PremiAir enjoys a busy week as corporate hospitality season gets underway at Cheltenham.

Tuesday 22nd March 2011

As Long Run raced towards the finish line to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, PremiAir, the award-winning UK-based executive helicopter and corporate jet charter operator, was preparing to wrap up an extremely busy flying schedule last week.

Each aircraft in the company's executive charter fleet flew every day from locations in the UK and throughout Europe. The fleet, which currently comprises 12 executive helicopters and three jets, will be further boosted by an additional Learjet 45 joining the managed fixed-wing fleet from May.

The company flew race-goers to and from the Cheltenham Festival direct to the heliport located beside the racecourse. Its modern fleet of Sikorsky S76s and Eurocopter Twin Squirrels, carried passengers from Denham Aerodrome, the London Heliport, Oxford Airport and several private addresses in the south of England. PremiAir's first-class service provides quality every inch of the way, with luxurious accommodation in all-club class seats with plenty of room for hats, hat boxes and a well-stocked bar.

The Cheltenham National Hunt Festival marks the start of the 2011 corporate hospitality season and as the country emerges from recession, PremiAir is looking forward to a busy summer season. Bookings for Royal Ascot in June are gaining momentum while interest is high for Goodwood's Festival of Speed that same month and for The Revival in September. "The British Grand Prix at Silverstone in July is proving especially popular and PremiAir has already sold 95% of its capacity for the Sunday," says Neil Gibson, Director of Charter & Management at PremiAir.

PremiAir is partnering with 'The Open Championship Official Hospitality' to provide helicopter transfers to and from Royal St. George's, Sandwich for the Open Golf Championship in July. Helicopter transfers are available from a range of locations around the UK. Typical flight times are just 30 minutes from the London Heliport at Battersea, or 25 minutes from London Biggin Hill Airport, where PremiAir will be offering a unique 'Park-and-Fly' facility. Prices start from £450 per person, with specific quotations and alternative departure points available on request. Customers also have the opportunity to combine helicopter transfers with outstanding hospitality packages, including dining at the Hospitality Village, The Prestige Clubhouse or at one of the exquisite restaurants in the area.

PremiAir's corporate jet charter and management division enjoyed an equally busy week with its Learjet 45s and Beechcraft Premier I flying every day to and from locations all over the UK and Europe.

Editor's Notes:

Established 30 years ago, PremiAir is the UK's largest Executive Helicopter Charter and Management company. It has bases at Biggin Hill, Denham, Blackbushe, Oxford and Farnborough Airports in the UK.

PremiAir is privately owned by the von Essen Group and is a sister company of von Essen Hotels, which owns and operates 28 luxury hotels throughout the UK and Europe.

PremiAir also manages and operates the London Heliport at Battersea, which remains the UK capital's only commercial heliport. New ultra modern business aviation terminal facilities opened in 2010 connected to a luxury 5 star hotel development, Hotel Verta.

PremiAir operates a fleet of Learjet 45's and a Premier I, all of which are fully available for charter. The Learjet 45's are capable of accommodating up to eight passengers in a spacious VIP cabin with double club seating and the Premier I can accommodate up to six passengers in a comfortable, roomy cabin.

The PremiAir Learjet 45's are also approved to fly into and out of London City Airport, dropping passengers straight into the heart of London.

PremiAir flies approximately 4,000 charter hours a year with its modern fleet of Sikorsky S76s and Eurocopter Twin Squirrels. It has 18 Executive Helicopters on management programmes, providing turnkey services to their owners.

PremiAir's maintenance business is an FAA, EASA, CAA Part 145-approved organization; it is a Sikorsky Service Centre for the S76 (all models), a Bell Customer Service Facility for Bell 222, 230 and 430 and is a Hawker Beechcraft Authorised Service Centre for their Beechcraft Model range. PremiAir is one of the largest Eurocopter maintenance centres in Europe supporting EC155, AS365 Dauphin and AS355 Twin Squirrel. The company also provides support services on the AgustaWestland 109 model range and is a Pratt & Whitney Canada recognised maintenance facility and a distributor for Honeywell, Rockwell Collins and numerous other equipment vendors.

PremiAir boasts Part 21J and G design and manufacturer approvals for aircraft modifications. With a large and experienced design office team, the company provides full refurbishment and upgrade services on most executive helicopter types and a wide range of fixed wing aircraft, including the full Beechcraft model range. Fixed wing aircraft are maintained at a new facility at Oxford Airport, which opened in October 2008.

PremiAir is a leading player in the provision of pilots to the UK Police Forces with contracts with UK / Ireland Police Air Support units.

PremiAir Global is the company's aircraft sales and brokerage business. It specialises in acquiring and selling new and used helicopters and business jets and is based at Farnborough Airport, UK.


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