UK business aircraft charter start-up FlairJet has become Europe's first commercial operator of the Embraer Phenom 100 very light jet following the handover of its aircraft operator's certificate from the UK Civil Aviation Authority in late December. The first commercial flight is planned for 7 January.
The Oxford airport-based operator took delivery of the first Phenom 100 on 29 October and the second on 6 November. The aircraft are managed by FlairJet on behalf of their owners - international property developers and Oxford Airport proprietors the Reuben brothers.
Flairjet - which plans to take delivery of its own Phenom 100 in 2012 - is planning to expand its managed fleet and hopes to become Europe's first commercial operator of the Phenom 300 light jets.
"We are holding discussions with two Phenom 300 customers with a view to adding their aircraft to our AOC in May and June," says FlairJet chief executive David Fletcher.
Flairjet is also seeking to widen its product offering. "We don't want to spread ourselves too thinly by limiting our line-up to light jets," says Fletcher. "So we are looking to add longer range and larger cabin aircraft over time."