VIP helicopter flights for Norwich airport
Paul Hill, business editorAn executive jet operator at Norwich International Airport has invested �800,000 in the first of a new fleet of helicopters to offer VIP flights.Paul Hill, business editor
An executive jet operator at Norwich International Airport has invested �800,000 in the first of a new fleet of helicopters to offer VIP flights.
SaxonAir has taken delivery of a Eurocopter EC120 and has plans to buy a second.
The helicopter move comes just months after Saxonair increased its fleet of charter jets to four with the �1.84m purchase of a Cessna Citation Mustang.
Managing director Chris Mace said moving into helicopter charter was a logical step and said there would be a steady increase in the size of the firm's helicopter fleet in the next year. 'Now is a very good time to buy,' he said.
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'We've taken bookings for this year already and undertaken some charter flights,' he added. 'This has come about because of requests from clients and it's about offering a complete package of private air travel service.
'The private jet is there for trips further afield and outside the UK, and the helicopter offers the ultimate VIP door-to-door travel.'
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SaxonAir, which was set up in 2007, now has a workforce of eight full-time staff and five part-time employees.
Mr Mace predicted that turnover will rise from �1.5m a year to close to �2.5m in the 2009-10 financial year.
The firm was bought by acquired by businessman Roger Klyne from previous majority shareholder and entrepreneur Graeme Kalbraier in May last year for an undisclosed sum.