Belgium-headquartered Flyinggroup, which established Middle East operations in the fourth quarter of 2017, has transferred a Hawker 900XP to its charter fleet in the Middle East. “The Hawker 900XP is an aircraft we have managed for a number of years and that we relocated to the Middle East to facilitate owner and charter flights,” says MD Mark Hardman. “This fills a gap in the market for well-priced midsize aircraft with Dubai to Moscow capability.
“The aircraft offers a cost-efficient solution for flights of up to five hours. Presently there is significant demand in this sector. The aircraft and its stand up cabin are already performing well and proving popular.”
Highlights for Flyinggroup last year included the acquisition of Maltese company Hyperion Aviation, opening the Middle East office and being awarded a Diamond Safety of Flight award by EBAA.
Hardman is experienced in Middle East ops – most recently he was director of general aviation for Dubai South and before that was Middle East ops director for ExecuJet – and he does not think that transferring aircraft to the region will be problematic. “This is a region where we have significant operating exper-ience,” he says. “So we do not expect too many challenges in this regard. We do, however, see signifi-cant opportunity in terms of expanding the operation. Our aircraft management solutions are unique and offer clients flexibility and efficiency. Globally, the aircraft management business continues to evolve and we are looking to lead these developments by offering dynamic customer-centric solutions.”
Flyinggroup operates and main-tains more than 40 aircraft worldwide. Its headquarters are in Antwerp, but the group has expanded to Luxem-bourg, France, the Netherlands, Malta and the Middle East.