FlairJet, a new private jet charter operator, plans to launch operations from Oxford Airport, UK from May 2009, flying an initial two Embraer Phenom 100 Very Light Jets. The company´s backers also have further lease options for Year 2010 delivery. FlairJet´s first purchased aircraft arrives in 2012.
FlairJet is being headed by Monarch Airlines´ Airbus A320 Captain David Fletcher who is planning a route network of charter services with the four-seat jets. FlairJet´s Phenom 100s, which will feature stylish interiors from BMWDesignWorks USA, will have a range of 1,160 nm (with reserves) enabling easy reach to cities in mainland Europe, domestic UK routes and also Scotland and Ireland, where there is big appeal for short leisure/sporting breaks.
Gerry Rolls, former Flight Operations Director at Air Atlantique has been newly appointed as FlairJet´s Head of Flight Operations and is now engaged in securing the company´s Air Operating Certificate (AOC), as well as recruiting for post holders and pilots. He will also serve as training captain on the Phenom. David Fletcher, who will go part time with Monarch from November this year to devote more time to FlairJet, will also fly the Phenom. FlairJet, which started life as a working project earlier this year under VLJ Consultancy Ltd, plans to move in to Oxford Airport´s Farmhouse Building, effective early March, 2009.