Norwich Airport Private Charter Specialists
Norwich Airport (NWI) in the English county of Norfolk ranked the 27th busiest airport in the UK last year, sandwiched between Exeter (EXT) and Cardiff (CWL). While it typically only sees a handful of commercial flights each day, managing private jets also forms a significant part of its operations. In fact, it is even home to a diversified private charter carrier by the name of SaxonAir.
How the company was born
According to ch-aviation.com, SaxonAir’s head office is located at Norwich Airport’s Business Aviation Centre. This facility is located at the western end of the airport, a few hundred meters from the passenger terminal on its southern side. The company was founded a little over 15 years ago, in April 2007.
Growth Business notes that SaxonAir was founded to provide air charters to employees of Call Connection, a company run by Graeme Kalbraier. Kalbraier himself had been involved in the creation of SaxonAir, but soon wondered how his planes could be used when not flying for Call Connection.
This led the company to expand into the private charter market and eventually received its own Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) in July 2008. At this time it also received a license to carry cargo and up to 19 passengers on a type B base. Since then, it has grown to operate a diverse fleet of aircraft and helicopters.
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SaxonAir’s mixed fleet
A quick look at the fleet data from FlightRadar24.com clearly outlines the diverse nature of SaxonAir’s private charter operations. As pictured above, helicopters play an important role, with three AgustaWestland AW109SPs present. SaxonAir also operates two Leonardo AW119 Koalas and one Airbus Helicopters H125.
Moving on to fixed-wing aircraft, the carrier has a mix of rear-engine business jets. Interestingly, almost all models have only one example present, with the exception of two examples of the Cessna 525 Citation CJ1. Flightradar24 shows that SaxonAir also uses a single Cessna 525A CitationJet CJ2.
Away from Cessna, SaxonAir also seems to be a big fan of the Learjet family, with three different variants present. Specifically, it operates the Learjet 40 (G-UXLA), 45 (G-OSRL), and 75 (G-USHA, as pictured at the top of the article). This leaves another private jet in its fleet, namely an Embraer Phenom 300 (G-KBRN).
SaxonAir also flew a Bombardier Challenger that belonged to Formula 1 legend Lewis Hamilton. Photo:
Markus Eigenheer on Flickr
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Where do Saxonair planes fly?
Due to the nature of charter business, Saxonair’s private jets are deployed daily on various weird and wonderful routes. For example, FlightRadar24 shows that G-COBN, a Cessna 525 Citation CJ1, has visited a series of smaller airports in recent weeks, including Blackpool (BLK) and Oxford (OXF).
For other aircraft, some destinations are more regularly represented. For example, the Learjet 75 G-USHA has made several trips to Nice Côte d’Azur Airport (NCE) in recent weeks. This facility in the south of France is often popular with private jet users, due to its proximity to the luxurious city-state of Monaco. Elsewhere, Malaga is a common destination for the Learjet 45 G-OSRL.