PrivateFly.com, an online search engine for private jet charter that is based in the UK, has reported that it plans to expand into France, Germany and Central Europe, inspired by its robust UK business.
PrivateFly booking service has around 7,000 charter aircraft registered worldwide in its portfolio, and has recently reported a steady UK sales growth for the financial year ending in May 2012. The company has since re-launched its UK website, with the addition of an iPad app, to increase its portfolio of existing mobile applications.
The company chief executive officer and founder, Adam Twidell, said, ‘We already have many international customers, together with an established aircraft network in these markets. But PrivateFly’s translated platforms and multilingual teams now allow our European expansion to fully take off. Our focus is initially on the established French and German markets, and on other fast-growing markets in Central Europe, including Poland and the Czech Republic. We will extend our reach further later in the year.’
In September of last year, the company acquired a GBP2m funding from eight private investors in a finance offering. The funds are being used to explore new international markets, to upgrade its platforms, and for a real-time integration of price and availability of aircraft operators.
The company chairman, Richard Carrick, said, ‘PrivateFly’s experience in the UK has proven the success of our model, transforming private jet charter through innovative technology. We are looking forward to bringing the same enhanced response speed, price and ease of booking to our new European customers.’