The sky’s the limit for aviation charter company SaxonAir, who have been recognised on a global scale as the Helicopter Charter Operator of the Year, and
locally for their work in championing sustainability in industry.
In November, the jet and helicopter charter company, which is headquartered at Norwich Airport in Norfolk, took home Helicopter Charter Operator of the Year 2022
at the Air Charter Association’s (ACA) annual Air Charter Excellence Awards.
The award saw SaxonAir nominated alongside peers from around the globe, recognising the efforts of helicopter charter operators on a global scale by the ACA, who formed the global air charter network some 70 years ago, representing the core of the Air Charter Industry.
Jordan Smith, SaxonAir’s Helicopter Sales and Operations Officer, said: “Winning the award means so much not just for me, but the team and pilots who have put so much hard work in this year.”
“Particularly after the turbulent years of COVID, to get the company flying again as safely and as often as possible is a real achievement, and I know we’re all delighted
to have taken home the title of Helicopter Charter Operator of the Year at the Air Charter Excellence Awards,” he concluded.
It’s not the first award the company were in the running for in November, either – and it’s for a category you might not expect.
The company were finalists in this year’s Norfolk Business Awards, nominated in the Environmental and Sustainability award category.
CEO Alex Durand said: “Aviation isn’t the first, or probably even the second, third, or fourth industry you think of when it comes to discussing who is leading the way in
sustainability. But it is often underestimated in its innovations and climate-conscious initiatives.”
“We are passionate about addressing our environmental responsibilities, with urgency and realism. From leasing the world’s first EASA Type certified light electric
aircraft, the Pipistrel Velis Electric from NEBOair, through to championing the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuel for our charter flights, we continue to look for ways in
which we can utilise innovation in our journey to net zero,” he finished.
The Environmental and Sustainability award looked for businesses who were able to demonstrate a commitment to reducing their carbon footprint through innovative and sustainable practices, learning and sharing their knowledge and experience with
others to progress the green economy.
SaxonAir were just one of four companies nominated in the category and were recognised for their proactive approach to reducing their overall impact, including the
bee colony they host at their airport.