JetFlite International, a worldwide provider of aircraft management and charter services, has expanded their Moscow presence by adding a Challenger 601 based at Vnukovo Airport and expanding its sales and dispatch staff there.
From our perspective Moscow is an emerging market and there is a lot of opportunity there, said Bill Cripe, JFI’s chief executive officer.  This summer in Moscow we are flying one of our airplanes over 80 hours a month in charter.
Over the past two years we’ve become comfortable in it.  We have expertise that is unique to a US operator working in Russia. We have been offering a Gulfstream G200 out of Moscow and were confident enough that we moved another airplane, a Challenger 601 there.  There is a good chance we will adding a Gulfstream GV there.
To better serve the Moscow business jet charter needs we hired two dispatchers to work in our Moscow office as well as adding two sales people and a mechanic.
Cripe said JFI has three major hubs of aviation, New York, Moscow, and the West Coast where it has operating bases.  In Moscow alone in summer time we are flying one of our airplanes over 80 hours a month in charter.
Carrie Simpson, JFI’s vice president sales and owner relations, said, the Moscow market is going to prove key to JFI’s operations in the coming months and years.  Our customers fly out of Moscow to throughout Russia and Europe, the United States, the Galapagos Islands, Seoul, Korea, Asia, even Kabul, Afghanistan.