Zenith Aviation looks to grow in 2018
Zenith Aviation expects significant growth in 2018 after enjoying a record year of flying, up 35% in hours flown compared to 2016.
The company has gained industry attention since it purchased two Learjet75s from Bombardier in 2016. It ordered another two Learjet 75s in August, the first of which is scheduled to arrive in February 2018.
“Our existing Learjet75s have exceeded our wildest expectations in the level of activity generated so we are hoping that the new aircraft can maintain this trend.”
Stuart Mulholland, managing director of Zenith Aviation, said: “Our existing Learjet75s have exceeded our wildest expectations in the level of activity generated so we are hoping that the new aircraft can maintain this trend. Our business is synonymous with the Learjet brand and the ‘Lear75’ is the latest iteration of this iconic design. We are certainly interested in adding more aircraft to our fleet.
“The 75 has taken the product to the next level in terms of cabin amenity and comfort whilst retaining its ‘film star’ looks and class-leading performance. The traditional double club four seating is also extremely appealing and it is noticeable that, compared to other types in the fleet, for passengers travelling in higher numbers, the Learjet is the aircraft of choice.”
Mulholland said the aircraft that Zenith is currently considering are typically longer range, enabling it to develop a presence in a new area of the charter market. After building increasingly strong relationships with charter brokers and its activity in the short-range market, this will mark an exciting challenge for the business, which was purchased by Markerstudy Group in 2011.
“Based on our experience throughout 2017, I would have to say that the market looks extremely buoyant, with significantly higher levels of activity than that of previous years and hopefully this trend will continue as we move into the New Year,” he said.
Zenith Aviation marked its end-of-year success with a VIP party, hosted in conjunction with Bombardier at the Bombardier hangar at Biggin Hill.
Pilots Ben Campbell (left) and Joanne Jobson (right) are pictured above with Stuart Mulholland (centre).