How to avoid illegal grey charter flights?

What are grey charter flights and what are the risks involved?

The air charter industry could be subject to fraudulent practices: learn how to avoid them

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What is a grey charter flight?

A grey charter is any unlicensed charter flight operation.

A grey charter is an unlicensed jet charter operation whereby the operator does not have an AOC (Air Operator Certificate). Therefore, those illegal charters are not required to abide by the same safety framework as an AOC holder.

These unauthorised private flights are a network of Fly-by-night operators and brokers who fly people illegally. Although they can offer reasonable prices, is the low cost too good to be true? Unfortunately for unaware flyers, paying for a charter flight is illegal when no valid AOC is in place. In addition, operators without an AOC cannot take payment for profit to perform commercial passenger flights.

Compliance is a crucial aspect of any operator. Our commitment is to inform our discerning customers about the existence of grey charters, so that they can become aware about those unfortunate illegal procedures and keep an attentive eye against shady private jet charter operators. – says Bernhard Fragner, GlobeAir CEO

In January 2019, European Football star Emiliano Sala, 28 years of age, died on an illegal charter flight from Nantes to Cardiff. He was on his way to sign a £15 million (€18 million) contract that would have seen him move to Cardiff City football club. The aircraft was not flying under an AOC. The pilot did not hold a licence to charter passenger flights, nor was he trained for night flights or experienced flying in bad weather.

A good analogy would perhaps be the unlicensed minicab trade, in that grey chartering cons unsuspecting customers by way of ubiquity and low pricing, but poses a significant risk to the public and harms legitimate operators.

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Arthur Montibert

Arthur Montibert

Responsable de la conformité

Diego Durjava

Diego Durjava

Vice-président des opérations aériennes

Bernhard Fragner

Bernhard Fragner

Directeur général • Fondateur • Actionnaire

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