David McRobert of PremiAir reviews their year
David McRobert, group managing director of PremiAir Aviation Group spoke at London Oxford Airport
PremiAir moved their fixed wing maintenance to Oxford from Blackbushe in late 2008. The
facility currently supports all models of Hawker business jets, the Premier and
all Beechcraft from the King Air down to the single-engine Bonanza.
The company does line maintenance on Hawker 750, 800, 850 and 950 models
for airport based Hangar8 and other operators. The hangar is always busy with
King Airs and Premier jets in for maintenance.
During the recession the company found that the King Air market remained
very strong and that 2010 was a good year for the facility at Oxford,
so much so the company grew the Oxford
team to around 30 staff.
PremiAir has in the last 12 months acquired the Gold Air operation and a
hangar at Biggin Hill, this also comes with three Learjet 45s and Premier 1
business jet which have been added to the charter fleet. The Biggin Hill
facility is waiting to be given FAA approval.
The PremiAir Global sales team has had a great start to 2011; sales are
very encouraging with a lot more activity in the pre-owned aircraft market.
The company is also widening their managed fleet by adding executive helicopters
as well as more business jets.
Over the next year, David acknowledged that there are challenges ahead,
trying to maximise the Olympic Games opportunity, general government policy,
fuel, a skills shortage in engineering and illegal charters.
David was proud of what his team had done in the past year and was like
everyone cautiously optimistic about the future.