A new executive aircraft fractional ownership scheme has launched in the UK.
Owning an executive aircraft - once the preserve of the fabulously rich and large corporations - is now within the reach of an increasing number of smaller companies and prosperous individuals thanks to innovative schemes like Air Share.
Fractional ownership programmes have brought the perks of executive aircraft ownership to a new generation of owners. Whether it’s flying a firm’s senior staff to a meeting at the other end of the country or whisking the family away to a holiday home in the south of France, such aircraft offer huge time-saving and convenience benefits to business and private users.
Air Share has been launched by Atlantic Bridge Aviation Limited (ABA), the aviation business group which owns LyddAir, the scheduled and charter airline based at London Ashford Airport, Lydd, Kent. Its aim is to offer the keenest-priced fractional ownership deals available anywhere in Britain.
ABA and LyddAir managing director Jonathan Gordon said that Air Share gives small to medium-sized companies and affluent individuals access to executive air travel at a cost and a management package that is virtually impossible to better in the aviation market.
He also revealed that ABA has already signed up its first Air Share customer, before the scheme was officially launched. ‘We have signed a contract with a Kent business which is keen to enjoy the many benefits that owning your own company aircraft can bring. The managing director heard about our new scheme and approached us with cheque book in hand!’ said Jonathan Gordon.
The aircraft available include four Piper Chieftain cabin-class executive aircraft, each seating between four and six passengers in comfort. The aircraft are flown and managed by LyddAir, a JAR-OPS-1 scheduled airline operating under strictly maintained very high standards.
Jonathan Gordon said: ‘Time is our most precious commodity and so the less time you have to spend getting to and from crowded airports as well as putting up with time-consuming check-in and security vetting procedures, the better. An executive aircraft gets into many smaller airports that bigger airlines cannot operate to, it’s available to fly where and when you want it and you are whisked, in true VIP style, straight to and from your waiting aircraft.’