PrivatAir

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PrivatAir
IATA
PT
ICAO
PTI
Callsign
PRIVATAIR
Founded 1977[1]
Operating bases
Fleet size 8
Destinations 10 (scheduled)
Headquarters Meyrin, Switzerland
Website www.privatair.com

PrivatAir is a private airline business, headquartered at Geneva International Airport in Meyrin, Switzerland and has 333 employees. Its clients include royalty, celebrities and captains of industry, as well as other international airlines.[2][3]

History[edit]

The head office of PrivatAir

The airline was established in 1977 as a subsidiary of the Latsis Group. In 1995 it received its Swiss air operator's certificate.

In March 2001 the PrivatAir Group was formed. Also in March 2001, the PrivatAir Group gained ETOPS 180 minutes and FAA 129 Foreign Carrier approval as a designated carrier under the US-Switzerland bilateral "open skies" agreement. These approvals allow the company to offer the most direct routes across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and unlimited operations to the US. At the time, PrivatAir was the only ad hoc commercial charter operator in the world with these approvals.

In February 2002, PrivatAir completed the construction of its private terminal in Geneva where its headquarters are now based. The new "C3" terminal is a joint venture between PrivatAir and Geneva International Airport and offers a full range of VIP passenger services to PrivatAir's customers. In May 2003, PrivatAir and Swissport created the joint company PrivatPort, which is an executive jet handling business.[1]

In October 2003, German subsidiary PrivatAir Germany GmbH, Düsseldorf, gained JAR – 145 approval from the German civil aviation authority, giving the company more autonomy and flexibility within the framework of its operations on behalf of Lufthansa and Airbus.

Over the years PrivatAir operated scheduled services on behalf of the following airlines:

  • Lufthansa from June 2002 – Present
  • ECAir from September 2011 – Present
  • SWISS from January 2005 - March 2012
  • KLM from October 2005 - October 2011
  • Gulf Air from March 2011 - June 2012

The leading corporate jet alliance, AirClub, was founded in Geneva in October 2012. AirClub currently has nine members: ACM Air Charter, Air Alsie, AIR HAMBURG, Corporatejets, FLYINGGROUP, GlobeAir, London Executive Aviation, Masterjet and PrivatAir.

Company Overview[edit]

PrivatAir is made up of three key divisions: Scheduled Services,[4] Business Aviation [5] (Aircraft Management, Aircraft Charter, Aircraft Sales, PrivatJetFuel, Ground Services) and PrivatTraining[6] and has operating bases in Frankfurt Airport (Germany), Geneva International Airport (Switzerland) and Maya-Maya Airport Brazzaville (Republic of the Congo).

PrivatAir specialises in scheduled and charter flights using mid-sized, long-range jets.

PrivatAir's Business Aviation department is designed to provide every aspect of service surrounding any aviation needs covering Aircraft Management, Aircraft Sales & Acquisitions, Aircraft Charter, AirClub (leading corporate jet alliance), PrivatJetFuel (Fuel Management) and Ground Services (PrivatPort).

PrivatTraining are a specialist in-house training department focusing on safety, security and service in the industry. They also provide training for private jet operators, offering tailored programmes designed to help other private jet operators fulfil their regulatory obligations.

Destinations[edit]

As of January 2014 the following scheduled destinations are served by PrivatAir:[7]

Operated for ECAir[edit]

Operated for Lufthansa[edit]

Operated for Scandinavian Airlines[edit]

Fleet[edit]

PrivatAir Boeing 737-800

As of January 2014, the PrivatAir fleet consists of the following aircraft with an average age of 15 years:[10][11]

Aircraft In fleet Orders Seats Notes
First Business Economy Total
Boeing 737-300
2
0 12 108 120 operated for EC Air
Boeing 737-7W
2
operated for EC Air
Boeing 737 BBJ1
1
0 44 0 44 operated for Scandinavian Airlines
Boeing 737 BBJ2
1
0 32 60 92 operated for Lufthansa
Boeing 757-200
2
0 16 132 148 operated for EC Air
Boeing 787-8
2
TBA
TBA
Bombardier CS100
5
0 TBA 0 TBA Plus 5 options[12]
Total
8
7

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Company History". PrivatAir. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  2. ^ Mario Kossmann (30 October 2006). Delivering excellent service quality in aviation: a practical guide for internal and external service providers. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-0-7546-4725-6. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  3. ^ Nawal K. Taneja (2003). Airline survival kit: breaking out of the zero profit game. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. pp. 117–. ISBN 978-0-7546-3452-2. Retrieved 18 February 2011. 
  4. ^ PrivatAir: Current Services
  5. ^ PrivatAir: Business Aviation
  6. ^ PrivatAir: PrivatTraining
  7. ^ Privatair - Current Services
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ SAS to add Boeing 737 flights between Houston and Norway
  10. ^ PrivatAir Official fleet page, retrieved Jan. 20, 2012.
  11. ^ CH-Aviation page for PrivatAir, retrieved 9 January 2014
  12. ^ "PrivatAir signs for up to 10 CS100s". Flightglobal. 2012-01-20. 

External links[edit]

Media related to PrivatAir at Wikimedia Commons