PhilJets joins global VIP helicopter operator group

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A PHILIPPINES-BASED helicopter operator has been tapped by a global aviation organization to help boost its footprint in the Asia Pacific.

Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance said in a statement on Tuesday it has added PhilJets Group to its roster of members, enabling its other members to have helicopter charter access in the Asia-Pacific region.

“We are very keen to work alongside leading regional VIP helicopter charter operators as part of the Luxaviation Helicopters Charter Alliance and are pleased to announce PhilJets as the latest addition. The concept of the Alliance is to provide a truly global service, whereby approved members can call upon each other to unlock new destinations for their clients,” Luxaviation Helicopters Chief Executive Officer Charlotte Pedersen was quoted as saying.

Besides PhilJets, the alliance also includes Switzerland-based ExecuJet Aviation Group, United States-based HeliFlite Shares LLC, Austria-based Heli Austria GmbH, France-based Azur Helicoptere, United Kingdom-based Starspeed Ltd. and Spain-based Helity Copter Airlines.

PhilJets Chairman Thierry Tea said joining Luxaviation Helicopters will provide their customers with “more value and greater access across the globe.”

“Luxaviation is one of the world’s leading business aviation companies, so we are very honored that the hard work our teams have put in to reach our high safety and service standards have been recognized in this way,” he said.

Being a part of Luxaviation Helicopters gives PhilJets the benefit of sharing practices in industry certifications, such as its 15 air operator’s certificates in Africa, Asia Pacific, the Caribbean, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

“It is our goal to have 20 aircraft in our fleet and, by venturing into new countries in Asia, we are looking forward to working and exchanging with the other members of the Alliance and extending our charter offerings to a greater audience,” Mr. Tea added.

PhilJets is under Singapore-based Starline Global Industries Group, which also owns PhilJets Aero Services, Inc. and PhilJets Aero Charter Corp. It offers charter flights to its clients such as private individuals and multinational corporations. — Denise A. Valdez