Covid-19 Live Blog: April 8

Alasdair Whyte

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It takes place at 1500 UK time.


Jetfly donates 100 flying hours to medical flights

Jetfly, the European PC-12 fractional, and its client have agreed to provide over 100 free flight hours to transport care professionals and medical equipment around Europe.

“We want to help those saving lives by getting them to where they are needed the most and in the safest and quickest way possible,” says the company. “A first flight requested by Aviation sans Frontières to transport care professionals has been operated this morning from Grenoble to Ajaccio.”

The company has set up a dedicated 24h operational unit has been set up. Send your request to:

Jetfly operates 22 PC-12’s, the largest Pilatus fleet in Europe. Based in Luxembourg the company employs 160 people.


Qatar Executive had record March due to repatriations

Qatar Executive Gulfstream G650ER aircraft

In March 2020 Qatar Executive saw a 26% increase in the number of hours flown compared to the same month in 2019. The average flight time for its Gulfstream G650ER aircraft was 7 hours 20 minutes. With one aircraft G650Er flying for 145 hours in the March – a new record for the operator. 

Qatar Executive says:

“This strong demand was fueled by the need for people to get home safely and in comfort. With a challenging operating environment due to airport closures and other restrictions, Qatar Executive has worked harder than ever take people back home.”

Qatar Executive has a fleet of 19 aircraft.


MedAire: Use this time to rethink safety

John Cauthen, Security Director, MedAire, says operators should use this time to reflect, review and prepare for when they can fly again.


Geneva Airpark still open

Geneva Airpark is open but has introduced new arrival and departure, hosting and maintenance procedures

“The Geneva Airpark team is actively engaged to remain in the service of business aviation during the Covid-19 pandemic. A team is on duty to ensure service continuity for aircraft arrivals and departures, access to the hangar for crews and maintenance services,” says the company.

Certain constraints have been imposed to host business jets in the best possible conditions for all:
3-hour advance notice announcements of flight arrival/departure movements
24-hour advance notice for anyone wanting access to an aircraft kept in the hangar, for any reason

The Geneva Airpark hangar – which can take the smallest jets up to BBJ – is also open to all types of aircraft.


Florida based Private Aviation Company sourcing PPE for those in need during COVID-19 pandemic

BitLux based in Palm Beach has established a pandemic response plan that dedicates resources to alleviate and help during the global pandemic.

Since learning about some of the deceptive practices surrounding the global pandemic, private charter company BitLux has decided to take advantage of an extensive network of businessmen and women around the world to provide a fast, reliable, and sound way of sourcing needs for all entities in need of personal protective equipment (PPE).

BitLux has extensive experience in disaster relief, evacuations, and humanitarian aid, and has pooled resources together with several partner companies in the cargo space to be able to move shipments across the globe in a timely manner with as much supplies aircraft can possibly carry.

Kyle Patel, CEO of Bitlux, said “We find it extremely important to dedicate our resources outside of our normal scope to play our role in alleviating and helping the global pandemic. We are working day and night, utilizing our expansive network, to source certified and valid supplies of respirators and FDA Certified N95 masks.”

The company has arranged to fulfill PPE orders by:

• Direct manufacturing
• Current stocked inventory around the globe
• Immediate and emergency cargo shipping anywhere in the world
• Import and export agents in Asia, North America, South America, and Europe

Cargo and executive charter

Furthermore, BitLux is currently operating executive jet charter services with no delays within the continental United States as well as internationally, working with the world’s best handling agents to ensure that all flights are getting the proper permits and required time-slots.

The following missions for both Hospitals and Government are priority:

• Face Masks
• Ventilators
• Gloves
• Hand Sanitizer

Top executive charter priorities go to:

• Hospital staff
• Air Ambulance Crew
• Supply chain and infrastructure project management/executives
• Family traveling for urgent COVID related matters

Safety measures include:

• Temperature scans of passengers
• International crew clearance and raised minimums
• Individually packed meals
• Before & After full sanitation of all aircraft

BitLux provides executive jet charter and cargo charter brokerage services in the most thorough, safe, and ethical way possible. If you are in need of any PPE fulfillment, or if you would like to speak with us about a shipment involving a top priority load, please contact us immediately at covidresponse@bitluxtravel.com.


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