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Blue Jet Aims to Fly High
April 29, 2009   
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14.3 billion euros was the value of Poland’s exports in the first two months of this year, almost 25 percent less than a year earlier, according to the country’s Central Statistical Office (GUS).

Blue Jet, Poland’s first private executive jet operator and the largest provider of such services in this part of Europe, is working to raise its profile. The company called a news conference at Warsaw’s Okęcie airport April 2 to spread the word about its business.

Blue Jet, established in 1998 under the name Jet Service Sp. z o.o., offers four modern jets for charter flights. The most popular destinations for the company’s business travelers are Germany, Switzerland, France, Britain, Ukraine, Russia, Baltic states, and the Middle East, while non-business private passengers most often choose the Mediterranean, Alpine airports, and exotic islands such as the Seychelles and Maldives. The number of non-business passengers is growing steadily, the company says.

Blue Jet executives say the company operates on the basis of an air carrier certificate complying with European Joint Aviation Requirements (JAR) regulations. Initially, the company planned to operate only as a fleet manager for private aircraft owners, but after obtaining an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) in 2006, it began to offer commercial flights. It now flies several thousand hours per year.

According to Blue Jet executives, private jets are gaining popularity around the world and account for about 8 percent of all flights in Europe.The price of a business jet flight depends on a number of factors such as distance, waiting time, and landing fees, and is always calculated on an individual basis for a specific flight, Blue Jet executives say. The average cost of a 60-minute flight on board the aircraft operated by Blue Jet is 2,400 euros for the Cessna Citation Jet 2; 3,500 euros for the Cessna Citation XLS; 4,600 euros for the Bombardier Challenger 300; and 6,900 euros for the Bombardier Global 5000.

Dominik Skurzak
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