Flexjet achieves IS-BAO status in Europe

By Doug Gollan, January 24, 2022

After launching in late 2000, Flexjet Europe saw a 400% increase in flight activity in 2021

Flexjet has achieved the International Standard for Business Aviation Operators (IS-BAO) for its European operation.

In the U.S., the fractional share operator holds Stage 2 status.

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.”

Since launching at the end of 2020, Flexjet’s European flight activity by more than 400% in 2021.

IS-BAO was developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC). It is a globally recognized code of practice to denote professionalism, safety, and excellence among business aircraft operators.

At the foundation of IS-BAO is the development of a Safety Management System to assess and mitigate risks involved in flight operations.

The appointment followed an independent audit of Flexjet’s U.K. aviation operations, structures, and processes. The company now continues in IBAC’s Progressive Stage 3 program.

Flexjet Europe

The announcement follows two further operational accreditations for Flexjet in Europe towards the end of 2021.

In November, Flexjet was granted EASA Approved Training Organisation (ATO) status from Transport Malta. This 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.

The operator also received EASA Category II approval, with the advanced pilot training qualification. It allows operations 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.”

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 unrivaled safety culture and ethos of world-class standards.”

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