Twinjet, the luxury corporate jet operator, has launched a new company dedicated to selling and acquiring corporate jets after topping sales of $100 million in 2007.
The new associate company, Twinjet Aircraft Sales (UK) Ltd, has been formed by Chairman and founder John Keeble, who will draw on a worldwide network of contacts and expertise gained from 40 years in aircraft sales.
Mr Keeble, who founded Twinjet 25 years ago, has already achieved more than $100 million dollars in business jet sales this year for clients in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the US.
The new venture will benefit from the strength of the Twinjet group of companies, which include a private jet management service; a corporate jet airline and a third party charter brokerage, The Charter Company, which has already expanded its operations.
Sales completed this year by Mr Keeble and his team include the acquisition of an Airbus A319 Corporate Jet (ACJ) for a Saudi Arabian client; the sale and acquisition of an ACJ for an Armenian airline; sourcing a Challenger 300 for a Nigerian bank, and acquiring and selling an Embraer Legacy 600 for a Spanish-based entertainment corporation.
Mr Keeble said: “There is growing demand for the immediate availability of medium and long range aircraft which, with our contacts in the US, Middle East, Africa and Asia, we are well placed to serve.
“To meet this demand, it makes sense for us to have a business dedicated to sales given the in-depth industry knowledge the service requires. Our understanding of the market enables us to source the right aircraft at the right price for both new and existing clients.
“We will be concentrating on the developing economies of the Middle East and the former Soviet Union states, in addition to our existing markets in Europe and North America.”
Mr Keeble will be supported within the new company by corporate jet sales executive Hayley Peel. The formation of Twinjet Aircraft Sales (UK) Ltd follows the appointment of former easyJet director Keith McMann to lead the operations of Twinjet Aircraft as CEO. Mr Keeble remains Chairman.