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JetNetherlands and Elite Jets to join Skylliance

Skylliance, the charter alliance program of Jet Aviation, has announced during EBACE 2008 that it will add two more members, JetNetherlands and Elite Jets, effective June 1.

Together with two new Jet Aviation managed aircraft, a Falcon 900EX and Gulfstream 550, the Skylliance fleet now totals 30 aircraft available for charter services in EMEA & Asia.

With the addition of JetNetherlands and Elite Jets, the Skylliance program currently includes eight members: Executive Airlines in Spain, GainJet in Greece, Silver Cloud Air in Germany, VIP Avia in Latvia, Aliparma in Italy and Jet Aviation. Aircraft models available for charter include the Cessna Citation CJ1, CJ2 and CJ3; Citation Bravo, Excel and XLS; Learjet 45; the Gulfstream 100, 200, and G550 series; Falcon 900B, 900EX and 2000EX; Hawker 850EX; and Beechcraft 400A.

Established in March 2001, JetNetherlands is a Dutch commercial operator based out of Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands. The company brings one Cessna CJ1, one CJ2, one Citation XLS and one Falcon 2000EX into Skylliance. Elite Jets of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates was founded in January 2004 and adds one Cessna CJ3 and one Hawker 850XP to the charter alliance. The company operates out of Dubai’s International airport.

“Both Jet Netherlands and Elite Jets fully comply with Jet Aviation’s high operational and safety standards,” says Martin Bernegger, general manager of Jet Aviation’s charter services in EMEA & Asia and adds,

“Because of Elite Jets’ strategic location in Dubai, Skylliance is now able to offer our clients in the Middle East region premium charter services on their CJ3 and Hawker 850XP business jets. And with JetNetherlands’ aircraft type offerings, we will be able to strengthen the Skylliance charter services in both market segments for short to long range flights in Europe.”

“We are excited to be part of a high-quality member network, which increases our geographical reach,” says Carl Runge, Managing Director of JetNetherlands, while Ammar Balkar, President and CEO of Elite Jets adds, “With Elite Jets joining the program, the alliance is now moving to the East into a fast growing and dynamic region.”

In more good news for the program, Skylliance has named Samuel Gantenbein as new program manager. He will start with his new assignment at the company’s Zurich office effective July 1.

Gantenbein joins Skylliance from Swiss International Airlines, where he served as shift leader flight dispatch. He is a graduate of Zurich University of Applied Sciences HWZ and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.