'New brooms' at Interflight

by Terry Spruce

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Interflight, based at London Biggin Hill Airport, has undergone considerable change during the past 12 months, following the sale of the business by the family that founded it 40 years ago.

Trevor Jones - brought in eight months ago as Accountable Manager - has overseen a number of changes to both the charter and maintenance departments, along with Director of Flight Operations, Andy Howel.

Interflight Administration and Charter are now based at the Terminal Hangar, whilst the Maintenance department's airfield hangar has received something of a 'makeover'.

The previously cluttered hangar has been cleared, and a simple interior repaint - coupled with new lighting and clear roofing panels - has transformed the once dark facility into a light and airy workspace. The addition of new offices, improved signage and planned re-flooring breathes new life into the building. The hangar can accommodate three Hawker jets.

Engineering Manager Lee Sugden welcomes the changes and confirms an increase in maintenance requests, suggesting that they will be very busy for the rest of the year.

Another recent addition to the management team is Director of Aircraft Management, Paul Cantillon, whose role is to develop the new department and grow the aircraft fleet.

The company currently operates a couple of Hawker 800s, G-IFTF and G-EGSS.

G-EGSS has just had a passenger cabin refit with new unique design leather seats. The new seats are spacious enough to avoid 'knee-knocking' - a very common problem with tall passengers. This aircraft has flown 320 hours this year and in June and July alone it flew 120 hours.

G-IFTF is about to rejoin the fleet and has been refitted with a new interior including new seats. This aircraft has recently been released to service and will be available for charter. Both aircraft are fitted to carry up to eight passengers in comfort and are also fitted with a galley.

Speaking at length to both Trevor Jones and Andy Howel it's clear there are further plans to expand Interflight's charter business, aircraft management and the maintenance department and their message is simply, “Watch this Space.”

BlueSky Business Aviation News | 7th September 2017 | Issue #430

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