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Despite ongoing restrictions, the last few months have gone well for Spanish operator Gestair. “The second half of spring and summer are proving to be really intense in terms of operations,” reveals GM Carlos Gericó. “Of course, we’ve flown more than in 2020, but also more than in 2019. The valuable advantages of corporate aviation have been recognised: privacy, safety and flexibility.
“At Gestair Aviation we have a widely varied fleet of all ranks. This year, for example, we have added a new Global 6500, and in September we’ll add an XLS+ and a Challenger 605. We work with all manufacturers. Our fleet is extraordinarily versatile: Gulfstream, Bombardier, Dassault, Cessna and so on. This means we are able to meet our customers’ demands at all times.”
Gericó says flights are always infrequent in corporate aviation, so business isn’t particularly unusual just now. “What affects us most at the moment are the restrictions due to the pandemic and the requirements of each country. Putting customers and their safety first is the core value that we stand by at Gestair. Protocols against COVID-19, safety protocols, monitoring the entry requirements for every country on a daily basis. That the customer is able to see and be sure that the most important thing for us is, and always will be, taking them to their destination safely while being flexible.”
Gestair's MRO will open its second hangar in Madrid-Barajas airport this autumn, which means the company will have over 23,000 sqm devoted to holding and maintaining aircraft. “This allows us to advance with new qualifications, as we are currently doing for the B737 fleets of regular airlines. In this division we are also experiencing remarkable growth: we are now in the process of obtaining GACA authorisation in order to provide services to meet our customers’ demands in Saudi Arabia.”