SaxonAir expanding with new AW109SP GrandNew
Helicopter operator SaxonAir is very positive about the future, and recently joined the BBGA British Business & General Aviation Association in holding a event for representatives from the media, as well as charter brokers.
SaxonAir did not take a break through the pandemic. Demand continued – and rose – for their charter fleet, both helicopters and jets. The company also manages the Norwich Airport FBO, which has a very regular flow of passengers bound for the gas rigs on the southern North Sea.
In line with the huge boost in corporate jet demand, they have recently added another four jets to its fleet and has partnered with Sovereign Business Jets to add a new base at London Biggin Hill Airport.
The company’s current rotary wing fleet comprises two Leonardo AW109SP GrandNew helicopters, three Leonardo AW119Kx and one Airbus H125. SaxonAir has ordered a new AW109SP GrandNew aircraft, which they expect on their fleet in the first quarter of 2023 from UK distributors Sloane Helicopters at Sywell. The company is the only commercial operator of the 6-7 seat single-engine AW119 in the UK.
“We are very pleased with these achievements,” reflects CEO Alex Durand, who 12 months ago questioned whether independent, smaller UK charter companies would be negatively impacted as they grappled with burdens introduced by Brexit. “A year on we have got through it and emerged with renewed vigour,” he said.