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By SuperyachtNews 08 Aug 2014

Jets and yachts: the mutually beneficial relationship

One facet of the global superyacht forum’s 20th anniversary programme is an examination of the brokerage processes from various luxury industries. superyachtnews.com speaks exclusively with the chairman of fai rent-a-jet ag about its unique in-house jet and yacht dealership opportunities for its clients.….

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FAI announces partnership with Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide private jet charter service

Monday 29th June 2020

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FAI rent-a-jet AG, German leading air charter operator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Greece-based leading luxury yacht management company, Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide luxury VIP air charter services.

Effective immediately, FAI will offer Atalanta Golden Yacht charter clients the opportunity to fly privately from an airport of their choice anywhere in the world directly to an airport closest to their chosen embarkation port in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. Clients will be served by FAI’s jet charter fleet which includes Bombardier´s Global Express, Challenger 850, Challenger 604, Learjet 60 and the Premier 1A light jet.

As the Greek yacht charter market reopens for international clients,  the new partnership will give clients that have booked or are contemplating a superyacht charter, the opportunity to start and finish their holiday in complete confidence, in a secure, exclusive and protected environment. As a dedicated leading air ambulance specialist and special mission operator, FAI rent-a-jet AG, is also in the unique position to offer Atalanta Golden Yachts‘ clients an air ambulance service should the need for urgent medical evacuation arise.

Siegfried Axtmann, Group Chairman and Founder, FAI Aviation Group, commented: “We are very pleased to partner with Atalanta Golden Yacht Charter as their private aviation provider. Following our recent partnership with McLaren Racing, t his new partnership is a further example of our teaming up with internationally recognised brands who are leaders in their field and committed to excellence. We look forward to serving Atalanta Golden Yachts’ clients and promoting our services within the superyacht charter community. ”

John Dragnis, Director of Atalanta Golden Yachts, added: “Together with the reopening of the Greek superyacht charter market, we are pleased to announce the establishment of a unique partnership that brings together the leading luxury yachts management company in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean and one of the leading private jet charter operators worldwide with the objective of offering our clients a tailor made, exclusive and safe holiday.”

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Left: FAI's Learjet 60 and r ight: Bombardier Global Express, interior

About FAI rent-a-jet  ( www.fai.ag/rent-a-jet )

FAI rent-a-jet is one of the world’s leading private jet charter operators. It operates Germany’s largest fleet of Bombardier Aircraft and utilised 14,000 hours of air time in 2019. FAI rent-a-jet´s fleet comprises 27 jet aircraft and one turboprop including six Bombardier Global Express, six Bombardier Challenger 604s, one Challenger 850, 12 Learjet 60 series, plus two Premier 1A and one King Air 350. Headquartered at Albrecht Duerer International Airport in Nuremberg, Germany, FAI runs a 14,000 m² carbon neutral FBO.

About Atalanta Golden Yachts  ( www.atalantagoldenyachts.com )

Atalanta Golden Yachts is the leading luxury yachts management company in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean, acting as central agent for more than 40 super yachts. It was incorporated in 2006, as the result of the collaboration between Atalanta Marine and Golden Yachts. Activities include management, sales, brokerage and chartering of all crewed yachts.

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Bombardier Global Express, interior.

As the Greek yacht charter market reopens for international clients,  the new partnership will give clients that have booked or are contemplating a superyacht charter, the opportunity to start and finish their holiday in complete confidence, in a secure, exclusive and protected environment.

FAI rent-a-jet AG , German leading air charter operator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Greece-based leading luxury yacht management company, Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide luxury VIP air charter services.

Effective immediately, FAI will offer Atalanta Golden Yacht charter clients the opportunity to fly privately from an airport of their choice anywhere in the world directly to an airport closest to their chosen embarkation port in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. Clients will be served by FAI’s jet charter fleet which includes Bombardier/s Global Express, Challenger 850, Challenger 604, Learjet 60 and the Premier 1A light jet.

As the Greek yacht charter market reopens for international clients,  the new partnership will give clients that have booked or are contemplating a superyacht charter, the opportunity to start and finish their holiday in complete confidence, in a secure, exclusive and protected environment. As a dedicated leading air ambulance specialist and special mission operator, FAI rent-a-jet AG, is also in the unique position to offer Atalanta Golden Yachts‘ clients an air ambulance service should the need for urgent medical evacuation arise.

Siegfried Axtmann , Group Chairman and Founder, FAI Aviation Group, commented: “We are very pleased to partner with Atalanta Golden Yacht Charter as their private aviation provider. Following our recent partnership with McLaren Racing, this new partnership is a further example of our teaming up with internationally recognised brands who are leaders in their field and committed to excellence. We look forward to serving Atalanta Golden Yachts’ clients and promoting our services within the superyacht charter community.”

John Dragnis , Director of Atalanta Golden Yachts, added: “ Together with the reopening of the Greek superyacht charter market, we are pleased to announce the establishment of a unique partnership that brings together the leading luxury yachts management company in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean and one of the leading private jet charter operators worldwide with the objective of offering our clients a tailor made, exclusive and safe holiday.”

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«Es gibt nicht viele mit solch einem Kreditkartenlimit»

Siegfried Axtmann ist Chef von FAI Aviation. Im Interview spricht er über prominente Ambulanzflug-Patienten, sein Problem mit Kreditkarten und tonnenweise Geld im Jet.

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Ambulanzjet von FAI, Firmenchef Siegfried Axtmann: Rund 1000 Patienten pro Jahr.

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Sie haben mit Ihren Ambulanzjets den Fußballer Thomas Müller und den Politiker Alexei Navalny geflogen . Transportiert FAI oft so prominente Gäste, oder sind das Ausnahmen? Siegfried Axtmann*: Wir transportieren pro Jahr rund 1000 Patienten. Ich gehe davon aus, dass da mehr Prominente dabei sind, als ich selber mitbekomme. Es gibt einen Auftrag, eine Passkopie und einen Patienten-Zustandsbericht. Dann erledigen wir unsere Arbeit. Und wenn wir mal wissen, dass es jemand prominentes ist, machen wir das nicht öffentlich. Das machen die Medien, falls sie es erfahren.

Dennoch hilft es Ihnen, da Ihr Unternemen dadurch bekannter wird. Ja, natürlich. Vor allem bei den Ambulanzflügen ist es wichtig für uns, dass die Stellen, die innerhalb von Stunden eine Entscheidung treffen müssen, uns auf dem Zettel haben. Egal, ob das beispielsweise der FC Bayern München, eine Regierung oder ein anderer Kunde ist.

FAI verchartert neben den Ambulanzfliegern auch VIP-Jets für Privat- und Geschäftsreisen. Und Sie warten und modifizieren Businessjets für Kunden. Wie teilt sich all das auf? Wir machen als Gruppe einen Umsatz von rund 100 Millionen Euro pro Jahr, wovon etwa 50 Prozent auf das Ambulanz-Geschäft entfallen und 15 Prozent auf Wartung und Modifizierung. Der Rest ist VIP-Chartergeschäft sowie der Bereich Special Mission.

Und was verbirgt sich hinter Special Mission? Zum Beispiel Deportationen, also Abschiebungen. Oder Werttransporte.

Wer wir denn im Privatjet abgeschoben? Gefährder. Und Kleingruppen, die zu klein sind, um für sie einen größeren Flieger wie eine Boeing 757 zu chartern, aber zu groß, um sie mit einem Linienflug zu transportieren. Dann ist ein Businessjet für Innenministerium und Bundespolizei noch die günstigste Variante.

Wie oft führen Sie solche Flüge durch? Normalerweise ein oder zwei Mal im Monat. Derzeit aber seltener wegen der Corona-Krise.

Bei uns sind das natürlich Sonderflüge, wenn wir beispielsweise 200 Millionen Dollar an Bord haben

Und was für Werttransporte machen Sie? Wenn wir Bargeld von Länderbanken zwischen Kontinenten fliegen, erreicht das schnell ein Volumen von ein bis zwei Tonnen. Das findet aktuell vermehrt statt, da aufgrund von Corona weniger Passagierflieger unterwegs sind, die solche Werttransporte mit der Fracht mitnehmen.

Wie sieht es da mit der Sicherheit aus? Bei den Passagierfliegern der Airlines ist das Spezialfracht, die aber zusammen mit anderer Fracht transportiert wird. Das sitzt der Passagier dann nicht nur über Kisten voll Bananen, sondern auch über Aluboxen voll mit Goldbarren, aber er weiß nichts davon. Und auch generell ist es da aus Sicherheitsgründen sehr wichtig, dass das Ganze nicht auffällt und niemand davon weiß. Bei uns sind das natürlich Sonderflüge, wenn wir beispielsweise 200 Millionen Dollar an Bord haben. Die Fracht wird mit Bewachung angeliefert und abgeholt. Dazwischen ist der entsprechende Bereich des Fliegers versiegelt. Wir transportieren aber auch weniger wertvolle Fracht.

Zum Beispiel? Etwa für die Automobilindustrie. Wir haben zum Beispiel mal 30 Kopfstützen an die Ostküste geflogen, weil der Lieferant sonst eine Konventionalstrafe in gigantischer Höhe gezahlt hätte, wenn die Teile nicht pünktlich angekommen wären. Es kann aber zum Beispiel auch ein Ersatzteil für eine Ölbohrplattform sein. Da ist der Flug zwar teurer als das Ersatzteil, aber noch teurer wäre es, wenn die Anlage länger stillsteht.

Interkontinentale Ambulanzflüge kosten immer 100.000 Dollar oder mehr

Kommen wir nochmal zurück zu den Ambulanzflügen. Wie läuft so eine Buchung ab? Wir haben eine rund um die Uhr mit Fachpersonal besetzte Alarmzentrale hier in Nürnberg. Es steht immer ein Medical Director bereit, der den Zustand der Patienten beurteilt anhand der übermittelten medizinischen Daten. Und unsere Teams sitzen auf gepackten Koffern, die Maschinen sind immer startbereit. Gezahlt wird vorher, außer bei Kunden, die wir schon kennen.

Wird dann mit Kreditkarte bezahlt? Unsere Kunden sind vor allem Regierungen, NGOs und Unternehmen, viele davon schon langjährige Kunden. Wenn jemand Neukunde ist, ist eine Blitzüberweisung eine Option. Das Problem mit Kreditkarten sind oft die Limits. Interkontinentale Ambulanzflüge kosten immer 100.000 Dollar oder mehr und es gibt nicht viele Leute, die über solch ein Kreditkartenlimit verfügen. Da ist es mir schon lieber, die Crew nimmt die Bezahlung vor Abflug in bar entgegen. Das sind aber Ausnahmen.

100.000 Dollar in bar. Da denke ich an einen kolumbianischen Drogenboss. Würden Sie so jemanden transportieren – wenn er zum Beispiel zur Behandlung in ein deutsches Krankenhaus möchte? Wenn er ein gültiges Visum und eine Einladung der Klinik hat, würden wir ihn transportieren, aber Ersteres schließt schon eine Beförderung von offensichtlich Kriminellen aus, außer in polizeilichem Gewahrsam. Das ist übrigens auch generell so: Wir fliegen nur los, wenn die Einreise und Aufnahme im Voraus gesichert ist, andernfalls stünden wir in der Carrier-Haftung, solche Personen auf eigene Kosten zurückzubringen.

Statt dem Kranken- kommt dann leider der Leichenwagen

Wenn ich also als Privatperson über das nötige Geld verfüge, kann ich FAI aus meinem Spanienurlaub anrufen, in dem ich mir beide Beine gebrochen habe, und Sie bringen mich zurück nach Deutschland? Natürlich. Aber die Zahl der Privataufträge ist relativ gering. Denn Reisende sind oft rückholversichert, über Reise- und Auslandskrankenversicherungen oder auch über eine silberne oder goldene Kreditkarte, was viele nicht wissen. Zumindest bis zu einem gewissen Betrag. In dem Fall rufen Sie uns aber nicht selber an, sondern das läuft über die Versicherung und deren Assistance, die das Angebot rückversichert hat.

Der Patient in ihrem Flieger hat also eventuell gar nicht viel Geld, aber clever eine Versicherung abgeschlossen. Genau. Wir haben ganz wenig Privatzahler. Wenn das doch vorkommt, sind das zum Beispiel Patienten, die nicht nochmal 48 Stunden warten wollen, bis die ADAC-Zentrale ihnen die Freigabe für die Rückholung gibt. Dann fliegen sie mit uns, zahlen selber und streiten sich danach mit ihrer Versicherung über die Kostenübernahme. Das ist aber die Ausnahme.

Was geschieht, wenn jemand den Flug nicht überlebt? Das kommt äußerst selten vor, die Todesrate liegt Promillebereich. Denn wenn wir einen Patient fliegen, ist er ja transportfähig und die Wahrscheinlichkeit sehr hoch, dass er überlebt. Wenn es dennoch passiert, müssen bei der Landung die Behörden hinzugezogen werden. Wir landen eh nur an internationalen Flughäfen und dort gibt es einen funktionierenden Polizeiapparat. Statt dem Kranken- kommt dann leider der Leichenwagen.

Wir fliegen viele Intensivpatienten aus dem Nahen Osten an die US-Ostküste

Gibt es Länder, die Sie nicht ansteuern, weil sie zu gefährlich sind? Nein, wir fliegen weltweit ohne Einschränkungen. In Kabul in Afghanistan haben wir sogar eine Maschine für die Vereinten Nationen stationiert. Das Flugzeug gehört uns, trägt aber die Lackierung der UN und operiert unter deren Call Sign. Gleiches gilt für Dakar und Baghdad.

Gibt es meistgeflogene Strecken bei Ihnen? Wir fliegen viele Intensivpatienten aus dem Nahen Osten für Spezialbehandlungen an die US-Ostküste oder auch nach Asien beispielsweise. Außerdem evakuieren wir regelmäßig Patienten im Auftrag von Assistancen, die für die US-Regierung tätig sind.

Und was sind die beliebten Routen beim VIP-Charter? Das hängt von der Jahreszeit ab. Viel angeflogene Ziele sind etwa New York oder Miami. Im Winter auch die Malediven, die Seychellen, Südafrika, wo entsprechender Luxusurlaub stattfindet.

Das Flugzeug bleibt dort stehen, wo der letzte Passagier oder Patient den Flieger verlassen hat

Welchen Einfluss hat die Corona-Pandemie auf Ihr Geschäft? Im Ambulanzgeschäft haben wir Corona in der Bilanz für 2020 beim Umsatz nicht gespürt – das war, als hätte es keine Pandemie gegeben. Deutliche Einbrüche gab es im Charterbereich, weil die Länder zeitweise niemanden mehr hereingelassen haben. Besonders die Langstrecke ist zusammengebrochen und auf die sind wir beim VIP-Charter spezialisiert mit unseren großen Bombardier Global Express.

Dabei profitieren die Business-Jet-Anbieter doch davon, dass Kunden auf den Privatjet umsteigen, wenn es keine Linienflüge gibt. Natürlich gibt es neue Kunden, die aufgrund der Pandemie zum ersten Mal einen Jet chartern, das ist positiv für unsere Branche. Und die Business Aviation hat auch keine Einbrüche von 60 oder 70 Prozent, wie die Airlines sie haben. Aber um rund 30 Prozent ist auch das Geschäft der deutschen Businessjet-Anbieter 2020 zurückgegangen.

Ihre Heimatbasis ist Nürnberg. Haben Sie noch an anderen Orten Flugzeuge stationiert? Die Leute denken oft, wir hätten im Nahen oder Mittleren Osten Flieger stationiert, weil wir dort mit Regierungsaufträgen rund ein Drittel unseres Umsatz machen. Haben wir aber nicht, denn wir arbeiten mit einem sogenannten Floating-Base-Konzept. Das heißt, das Flugzeug bleibt dort stehen, wo der letzte Passagier oder Patient den Flieger verlassen hat, und wartet dort samt Crew darauf, zum nächsten Einsatz zu fliegen. Nur wenn ein Businessjet wirklich ungünstig steht, um ihn für den nächsten Flug zu vermarkten, fliegen wir ihn woanders hin.

Und wie werden die Crews ausgetauscht? Mit Linienflügen. Das ist durch die Corona-Krise natürlich komplizierter geworden. Gelegentlich sind wir daher ausnahmsweise mit Doppelcrews geflogen ist, damit niemand irgendwo strandet.

Wie viele Angestellte hat FAI in den verschiedenen Bereichen? Wir beschäftigen etwa 70 Piloten sowie im medizinischen Bereich 45 Ärzte in Teilzeit, 20 Rettungsassistenten in Vollzeit. Der technische Bereich besteht aus 60 Leuten, der Rest ist Administration. Insgesamt haben wir rund 270 Angestellte.

*Siegfried Axtmann, geboren 1959, ist Chef der FAI Aviation Group, zu der FAI Air Ambulance, FAI Rent-a-Jet und FAI Maintenance gehören. Ihr Sitz befindet sich am Flughafen Nürnberg. Ihre Flotte besteht aus sieben Bombardier Global Express, einer Bombardier Challenger 850 und sechs Challenger 604, zwölf Bombardier Learjet 60 sowie zwei Beechcraft Premier 1A und einer Beechcraft King Air. 13 dieser insgesamt 29 Flieger sind gemanagte Flugzeuge.

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FAI Aviation Group , Germany’s leading global provider of mission-critical aviation services, has been named a 2023 ‘Employer of the Future’ by the German Innovation Institute for Sustainability and Digitalization (DIND). 

FAI was praised for its entrepreneurial, progressive work in innovation, investing in and maximizing the use of technology and sustainable practices. 

DIND, whose patron is Brigitte Zypries, former Federal Minister of Economics, is an advocate for small and medium-sized businesses in Germany. SMEs that stand out as exceptional employers are celebrated with this award.

Siegfried Axtmann, founder and Chairman of FAI Aviation Group, commented. “We are pleased to accept this coveted award which recognizes our success in fostering a supportive and engaging workplace for our employees. I would like to dedicate this award to our excellent 300-strong workforce who go the extra mile every day to make our 36-year-old company a success. As we currently face a shortage of skilled workers in Germany, I hope this will help us to attract future talented individuals.“

Following the opening of its new MRO facility at Berlin Brandenburg Airport (EDDB) in February, FAI widened its workforce earlier this year, adding 10 team members including engineers and mechanics.

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German air ambulance operator FAI rent-a-jet is to provide luxury VIP air charter services in conjunction with Greece-based luxury yacht management company Atalanta Golden Yachts.

FAI will offer Atalanta Golden Yachts charter clients the opportunity to fly privately from an airport of their choice anywhere in the world directly to an airport closest to their chosen embarkation port in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. Clients will be served by FAI's jet charter fleet, which includes the Global Express, Challenger 850, Challenger 604, Learjet 60 and the Premier 1A light jet.

As the Greek yacht market reopens for international clients, the new partnership will give clients that have booked or are contemplating a superyacht charter the opportunity to start and finish their holiday in confidence, in a secure, exclusive and protected environment. As a dedicated leading air ambulance specialist and special mission operator, FAI is also in a position to offer Atalanta Golden Yachts' clients an air ambulance service should the need for urgent medical evacuation arise.

Group chairman and founder Siegfried Axtmann says: “We are very pleased to partner with Atalanta Golden Yachts as its private aviation provider. Following our recent partnership with McLaren Racing, this is a further example of our teaming up with internationally recognised brands that are leaders in their field and committed to excellence. We look forward to serving Atalanta clients and promoting our services within the superyacht charter community.”

Atalanta director John Dragnis adds: “Together with the reopening of the Greek superyacht charter market, we are pleased to announce the establishment of a unique partnership that brings together the leading luxury yachts management company in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean and one of the leading private jet charter operators worldwide with the objective of offering our clients a tailor-made, exclusive and safe holiday.”

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FAI Technik appointed as Honeywell Channel Partner

Fai technik gmbh, the maintenance division of germany’s fai aviation group, has been appointed as an authorised channel partner for honeywell aerospace. the agreement allows fai to supply and service honeywell avionics parts and systems. it covers all honeywell aerospace business aviation avionics products including its range of connectivity solution and services, cockpit and cabin upgrades.

As a Channel Partner, FAI Technik will be able to offer detailed Honeywell system upgrades, installation solutions, EASA and STC (Supplemental Type Certificates) certification as well as Honeywell parts at the most competitive prices. Additionally, as part of the global Honeywell network, FAI will collaborate with the global aerospace manufacturer to develop marketing strategies, identify business opportunities and bring the best value to customers.

This latest appointment will further expand FAI’s offering and facilitate faster installation times for customers owing to improved supply chains. FAI Technik is already in discussions with a number of clients about the opportunities presented by Honeywell’s products .

Commenting on the announcement, Siegfried Axtmann, FAI Aviation Group Founder and Chairman, said: “We are honoured to be appointed as an authorised Honeywell Channel Partner. Their innovative solutions are highly regarded across the globe and as such, this collaboration is a significant agreement for the company. We are increasingly being asked by our customers for options for CMS and IFE upgrades on mid to large size business aircraft so the new arrangement will enable FAI Technik to considerably broaden its offering which in turn will benefit our customers.”

Nuremberg-based FAI Technik is globally recognised for its ability to install the latest cabin management (CMS)/in-flight entertainment (IFE) technology and high-speed connectivity. This includes interface units which enable cabin functions to be operated from a smartphone. As such, customers can easily access a broad range of movies (or music) which can be viewed from multiple, wide screen, high definition monitors. Complementing this is a state-of-the-art surround sound system offering a superb acoustic experience while in the air. FAI Technik also installs KA-Band solutions which enable seamless high-speed in-flight connectivity providing passengers with enhanced IFE and maximum business productivity.

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FAI Aviation Group operates Germany´s largest fleet of Bombardier business jets. The fleet includes five Global Express, six Challenger 604s and five Learjet 60s. FAI runs a 14,000 m² carbon-neutral fixed-base operation at its Nuremberg, Germany headquarters, employing a staff of close to 300 people, including 100 mechanics and engineers at its MRO`s in Nuremberg and Berlin.  FAI´s Group consolidated revenues in 2023 will be more than € 140 m with a fleet utilization of more than 12,000 hours of flight time.

FAI was proud to receive the Diamond Safety of Flight Award from the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) in May 2018, marking the highest safety recognition awarded by EBAA to member companies operating business aircraft for 50 years or 100,000 hours without accident.

In 2019 FAI received a 10-year anniversary award from MEBAA, reflecting the fact that 20 % of its flying activity is now in the Middle East and was honoured with an Aviation Annual Achievement Award, in recognition of its 30 years of air ambulance and special mission flying.

In 2020 and 2021 FAI received the prestigious Award “Air Ambulance Company of the Year” from ITIJ Magazine.

In 2021, FAI was awarded the Pandemic Response Special Award in recognition of its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In 2022, FAI was awarded “20 years of Aviation Excellence in the Middle East” by MEA Business at the Aviation Innovation Awards.

In 2023, FAI was awarded “Air Ambulance Company of the Year” from Middle East Aviation Awards during Dubai Airshow.

FAI is official partner of the McLaren Formula 1 Team.

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Barbara Baumgartner is Managing Director of FAI rent- a-jet GmbH, DMCC Branch, based in Dubai, a position she has held for 11 years. She oversees a 13-strong team with a remit to manage charter sales, operations, and medical teams as well as drive business development, planning, budgeting, and ongoing customer service to increase satisfaction and retention. Under her leadership, she has grown the company to become the market leader for air ambulance in the Gulf Region.

Baumgartner’s long-standing experience in the Middle East, combined with her general management and analytical skills plus an iron will to succeed, have proved vital to FAI’s success in the region.

Baumgartner joined FAI in January 2003 as the local representative for the Middle East. She was promoted to the Managing Director role in 2011 when FAI opened its branch office in Dubai. She reports directly to FAI Aviation Group’s Chairman and Founder, Siegfried Axtmann. Baumgartner moved to Dubai in 1997 where she joined CTC Investments as Head of Family Office, Investment and Research Consultant for a Saudi family business conglomerate with a remit to oversee private jet and yacht acquisitions. As part of her role, she conducted due diligence processes and analysis for new private equity and venture capital investment opportunities; conducted continuous research and data analysis for ongoing investment updates and directly oversaw and performed auditing and accounting processes of the family-owned private holding company.

An Austrian native, Baumgartner’s first role in the aviation industry came in 1991 when she joined Tyrolean Airways in Austria.

In 2019, Baumgartner was awarded the “Outstanding Employee Award” by Mumtalakat (Sovereign Wealth Fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain, a shareholder of FAI). She is a member of the Investment Committee of Mindshift Capital and also an Angel Investor & Advisor with WAIN, the Woman Angel Investor Network based in Dubai.

FAI rent-a-jet GmbH is the largest Bombardier fleet operator in Germany and among the world’s largest air ambulance operators (in terms of revenue). Besides VIP Charter and fully dedicated air ambulance service, (FAI Air Ambulance) the company also specializes in aircraft management, long term lease, aircraft refurbishment and special missions for the world’s largest  NGO.

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FAI partners with Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide private jet charter service

FAI partners with Atalanta Golden Yachts  to provide private jet charter service

FAI rent-a-jet signed a MoU with Greece-based leading luxury yacht management company, Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide luxury VIP air charter services. Effective immediately, FAI will offer Atalanta Golden Yacht charter clients the opportunity to fly privately from an airport of their choice anywhere in the world directly to an airport closest to their chosen embarkation port in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. Clients will be served by FAI’s jet charter fleet which includes Bombardier´s Global Express, Challenger 850, Challenger 604, Learjet 60 and the Premier 1A light jet.

As the Greek yacht charter market reopens for international clients,  the new partnership will give clients that have booked or are contemplating a superyacht charter, the opportunity to start and finish their holiday in complete confidence, in a secure, exclusive and protected environment. As a dedicated leading air ambulance specialist and special mission operator, FAI rent-a-jet AG, is also in the unique position to offer Atalanta Golden Yachts‘ clients an air ambulance service should the need for urgent medical evacuation arise.

Siegfried Axtmann, Group Chairman and Founder, FAI Aviation Group, commented: “We are very pleased to partner with Atalanta Golden Yacht Charter as their private aviation provider. Following our recent partnership with McLaren Racing, this new partnership is a further example of our teaming up with internationally recognised brands who are leaders in their field and committed to excellence. We look forward to serving Atalanta Golden Yachts’ clients and promoting our services within the superyacht charter community.”

John Dragnis, Director of Atalanta Golden Yachts, added: “Together with the reopening of the Greek superyacht charter market, we are pleased to announce the establishment of a unique partnership that brings together the leading luxury yachts management company in Greece and the Eastern Mediterraneanand one of the leading private jet charter operators worldwide with the objective of offering our clients a tailor made, exclusive and safe holiday.”

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Golden partnership

FAI rent-a-jet AG , German leading air charter operator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Greece-based leading luxury yacht management company, Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide luxury VIP air charter services.

This summer, FAI will offer Atalanta Golden Yacht charter clients the opportunity to fly privately from an airport of their choice anywhere in the world directly to an airport closest to their chosen embarkation port in Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean. Clients looking for a tailor made, exclusive and safe holiday will be served by FAI’s jet charter fleet, which includes Bombardier´s Global Express, Challenger 850, Challenger 604, Learjet 60 and the Premier 1A light jet.

As the Greek yacht charter market reopens, the new partnership will give international clients who have booked or are contemplating a superyacht charter, the opportunity to start and finish their holiday in complete confidence, in a secure, exclusive and protected environment. Furthermore, FAI rent-a-jet AG is also a dedicated leading air ambulance specialist and special mission operator. Thus, it is in the unique position to offer Atalanta Golden Yachts‘ clients an air ambulance service should the need for urgent medical evacuation arise.

“ We are very pleased to partner with Atalanta Golden Yacht Charter as their priva te aviation provider,” commented Siegfried Axtmann, Group Chairman and Founder, FAI Aviation Group. “ Following our recent partnership with McLaren Racing, this new partnership is a further example of our teaming up with internationally recognised brands that are leaders in their field and committed to excellence.”

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  1. SuperyachtNews.com

    Yacht salesmen are probably not disclosing what it costs to run a yacht, says Dr. Siegfried Axtmann, owner of the 15-year old, 50m, 490gt Benetti motor yacht QM of ... It's foolhardy to rely on sales chat to gauge a prospective yacht's running costs, Axtmann says. He suggests spending the money to hire independent consultants to assess the ...

  2. Jets and yachts: the mutually beneficial relationship

    Ahead of day one's 'Breaking Brokerage' session, SuperyachtNews.com speaks exclusively with Dr. Siegfried Axtmann, chairman of FAI rent-a-jet AG, about the company's unique in-house jet and yacht dealership client opportunities. ... but not so many jet owners have a yacht," adds Axtmann, who is firm in his belief that the company's ...

  3. FAI partnership with Atalanta Golden Yachts

    Siegfried Axtmann, Group Chairman and Founder, FAI Aviation Group, commented: "We are very pleased to partner with Atalanta Golden Yacht Charter as their private aviation provider. Following our recent partnership with McLaren Racing, this new partnership is a further example of our teaming up with internationally recognised brands who are ...

  4. FAI announces partnership with Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide

    Siegfried Axtmann, Group Chairman and Founder, FAI Aviation Group, commented: "We are very pleased to partner with Atalanta Golden Yacht Charter as their private aviation provider. Following our recent partnership with McLaren Racing, t his new partnership is a further example of our teaming up with internationally recognised brands who are ...

  5. FAI announces partnership with Atalanta Golden Yachts

    Siegfried Axtmann, Group Chairman and Founder, FAI Aviation Group, commented: "We are very pleased to partner with Atalanta Golden Yacht Charter as their private aviation provider. Following our recent partnership with McLaren Racing, this new partnership is a further example of our teaming up with internationally recognised brands who are ...

  6. FAI honoured with award in Dubai

    The event was held on a 220ft mega yacht berthed at the world famous Pier 7, Dubai Marina. FAI Founder and Chairman, Siegfried Axtmann, proudly accepted the award on behalf of the company. Siegfried Axtmann said: "We are delighted to be honoured with such a prestigious award. It's an outstanding achievement and fabulous to be recognised for ...

  7. FAI honoured with Aviation Annual Achievement Award in Dubai

    The prestigous event which attracted over 500 aviation industry leaders and over 100 organisations was held on a 220ft mega yacht berthed at the world famous Pier 7, Dubai Marina. FAI Founder and Chairman, Siegfried Axtmann, proudly accepted the award on behalf of the company.

  8. Sounding Board: Five Minutes With Siegfried Axtmann/FAI Aviation Group

    November 30, 2021. After acquiring a small, two-helicopter air-ambulance operation with an AOC (air operator certificate) in 1989, Siegfried Axtmann changed its name to FAI (Flight Ambulance ...

  9. FAI Aviation Group celebrates 30 years of operations

    Siegfried Axtmann, FAI Aviation Group Founder and Chairman, comments: "Reaching 30 years is a great achievement for our company and I am very proud of how far we have come. The company's growth and success is testament to our commitment to safety, service and continued investment. It also highlights the importance of our tremendous team of ...

  10. Dr. Axtmann Siegfried E.'s Post

    Dr. Axtmann Siegfried E. - Congrats! Gern erinnere ich mich an die Zusammenarbeit! Weiter alles Gute! ... Chief Commercial Officer at WIDER YACHTS. 1y Report this comment Well done Sigfried.

  11. FAI Aviation Group named as 'Employer of the Future'

    Siegfried Axtmann, founder and Chairman of FAI Aviation Group, commented: "We are pleased to accept this coveted award which recognises our success in fostering a supportive and engaging workplace for our employees. I would like to dedicate this award to our excellent 300-strong workforce who every day go the extra mile to help make our 36 ...

  12. FAI: and the winner is…

    Siegfried Axtmann, Chairman and Founder FAI Aviation Group, said: "These accolades underscore FAI's commitment to and success in the region for which I am delighted. Baumgartner has made an outstanding contribution to the aviation industry, most particularly it is her innovative and visionary leadership that has propelled FAI's success in ...

  13. Siegfried Axtmann, FAI Aviation: «Es gibt nicht viele mit solch einem

    Siegfried Axtmann ist Chef von FAI Aviation. Im Interview spricht er über prominente Ambulanzflug-Patienten, sein Problem mit Kreditkarten und tonnenweise Geld im Jet.

  14. FAI Aviation Group's Post

    We are pleased to announce that Dr. Siegfried Axtmann, Chairman of FAI Aviation Group, and Mrs. Barbara Baumgartner, Managing Director of FAI Dubai, recently held a productive meeting with His ...

  15. FAI Aviation Group Named 'Employer of the Future'

    Siegfried Axtmann, founder and Chairman of FAI Aviation Group, commented. "We are pleased to accept this coveted award which recognizes our success in fostering a supportive and engaging workplace for our employees. I would like to dedicate this award to our excellent 300-strong workforce who go the extra mile every day to make our 36-year ...

  16. FAI partners with superyacht specialist as holidays resume

    Gulfstream expands St Louis completions operations, news report from Business Air News magazine

  17. FAI Technik appointed as Honeywell Channel Partner

    Commenting on the announcement, Siegfried Axtmann, FAI Aviation Group Founder and Chairman, said: "We are honoured to be appointed as an authorised Honeywell Channel Partner. Their innovative solutions are highly regarded across the globe and as such, this collaboration is a significant agreement for the company.

  18. Barbara Baumgartner

    She reports directly to FAI Aviation Group's Chairman and Founder, Siegfried Axtmann. Baumgartner moved to Dubai in 1997 where she joined CTC Investments as Head of Family Office, Investment and Research Consultant for a Saudi family business conglomerate with a remit to oversee private jet and yacht acquisitions. As part of her role, she ...

  19. FAI announces partnership with Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide

    29 June 2020 - FAI rent-a-jet AG, German leading air charter operator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Greece-based leading luxury yacht management company, Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide luxury VIP air charter services. Effective immediately, FAI will offer Atalanta Golden Yacht charter clients the opportunity to fly privately from an airport of their ... FAI announces ...

  20. FAI partners with Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide private jet charter

    FAI rent-a-jet signed a MoU with Greece-based leading luxury yacht management company, Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide luxury VIP air charter services. Effective immediately, FAI will offer Atalanta Golden Yacht charter clients the opportunity to fly privately from an airport of their choice anywhere in the world directly to an airport ...

  21. Siegfried Dr. Axtmann

    Stuart Axtmann, United Kingdom. Siegfried Axtmann, Luxembourg. Maria Axtmann Ingeborg, Spain. Gmbh Axtmann Holding, Spain. Axtmann Holding Aktiengesellschaft, Spain. This information comes from public records and it's show in accordance to Article 6.1 of the GDPR. The individual's tenure in the mentioned positions may vary.

  22. Golden partnership

    FAI rent-a-jet AG, German leading air charter operator has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Greece-based leading luxury yacht management company, Atalanta Golden Yachts to provide luxury VIP air charter services.. This summer, FAI will offer Atalanta Golden Yacht charter clients the opportunity to fly privately from an airport of their choice anywhere in the world directly to an ...