Perfect Aviation bolsters presence at London Biggin Hill

Wednesday 30th May 2012

Challenger 605 and second Learjet 45 added to charter fleet.

Perfect Aviation SA Switzerland's only publicly listed business aviation management and charter operator has announced that it is further increasing the scope of its operations at London's Biggin Hill Airport. The move follows the company's recent decision to transfer its flight operations from Switzerland to Lisbon, Portugal, a move which, according to CEO Will Curtis, has optimized its organization and resources.

Two additional managed aircraft, a second Learjet 45 and a Challenger 605 have recently joined Perfect's European fleet.

Perfect Aviation is marking its third year of operations and has already built up a solid customer base. The company prides itself on its highly personalized service and delivers a fully transparent operation for the owners of the aircraft it manages.

  • New management appointees:

The UK and Portuguese AOC operations have also been further strengthened with some new additions to the UK-based management team.

Paul Castleton recently joined the company as Charter Sales Director, heading up a team of five dedicated to charter sales. Paul is responsible for developing new business for the UK-based fleet as well as managing existing client relationships and brings with him seven years of professional charter sales experience to the role.

Lisa Crew joined Perfect in February as Senior Sales Manager and manages new business enquiries, pricing, quotations and customer service requirements for Perfect's growing charter fleet bringing with her 10 years' professional charter sales.

  • Olympics in the UK - more an obstacle than an opportunity, Perfect believes:

London Biggin Hill Airport will be one of the primary business aviation airports when it comes to handling traffic for the Olympics, but Perfect Aviation does not believe the Olympics will bring exceptional opportunities to UK-based operators who will likely be disadvantaged operating from bases lying within heavily restricted airspace.

"It will probably be good for the FBOs and British airports generally," says CEO Will Curtis, "but the overseas business jet operators will likely take the lion's share of the business aviation traffic flying into London. Our strategy this summer will be to fly our existing charter clients out of the UK and Moscow to Mediterranean destinations especially. Ideally, we don't want our aircraft in the London area at all during the games as we see the heavy restrictions and likely confusion as being detrimental to our productivity. We have seen similar situations with World Cup soccer events where operators high hopes ended up being frustrated by ATC restrictions and hiked airport fees."

  • Listed on SIX Stock Exchange:

Listed on the Swiss main stock exchange (SIX), Perfect Holdings SA which owns all Perfect operating subsidiairies is a publicly listed company with both institutional and private investors. Unique amongst business aircraft operators, Perfect reports its results in compliance with IFRS international financial reporting standards. The group auditor is PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

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