The arrival of FlairJet´s second Embraer Phenom 100, (G-DRBN) on Friday 6th November marked the first business aircraft to be imported direct and cleared via London Oxford Airport. This is the first time that an aircraft has been imported into the EU via Oxford, following recent changes to the airport´s UK border authority status. Southampton-based import & export specialists, Forest Aviation Services Ltd, were instrumental in the landmark clearance.
"Having this approval helps operators, sales companies and maintenance organisations residing at Oxford import from third party countries without the need to go via another Customs-Designated airport in the UK first," said Steve Jones, Managing Director.
FlairJet, the UK´s newest private jet operator collected its second Phenom 100 from Embraer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Stops were made at Richmond International Airport, Virginia, Quebec, Goose Bay, Narsarsuaq Airport in Greenland, Keflavik, Iceland and Wick, Scotland, before its final destination - London Oxford Airport. The aircraft, flown by Captain Graham Rose and First Officer Danielle Stoney, joins S-DRBN, which arrived into
the UK on 29 October.
Danielle, who joined FlairJet last month from Oxford Aviation Academy said: "Being on this delivery flight was a fantastic once in a lifetime opportunity, the highlight being the approach into Narsarsuaq, Greenland. I feel very privileged to be at the forefront of such an exciting new venture. The excellent operations department at FlairJet and the ever helpful customer services at OxfordJet ensured the delivery ran smoothly."
FlairJet CEO David Fletcher is hopeful FlairJet will obtain its UK AOC by early next month enabling it to commence revenue flying before the end of the year. This will make Flairjet, which is backed by three London QCs, the first in Europe to operate the aircraft type commercially.
London Oxford Airport, with its attractive opening times of 06:30 to 22:30 every day with flexibility to extend until midnight, is currently averaging about 15 business aviation movements per day. It is increasingly seeing larger business aircraft types flying in with the recent enhancement to Cat 6 Fire & Rescue capabilities.
Ideally situated within close proximity of the M40, A34, A40 and A44 road networks, Oxford also benefits from being just outside the congested London TMA (terminal movement area). As a quiet, easy-access and unconstrained choice, Oxford is just an hour´s drive from London´s west end.