilities with its award-winning FBO and MRO facilities.

Inflite The Jet Centre is the new home of Embraer’s European demo fleet of Phenom 100 and 300 light jets; Embraer Legacy Series and eventually, the OEM’s Praetor 500 and 600 business jets. www.inflitejetcentre.co.uk/

On Air Dining is an award-winning private aviation in-flight culinary specialist and concierge company based out of Stansted and Farnborough airports in the UK. Inspired by the Michelin-star standards of London’s most exclusive dining establishments, the company has created an expansive fine dining menu along with a unique step-by-step plating system which ensures that discerning travellers can enjoy the same five-star quality they would expect in their home, in a restaurant or aboard a luxury yacht – aboard their private jet. https://onairdining.com/

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WingX Bizav Activity UK Biz Av – covid and Brexit impact / WINGX

Comment from WingX:

In terms of flight activity, we are projecting that European business aviation trends, compared to 5-Year averages, are going to stagnate at around 20% below normal until Jan, pick up to around 15% below, improve to 10% below-trend in the Spring, and within 5% during the summer, although we still expect some seasonal virus concerns to hold back a full recovery until Spring 2022. Scheduled Airline activity is going to have a much weaker recovery in Europe, with even the ‘vaccine’ scenario seeing at least 30% demand-suppression in 2022 and no full recovery before 2024.

The UK is at the negative end of this projection in our view because its relatively more severe economic recession (now a double dip), and of course the hard Brexit risk.

Nov 1-15 2020 vs 2019 business aviation (jets and props) sectors and hours, European countries

Chart 1: Nov 1-15 2020 vs 2019 business aviation (jets and props) sectors and hours, European countries

Jan-Nov 2020 vs same period 2019, UK business aviation (jets and props) sectors, 7D trend

Chart 2: Chart 2: Jan-Nov 2020 vs same period 2019, UK business aviation (jets and props) sectors, 7D trend

Nov 1-15 2020 vs 2019 business aviation (jets and props) sectors and hours, UK airports

Chart 3: Nov 1-15 2020 vs 2019 business aviation (jets and props) sectors and hours, UK airports

Jan-Nov 2020 UK Business, Scheduled and Cargo Aviation (jets, props, pistons) all sectors

Chart 4: Jan-Nov 2020 UK Business, Scheduled and Cargo Aviation (jets, props, pistons) all sectors

London Biggin Hill opens Covid-19 testing centre

Mansi Testing Suite

London – 17 November 2020: London Biggin Hill Airport is opening a Covid-19 testing centre on site, available to all arriving and departing passengers.

The Mansi Testing Suite will offer four different types of test provided by G16, a highly experienced Covid-19 testing organisation. These include PCR Testing, LAMP Testing, Antigen Testing and Antibody Testing. Results are available from as little as 15-minutes to two days, depending which type is selected.

The centre is named the ‘Mansi Testing Suite’ in honour of Dr Joe Mansi, an unsung local hero.

Andy Patsalides, head of marketing, London Biggin Hill Airport, says: “The Mansi Testing Suite is an extension of our Contactless Travel initiative, giving passengers and crew a convenient way to be tested so they can continue their journey with peace of mind. Passengers can either be tested at the Mansi Suite, or clinicians will come airside to conduct tests on board the aircraft or in the terminal building.”

All tests must be pre-booked online at https://bigginhillairport.com/covid19testing

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Inflite The Jet Centre appoints Sebastien Albouy as General Manager

nflite The Jet Centre (ITJC), part of the Inflite Group of companies, based at London Stansted Airport, is pleased to welcome Sebastien Albouy as newly appointed General Manager of its MRO business, effective immediately. Sebastien is taking over the role from Alan Barnes.

Sebastien joins from ABS Jets in Prague where he was Chief Technical Officer. Prior to joining the Czech corporate jet operator, Sebastien held various consulting roles in the MRO industry. He was also General Manager of Embraer’s first Executive Jets Service Centre at Paris Le Bourget Airport. He joined Embraer Aviation International in 1999 and assisted co-ordinating entry into service for the E-Jet 170 in Europe and was Logistics & Supply chain Manager for Embraer Aviation International, having previously served ATR Aircraft in Asia, in customer support roles.

“Sebastien brings a whole new skillset to our evolving business and we are delighted he has joined our organisation,” said Penny Stephens, CEO at Inflite The Jet Centre. “He has a proven pedigree having gained a wealth of experience during a varied, international career in MRO disciplines. Sebastien shares a commitment to improve product delivery embracing associated efficiencies and we are very much looking forward to working with him.”

“I am very excited to join a highly respected team in the industry and follow the excellent legacy of Alan Barnes, who I have had the privilege of working alongside since 2007. The Covid-19 pandemic and Brexit are greatly impacting our industry, but I am confident about the new opportunities arising as a result of these constraints. My focus will be on furthering customer satisfaction and operational excellence,” said Sebastien.

Alan Barnes will work with Sebastien through to the end of the month to implement a smooth handover. “Alan has made a valuable contribution to Inflite in various engineering and senior leadership roles over two decades. We wish him well in his new ventures and thank him for all his support over the years,” Penny highlighted.

Inflite The Jet Centre continues to remain operational for both base and line maintenance, as does its fully integrated VVIP integrated award-winning FBO – available to all corporate, ex-ecutive jet services.

Editor’s note

Inflite The Jet Centre Ltd is part of the Swan Investments Group. It is headquartered at Inflite House, London Stansted Airport. The business provides an extensive range of aircraft handling, engineering and support services from purpose built and newly refurbished premises. With over 30 years’ experience, the company’s success has been built on the

pursuit of excellence and a total commitment to maintaining the quality of its highly skilled 70-plus workforce and state of the art facilities with its award-winning FBO and MRO facilities.

Inflite The Jet Centre is the new home of Embraer’s European demo fleet of Phenom 100 and 300 light jets; Embraer Legacy Series and eventually, the OEM’s Praetor 500 and 600 busi-ness jets.

This summer Inflite added base maintenance capability for the Bombardier Aviation Global Express (BD700 Series) under its EASA Part 145 rating, building on its acquisition of Bom-bardier MRO specialist Excellence Aviation. Inflite The Jet Centre took over Excellence Avi-ation, its CAMO division and its Part NCC aircraft management business at the beginning of 2019.

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AVIAA Expands FBO Network in Europe and United States, Adding 30+ New Locations

AVIAA, the global group purchasing organization for business aviation which provides procurement services for over 1,500 aircraft, has been active during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Thirty-three new executive aviation destinations have been added to its international FBO network, each delivering attractive benefits and savings for its predominantly US and European operator members.

JetSet Services is one of the sizeable new suppliers, bringing in 25 airport handling locations all over Greece, including Athens, Mykonos, Heraklion and Santorini.

Netherlands and Belgium-based ASL Group adds Maastricht Aachen and Antwerp International to the portfolio, while US FBO Stancraft Jet Center introduces its Coeur d’Alene handling facility in Idaho, a destination rapidly growing in popularity with US leisure flyers. In Central Europe, Capital Handling brings in Riga International – a frequent stop destination for Europe, Russia and Asia. And in the UK, prestigious brand Harrods Aviation expands AVIAA’s FBO presence in London Luton and Stansted Airports.

AviaPartner Executive adds Palma Mallorca FBO

AviaPartner Executive’s newest FBO in Palma Mallorca has just been added to the AVIAA network, complementing its stations in Ibiza, Malaga and Gerona.

The new Palma FBO offers domestic and international handling, aircraft fueling, catering, and cleaning, together with flight support, ground transfer, and bespoke concierge services.

“We have benefitted greatly from our collaboration with AVIAA and to encourage their members to try our latest FBO we are pleased to offer them free handling through to the end of 2020,” said John Kay, AviaPartner’s General Manager Spain. “We want to do all we can to support customer travel during the pandemic,” he said.

Will Holroyd, Sales and Marketing Director at Harrods Aviation commented: “It is imperative that we do all we can to promote our two FBO locations in these challenging times. AVIAA provides a strong growing database of customers and a positive, flexible business partner relationship. In addition, they are proving to be very reliable and efficient to work with – offering a simple, transparent solution.”

“AVIAA is committed to helping our members make considerable savings and our FBO supplier network has wholeheartedly embraced this. We are confident, furthermore, about adding 10 to 20 more preferred locations, as early as year end, which will bolster our number of popular, international FBOs to nearly 200,” said AVIAA Chief Client Commercial Officer Matt Smith. “Harrods Aviation, for example, is an internationally renowned name in business aviation services. We are thrilled to add its London Luton and Stansted private terminals are key gateways for our international fleet of operators.”

About AVIAA

Established in 2017 with a global presence, AVIAA applies aggregation, transparency, industry expertise, and a technology platform with proprietary algorithms to improve the procurement processes for both operators and suppliers.

The business is headquartered in Park City, Utah and also has teams in California, Texas, Germany, and the UK.

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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.’
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