Air Partner | March 24, 2022
Air Partner, the leading global aviation services group, today announces the launch of an exclusive package in celebration of the Platinum Jubilee with Rosewood London, offering citizens of the world the opportunity to attend a once-in-a-lifetime event and experience a remarkable moment in history.
Expanding upon their role as the official Private Jet and Travel Partner of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, travelers can book the package and enjoy the most excellent accommodations and more in London. Given the nature and demand surrounding this global affair, only 25 packages are available for purchase.
"We are elated and honored to partner with Rosewood London to launch this extraordinary package which provides our customers with an opportunity to experience a truly once-in-a-lifetime event. At our core, we consistently strive to provide our customers with exceptional value through key partnerships and experiences to offer something they would not otherwise have access to, and this new package achieves just that."
Mark Briffa, Chief Executive Officer of Air Partner
Along with round-trip, world-class, private charter from the U.S., the offer includes:
Special invitation to be a guest of Air Partner with exclusive invitation-only opportunities across the Platinum Jubilee weekend, including hospitality and a champagne reception;
Luxurious accommodations in the spacious Grand Premier Suite or Executive King Room at Rosewood London, one of the UK's finest hotels;
Deluxe in-flight experience, inclusive of a curated dining menu, with festive arrangements available from champagne, tea and biscuits, hors d'oeuvre, charcuterie board, and more;
Exclusive access to a globally acclaimed concierge service, providing support booking transfers, hotels, restaurants, European & UK trips, and events, as well as a tailor-made London City Guide;
In January 2022, Air Partner was announced as the Preferred Private Jet/Travel Partner supporting the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, which will take place on Sunday, 5th June 2022 to celebrate The Queen's 70-year reign. To celebrate the anniversary, events and initiatives will take place throughout the year, culminating in a four day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June. The four days of celebrations will include public events and community activities, as well as national moments of reflection on The Queen's 70 years of service.
Pricing for the Platinum Jubilee Package begins at $175,000, inclusive of accommodations, roundtrip, private charter, and special inclusions. Given only 25 packages are available for purchase, the offer is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Accommodation is fully pre-payable and non-refundable.
About Air Partner
Founded in 1961, Air Partner is a global aviation services group providing aircraft charter and aviation safety & security solutions to industry, commerce, governments, and private individuals, across civil and military organizations. The Group has two divisions: Air Partner Charter, comprising Group Charter, Private Jets, Freight and Specialized Services; and Air Partner Safety & Security, which comprises aviation safety & security training, research and consulting services from Baines Simmons and Redline Assured Security.
Group Charter charters large airliners to move groups of any size. Private Jets offers the Company's unique pre-paid JetCard scheme and on-demand charter for up to 19 people. Freight charters aircraft of every size to fly almost any cargo anywhere, at any time. Specialized Services comprises Air Partner's other aviation services that complement its Charter business: Remarketing, ACMI, scheduled group travel, corporate shuttles, tour operations, air evacuation and flight operations.
Air Partner has 17 locations globally, with its US headquarters located in Fort Lauderdale, and its global headquarters alongside Gatwick airport in the UK. The group employs around 450 aviation professionals globally and operates 24/7. Air Partner is listed on the London Stock Exchange (AIR) and is the only publicly listed air charter broker and aviation safety & security consultancy. It is ISO 9001:2015 compliant for commercial airline and private jet solutions worldwide.
Boeing | January 27, 2022
Boeing [NYSE: BA] and China Airlines today announced the Taiwan flag carrier has ordered four 777 Freighters, adding to its extensive fleet of Boeing airplanes. Valued at $1.4 billion at list prices, the order will enable the airline to capture new market opportunities as global air cargo demand continues to grow.
"The 777 Freighter has played a critical role in our efforts to maintain profitability during the pandemic, and these additional airplanes will be an integral part of our long-term growth strategy, We are excited to add more 777 Freighters due to their operational efficiency and reliability. Our fleet modernization program will enable us to deliver added value to our customers, especially as the global supply chain continues to evolve."
-China Airlines Chairman Hsieh Su-Chien
The 777 Freighter is the world's largest, most capable twin-engine Freighter. It has a range of 4,970 nautical miles (9,200 km) with a maximum revenue payload of 102 tonnes (224,900 lbs), while contributing to a 17% reduction in fuel use and CO2 emissions per tonne compared to prior generation airplanes. In addition, the 777F will allow China Airlines to make fewer stops on long-haul routes, further reducing associated landing fees and resulting in the lowest trip cost of any large freighter.
"We are thrilled that China Airlines has again selected the 777 Freighter to serve as the backbone of its world-class air cargo fleet, The market-leading capabilities of the 777 Freighter provide added capacity, improved efficiency and greater value to China Airlines' customers, enabling the carrier to meet air cargo demand and position itself for long-term growth."
-Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.
In 2021, China Airlines' air cargo revenue was up 186% above the pre-pandemic year of 2019, which nearly balanced out a 96% drop in passenger revenue. Last year China Airlines Cargo recorded the best year in its history – over TWD 100 billion (USD $3.6 billion) in revenue – by leveraging its existing all-Boeing fleet of (18) 747-400 Freighters and (3) 777 Freighters. With (3) 777 Freighters already on order, China Airlines' 777 Freighter is the perfect complement to the airline's existing 747-400 Freighter fleet, seamlessly accommodating the 3-meter (10-foot) tall pallets and maximizing flexibility for its air cargo operations.
As a leading global aerospace company, Boeing develops, manufactures and services commercial airplanes, defense products and space systems for customers in more than 150 countries. As a top U.S. exporter, the company leverages the talents of a global supplier base to advance economic opportunity, sustainability and community impact.
Volato | March 23, 2022
Volato, the most efficient way to own a private jet, today announced that it has acquired aircraft management company Gulf Coast Aviation (GCA), a fixture in the Houston private aviation market for the past 25 years.
GCA is strategically located at Atlantic Aviation, William P. Hobby International Airport (HOU) in Houston, Tx. The combined companies will serve a larger share of the North American business aviation market.
GCA is rated Argus Platinum and Stage 3 IS-BAO; awarded only to aviation companies who have demonstrated operational excellence through successful implementation of best safety practices relative to their operations and maintenance, with safety management activities fully integrated into their culture. Their experience with charter and aircraft management for owners involves everything from King Air turboprops to ultra-long range large cabin jets.
GCA's mission to provide first-class service in all areas of aviation aligns with Volato's mission to provide the best experience for their owners and employees. Volato will retain all GCA employees, reinforcing their commitment to industry-specific customer experience while adding to their extensive aviation expertise.
"We look forward to supporting the existing managed fleet and welcoming new aircraft owners to our fleet division and we are thrilled to integrate the passion and experience of each and every GCA employee into the Volato family."
Matt Liotta, co-founder and CEO of Volato
Volato's goal is to have operational bases across the continental United States so their HondaJet fractional owners do not pay repositioning fees.
"Having a base in Houston is important to the vision and growth of Volato as it's the second busiest market for private aviation in the country, and we look forward to introducing our HondaJet fleet to GCA's extensive loyal customer base." said Nicholas Cooper, co-founder and CRO of Volato. "Houston adds to our existing bases in Atlanta, Baltimore, St. Augustine, Ft. Lauderdale and Carlsbad, so this acquisition gets us closer to our goal".
A further benefit is owners in Volato's fractional program and their charter customers now have access to a larger charter fleet to meet a variety of their travel needs.
GCA Founders Steve and Debbie Holmes are pleased to announce their retirement. "We are grateful for GCA's loyal customers, vendors and employees who have all been indispensable in making Gulf Coast Aviation a success. When we met the Volato team, we were very impressed by their leadership, unique business model, passion for delivering the best customer experience and how they treat their employees. We knew our customers and employees would be in good hands," said Steve Holmes. "We are confident that Volato is the right custodian for our company and team. We are excited to see GCA grow and evolve as part of the Volato family."
Volato is the modern way to buy and own a private jet, creating a more accessible, sustainable category of private aviation ownership through an innovative business model that reduces costs while increasing the convenience of ownership. Volato focuses on four-or-fewer passenger missions and operates a fleet of bespoke HondaJet Elite S aircraft.
About Gulf Coast Aviation
Gulf Coast Aviation strives to make private aircraft travel safe and stress free by providing its clients with first class service in all areas of aviation including aircraft management and charter. We place a special interest in hiring and giving back to Veterans of the United States Military.
Aerkomm Inc. | January 20, 2022
Aerkomm Inc. ("Aerkomm" or "the Company") (Euronext Paris: AKOM;OTCQX: AKOM), a development stage service provider of In-Flight Entertainment and Connectivity solutions for the airline industry using Ka-band technology, today announced that it entered into a joint venture (the "Joint Venture") agreement (the "Agreement") with Sakai Display Products Corporation ("SDPJ"), a company incorporated under the laws of Japan, and PanelSemi Corporation ("PanelSemi"), a company incorporated under the laws of Taiwan, on January 10, 2022.
Through this Joint Venture, Aerkomm will develop and commercialize a tile antenna ("Tile Antenna"). The Joint Venture will be operated through a to-be-established California corporation ("Newco"), which will be owned initially 100% by SDPJ. Aerkomm will license to Newco its intellectual property, know-how and research and development results related to the Tile Antenna. SDPJ will provide Newco with working capital to develop the Tile Antenna proof of concept ("POC"). Upon approval of the POC, Aerkomm will contribute the intellectual property to Newco in exchange for 52% of the equity interest in Newco, and SDPJ and PanelSemi collectively will contribute $20 million in cash (less the contributions funded prior to the POC approval). SDPJ will hold 45% of Newco's equity interest and PanelSemi will hold the remaining 3%.
Moreover, according to the Agreement, SDPJ will invest €7.5 million in Aerkomm via private placement upon approval of the POC.
In the event that the POC is not achieved within 11 months following the signing of the Agreement, the Joint Venture will be terminated, at which time we will terminate the intellectual property license to Newco and Newco will remain 100% owned by SDPJ.
"This agreement marks the first step in our partnership with SDPJ and PanelSemi. The joint venture will facilitate the development of a tile antenna to further our technological capabilities and better serve our customers. Looking ahead, we look forward to opportunities to expand our business and developing new industry-leading technology."
-Mr. Louis Giordimaina, CEO of Aerkomm
About Aerkomm Inc.
Aerkomm Inc. (Euronext Paris: AKOM;OTCQX: AKOM), operating through its wholly owned subsidiary, Aircom Pacific, Inc., is a development stage service provider of in-flight entertainment and connectivity solutions for the airline industry. The Company strives to become a leading provider of a wide range of in-flight broadband entertainment and connectivity services, including Wi-Fi connectivity, cellular networks, movies, gaming, live television, and music. Aerkomm aims to reshape the market for in-flight entertainment and connectivity services by offering on-board connectivity to its airline partners and passengers for free, generating revenue through advertising and on-board transactions.