UK business aircraft consultancy and aircraft broker Oasis Air is set to widen its portfolio of services with the planned acquisition by year end of up to two business jets and the formation of a management company to maintain these and other business aircraft.

The move is designed to exploit the growing demand from Middle East customers for leisure and corporate travel.

Sam Kneifati, co-owner of Oasis Air says: “We are actively looking in the USA for two pre-owned business jets that will take our company to another level. We are also hoping to receive an air operator certificate by the end of the year.”

Kneifati says Oasis Air has built up a strong Middle East customer base through its bespoke VIP travel consultancy. The company acquires blocks of charter hours through established management and leasing companies and then develops and oversees the travel itinerary of its clients. “There is a gaping niche in the corporate, leisure and tourism markets in the Middle East, particularly servicing large groups,” Kneifati says.

“By owning our own aircraft we can widen the choice and availability for our clients,” he adds. Oasis is also considering forming a consortium of potential investors to purchase a range of aircraft from superlight aircraft to widebody business jets, such as the Airbus Corporate Jetliner or Boeing Business Jet. Oasis plans to establish management companies in the Middle East and the UK, with London Luton and Dubai the likely bases for the operations.

Source: Flight International