Flexjet achieves IS-BAO accreditation for its growing European operation

January 24, 2022

  • Flexjet in Europe meets the world-class safety and security standards designated by the International Business Aviation Council
  • Another significant milestone for the premium shared ownership provider as it continues international expansion
  • Globally-recognised accreditation comes after a year of record sales, with flight activity in Europe up by more than 400%

LONDON, January 24th, 2022 – Premium shared ownership provider Flexjet has achieved the International Standard for Business Aviation Operators (IS-BAO) for its European operation.

IS-BAO was developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) and is a globally recognised code of practice to denote professionalism, safety and excellence among business aircraft operators, modelled on the wider ISO 9000 quality management system. At the foundation of IS-BAO is the development of a Safety Management System to assess and mitigate risks involved in flight operations.

Flexjet’s European operation, which grew its flight activity by more than 400% in 2021, was officially recognised by IBAC to meet IS-BAO standards in December. This followed a rigorous, independent audit of its UK aviation operations, structures and processes. The company now continues in IBAC’s Progressive Stage 3 programme, aimed at well-established operators looking to leverage their advanced safety systems to the very highest standards of safety and excellence.

Marine Eugène, Flexjet European Managing Director, said: “Flexjet is proud to receive this significant recognition from IBAC, demonstrating the huge commitment we have made to build our European operation around a solid framework of safety and service.

“It reflects the dedication, hard work and effort made by the whole Flexjet team, since we launched in Europe in 2019.”

The announcement follows two further operational accreditations for Flexjet in Europe towards the end of 2021, a year in which it also broadened its European reach with a second Air Operator Certificate for Malta, awarded in July.

In November Flexjet was granted EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status from Transport Malta, which allows the company to deliver its own in-house conversion courses and training. This gives greater control over the development timeline for its growing number of European pilots.

Also in November, Flexjet received EASA Category II approval, with the advanced pilot training qualification – unusual in business aviation – allowing it to operate to more airports in challenging weather conditions.

Clive Richardson, Flexjet Executive Vice President of Flight Operations in Europe, led the accreditation projects. He said: “Since establishing Flexjet in Europe, we have worked relentlessly

to structure ourselves around the highest operational standards, and it is rewarding to have begun 2022 with some key milestones reached.

“Of course, the work does not stop here by any means: Given our focus on continuous operational and safety improvement, we have several other key projects in the pipeline for the year ahead.”

Marine Eugène added: “Our ambitious plans for 2022 include significant expansion of our fleet, crew and support infrastructure. Following the example of our well-established U.S. operation, this growth will continue to be underpinned by our unrivalled safety culture and ethos of world- class standards.”

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About Flexjet

Flexjet is one of the world’s leading providers of private jet travel and a member of the Directional Aviation family of companies. Long-established in the U.S. fractional jet ownership market since 1995, its European operation launched in 2019 based in London’s Mayfair, with a Tactical Control Centre in St Albans, and a second Operational Centre in Malta.

In Europe Flexjet offers shared ownership of its premium fleet of business jets, including the Embraer Legacy 500 and Praetor 600. Internationally the exclusive fleet includes the Embraer Phenom 300, Legacy 450 and Praetor 500, Bombardier Challenger 350, the Gulfstream G450 and G650.

Flexjet’s European operation is compliant with the International Standard for Business Aviation Operators (IS-BAO). In the U.S. its fractional aircraft programme was the first in the world to be recognised as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, is the first and only company to be honoured with 22 FAA Diamond Awards for Excellence, upholds an ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating, and is IS-BAO compliant at Level 2.

In Europe Flexjet holds a 4AIR Silver Rating, recognising its leading approach to sustainability. This includes offsetting 300% of carbon emissions for every flight, with Owners also able to commit to Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) or credits; and invest in the Aviation Climate Fund (ACF) to support future flight research and development projects.