Hugh Courtenay, Private Jet Charter Founder and Chief Executive
Private Jet Charter, one of the world's largest independent private jet charter brokers and consultants, has set up a presence in Saudi Arabia, to cater to the rising demand for charter flights from passengers in the Kingdom.
Private Jet Charter founder and Chief Executive Hugh Courtenay said that the Saudi customers can now select from a global database of around 50,000 aircraft which the company offers to anywhere in the world.
Courtenay added: “KSA commands 50 percent of the air charter business in the Middle East. Businessmen in the KSA make 10-15 charter trips a year on average. This certainly demands a strong presence in such a vibrant private jet market.”
Courtenay added: “By setting up this presence in Jeddah and Riyadh, Private Jet Charter reinforces its operations in the Middle East. This presence in the Kingdom is the second in the Gulf after our regional office in Dubai which we opened in 2002. Our largest business volumes come from the Gulf due to the strong concentration of high net worth individuals and affluent families and we felt the need to cater to their needs at a closer proximity.”
Private Jet Charter KSA presence is the company’s sixth in its network, complementing locations in London, Nice, Dubai, Florida and Moscow.
The upsurge in KSA demand for private jets is put down to the recession that has forced some companies to shut down their flight operations or sell off their corporate jets, thus giving a boost to air charter business as a very attractive alternative to Business Class commercial air travel.
Courtenay added: “KSA clients have started to recognise the strategic benefits of charter jet services, particularly in terms of convenience and time savings and this has encouraged us to make new investments in KSA. The Gulf market offers great long-term potential for us. Our client base of royal families, CEOs, and other members of the region's affluent segment has been steadily increasing.”
Charter jet services are now considered as a convenient means of transport in KSA. With a whole range of aircraft readily available, Private Jet Charter customers in KSA are availing themselves of the company’s charter service which is a lot more cost effective than owning an aircraft or a whole fleet.
Specific benefits that the Private Jet Charter offers its customers include 24 hour service round the year, multilingual and expert staff, competitive free quotations and advice, unique CATS aircraft sourcing technology, flight watch monitoring on all executive air charter flights. This involves keeping the PA or travel organiser informed of every stage of the journey, from limousine pick-up to take-off, progress of the flight and landing.
Also, other benefits of Private Jet Charter includes state-of-the-art new generation private jets, high-calibre pilots and cabin crew, use of private business and VIP terminals, check-in only 15 minutes before departure, rapid but secure, immigration procedures, fly from an airport of your choice at your time, ‘meet and greet’ facilities, comprehensive airport information and limousine ground transportation, if required.
Courtenay added: “It is a matter of pride that we are an ISO 9002 - certified company with 20 years of leadership in the aviation field. We provide VIP aircraft, executive jets, helicopter charter, corporate airliners and dedicated medical evacuation aircraft. To ensure highest degree of reliability, our group of consultants across the world access our global fleet through a computerised aircraft tracking system which is updated automatically on a daily basis.”