SaxonAir appoints new CEO

SaxonAir appoints new CEO 13 Jan, 13, Source: SaxonAir

As part of their continued expansion, Norwich based air charter operator and flight support services company SaxonAir announces the appointment of a new CEO, Alex Durand, who takes up his new position within the company in early January 2013.

Mr Durand, 43, brings to the role over 20 years of experience in the Business Aviation sector, most recently as UK representative for the ProAir Group, Accountable Manager of Finesse Executive Ltd and prior to that, Group Managing Director for Gregg Air. His extensive experience in leadership, business planning and development, operations and safety management will support SaxonAir’s future growth and expansion and increasing presence in the international business aviation marketplace.

“I am delighted to be joining SaxonAir having watched their development with interest,” says Durand. “I am also excited about the new opportunities that I can bring through my own established network of industry relationships and experience.”

The new appointment will enable the existing Managing Director, Christopher Mace to take up a new role within SaxonAir’s parent company, Klyne Aviation as Group Commercial Director. Mr Mace’s primary focus will be to create new business opportunities for the companies within the group, including overseeing marketing activities, and maintaining a proactive commercial focus.

Chris says, “We are delighted to welcome Alex Durand into the SaxonAir team. His experience will be of great benefit to the company as it continues to excel in the business aviation market. I look forward to working with him in my new role within the Group to generate further growth within the sector.”

Despite recent economic conditions and bucking the trend in general aviation, SaxonAir has experienced a 12.5% increase in charter flights flown and a 65% increase in handled flights at Norwich Airport since moving into their new multi-million pound facility at Norwich Airport in May 2011.
SaxonAir’s clients include many blue chip companies, individual business men and women, sports teams, musicians, the offshore energy industry and many local businesses and private families.

A purpose built multi-million pound Business Aviation Centre and hangar facility was completed in May 2011; this new first class development was designed specifically to be multi-functional meeting the needs of the private air traveller together with serving the offshore transportation sector.  The centre is now home to many other aviation companies who collectively cover a wide aspect of aviation expertise and services.

Early in 2010, SaxonAir commenced a 10 year contract as the preferred Handling Agent to supply ground handling services at Norwich Airport for all non-scheduled business, private and general aviation aircraft. In 2012 SaxonAir was awarded specific offshore helicopter support contracts involving processing in excess of 50,000 passengers per year through the new facility.

The current charter fleet now consists of five private jet aircraft, from Light to Midsize Jets and two helicopters.  This mixed fleet is operated from Norwich and other bases around London.

SaxonAir’s current aircraft fleet now consists of:

  • Hawker 900XP Midsize Jet
  • Hawker 400XP Light Jet
  • Beechcraft King Air 350 Executive Turboprop
  • Two Cessna C510 Mustang Very Light Jets
  • Eurocopter EC120 Helicopter
  • Eurocopter EC135 Twin Engine IFR Helicopter

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