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SaxonAir adds flexible Baron to mixed fleet
Norwich airport-based SaxonAir took delivery of a new Beechcraft Baron G58 at EBACE in Geneva. The operator plans to use the aircraft for company transportation as well as making it available for charter.

Norwich airport-based SaxonAir took delivery of a new Beechcraft Baron G58 at EBACE in Geneva. The operator plans to use the aircraft for company transportation as well as making it available for charter.

“We were looking primarily for a company aircraft that could also fill a niche area in our charter fleet,” says charter ceo Alex Durand. “Operating a mixed jet and helicopter fleet efficiently and most effectively requires crew and support services to be travelling between the aircraft locations, and the Baron G58 allows us to do this, providing speed, comfort and maximum flexibility.”

SaxonAir has now secured base facilities at London Biggin Hill and Cannes in the south of France as part of plans to facilitate future aircraft management growth.

“The Baron is ideal for executive transport and charter operations and will be a great addition to SaxonAir's fleet,” says Richard Emery, Beechcraft president, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific regions. “The craftsmanship appeals to pilots and passengers, with a premium cabin that provides the best ride of any piston engine aircraft. But more important than style and comfort, the Baron G58 is a powerful and safe aircraft offering shorter trip times and lower operating costs.”

The G58's flight deck includes fully integrated Garmin G1000 avionics with a GFC 700 flight control system and GWX 68 colour weather radar. A new worldwide AOC will now allow the company's jet fleet to expand its area of operation into new and lucrative business aviation markets concentrating on Africa, the Middle East and Russia.

Christopher Mace, group commercial director, says: “The new licence capability will increase our area of operation into new emerging markets, perfect for our long-range Hawker 900XP midsize jet. It also enables us to offer worldwide support for managed aircraft clients.”

SaxonAir's clients include many blue chip companies, individual bus-iness people, sports teams, musicians, the offshore energy industry and local private families. However, Mace adds: “It's not all champagne and caviar. This misconception often means that the true value and accessibility of business aviation flights can be overlooked. Of course, luxuries can always be available on-board if requested.”

The current charter fleet now consists of five jet and turboprop aircraft, from light to midsize, and two helicopters. This fleet is operated from Norwich, bases around London and also Greece.

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