May 10, 2011

Illegal Charter Flight Warning

Stratos Jet Charters Warns Travelers About Illegal Charter Flight

In recent air charter news, the European Business Aviation Administration (EBAA) has launched a campaign to curb illegal charter flight activity in Europe.  Stratos Jet Charters is a member of the prestigious Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), which distinguishes our company as one of the finest and most reputable charter service providers in the private aviation industry.  As a member of ACANA, we believe it is our responsibility to help the EBAA promote safe and legal charter flight operations in North America.  In the following article, we would like to take this opportunity to discuss the issue of illegal charter flights, and the different ways you can protect yourself and your family from the threat of illegal charter operators.

 In light of the recent economic recession, we understand that many aircraft owners are looking for ways to offset the high cost and expense of aircraft ownership, just as air charter consumers are searching for lower-cost options for private jet travel.  But, before you set out to book a “discounted” charter flight from a small brokerage firm or operator, consider this: what price would you pay to ensure your personal safety?

 Let’s assume that you were offered a stellar deal on your next charter flight by an unknown charter brokerage or operator.  Initially, you might be pleased to find the pricing to be much lower than that of several long-standing and reputable charter brokers.  Wouldn’t you be foolish not to go with the lowest-priced flight?  Well, what if we told you that the aircraft you will be flying in wasn’t inspected according to FAA regulations, or that the flight crew wasn’t type-rated to fly the aircraft?  What if we told you that your charter flight was illegal?

 The safety issues caused by illegal charter flights has long plagued the air charter industry.  According to the EBAA, a large number of air charter consumers unknowingly purchase illegal charter flights each year.  An “illegal charter flight” occurs when a Part 91 aircraft owner conducts a charter flight under the guise of a fully-licensed Part 135 aircraft operator.  Illegal charter flights pose significant safety risks to air charter consumers, which is why it is our goal to teach you about the possibility of illegal charter flight operations.  Keep in mind that the goal of this article is not to frighten you, but to help you identify the signs of an illegal charter flight and the ways you can protect yourself and your family.

 Aircraft owners who conduct illegal charter flight operations do so at great expense to consumer safety.  Here’s why - illegal charter flights violate Part 135 Federal Aviation Administration Regulations (FARs), which specifically require aircraft operators to hold a “Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate.”  An air carrier certificate is only granted to aircraft operators that show “sufficient financial strength and compliance with other legal requirements, including proof of proper insurance coverage,” according to the National Business Aviation Administration (NBAA). 

 The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration requires aircraft operators to adhere to all Part 135 regulations, which spell out the necessary criteria for conducting a safe and legal operation.  Under these requirements, aircraft operators are subject to many regulations regarding  aircraft maintenance, flight crew experience, pilot training and insurance requirements.  Outright aircraft owners, on the other hand, adhere to a separate set of rules and regulations, known as Part 91 regulations, which are far less restictive than Part 135 regulations. 

 So what do the FARs have to do with air charter safety?  Well, everything.  First, you need to know that the FAA makes an important distinction between aircraft owners and aircraft operators.  As a rule, aircraft operators are held to much higher safety standards than owners because they are “certificate-holding entities,” rather than “self-interested parties.”   As such, aircraft operators must adhere to more rigorous operational and maintenance requirements.  In addition, aircraft operators are subject to routine audits, such as performance audits, flight reviews, pilot training and safety checks, to verify their compliance with FAA safety standards.  Meanwhile, aircraft owners are given more freedom to establish their own safety procedures and protocols.

Since certified aircraft operators adhere to much higher safety standards, they encumber the costs of maintaining their aircraft and flight crew at peak safety levels.  Oftentimes, these additional costs are factored into the price of your charter flight.  Illegal charter operators don’t operate in accordance with Part 135 regulations, which is why they can offer significantly lower pricing on charter flights.  Illegal charter operators create an un-level playing field and put consumer safety and confidence at risk.  Consider it an investment toward your safety when you work with a reputable charter broker or operator.

 So, how do you know that your private charter is legal?  It’s not always easy to identify an illegal operator from a legitimate one.  The first step is to ask some basic questions about the aircraft operator.  Ask your charter broker for the operator’s certificate number or read up on the operator through the Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) at http:///www.faa.gov/about/office_org/field_offices/fsdo/.  This information will help to ensure that your charter operator meets with all the necessary criteria for conducting a safe charter flight.  If your charter broker is unable or unwilling to provide you with a copy of the operator’s air carrier certificate, it’s safe to assume that your charter flight is illegal.  Any legitimate charter broker or operator should be more than happy to provide you with a copy of the operator’s Part 135 certificate.  If you are asked to pay the pilots separately, this is a major red flag.

Next, ask your charter broker to provide you with a copy of the operator’s D085 (aircraft spec sheet).  This important document will list every aircraft that is approved for service in that operator’s fleet.  The aircraft listed on the D085 have been found by the FAA to meet with aircraft inspection, maintenance and insurance requirements.  You should receive the tail number of your charter aircraft at least 24 hours in advance of your flight.  Check to make sure that your aircraft’s specific tail number is listed on the D085 as apart of that operator’s fleet.

Now that you know how to identify a legal charter operator, the next step is to find a safe and legal operator to conduct your next charter flight.  The Stratos Jets’ Approved Vendor Program enables our company to work with the safest and most reputable charter operators in the air charter industry.  Through our approved vendor program, we do our due-diligence to ensure that your charter flight is safe and legal.  All of our approved vendors are fully-licensed Part 135 operators that adhere to FAR regulations, along with our own rigorous safety standards.  We keep updated records on all our approved vendors, and can easily provide you with a copy of the operator’s air carrier certificate, D085, and/or insurance standards upon request.  We won’t send you a quote on an aircraft that hasn’t been fully-vetted on the front end.  By working with Stratos Jets, you can rest assured that your charter flight meets or exceeds with the highest safety expectations in the industry.

As an air charter consumer, remember that you have a right to ask these important questions to ensure your personal safety on every charter flight.  If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact a Stratos Jets representative at any time.  Our air charter agents are both experienced and knowledgeable, and place a special emphasis on air charter safety.  Our goal is to help you find the safest and most well-maintained aircraft that can meet your personal travel needs for each and every flight.

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March 30, 2011

Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. Acquires Air Charter Access

Orlando, Fla., March 23, 2011: Furthering its strategy to meet the growing demand

for private jet charter, Stratos Jet Charters, Inc., a worldwide air charter agency, announced

today that it has acquired Air Charter Access, one of the finest and most reputable air

charter brokerages in the industry.

According to Joel Thomas, President and founder of Stratos Jets, the air charter industry

has recently seen the return of business and personal travelers seeking alternatives to the

long lines, invasive security screenings, and route cancellations of commercial travel.

Thomas believes that “the increased demand and heightened interest for private jet charter

serves as a positive indicator of economic recovery.”

Thomas says that Stratos Jets has already received an influx of charter flight requests,

and expects to see a significant increase in jet charter activity and traffic over the next

quarter. Stratos Jets recently acquired Air Charter Access, a leading air charter brokerage

firm, to meet the increasing demand for jet charter, while still providing the same high level

of service that private jet travelers have come to expect from Stratos Jets.

Stratos Jets’ acquisition of Air Charter Access will benefit Stratos clients by enabling

the air charter agency to provide the highest level of personalized service and attention to

detail in the industry. As a result of the acquisition, Stratos Jets will have the necessary

resources to respond to the growing demand of charter clients with flights at or below

market value. By acquiring Air Charter Access, Stratos Jets agents will be able to improve

their work flow and consistently provide the highest level of service, while managing the

increase in traffic and demand for jet charter.

According to Thomas, “Stratos Jets has developed a close relationship with Air Charter

Access because of their similar philosophy for building and maintaing close personal

relationships with their clients.” The business model of Air Charter Access closely

resembles that of Stratos Jets, with an emphasis on client development and retention.

Thomas went on to say that “Air Charter Access flight coordinators are equally committed

to best practices and excellence, and bring a wealth of air charter knowledge and expertise

to the table.”

As the demand for jet charter continues to rise, Stratos Jets agents will work diligently

with Air Charter Access flight coordinators to tailor their services to meet the exact needs

of their clients. Thomas reminds travelers that Stratos Jets and Air Charter Access will be

available 24/7 to arrange jet charter flights to any destination in the world.

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February 11, 2011

Partnering for the Future—Legendary and Vision Airlines Partner to Offer Incredible Deals on Destin Travel and Fun

Peter Bos hosted the grand announcement of Vision Airlines' expansion beginning flights out of Okaloosa County.  Peter Bos, CEO of Legendary Inc. said the announcement by Vision Airlines to expand its flights out of Okaloosa County is a win-win situation for not only Destin, but also the Entire County and region.

“I have been trying to market this area for 33 years now, and this has the potential to be the biggest thing that has happened to our area,” said Bos. “This can turn us into a year-round destination.”  “Think about those people who live in Shreveport and have a nine hour drive… they will come here more often; they may even be more interested in real estate since the travel is easier.”

Vision Airlines, the Suwannee, Georgia based company began as a charter carrier, founded in 1994, recently announced that on March 25 it would begin commercial service to 23 destinations, many of them in the South and along the Gulf Coast, with destinations originating from Northwest Florida Regional Airport. Prices for the new destinations will normally start at $79 one way. The airline chose to focus on that region because it is underserved by major airlines, which often offer regional jets, long layovers and high fares, said Bryan Glazer, Vision’s spokesman.

“This is our hub. We’re putting our roots in the ground here and growing here,” said Clay Meek, Marketing and Business Development Director for Vision Airlines. As of December 17, 2010, Vision Airlines began flights between Northwest Florida Regional Airport and Niagara Falls, NY. Starting March 25, Vision Airlines will offer flights to and from Northwest Florida Regional Airport to 12 new destinations including Atlanta; Huntsville, Ala.; Savannah, Ga.; and Louisville. A week later on April 1, service will start to and from Chattanooga, Tenn.; Shreveport, La.; Asheville, N.C.; Columbia, S.C.; and Orlando.

Meek said only about 3 percent of Northwest Florida’s current tourists get here by flying. Vision Airlines has targeted cities whose residents are already driving here for vacations. About 29,000 people from Asheville, N.C., drive to Northwest Florida each year, he said. In Louisville, it’s nearly 90,000.

Originally started in 1994, the airline operated flights for their tour business, out of Las Vegas. The expansion from a sight-seeing company, into commercial airlines opened up opportunity for travelers seeking lower fares, yet preferring a non-stop flight. The company partners with resorts to offer super package deals for your stay.

On the part of customers, there seems to be no shortage of interest: Vision started ticket sales this month with a $49 introductory fare for travel to cities in Florida that proved so popular that customers inundated its call centers and a surge in traffic crashed its computer servers, the airline stated.

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October 05, 2010

Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. Expands Access Into the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA)

Stratos Jet Charters can now arrange direct charter flights from Farmingdale, New York to Downtown Washington, D.C.

Orlando, Fla., Oct. 5, 2010: Stratos Jet Charters, Inc.

a worldwide air charter agency, announced today that the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has added New York’s Republic Airport (FRG) to its list of “gateway airports” from New York to the Ronald Reagan National Washington Airport (DCA). Stratos Jets can now provide direct jet charter service from New York City to the Ronald Reagan DCA airport.

Following the 9/11 attacks, the TSA has restricted private jet access to the Ronald Reagan DCA airport, which is located in Downtown Washington D.C.  Currently, the TSA mandates that all private jet aircraft must first pass security screenings at one of TSA’s listed “gateway airports” prior to arrival at Ronald Reagan DCA airport.  Until recently, the only gateway airports in New York were the Teterboro Executive Airport (TEB) and John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK).  Private jet flights to Washington, D.C.

 from non-gateway airports in New York such as White Plains (HPN) or LaGuardia (LGA) are required to utilize Washington Dulles Airport (IAD) in Chantilly, Virginia.

Stratos Jet Charters reported today that the TSA has recently added the Republic Airport (FRG), located in Farmingdale, New York, to its list of gateway airports under the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP).  The DASSP program seeks to grant more private jets access to the conveniently-located Ronald Reagan airport.  Through Stratos Jets’ vendor relationship with the largest aircraft operator in Farmingdale, Stratos Jets can now provide non-stop jet charter service from New York to Washington, D.C.

 on 14 of the safest and most highly-maintained charter aircraft in the industry. 

According to Joel Thomas, Stratos Jet Charters President, his air charter agency can arrange corporate charter flights from New York City to DCA on a diverse line of charter aircraft, ranging from a King Air B200 turboprop to a Gulfstream IV charter jet.  These aircraft have all met with the strict and stringent safety requirements of the Stratos Jets Approved Vendor Program as well as Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation regulations.

Thomas said that by connecting two of the most influential cities in America - New York and Washington - Stratos Jets can provide the most valuable travel service to politicians this election season.  He explained that politicians and government officials on the campaign trail can save time and energy by chartering a private jet directly into DCA.

Joel A. Thomas

1.888.478.7286

www.stratosjets.com

 

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September 21, 2010

Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. President Joel Thomas Advises Jet Travelers on Cold Weather Flying

Joel Thomas warns travelers to avoid hazardous fog and icing conditions this fall and winter

Orlando, Fla., Sep. 20, 2010: Joel Thomas, president of Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. ,

a worldwide air charter agency, issued a statement today, warning private jet travelers about the adverse effects of cold weather on fall and winter jet charter travel.

According to Thomas, an authority on “cold weather flying ", two types of cold weather, fog and ice, can have serious effects on the safety and availability of private jet aircraft.  In his statement, Thomas advises jet travelers to “plan accordingly” for this fall travel season by working with expert air charter agents with a reputation for ensuring safety.

Although fog is not typically considered severe weather, it can still have detrimental effects on aircraft availability and passenger safety.  Thomas explained that “fog is caused by low-lying clouds forming into a single layer, which reduces runway visibility conditions needed for safe operation by private aircraft.”  In the chillier months of October and November, fog delays hundreds of early morning and evening departures out of coastal areas such as California and New York.  This significantly lowers the number of aircraft available for jet charter flights.”

In his statement, Thomas also warned jet travelers about the presence of hazardous icing conditions for jet charter flights to Chicago

 and Seattle.  Aircraft icing occurs when moisture in the air freezes and ice accumulates on the surface of a private aircraft. 

According to Thomas, “aircraft icing is one of the most potentially dangerous types of cold weather because it disrupts the airflow over a private aircraft, which decreases lift and increases drag.  Once ice forms on an aircraft, it can limit a pilot’s ability to control the aircraft, especially during takeoff and landing.”

Thomas concluded his statement on cold weather flying today by reiterating the fact that jet travelers should only work with “cold weather experts” who can ensure their personal safety during the fall and winter.  Thomas explained that experienced air charter agents have the necessary cold weather knowledge and expertise to avoid inclement weather conditions and ensure passenger safety.

Experienced air charter agents, such as those at Stratos Jets, have access to hundreds of private aircraft that are well-equipped to handle the effects of cold weather.  In the icy, winter months, Stratos Jets agents have access to several aircraft that are equipped with de-icing and anti-icing systems to avoid hazardous icing conditions. 

In addition, Thomas says that “Stratos Jets agents work with large aircraft operators to source all relevant aircraft for private jet charter flights.”  In the event of a weather delay or cancellation, Stratos Jets experts can provide multiple “back-up options” for charter flights and typically negotiate out of any repositioning fees.

“When flying becomes dangerous this fall, don’t take a risk by working with an average jet charter broker,” Thomas said in his closing statement. “Jet charter brokers take advantage of travelers by selling charter flights without properly evaluating the safety measures of every jet charter flight.  By comparison, Stratos Jets air charter agents ensure that every charter flight is conducted on the safest aircraft by the most experienced flight crew in the industry.”

Media Contact Information:

Joel A. Thomas

1.888.478.7286

www.stratosjets.com

 

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June 23, 2010

Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. Expands Air Charter Service in New York City

Stratos Jets now offers private jet charter service to and from New York City on Hawkers and Gulfstreams

 

Orlando, Fla., July 15, 2010: Stratos Jet Charters, Inc.

, a worldwide air charter agency, recently invited one of the largest private jet operators in the New York City metro area to join the prestigious Stratos Jets’ Approved Vendor Program. Stratos Jets can now provide on-demand air charter service to and from New York  on the most diverse aircraft fleet in the country.

The mission of the Stratos Jets’ Approved Vendor Program is to ensure that every Stratos Jets vendor meets and exceeds with the strictest, most stringent standards in the industry.  In order to become a member of this elite association of air carriers, the New York-based operator had to demonstrate its compliance with Federal Aviation Administration and Department of Transportation regulations as well as Stratos Jets’ own safety and maintenance standards. These high standards were established by Stratos Jets air charter professionals to ensure the safety and quality of every charter flight. 

 

To become a Stratos Jets approved vendor, the aircraft operator was required to demonstrate its commitment to air charter safety standards by maintaining extremely high levels of aircraft insurance. These insurance standards require a minimum of $25 million of insurance from the operator on all turboprop aircraft and $50 million on all other private jet aircraft. By maintaining a higher level of aircraft insurance, Stratos Jets can verify aircraft operators’ commitment to passenger safety and aircraft maintenance.

 

Stratos Jets’ newest vendor met and exceeded these safety expectations by maintaining a minimum of $100 million on all 14 of their approved private aircraft. These new and highly-insured aircraft range from the turboprop to the heavy jet category, and include (but are not limited to) a King Air B200, three Hawkers 4000s and a Gulfstream GIV. This diverse line of jet aircraft can accomodate a variety of different New York City charter flights  from same-day round trips from Teterboro to Cape Cod on a King Air B200 to international jet charters from New York to London  on a Gulfstream GIV.

 

According to Joel Thomas, president of Stratos Jet Charters, the diversity of the new approved vendor’s fleet will enable his company to provide a valuable on-demand charter service that meets the specific needs of his clients.  Thomas explained that because his company has access to the most diverse fleet in the New York City area, his air charter agents can provide one-way and round-trip pricing on the most appropriate aircraft for individual charter flights. Through this vendor relationship, Stratos Jets hopes to offer business executives and travelers air charter service on 14 of the safest and most highly-maintained aircraft for Manhattan, White Plains and Teterboro areas.

 

To learn more about how to become a Stratos Jets approved vendor, contact a Stratos Jets representative at 1.888.478.7286.

 

Media Contact Information:

 

Joel A. Thomas

 

1.888.478.7286

 

www.stratosjets.com

 

 

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April 28, 2010

Stratos Jet Charters Joins ACANA

Stratos Jet Charters Inc., a worldwide air charter agency, is proud to announce its recent invitation to join the elite Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), an organization comprised of the finest and most well-respected air charter service providers in the industry. Stratos Jets is now recognized as one of the most prestigious air charter agencies in the world.


ACANA, a non-profit organization, was established in 2007 to promote financially and ethical air charter service providers in the industry to private jet charter consumers. ACANA is formed of several well-established and successful air charter companies that set the benchmark for professionalism and excellence in the business aviation industry.


Stratos Jet Charters was recently invited to join ACANA after it was recognized for continuing to adhere to the highest standards of ethics, integrity and professionalism. Since its inception in 2007, Stratos Jets has repeatedly earned the respect of its clients and peers for its superior dedication to ethical business practices and commitment to air charters.


In order for Stratos Jets to become an ACANA member, it was required to meet stringent membership criteria to demonstrate its financial stability, longevity, industry presence, ethical business practices and compliance with Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration regulations. In addition, the air charter agency was required to meet with the approval of existing members of ACANA and obtain sponsorship from an established member.


Stratos Jets met all of these requirements with flying colors.


As an official ACANA member, Stratos Jets will now join 12 of the most elite air charter service providers to help promote best practices in the industry.  Joel Thomas, president of Stratos Jet Charters, said his company was honored to join the prestigious organization and hopes to inspire other air charter agencies to achieve the same level of prestige and integrity.


“We have always strived to provide the best in air charter service and not just for our clients, but for the industry as a whole,” Thomas said. "As an ACANA member, we hope to inspire other air charter companies to follow our lead and adhere to the highest standards in the industry.

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March 17, 2010

Stratos Jet Charters Launches New Daily Weather Report Program

Stratos Jets revolutionizes the aviation industry by providing detailed weather reports to air charter consumers

By Christine Harper

   

March 5, 2010, Orlando, Fla.: Stratos Jet Charters, Inc., a Florida-based jet charter company, recently announced the launch of a new daily weather report program, designed to provide air charter consumers with important weather information regarding air charter flights in the United States. The Aviation Weather Report Program, a free online service, will include information about severe weather conditions such as icing, turbulence, wind and heavy precipitation.

During inclement weather conditions, private jet charter is the safest and most reliable form of travel. Private jets have the ability to fly around poor weather conditions and land at safer, alternative airports. Despite this capability, charter flights can still experience delays due to severe weather conditions preventing departure. Air charter agents with advanced knowledge of inclement weather are better prepared to resolve these issues. They can reroute aircraft and ground transfers to help meet the passenger’s schedule.

By analyzing aviation weather data and reported national weather trends, Stratos Jets agents are now able to generate daily weather reports for their air charter consumers. These daily weather reports will ensure that private jet fliers have a thorough understanding of forecasted weather conditions in advance of their next charter flight.

In addition to the new weather report program, Stratos Jets will also provide their clients with a detailed weather briefing for every charter flight booked through the agency. These weather briefings are designed to inform clients of weather conditions they may encounter during their flight, from turbulence to heavy winds.

Stratos Jets is the only air charter agency in the industry to provide clients with a personalized weather report for their specific charter flight.  Joel Thomas, President of Stratos Jets, said he decided to launch the new program after identifying a need for user-friendly aviation weather data. Thomas said the goal of these daily weather reports and individual flight briefings is to provide passengers with weather information they can easily understand and use to maintain their own personal safety.

“We know that we can’t control the weather,” Thomas said. “What we can control is the information that we provide to our clients. Our role as air charter agents is to protect our clients and inform them as much as possible about storm systems or other hazardous weather conditions that could have an impact on their charter flight.”

To learn more about Stratos Jet Charters, visit them on the web at www.stratosjets.com.

Media Contact Information:
Joel A. Thomas
1.888.478.7286
www.stratosjets.com

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January 13, 2010

Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. - Flights to Earthquake Site

Press Release

Stratos Jet Charters, Inc helps News outlets to arrange charter flights to earthquake site

Stratos Jets arranges one-way flights for news outlets travelling to Port Au Prince, Haiti

 

By Christine Harper

               

For immediate release:  Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. announced Wednesday afternoon that it is now offering one-way jet charter service to new organizations travelling to Haiti to report on the tragic Port Au Prince earthquake incident.

Stratos Jets’ charter agents now have the ability to arrange  charter flights from Miami and  private jet charters from Fort Lauderdale into the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic (MDSD) airport, where weight limitations are less-restrictive than at the recently reopened Port Au Prince Airport (MTPP).  With as less as four hours notice, Stratos Jets can make arrangements to fly a news crews carrying heavy filming equipment into the Dominican Republic on a  private jet, and can also provide ground transportation into the city upon arrival.

Currently, Stratos Jets is offering one-way charter flights from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL)to Santo Domingo on a 12-passenger commuter aircraft at a starting price of $15,750.  The flight to the Dominican Republic can take as little as three and a half hours to complete, and news crews can rest assure that their aircraft meets with Stratos Jets’ high safety standards.

According to Joel Thomas, President of Stratos Jets, his charter agents have already arranged a successful one-way charter flight into Santo Domingo for one news crew, and will continue to offer the same, efficient service for other news teams over the next couple of days.  Thomas said that during an emergency evacuation period, jet operators have the tendency to gouge prices for flights and that it’s of the upmost importance to utilize an expert charter agent to find the best, possible price for your flight.

Thomas also said that he feels he has a moral obligation to help as many media outlets and disaster relief teams as possible reach the disaster site and report on the situation at hand.

“During crises like these, it’s important that our news teams are there, reporting on what’s happening every step of the way,” Thomas said. “Stratos Jets has the ability and therefore the obligation to find the best, most well-maintained aircraft for our media crews and help the people of Port Au Prince.”

Media Contact Information:

Joel A. Thomas

1.888.478.7286

www.stratosjets.com

 

 

 

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Stratos Jet Charters, Inc. - Haiti

Press Release

Port Au Prince Airport open to VFR, daylight operations

Stratos Jets can now evacuate earthquake victims in and out Port Au Prince, Haiti on a private jet

By Christine Harper

               

For immediate release:  Stratos Jet Charters, Inc.  an Orlando, Florida based company has announced Wednesday morning that it can provide private air charter service in and out of disaster-stricken Port Au Prince, Haiti through the recently reopened airport.

The devastating 7.0 earthquake that hit Port Au Prince Tuesday afternoon, destroyed most of the city and left many people stranded who could not evacuate through the closed Port Au Prince Airport (MTPP).  This morning, Stratos Jets agents received notice that the Port Au Prince airport was reopened and is now open to all VFR, daylight operations. 

With as little as four hours notice, Stratos Jets can arrange private flights in and out of Port Au Prince and carry as much as 2,000 pounds of total weight in the safety and comfort of a private charter aircraft.  Stratos Jets is currently arranging charter flights from Ft. Lauderdale International Airport (FLL) on12, 17 and 30 passenger jets to evacuate missionaries and victims, send medical supplies and equipment to the disaster site and to fly news crews to report on the situation.  Stratos Jets can also make travel arrangements for charter flights in and out of nearby Santo Domingo Dominican Republic (MDSD) airport, and provide ground transportation into the disaster-struck city.  The Santo Domingo airport is currently not under any daytime flight restrictions.

According to Joel Thomas, President of Stratos Jets, his agents are working non-stop to evacuate as many people as possible from Port Au Prince.  Thomas said that he has “air charter agents standing by to assist in the transportation efforts of earthquake disaster relief teams.”

“Our charter jet agents will do whatever it takes to make sure these people have access to all available aircraft” Thomas said. “Our air charter agents are experts and have been specifically trained to handle crises like this and will work hard to find the safest and best solutions.”

Media Contact Information:

Joel A. Thomas

1.888.478.7286

www.stratosjets.com

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