Charter jet venture DragonFly takes delivery of its third aircraft as demand soars

Managing director of Cardiff Airport Debra Barber with chief executive of DragonFly Howard Palser with the new aircraft

By Robert Llewelly-Jones

Executive aircraft venture DragonFly Executive Air Charter takes on third aircraft to accomodate growing demand.

The charter business, established by former lawyer Howard Palser, has acquired the aircraft on the back of increasing demand from predominantly the business community.

Mr Palser: “The addition of a third King Air turboprop was essential to satisfy increased demand, as more and more clients recognised that private travel is not an indulgence of the rich and famous, but a serious business tool that enables busy executives to maximise their valuable time, without the delays associated with travel by road, rail and scheduled flights.”

DragonFly now operates three Beech King Air Turboprop aircraft which can fly passengers comfortably and quickly direct to hundreds of airports and airfields within the UK and Europe.

The aircraft are primarily based at Cardiff but can be positioned to whichever departure airport is the closest or most convenient to the client.

Mr Palser said: “Executive air charter is the most time-efficient and cost-effective means of travel to those to whom time is valuable. Charges are based on actual flight time and not for the time the aircraft is waiting on the ground.”

He added: “In 10 years DragonFly has flown more than 2,000 charters and covered more than one million miles.”

DragonFly fleet of thre Beech King Air Turboprop aircraft which can fly passengers comfortably and quickly direct to hundreds of airports and airfields within the UK and Europe.

Over the last decade the company has grown substantially and successfully weathered the economic recession that claimed some casualties amongst it competitors and now reports record charter activity.The Beech Super King Air 200 twin engined turboprop aircraft are pressurised, enabling them to fly at heights up to 29,000ft well above inclement weather, ensuring the smoothest possible flights. The aircraft are equipped with weather radar and the latest satellite navigation system.

Mr Palser said: “For maximum safety our aircraft are flown at all times by two fully qualified commercial pilots who are specifically type-rated on the KingAir.

He added: “The company has just been granted its own air operators certificate to enable it to operate with complete autonomy and we are looking forward to continued growth in 2015.”

Sourced by Wales Online

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