ACC Aviation has enjoyed a solid second quarter with busy executive jet charter activity, coupled with new banking and lessor clients contracting its asset management and consultancy division.
The global aviation services group, having marked its 20th anniversary in June, saw charter flight bookings increase by 30% in Q2 when compared with the same period in 2021 on both sides of the Atlantic, according to Richard Smith, Director of Charter, ACC Aviation.
Bookings covered a wide spectrum of aircraft, from four-seat Cessna Mustangs to long-haul airliners. In Q2, ACC Aviation’s charter team, bolstered in April with the arrival of Senior Account Manager Rez Selman from Qatar Executive, saw requests for executive jets to move displaced crews and spare aircraft parts for European airline partners.
Meanwhile, in the US, the ACC team arranged the return of crew to their cruise ships when airline alternatives were not available. “During Q2, we saw last-minute bookings becoming the norm,” noted Jamie Harris, President Americas, ACC Aviation.
COVID-19 has created a raft of airline disruptions, including cancellations and delays caused by staff shortages, which has shifted the ratio of commercial and executive aircraft bookings.
“The private jet terminals that host executive jets were less impacted by workforce issues, so on some occasions, we dispatched three 30-seat regional jets versus a 100-seater to help avoid main terminals,” noted Richard Smith, Director of Charter.
In addition, Q2 saw ACC undertaking more sports charters with A320 and B737 aircraft, including the continuation of regular soccer team charters in the US. May and June also saw more charters to away games for various European matches.
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