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.
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. 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.
In April 2015, Lufthansa announced it would reduce their involvement with PrivatAir as the route from Frankfurt to Dammam will be shut down by the end of October 2015. PrivatAir also used to operate flights to Libreville, Pointe-Noire, Accra Bahrain, and Tel Aviv on behalf of Lufthansa but these routes were all terminated a few years earlier.
PrivatAir is made up of three key divisions: Scheduled Services, Business Aviation which includes aircraft management, charter, sales, PrivatJetFuel and ground services, and PrivatTraining:
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:
- Bamako - Bamako–Sénou International Airport
- Beirut - Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport
- Brazzaville - Maya-Maya Airport Base
- Cotonou - Cadjehoun Airport
- Dakar - Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport
- Douala - Douala International Airport
- Libreville - Libreville International Airport
- Oyo Ollombo Airport, Republic of the Congo
- Paris - Charles de Gaulle Airport
- Pointe Noire - Pointe Noire Airport
- Frankfurt - Frankfurt Airport Base
- Nairobi - Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (ends 31 August 2016)
- Pune - Pune Airport
- Boston - Logan International Airport
- Copenhagen - Copenhagen Airport Base
- Newark - Liberty International Airport
As of June 2016, the PrivatAir fleet consists of the following aircraft
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- PrivatAir: Current Services
- PrivatAir: Business Aviation
- PrivatAir: PrivatTraining
- Privatair - Current Services
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