FAI anticipates 'business as usual' following Brexit.

Wednesday 29th June 2016

  • FAI
  • Siegfried Axtmann - Founder and chairman of FAI.

Siegfried Axtmann, CEO of FAI Rent a Jet, Germany's largest business jet operator, says that he anticipates business for the German operator will carry on "as usual" with his British associates, partners and clients, whilst the effect of Brexit is established.

The FAI fleet, which consists of 20 Bombardier aircraft, is active in the international charter, leasing and medevac sectors. About 10% of its business is conducted directly with UK clients.  As Britain determines the terms of its departure from the European Union.  Axtmann anticipates that business will continue to develop with his British colleagues. Although he acknowledges, volatile currency exchange rates will have a negative effect on British business, in general, in the short term.

"For business aviation this is likely to decrease profitability of a number of companies as the wait-and-see effect takes hold. However much of business aviation trading is conducted in dollars which could provide some sort of buffer to the negative currency exchange rates the GB Pound is currently experiencing."

"I suspect that Great Britain's business aviation community will be given the same status as Switzerland which means holding a full EASA membership, but with some restrictions on flight operations within the EU," he added commenting on the possible future status of the British Business Aviation within Europe. "We are also living in a time of consolidation and it may be that we see more activity in this area as European companies acquire those based in Great Britain, effectively giving them a 'home' in Europe. We will certainly be looking at opportunities such as these, but otherwise for FAI its business as usual. Great Britain will remain an important market for us."

About FAI

FAI is Germany's largest operator in General Aviation by fleet utilization, having operated more than 13,000 hours of flight time in 2015; FAI operates the largest business jet fleet in Germany incorporating 20 jet aircraft including three Bombardier Global Express, five Bombardier Challenger 604, nine Bombardier Learjet 60, two Bombardier Learjet 55 and a single Bombardier Learjet 35. Headquartered at Albrecht Dürer International Airport in Nuremberg, Germany, it operates a 9,000 m² carbon neutral FBO which will be expanded by the end of 2016 by another 4,500 m².

FAI employs a full time staff of 180 people, including 60 mechanics and engineers at FAI´s in house MRO plus some 50 part time physicians and paramedics. FAI operates satellite offices in Dubai and Miami, as well as line stations in Baghdad, Kabul, Bamako and Dakar.


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