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PrivatAir logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1977[2]
Operating bases
Fleet size 8
Destinations 13 (scheduled)
Headquarters Meyrin, Switzerland

PrivatAir is a Swiss airline operating business jets, headquartered at Geneva International Airport in Meyrin. It operates scheduled services for other airlines as well as charter flights for corporations or VIPs.[3][4]


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

In May 2003, PrivatAir and Swissport created the joint company PrivatPort, which is an executive jet handling business.[2] 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.

Company overview[edit]

Head office of PrivatAir in Meyrin

PrivatAir is made up of three key divisions: Scheduled Services,[5] Business Aviation[6] which includes aircraft management, charter, sales, PrivatJetFuel and ground services, and PrivatTraining:[7]

PrivatAir specialises in scheduled and charter flights using mid-sized, long-range jets. Its main base is Geneva International Airport with further contracted operational bases at Frankfurt Airport, Germany (operating for Lufthansa), Stavanger Airport, Sola, Norway (operating for Scandinavian Airlines), and Maya-Maya Airport, Republic of the Congo (operating for ECAir).

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.


As of January 2015 the following scheduled destinations are served by PrivatAir:[8]

Operated for ECAir[edit]

Operated for Lufthansa[edit]

Operated for Scandinavian Airlines[edit]


PrivatAir Boeing 737-800
PrivatAir Boeing 757-200

As of April 2015, the PrivatAir fleet consists of the following aircraft[12]

Aircraft In fleet Orders Seats Notes
First Business Economy Total
Boeing 737-300
12 108 120 operated for EC Air
Boeing 737-700
12 108 120 operated for EC Air
Boeing 737-700 BBJ1
20 66 86 operated for Lufthansa
Boeing 737-700 BBJ1
44 44 operated for Scandinavian Airlines
Boeing 757-200
16 132 148 operated for EC Air
Boeing 767-300ER
3 30 164 197 operated for EC Air
Boeing 787-8
Deliveries starting September 2015
Bombardier CS100
Plus 5 options[13]

Additionally, PrivatAir operates several more smaller business jets from Dassault, Bombardier and Gulfstream.[14]


  1. ^ "IATA - Airline and Airport Code Search". Retrieved 11 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Company History". PrivatAir. Retrieved 2011-02-18. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ PrivatAir: Current Services
  6. ^ PrivatAir: Business Aviation
  7. ^ PrivatAir: PrivatTraining
  8. ^ Privatair - Current Services
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ - Lufthansa Nairobi Service Changes Oct 2015 – Aug 2016 2 October 2015
  11. ^ "SAS introduces new daily service Boston-Copenhagen" (Press release). SAS Group. 8 October 2015. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  12. ^ CH-Aviation page for PrivatAir, retrieved 9 January 2014
  13. ^ "PrivatAir signs for up to 10 CS100s". Flightglobal. 2012-01-20. 
  14. ^

External links[edit]

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