Jetexpress, headquartered in Warsaw, Poland, is taking bookings on a Citation Mustang after it purchased the aircraft in January of this year. As EBAN goes to press, the company has been issued with an AOC. The Mustang, which is currently operated for Jetexpress by AMC Aviation in partnership with Andrzej Kisiel and Urszula Wilkowska, is based in Malaga, and executive assistant and ground operations manager Adrian Thomson Hayes sees a strong market for the business in southern Europe: “We have other bases which are branded as 'JetPads' at Frankfurt, Munich, Warsaw and London Luton. Any individual can have use of these by purchasing one of our loyalty jet cards such as the 100 hour card.
“The Mustang is a great aircraft to have based in the south of Spain; we strongly believe there is a niche market in this region. The south of France, Madrid, Barcelona and the Balearic Islands all fall within close proximity to Malaga, and Morocco and Algeria are also a short hop away. These are our main focus areas.
“We are looking to fly 200-300 hours this year. We are also in contact with a company in Algeria and we are networking with people in Morocco as well. Finally, we are looking at co-branding with companies who have larger jets and offering exchanges of each other's services. We offer one-off flight packages, holidays and tours within our concierge service.”
He reveals that Jetexpress is already considering taking on further aircraft:
“We are looking to have another Mustang under management based in Valencia or Barcelona. We will aim to get ad hoc commercial charters this year, but if we can also get interest from people buying our 25 hour or 50 hour jet cards, then all the better. We are looking for returning customers, and this works out much cheaper on our jet cards.”
The operator's services extend to concierge and luxury hotel bookings, and it plans on carrying out bespoke African air safaris in conjunction with US-based escorted travel company Air Journey. Jetexpress offers shared ownership for less than one million dollars on the Citation Mustang Jet.
“We are adding to our marketing programme a CJ2+ and a XLS very shortly, and we are looking to sell shares in the Cessna Citation line of jets and provide management,” comments ceo Ruchir Gupta. “We have a unique deal for owners where we don't charge a fixed management fee but only a variable fee. So if we do not book any charter on an aircraft, we do not earn anything.”