GlobeAir is to celebrate its 10th anniversary in Autumn 2018

Written by Laura Casati

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GlobeAir is to celebrate its 10th anniversary in Autumn 2018

The year 2018 marks ten years of DREAM TEAM

In 2018 GlobeAir is proud to celebrate ten years of DREAM TEAM. With 50% of the market share in the very light jets niche, 984 destinations in Europe and a brand-new partnership with Alfa Romeo Racing (former Sauber), GlobeAir is proving how the private jet charter model can revolutionise short-haul travelling.

Hörsching, 15th September 2018 – Europe’s largest Citation Mustang operator, the Austrian GlobeAir, is celebrating ten years since its first flight as DREAM TEAM – GlobeAir’s official call sign, which was operated in the Autumn of 2008. GlobeAir was founded in 2007 by passionate aviator and visionary, Chief Executive Officer Bernhard Fragner, with the mission to make short-haul travelling easier. Today, the company secures 50% of the market share in the very light jets niche, has a record of almost 11,000 of hours flown between September 2017 and August 2018, and boasts the status of Alfa Romeo Racing (former Sauber)'s official partner.

A dream that becomes DREAM TEAM

A business born by a manager's first hand experience with business travels

The fact that private jet charters allow managers, entrepreneurs and athletes to gain time was only a thought until Fragner tried it himself, tired of long business journeys on the road. Flying by private jet is too often associated with luxury; while being escorted from A to B in a faster and safer way is the most accurate picture one should have of business aviation. This knowledge gave him the confidence to want to supply a growing need: on-demand air travel.

“As a sales engineer executive, I would often find myself driving for hours just to meet my customers. Being on the road was tiring and at times even dangerous,” recalls Fragner when asked to explain the motive behind GlobeAir. “I, myself, possess a private pilot licence and would sometimes fly my Cessna 310, which I co-owned at that time, to substitute long drives. The difference was massive; I was essentially saving time as well as taking care of my health. That’s when I realised that, like myself, many others could benefit from a private jet charter company.”

Not much time passed between Fragner’s realisation that such a model could work and the founding of GlobeAir, which happened in Hörsching (Linz, Austria) back in 2007. The next step was looking for an interested investor, and at the end of 2007, it was Mr Friedrich Huemer who accepted the proposal, impressed by the commitment. What followed were laborious periods spent partially in the USA and Europe, to work on the aircraft’s fit.

"GlobeAir resulted in being the perfect solution for us: The service was perfect, travel time reduced and overall costs were just slightly higher than with a scheduled flight."– Mr Gerald Schmidsberger, First GlobeAir Passenger

It was in 2008 that GlobeAir acquired its air operator's certificate (AOC) and ultimately, received its first aircraft delivery. GlobeAir’s very first passenger flew not long after; on September 15th 2008, Mr Gerald Schmidsberger was GlobeAir’s first passenger flying from Linz to Osnabrück with Captain Fragner himself.

Speed, safety and savings

The value behind GlobeAir

Today, GlobeAir’s fleet comprises 20 Cessna Citation Mustangs and its call sign “DREAM TEAM” is a synonym for first-choice private jet charters in Europe. Back in 2006, though, when Fragner had the idea of founding an on-demand private jet charter company, he shared the same business model with more than 25 other start-up companies. The competition was high and so the risks were at stake. GlobeAir had to make well-thought decisions and be lead by proper management.

10 Years of Cessna Citation Mustang 510

At the discovery of the GlobeAir fleet

The first choice was down to which type of aircraft to acquire. Bringing passengers to their destinations in good speed, cutting travel costs, and ensuring high levels of security were the main deciding factors. The Cessna Citation Mustang 510 can go as fast as 340 knots and is equipped with reliable components (e.g., Pratt & Whitney's aircraft engines, Jeppesen and Garmin avionics). Its dimensions are suitable to reach and operate at short-runway airports like Sion, St. Moritz or Bolzano, thus offering a real competitive advantage over traditional airlines. With almost 85% of business travellers flying alone or in pairs, this four-seater aircraft results to be suitable for short trips, as well as it brings an economic advantage over the usual 7-seater private jets. As of today, GlobeAir’s 16 Cessna Citation Mustang jets with the traditional white livery keep the fleet homogeneous and ensure privacy and discretion for passengers; no wonder that among the start-up companies starting with GlobeAir, none went as far as the DreamTeam.

10 Years of valuable partners

GlobeAir's partners over the years

https://www.globeair.com/n/glo...Over the years, GlobeAir has established itself as an influential player in the business aviation industry and still, it builds its recognition on the team’s achievements. The company has been partnering with the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) since 2010, and with the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) since 2011. Moreover, GlobeAir is the founder of a Business Jet Alliance, founded in 2012 together with seven other European partner airlines. The 10th anniversary marks ten years since GlobeAir’s very first partnership, which was established in 2008 with the Swiss-based aviation service company AeroEx. Since its early days and to ensure security and smooth processes onboard, in fact, GlobeAir relies on renown aviation manufacturer and software providers like Cessna, Pratt & Whitney, Garmin and Jeppesen. Today, GlobeAir works closely with handling centres and FBOs in Europe as well as it conducts good relationships with broker companies with which it collaborates on meaningful projects – like the recent Fly Victor Carbon Offset Programme, while serving them flights via Avinode – a business-to-business booking platform, which is also one of GlobeAir’s long-term partners.

Top customer care service and premium travel experiences

Reach Europe's finest destinations with utmost comfort

Ten years after its first flight, GlobeAir’s success is the ability to connect European capitals and hub centres like London, Paris and Geneva as well as mastering air movements in some of the most beloved holiday destinations (namely Olbia, Nice, Ibiza and Palma). Customers trust in flexibility and can-do attitude, which is GlobeAir’s real added value defining it as a concierge service company more than solely a private jet charter.

“Our mission is to serve the passenger from quoting to landing. We like to be thought of when travel disruptions occur. Just this month, for example, we helped a passenger to avoid missing a commercial connection. Our aircraft were all in flight, but we decided to divert an empty leg to meet the passenger halfway and bring her to her next flight. This was an immediate change of plans that not only won us a customer but demonstrates GlobeAir’s attitude towards customer service: a business aspect that we’ve been treating as an asset for ten years.”

Customers can book online and get a tailored offer in just a few minutes; they are picked up at their favourite departure airports in Europe and escorted comfortably to their next destinations. When they travel with GlobeAir, passengers become temporary owners of the plane, thus allowing the flexibility that commercial airlines could never provide.

10 years and counting

With never-ending "Passion into Profession"

As of today, the DreamTeam is an international team consisting of more than 27 nationalities of highly skilled pilots, office employees & managers, maintenance and training personnel. Living through Fragner’s mantra: Passion Into Profession, the team is a complex unit coordinated by strong IT infrastructures and effortful dedication. With the choice of keeping core business activities in-house, as to mention GlobeAir’s accreditation as an approved training organisation (ATO) since 2016, the environment that Fragner has established is one of success and with the potential to last.

About GlobeAir

With almost 50% of the market share, GlobeAir is Europe’s leader within the sector of very light jets. GlobeAir is available 24/7 all over Europe with 20 private jets connecting European cities like London, Geneva, Zurich, Paris, Nice, Milan with small airfields such as St. Moritz, Lugano, Salerno and 950 more. The company has achieved its success through dedication and by offering bespoke service before, during and after the flight. Charter rates starting from € 4,200, empty legs from € 590.

Published on May 4, 2018, updated on September 12, 2019

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