PremiAir displays its wares at Helitech

PremiAir is exhibiting at Helitech 2011, group managing
director, David McRobert is part of the senior management team showcasing
PremiAir’s full range of services, comprising aircraft management, charter,
maintenance and engineering, police air support and advanced pilot
training.  PremiAir Global, the company’s pre-owned aircraft sales arm,
will be promoting its full package of aircraft sales and acquisition services
and showing a VIP Sikorsky S76A+, which is for sale on the static display.

The company now
has six UK bases:  Blackbushe Airport,
Denham Aerodrome, Oxford Airport, Biggin
Hill Airport,
Farnborough Airport and The London Heliport.

Mike Preston, director of engineering and maintenance, who joined
PremiAir from NetJets in March reports an upturn in demand for the company’s
maintenance services:  “As business aviation aircraft utilisation steadily
improves and used aircraft sales activity rises, PremiAir has observed a
parallel uplift at our rotary maintenance base at Blackbushe Airport.”

PremiAir Global was formed
three years ago as the organisation’s aircraft sales and brokerage specialist,
focused on providing the company’s broad network of charter clients with a team
of independent, specialist advisors able to support the buying and selling of
aircraft  with a full suite of high quality services.  Headquartered
at Farnborough Airport, PremiAir Global, which markets rotary
and fixed-wing aircraft, currently has 14 executive helicopters on its books
spanning all helicopter manufacturers.

PremiAir Global has witnessed an upturn in business this year but the
executive helicopter market has been slightly slower to react than the jet
market.  “However, we are finding well priced helicopters are now
beginning to have interest shown in them,” said Gordon Potter, aircraft sales manager
at PremiAir Global.  “Sales are starting to pick up and we have LOI on
several mid-size aircraft, which we hope to close in the next month. 
Enquiry levels are encouragingly on the increase and the general consensus is
that the market place is definitely brightening up.”

Neil Gibson is responsible for PremiAir’s charter and management
business:  “PremiAir has been a key player in the management and charter of
executive helicopters for 30 years.  We offer clients an integrated
helicopter and executive jet management service, backed-up by our extensive
in-house aircraft maintenance, airworthiness management and aircraft sales
teams, with a focus on delivering the highest quality services throughout all
our business operations.”

Gibson highlights an
encouraging increase in charter operations, reporting aircraft utilisation and
charter revenues above budget and closer to those experienced before the
economic climate worsened.  “We’re experiencing a pleasing re-emergence of
corporate incentive and sports hospitality bookings with the British Grand Prix
and Open Golf Championship adding positively to charter revenues so far this
year.”

PremiAir’s entire charter
fleet and several additional helicopters were utilised for the British Grand
Prix in July,” said Gibson. “We flew more than 370 passengers into Silverstone
over the three day event, with every passenger treated to a luxury service, a
champagne breakfast, dedicated terminal facilities, personal handling by
PremiAir staff and the reassurance that our large fleet of VIP helicopters and
highly trained team could accommodate any last minute changes of plan.”

Terry Spruce

Terry is Senior News Editor and writes for both Corporate Jet Investor and Helicopter Investor. He is also responsible for our helicopter guides. Terry has been an aviation enthusiast since the early 1970s. He is a lapsed Private Pilot and ex-Piper Cherokee owner. He has flown a number of light aircraft and is comfortable sitting in the co-pilot's seat or the back of any aircraft. Before moving to journalism he was a banker for 20 years. You can contact him at: terry@corporatejetinvestor.com or follow him on twitter @Terry_Spruce

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