The Cessna Citation CJ2 has been placed at the facility as travel via private jet increases in popularity during the pandemic
Fairoaks-based Synergy Aviation has expanded its presence at London Oxford Airport by basing a second aircraft. The Cessna Citation CJ2 has been positioned at the facility alongside the Citation Bravo 550 that has been there since early 2019.
The aircraft will be supported by a full-time flight crew and can be despatched for charter operations within an hour of confirmation.
Featuring a newly refurbished interior and seating for up to seven people, the jet is said to be suited for ski-resort charters this winter.
Over the summer months, the aircraft was actively flying to the common charter destinations, with Italy being one of the most popular.
Synergy Aviation says that over the course of the pandemic, the request to travel privately has surged.
James Dillon-Godfray, head of business development at London Oxford Airport: “Since the onset of the pandemic, the demand for private travel is unquestionably on the up with the assurances of bare minimal contact possible when utilising such jets.
“It’s great to have the CJ2 join our charter fleet based at Oxford. Its size and range are ideal for the majority of requests we see for European trips. With direct access to the door of the aircraft by vehicles, it’s possible here to go from aircraft touch-down to leaving the airport entrance by car in just four minutes,” he added.
Synergy is known for being a King Air charter specialist, with this type of aircraft being in high demand during the current climate.
Glen Heavens, the owner and chairman of the company, believes the firm can cater for the increase in popularity to suit private charter travel: “COVID-19 is going to be with us for some time. We have responded by adding additional flight crew and increased our AOC coverage to operate a wider number of aircraft, including heavier business jets.”
The Oxford-based Citation MRO specialist, JMI International, will look after the CJ2 alongside Synergy’s Mustang, based at Blackbushe Airport.