Despite the pandemic, Germany's ProAir is reflecting on a successful 2021 and the company has an optimistic outlook for 2022. Once COVID had started to spread across Europe, ProAir's group charter team saw cancellations of all booked group flights linked to events and exhibitions, which also affected major airlines.
“As scheduled airline flights were unavailable and are still limited today, demand for business aviation aircraft picked up massively,” comments GM Andreas Wald. “Being a broker initially and having established our own in-house airline ProAir Aviation 15 years ago, we can always serve our customers with an ideal aircraft for the demand. Even customers who had not flown on chartered aircraft until then got used to the benefits of a charter flight.” This has in turn led to high demand for ProAir's aircraft sales and management department, as customers with a significant number of flight hours showed interest in buying aircraft.
The operator's fleet has swelled and is now 28-strong; it includes a PC-12, a large variety of Citations and a Phenom 300E, one of the latest arrivals in August 2021. “With only a few weeks in service the Phenom has already demonstrated that it is the customers' favourite,” adds Wald. “From time to time our executive aircraft are not only used for passengers but also for time critical material for the automotive or aviation industry. Medical supplies are also among the types of cargo flown on ProAir's aircraft, like recently, when 32 boxes of life saving medicine needed to be flown from Germany to Mauritius. Within a bit more than 24 hours the Falcon 50 had arrived at its destination and the cargo was delivered to the hospital.
“Whatever the future will bring, we are well placed to serve all our customers' needs.”
A Citation Sovereign has arrived with ProAir in recent weeks. With a total range of around 4,900 km, a maximum cruising speed of over 790 km/h and the ability to fly to smaller airports, the Sovereign has nine seats.