PremiAir, the helicopter charter and management company, has acquired a new maintenance and operating base at London’s Biggin Hill airport from Gold Group International. Sister company, von Essen Aviation, has bought a number of Learjet 45s as part of the deal which PremiAir will manage.
Although PremiAir has managed and chartered helicopters for 30 years, it only started offering business jet charters this year.
“This acquisition now firmly establishes PremiAir in the private jet charter and management arena,” said David McRobert, PremiAir’s group managing director.
PremiAir’s maintenance division will take over the Biggin Hill facility, which is an EASA approved Learjet 40, Learjet 45 and Challenger 300 maintenance operation.
“The new managed Learjet 45 fleet will add strong robust capacity to our private jet charter business from the end of August, and we expect to add additional managed aircraft, including long range wide-body private jets, by the end of the year,” said Neil Gibson, PremiAir’s director of aircraft charter and management. “We’ve essentially grown into a ‘one-stop-shop’ for helicopter and jet owners, and we’re determined to keep focused on delivering the highest quality services throughout all our business operations.”
McRobert said the company will also base executive helicopters at Biggin Hill. Passengers will be able to use these to transfer to the London Heliport, which it also manages and operates, in central London, within 10 minutes.
PremiAir is privately owned by the von Essen Group and is a sister company of von Essen Hotels, which owns and operates 30 hotels in the UK and Europe.