UK’s Saxonair expands further with EC135 purchase

UK’s Saxonair expands further with EC135 purchase 4 Feb, 10, Source: HeliHub.com

No sooner had HeilHub.com run a story last week on Norwich Airport-based Saxonair than they have been busy again.  Last week we reported their move to helicopter operations with the acquisition of a Eurocopter EC120, having previously only flown fixed wing.  This week they have added an EC135P2+, purchased from a corporate operator in Northern Ireland.

Norwich-based Saxonair was founded by Graeme Kalbraier in 2003, and he sold out to Roger Klyne in May 2009.  Since then, Mr Klyne has been on a continued expansion plan through his Klyne Group company, which became active in the aviation business  after he sold out his tug business Klyne Tugs to JP Knight Group, Britain’s oldest tug and barge company in December 2007.  Mr Kalbraier owns insurance industry call centre Call Connection Ltd, and was previously financially linked with another UK heilcopter operator, Aeromega.

At the point Saxonair changed ownership, they operated one Beech 200 Super King Air.  The purchase by Mr Klyne brought with it his two “Klyne Aviation” aircraft, a Beechjet 400A and a Cessna Citation Mustang to which he has added a Beech 300 Super King Air and the two helicopters.  They are also expecting delivery of an Embraer Phenom 100 jet in May 2010, which has been on order for around two years.

Our research notes that Saxonair do not have control of their website domain names, though, with both saxonair.com and saxonair.co.uk remain registered to Mr Kalbraier’s company address in Ispwich.

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