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Luxaviation Secures First International VIP Partner with HeliFlite

By Amy Kluber | June 4, 2018
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Heliflite and Luxaviation Helicopters

Manu Schmitz, business development executive, Luxaviation Helicopters; Kurt Carlson, chairman and CEO, HeliFlite; Charlotte Pedersen, CEO, Luxaviation Helicopters; Julian Wheeler, director of operations, Heliflite. Photo courtesy of Luxaviation

Luxaviation Helicopters and HeliFlite Shares LLC have formed a partnership for VIP helicopter services in a first partnership of its kind.

Announced at EBACE in Geneva, Switzerland, last week, the deal marks the first ever international partnership among VIP and VVIP helicopter operators.

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HeliFlite CEO Kurt Carlson told R&WI how its fleet of 13 twin-engine, dual-piloted helicopters will provide charter service to Luxaviation's fixed-wing assets serving the New York City, Florida and Chicago areas.

The Newark, New Jersey-based operator's fleet of 13 aircraft includes six Sikorsky S-76s, four Bell 430s, a Leonardo AW139, a Bell 429 and an Airbus Helicopters EC165 — all accommodating six to nine passengers.

Luxaviation Helicopters, which acquired Starspeed in September 2017, is a unit of Luxembourg-based Luxaviation Group and was launched in February 2017. Luxaviation as a whole operates more than 270 fixed-wing and 50 helicopters worldwide.

Luxaviation Helicopters CEO Charlotte Pedersen said of the partnership: "HeliFlite, a long-standing VIP operator in the U.S., is a natural partner to Luxaviation Helicopters. The company is renowned for its safety standards and is a Wyvern Wingman and ARGUS Platinum certified operator — the highest safety rating in America."

HeliFlite has taken advantage of a growing helicopter VIP market, growing over the past six years from four to 13 helicopters and establishing bases outside of its New York metro-area headquarters. "We've expanded our business in a controlled manner," Carlson told R&WI, adding that the increasing demand for reliable and safe VIP helicopter charter operations puts the company in a position to constantly evaluate new areas for expansion.

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