Firm takes off with new top of the line jet purchases

Fran Taylor

A Kent-based private jet operator has shrugged off fears that Brexit will impact its industry after unveiling the latest additions to its fleet.

Zenith Aviation’s two new luxury Learjet 75s were put on display at its Biggin Hill Airport base last week, at a time when it has experienced a 250 per cent surge in demand for charter flights this year alone.

The latest additions bring the total number of aircraft operated by the company up to nine.

Managing Director Stuart Mulholland said the investment showed business aviation was having a ‘resurgence’.

“We are just responding to the market and have been incredibly busy this year,” he added.

The company is now eying up expansion opportunities, with the possibility of locating one of their aircraft in Manchester.

However, the plunging value of the pound has led to some pressure on the company, as it buys its fuel and runs its maintenance programme in dollars.

But Mr Mulholland is still upbeat about the general direction of the industry, and Zenith’s prospects in particular.

“We are dealing with high-net worth customers and providing a business tool which won’t go away.

“We are unconcerned by Brexit.”

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