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BlueSky Business Aviation News | 17th October 2019 | Issue #529
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Toronto, Canada:

Aero Asset’s Q3 Preowned Helicopter Market Trends show improving conditions

International helicopter brokerage, Aero Asset, releases its third quarter 2019 Preowned Helicopter Market Trends this week.

Timed just ahead of the NBAA-BACE Convention in Las Vegas, its latest report shows North America as the most active region. A total 37% of pre-owned twin engine helicopter buyers were in this territory Q3, up from 31% in Q2.

Year to date (YTD), 85 twin turbine helicopters closed to retail buyers (across all weight classes) and twin engine supply for sale is down nearly 20% to 230 aircraft, the report highlighted.

Drawing on its proprietary intelligence and close knowledge of the market, Preowned Heli Market Trends reviews Q3 and YTD performance of twelve twin engine models in the light, medium and heavy categories, from Airbus Helicopters H135 to Sikorsky’s S92. Preowned helicopter markets are ranked by retail sales volume and absorption rates.


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Head of Uber Elevate Eric Allison to provide view of aviation’s future at NBAA-BACE

Eric Allison, head of the Elevate initiative at rideshare pioneer Uber Technologies, Inc., will return as a featured Day 2 Keynote speaker at the 2019 NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), taking place Oct. 22-24 in Las Vegas, NV.

Allison, who led a headline-driving keynote presentation at last year’s NBAA-BACE, joined Uber Elevate in 2018 to spearhead Uber’s efforts to bring its ridesharing business to the air through a network of all-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft. Uber plans to launch this product, Uber Air, into commercial operation by 2023.

Eric Allison

Eric Allison

“Uber Elevate and its partners are at the forefront of developing new aircraft types and technologies to make urban on-demand transportation a reality,” said NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen. “We welcome this opportunity to hear more about how Uber Elevate is transforming the aviation industry and creating new opportunities across exciting new market segments.”

Over the past year, Uber Elevate has continued to hone its operating model, working to develop practical UAM vehicles with several partner companies, including Aurora Flight Sciences, a Boeing company; Bell; EmbraerX; Karem Aircraft; Pipistrel Vertical Solutions; and Jaunt Air Mobility.

The company unveiled several proposed Uber Air Skyport design concepts this summer and named Melbourne, Australia as a new UAM test city, joining previously announced locations in Los Angeles, CA and Dallas, TX.

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Altitude Attitude

Deanna Harms

Deanna Harms, executive vice president, at Greteman Group, a marketing communications agency in Wichita, the Air Capital.

A Seat at the Table

The first time I visited a major aircraft manufacturer’s headquarters some 20-plus years ago, there was no mistaking the gender divide. Impeccably groomed men wearing dark suits occupied private offices and led meetings. Support staff sat in large open spaces that bustled with activity. They were all women.

Recently we attended a meeting at another major aircraft manufacturer. Our team sat at a large conference table filled with decision makers. All were women.

We celebrate this blurring - and outright rewriting - of workforce gender lines. Greater diversity brings broader perspectives, enhanced collaboration and an enriching of the talent pool. When all can contribute, top performers rise without discriminatory barriers holding them down.

Individuals are not the only ones to reap the rewards of diversity. Companies do, too. Management firm McKinsey reported in January 2018 that companies with management gender diversity are 21% more likely to experience above-average profits.

A Platform for Success

Our office is atypical in that it’s led by a woman, three women constitute its chief operating group and women outnumber men five to one. This may have happened because we offer a good work-life balance - something particularly important for colleagues raising children, serving as a caregiver or heavily invested in outside causes.


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Westminster, Colorado:

F/LIST establishes US operations in Westminster / Jefferson County

The internationally renowned manufacturer of high-end interior for business & private jets, yachts and luxury residences has opened a new site in Westminster/Jefferson County.

The Austrian family-run company’s subsidiary F. LIST COLORADO LLC recently leased industrial space in the City of Westminster, which was strategically chosen for its close proximity to the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport (RMMA), which is home to Pilatus Business Aircraft, one of F/LIST’s largest partners.

F/LIST Pilatus interior

F/LIST Pilatus interior

The new site will ensure easier coordination with local partners, and fast and efficient realization of highly sophisticated refurbishment and cabin modification projects as well as product support.

The new establishment in Westminster also guarantee prompt and precise execution of the extensive range of aircraft aftermarket services for F/LIST’s North American customer base.


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Montreal, Canada:

Bombardier unveils l’Opéra - the most advanced audio system in business aviation

Developed for the Global 7500: Showcasing at NBAA-BACE.

Bombardier’s l’Opéra, the most advanced and high fidelity audio system in business aviation, was unveiled this week, featuring full-range speakers, the latest in digital signal processing and seat-centric sound technology, developed for the Global 7500 business jet.

Bombardier’s l’Opéra features optimally positioned full-range speakers that deliver exceptionally balanced sound with an available 1,275 watts of power.

A combination of high and mid-range drivers, designed to optimize frequency range and eliminate distortion, are customized by floorplan and positioned to achieve the most balanced sound in any cabin layout offered on the Global 7500 jet.


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Signum Aviation

Kyle Ferguson

Kyle Ferguson

Signum Aviation, now into its second decade as one of the leading bespoke flight support companies providing European and global support for US-based business aviation operators, has announced the appointment of Kyle Ferguson to the position of Director Of Operations, North America to head the US business.

Kyle joins the company from Avianis Systems, following a career that has taken him to the NBAA, ARINC and Honeywell. He will be responsible for the continued growth and customer service within the US.

Jonathan Gill, founder of Signum Aviation: “We are delighted to welcome Kyle to the team here at Signum Aviation to help continue the growth of our US business. By having one of our senior executive team based in the US we’re able to enhance the service we provide to our existing clients, as well as growing our product offering to future ones.”

West Star Aviation

Eric Valdes

Eric Valdes

West Star has announced the promotion of Eric Valdes to Gulfstream Program Director with associated programs for Egyptian contracts, Accessories, NDT and Window Repair at their East Alton, IL (ALN) facility.

Eric brings over 26 years of aviation experience with him, formally serving as Gulfstream Program Manager at West Star for the past 12 years and previously at Midcoast for nine years. He also served in the US Air Force as crew chief on AWACS, stationed at Tinker AFB. Eric received his A&P license from SWIC.

"We are always excited to be able to offer advancement opportunities to our experienced team members," said Scott Sweeney, General Manager (ALN). "Eric's expertise and long tenure with West Star will continue to support the valuable relationships with our customers and assist with expanding the additional programs to meet their needs."


Ritchie Buckingham

Ritchie Buckingham

Interflight Aircraft Maintenance, based at London Biggin Hill Airport, has appointed Ritchie Buckingham to head up sales for the company.

In his new position Ritchie will be responsible for the commercial growth of the business, building new relationships, as well as developing the existing client base.

Ritchie joins Interflight Aircraft Maintenance with 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry, specialising in engineering and aircraft maintenance.

As well as his experience in the MRO sales field, Ritchie’s expertise also includes, commercial and project management.

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Three new bizjets achieve EASA certification ahead of NBAA-BACE

Both Bombardier and Gulfstream celebrate European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certification for new aircraft this week, validating the requirement for operation in the European Union.

Bombardier's two latest additions to the Global family, the Global 5500 and Global 6500 business jets are awarded certification, hard on the heels of Transport Canada certification and entry-into-service on September 30.

Gulfstream G500

Gulfstream G500

Meanwhile, Gulfstream's all-new, award-winning Gulfstream G500 is cleared for European Union registrations and customer deliveries.

All three aircraft will be showcased on the static display at the 2019 National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE) October 22 through 24 in Las Vegas.


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Melbourne, Florida:

Satcom Direct bolsters IT training for business aviation sector

In response to the growing demand for more qualified IT experts in the business aviation sector, Satcom Direct (SD), is strengthening its industry-focused training program.

The second edition of aeroIT, SD’s aviation IT certification, is now available with renewed content and an exam updated to reflect the changes; SD’s training programs have been added to the curricula offered at both FlightSafety International (FSI) and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; and the number of SD digital self-learning courses has grown.

Satcom Direct bolsters IT training for business aviation sector

The SD Entry into Service facility delivers essential aviation IT training to existing and new customers on board their aircraft.

Revisions to the aeroIT course place more focus on cybersecurity, the latest communications systems and information technology advancements to ensure aviation IT professionals’ knowledge is current with the most recent developments. The revised exam, designed to test candidates’ understanding of developing connectivity technologies, will enable existing aeroIT certificate holders to renew their existing qualification.


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United States:

Will increased accessibility impact the private jet experience?

Commentary from David Gitman, President of South Florida based Monarch Air Group.

Looks like private aviation is getting popular. There, it’s said. A market that thrives on exclusivity and high levels of customization is rapidly getting accessible.

A steady number of orders by the main manufacturers during the past years, a move towards on-demand charter instead of jet card memberships, an increase in hours flown and new economies joining this trend, is an indicator that private aviation is growing in various fronts.

From the consumer end, the most important is the increase in accessibility. Should regular private flyers be worried? It depends. Although this dynamic market has grown exponentially in the past decade, one of its core purposes resides in connecting those places unattended by commercial aviation.

Price will continue the primary driver and therefore flights on private jets will remain on the exclusive side of the spectrum.

  David Gitman, President of Monarch Air Group.

But what about turboprops, which account for much of the industry? In fact, almost 80% of all private flights are 2 hours or less, the ideal range for these aircraft.


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New Zealand:

Swissport Executive Aviation launches in Aukland

Swissport’s presence in the Asia-Pacific region has received another boost with the launch of Swissport Executive Aviation at Auckland Airport, New Zealand.

The Swissport Executive Aviation brand replaces Skycare, the Auckland-based FBO and executive aviation arm of Aerocare, which became a part of Swissport International AG in March 2018.

(L to R): Mark Siladi, Peter McNally and Rob D’Alessio.

(L to R): Mark Siladi, Peter McNally and Rob D’Alessio.

Swissport Executive Aviation first launched in 2001 at the Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in France and has since grown to handle more than 24,000 flights per year at over 90 bases. The company has concierge staff at 32 airports in Australia and New Zealand. Its network connects with over 90 airports and 25 countries across the globe.

“We have operated locally since 1987, delivering expert services at more than 47 locations throughout New Zealand, Australia and the South Pacific Islands," said Rob D’Alessio, Senior Vice President Australia & New Zealand at Swissport. "Joining the global network and operating under the well-known and trusted Swissport Executive Aviation brand will benefit our new and existing customers and set the benchmark for safety and seamless international service.”

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Munich, Germany:

MHS Aviation is first German operator of Embraer's Praetor 600

A factory new Embraer Praetor 600 joined the fleet of Munich based operator MHS Aviation last week, bringing the total fleet size to 18 aircraft complemented by one Agusta Westland 109.

MHS CEO, Steffen Fries with the new Embraer Praetor 600.

MHS CEO, Steffen Fries with the new Embraer Praetor 600.

"We are extremely proud to become the first German airline to operate this fantastic new aircraft," said MHS CEO, Steffen Fries. "This is a perfect supplement to our existing heavy jet fleet of Dassault Falcon 2000LX and Bombardier Challenger 604s. With the transatlantic range or 10 passengers on board, it can perform a wide range of missions for our customers."

The Praetor 600 delivers a nonstop range of 4,018 nm (7,441 km), offering intercontinental travel - for example, London/New York or Dubai/London - and can operate from a runway as short as 3,000 feet.

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United Kingdom:

Air BP names fifth Sterling Pilot Scholar as it celebrates five years of scholarship programme

Air BP, the international aviation fuel products and service supplier, has named its fifth Sterling Pilot Scholar as 18-year old Kristoff Ahlner from Shenfield, Essex, UK.

The scholarship is valued at around £10,000 and aims to assist aspiring UK pilots like Kristoff achieve their Private Pilot’s Licence (PPL). As the industry faces a global pilot shortage with 790,000 new civil aviation pilots needed to fly the world’s fleet over the next 20 years, Air BP’s programme is all the more important.

AirBP Sterling Pilots

Kristoff joined The Royal Air Force Air Cadets (Hutton Squadron) aged 13 and simultaneously began gliding at Essex and Suffolk Gliding Club. He has been captivated by flight and keen to become a pilot ever since. He has just completed his flight training at Stapleford Aerodrome in Essex following A Levels and intends to study Aeronautical Engineering at university prior to pursuing a career as a pilot.


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Bizav Newsreel

This week . . .

Meet "Ann" - a new ray of productivity sunshine for the charter industry

In which Andrew Douglas, CEO of MakeTechFly explains to Liz Moscrop how his company's new software "Ann" works to eliminate lots of pesky frustrations in the charter industry, such as: duplication and data error, oodles of email and mistaken data entry.

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In trial at the moment and due to hit the market shortly, look out for him at NBAA-BACE next week.

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Van Nuys, California:

Planet Nine Private Air, the Van Nuys, California based private charter operator and aircraft management company is flying high this week on the back of earning the highest-ranked ARGUS Platinum safety certification.

Independently awarded, ARGUS ratings are globally recognized as the most accurate and detailed third-party due diligence system for Part 135 charter operators, buyers and passengers throughout the world. The company also achieved IS-BAO Stage 1 last month, satisfying IBAC that it is delivering high operational standards in all aspects of its business.

Planet 9 Falcon 7X

Planet 9 Falcon 7X

Just over a year old, Planet 9 has now achieved three safety ratings, obtaining Wyvern Wingman status under its onsite flight leader program last year.

Planet 9 operates five Dassault Falcon 7Xs, plus a Gulfstream G550, Gulfstream G650 and Bombardier Global 5000 available for third party charter for private owners through its management division. It flies corporations, family offices and UHNWs from the West and East Coasts of the USA to destinations including Europe, Russia and the Middle East.

Planet 9 is exhibiting for the first time at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas (October 22 to 24). Booth No C9624 - with Avinode.

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Pilatus delivers 50th PC-24 and unveils 'The NeXt Big Thing' at NBAA-BACE

Pilatus is celebrating the 50th delivery of the new and very popular PC-24 Super Versatile Jet to a US customer.

Certified in over ten countries, the global PC-24 fleet now exceeds the 14,000 flight-hour mark and the fleet leader has already amassed 1,400 flying hours in just 20 months of service. Pilatus and the Authorised Pilatus Sales Centres are currently taking orders for aircraft which will deliver in the latter half of 2021.


With its versatile cabin, the PC-24 is used by a wide range of customers: fractional ownership, charter operators, public companies, private individuals, air ambulance operators and government authorities.

New Interiors

Over the past year, Pilatus has gathered feedback on how the first PC-24 customers are making good use of the flexible interior.

Now, at the National Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), Pilatus will unveil a PC-24 with a forward galley designed to provide additional storage space for coffee, ice, beverages and catering. Like other furniture and seats in the PC-24, the galley will be modular and interchangeable with the currently available coat closet.


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United Kingdom:

Luxaviation UK adds London-based Global 6000 to fleet

Luxaviation UK has announced the addition of a Bombardier Global 6000 to its fleet, based at London Luton Airport.

The aircraft, now available for charter with a full-time crew, is only a year old and comes complete with a refined interior and high-speed KA Band Wi-Fi.

Luxaviation UK adds London-based Global 6000 to fleet

George Galanopoulos, Luxaviation UK’s managing director and newly appointed head of charter sales, Europe, for the Luxaviation Group, says:

“The addition of this state-of-the-art Global 6000 is an exciting landmark for us because it will be the longest-range jet Luxaviation UK has available for charter, capable of covering more than 6,000 nautical miles."


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Tastefully Yours.

Paula Kraft

Paula Kraft, founder of Atlanta's Tastefully Yours Catering and the DaVinci Inflight Training Institute in Fort Lauderdale.

Asian "Pastas"

Or noodles. The terminology is like the great debate, “Is it a biscuit, a bread or a cracker?" When researching the idea of whether the Asian “pasta” should be referred to as a noodle and whether the typical noodle can also be called a pasta, I decided to leave the debate to others much wiser than me.

The discussion started after our Executive Chef attended a class on making Udon Noodles. When I make noodles - the egg, flour, pinch of salt and water type - I hand roll out to whatever thickness I want and allow to dry on a lightly floured board all day before cutting them into strips and adding them to my chicken noodle soup. I call THAT a noodle. Making pasta involves a similar process, but may be pressed through a pasta machine into different shapes, then dusted with semolina flour to air dry. These items are different in my mind . . . they are pasta.

The same thought process is the argument of noodles in Asian countries, versus noodles in Italy. I think so anyway.

Now back to the discussion on Udon noodles. Chef said humidity, barometric pressure and flour all had to be exact, and that although it's a simple process, it is a process that is science-based. Wow! all for the Udon noodle. Sounds more like baking to me.


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UAS boosts ground service offering across China

Business jet customers now benefit from working with a single source for integrated trip planning and ground handling.

Global trip support solutions provider, UAS International Trip Support has expanded its capabilities in China and bolstered its client offering by becoming a domestic handling agent providing handling services across the country. With the new UAS China network of dedicated local agents in position, foreign operators will now have easier access to all categories of business airports in the region.

Dedicated UAS China agents are already operating at major business aviation hubs such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Xi’an and Guangzhou, which represent some of the country’s most active executive destinations.

UAS China clients are benefiting from having a local UAS contractor on site to deliver priority ground handling, dedicated supervision and significantly the convenience of liaising with a single source for all ground handling and trip support services at China’s pivotal business aviation gateways. This synchronised handling and support is of particular benefit for international operators and fleets as it helps navigate the complexities of the aviation landscape by reducing points of contact, simplifying the trip planning process, and emulating the high standards delivered by UAS globally.


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Embraer approves Jet Flight Service to expand support to Legacy 600/650 in Moscow

Jet Flight Service, based at Vnukovo International Airport, has been approved as an Embraer Authorized Service Center (EASC) to expand their support for Legacy 600/650 customers in Moscow, Russia.

Jet Flight Service, which is certified by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), may perform scheduled and non-scheduled maintenance, component and part exchange, types of inspections at different levels of complexity for those aircraft platforms.

"We are pleased to have Jet Flight Service as part of our global network of Embraer Authorized Service Centers, enhancing our presence in a strategic market in Europe by offering Legacy 600/650 owners and operators the best solutions in services and support for optimal operation with a competitive value,” said Frank Stevens, Embraer's MRO Global Vice President Services & Support.

Kirill Trushkovskiy, General Manager, Jet Flight Service, added: “We are proud to extend our association with Embraer, enhancing our service spectrum for the Embraer customers in Russia, securing aircraft availability and reduced costs.” www.jetflightservice.com/

PETS Approved


AviationManuals and IBAC join forces to make IS-BAO registration easier

AviationManuals and the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) have announced a partnership combining efforts to make IS-BAO certification more convenient.

Through this relationship, AviationManuals will maintain IBAC’s free General Company Operations Manual (GCOM) current to the latest IS-BAO revision, as well as provide its renowned simplified development methods to operators looking to obtain and maintain IS-BAO registration.

“We look forward to supporting IBAC by improving and keeping its already robust GCOM up to date, thereby providing an even better free solution to IS-BAO members," said AviationManuals CEO Mark Baier. "At the same time, we both recognize that developing and maintaining your own manuals, even when starting with the GCOM, may not be an effective and efficient option, particularly for smaller operators.


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GLOBALJET Services to honor NBAA CEO Ed Bolen at NBAA-BACE

GLOBALJET Services, Inc., a leader in on-location aviation aircraft, avionics, safety, and professional development training, will present a unique award at the NBAA booth at next week's Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 22.

NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen will be recognized for his belief in, and commitment to, the continued success and growth of the business aviation industry and profession.

Ed’s leadership, guidance, and policy support have advanced the industry and strengthened the future for the next generation of pilots, technicians, dispatchers, and others. GLOBALJET acknowledges his dedication and celebrates Ed as a professional who exemplifies a lifestyle of “being more” both within and outside the field of aviation.

GLOBALJET’s b!~more campaign focuses on giving back to the industry and helping all aviation personnel excel both within and outside the profession by achieving a higher sense of accomplishment - to truly “be more”. The b!~more campaign fosters greater fulfillment through education, strategic mentorship and partnerships, and community exchanges.

The award will be presented at 3 p.m. (Pacific Time) in NBAA’s booth (N1835) in North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.


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And Finally

Titan Airways introduces first Airbus A330 to fleet

Titan Airways, the London Stansted-based charter and airline sub-charter specialist, is bolstering its fleet with the introduction of a first Airbus A330 airliner. The 5 year young Airbus A330-200 will join Titan’s 12-strong fleet in the first quarter of 2020 and enter revenue service in April.

The A330, leased for a 5 1/2 year term, will be the first wide bodied Airbus variant operated by Titan Airways, replacing a Boeing 767-300ER.

Alastair Kiernan, Business Development Director, said: “The A330 will fulfil long haul requirements previously met by the B767, which we are retiring as we transition towards an all Airbus fleet. We have selected this aircraft due to the very high standard of the cabin and the crew rest compartment, which will enable us to operate the aircraft to its maximum range. This should open up a wealth of new opportunities in the charter market.”

Titan A330 Busness Seating

Titan A330 Busness Seating

The spacious modern cabin is configured with 32 fully lie-flat beds and 206 standard economy seats, offering a 32inch seat pitch. All seats are equipped with touch screen in-flight entertainment and in-seat power, allowing passengers to power their own devices. The provision of crew rest extends the range of the aircraft to approximately 14 ½ hours, enabling us to perform extra-long range flight operations.

The introduction of the Airbus A330 follows the arrival of 6 narrow bodied Airbus aircraft - 3 Airbus A321’s, 2 Airbus A320’s and an Airbus A318 - over the last 6 years. While the Titan fleet currently also comprises a number of Boeing aircraft types, the carrier ultimately intends to transition to an all Airbus fleet, in order to benefit from the cost savings associated with operating a single aircraft type.

Kiernan continued: “With the addition of the A330 we are thrilled to be able to offer our clients a choice of comfortable, modern, economical aircraft with a diversity of capacity and range.”

Titan anticipates strong demand for the new A330 aircraft from other airlines for wet/damp lease, ad-hoc charter and tour operator charter roles.

Titan Airways

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