Russia's Air Management Group (AMG) has ventured into the cross-border business-aviation segment by introducing premium services for a "cash-rich time-poor" clientele.

In May, the company, which runs domestic air-taxi operator Dexter, launched scheduled charter flights from Moscow Vnukovo airport to a secondary airport London Biggin Hill in the UK, using a wholly owned and specially reconfigured 10-seat Embraer Legacy 600.

The schedule also includes such destinations as Kiev, Cannes and Olbia in Sardinia, with plans to add flights to Eilat, Geneva, Milan, Paris and Zurich, following acquisition of more business jets.

AMG chairman Yevgeny Andrachnikov says a second customised Legacy will arrive in October and a Bombardier Challenger 850 early next year. He adds: "We opted for these particular models as they both derive from regional aircraft [ERJ-145 and CRJ-200] that have an exceptionally good track record with commercial airlines."

Andrachnikov says AMG holds an air operator's certificate, while the superlative service, called "Velvet Club" is provided on its behalf by German business aircraft charter operator Cirrus Aviation. Pricing is for one seat, a pair of seats or a four-seat section.

Source: Flight International