MAC Air Group adds aircraft to AOC
MAC Air Group, based in Portland, Maine, has added five business aircraft to its AOC in the last nine months, with a sixth aircraft serving a shuttle service that began in December 2014.
Amongst the new aircraft added to the charter fleet is a Dassault Falcon 2000, which is fully Wi-Fi equipped, a Hawker 800 XP and a Hawker 800, all based at Boca Raton, Florida
In addition, a Bombardier Challenger 850, with a completely refurbished interior incorporating WiFi connectivity, is based at Stewart, New York and a Citation SSII – with a Sierra Super modification giving it an extended range – is located in Portland, Maine.
The additional aircraft, which join an existing fleet of four Challenger 850s, four Hawker 1000s and a Learjet 60, which are all managed by Maine Aviation Aircraft Charter, part of the MAC Air Group.
Allyn Caruso, president of MAC Air Groupm says: “The convenient base locations combined with the popularity of these models has seen an average of 35 – 45 hours per month across our entire fleet.”
“We’ve seen an upturn in the longer range flights which has driven an increase in our charter hours and we anticipate that 2015 will be even busier,” adds Caruso.
In December 2014, Maine Aviation Aircraft Charter began its first corporate shuttle service. Served by a 15 passenger VIP Challenger 850, the flight starts in New York on a Friday and travels to The Bahamas, before returning on Sundays.
The aircraft has been under Maine Aviation’s management for a couple of years and was selected for the specialised shuttle service owing to its size and range.
“We are seeing high demand with passenger numbers of up to 15 making the most of the convenient point to point service,” says Caruso. “We are already looking at other areas for this type of service.”
MAC Air Group is attending the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers conference being held from 3-6 February in San Jose, California.