Hong Kong's Metrojet Ltd. (www.metrojet.com) and US-based Solairus Aviation (www.solairusaviation.com) announced today the formation of a strategic alliance to offer both aircraft management services for Asian business jet owners and comprehensive aircraft charter services solutions for clients in Asia. The partnership, which is the culmination of nearly eight months of planning and preparation, will capitalize on Solairus’ extensive experience in aircraft management, as well as Metrojet’s highly-respected name and brand in the region.
Metrojet and Solairus, as Hong Kong and US AOC holders, provide owners with the ability to offer their aircraft for passenger-carrying air-charter purposes, in order to offset aircraft ownership costs in a professionally managed and efficient manner. While Metrojet and Solairus will each continue to exclusively provide industry-leading management services in their own respective markets, the alliance will focus on meeting the requirements of new aircraft management and charter clients with business aviation needs on both sides of the Pacific.
Björn Näf, Chief Executive Officer of Metrojet Ltd., believes the Metrojet/Solairus alliance will have an immediate positive impact.
"Metrojet’s relationship with Solairus will be valuable for aircraft owners, who will appreciate and benefit from the strengths of both company’s ability to offer an unprecedented level of service to customers in Asia and the United States," Näf stated. "Many clients are currently forced to use multiple resources to successfully capture the benefits of business aviation overseas. Our alliance with Solairus seeks to eliminate that inefficient model by utilizing the combined regional workforces and infrastructures of both companies to create an integrated management and charter sales initiative that will truly provide a trans-Pacific solution.”
Solairus Chief Executive Officer Dan Drohan is equally optimistic about the new relationship and looks forward to working with Metrojet to establish a new standard for clients with business aviation needs in Asia.
“Our new alliance with Metrojet represents an important step for Solairus,” Drohan said. “I firmly believe that we have a responsibility to the industry to support, foster and facilitate safe and stable growth of business aviation in Asia -- and I am proud of Solairus' part in that effort. I think the cultures of Metrojet and Solairus will work well together in our new relationship to further that cause, and I am confident that together we will have a positive influence on the business aviation landscape in Asia."
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Metrojet Limited. Established in 1995 and part of the Kadoorie Group, sister company of The Peninsula Hotels. Metrojet is a leading operator and maintenance provider of business jets in the region, and pioneered business aviation services in Hong Kong. The company was awarded an Air Operator’s Certificate (FAA Part 121 equivalent) in June 1997. Metrojet is Hong Kong’s only fully licensed business jet operator, providing the complete range of business aviation services, including: aircraft charter, comprehensive aircraft management, aircraft maintenance service, aircraft co-ownership programs and aircraft acquisition and sales.
Metrojet’s maintenance department is currently a fully certified Repair Station with approvals from the Hong Kong CAD, the United States FAA and is fully authorized to carry out maintenance on aircraft registered in China, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, Bermuda, Canada, Isle of Man, and Cayman Islands. Metrojet is an Authorized Gulfstream Warranty Repair Facility, an authorized Bombardier Aircraft Service Facility, an Authorized Cessna Citation Service Facility, an Authorized Embraer Service Facility, as well as a Hawker Beechcraft Authorized Service Facility. Its highly trained engineers have Pratt & Whitney, Rolls-Royce, GE and Honeywell APU type ratings, and its Avionics and Airframe engineers have ratings on Gulfstream, Bombardier, Hawker Beechcraft, Dassault Falcon, Cessna, Embraer, Boeing and Airbus aircraft. For further details, please browse our website www.metrojet.com
Solairus Aviation is headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area and has over twenty-five base locations across the United States and Europe. With a fleet of nearly 50 managed aircraft, Solairus is one of only 85 Aviation Research Group/US Platinum-rated charter operators in the world. After completion of an intense operations and safety systems audit, the ARG/US Platinum rating is awarded to those who have demonstrated that their procedures meet or exceed industry “Best Practices” in all phases. Solairus has also received the NBAA Commercial Business Flying Safety Award and is an IS-BAO certified company. Solairus offers a full range of services in addition to aircraft management, which includes aircraft charter sales, aviation support services, and consulting. For more information about Solairus Aviation, please visit www.solairusaviation.com or call 800-359-7861.