Engel & VĂ¶lkers has expanded its service portfolio to include the brokerage of business aircraft and private jets worldwide. The new division, Engel & VĂ¶lkers Aviation, will specialize in aircraft sales and charter and will serve as the companyâs fourth business division, joining Engel & VĂ¶lkers residential real estate, Engel & VĂ¶lkers commercial real estate and Engel & VĂ¶lkers Yachting.
âMany of Engel & VĂ¶lkers clients lead luxury lifestyles and enjoy traveling â both for business and pleasure. We are seeing a growing need for this service among our real estate and yachting clients. Engel & VĂ¶lkers Aviation opens up significant opportunities for our company and means that we can now offer customers even more services from one single source,â says Christian VĂ¶lkers, Founder and Co-CEO of Engel & VĂ¶lkers AG.
Customized air travel and consultancy
Engel & VĂ¶lkers Aviation will offer personally tailored charter flights around the world, which can be easily arranged by clients through the user-friendly website. Clients are presented with a selection of aircrafts from which to choose, ranging from small propeller aircraft to large super jets. With access to a pool of around 4,000 planes on its own booking platform, Engel & VĂ¶lkers Aviation offers clients access to a world-wide charter fleet of private and business aircrafts.
In addition to aircraft charter for individual trips and aircraft trading, Engel & VĂ¶lkers Aviation will also broker business and private aircraft for long-term charter and through partnership investments. The new business division will provide comprehensive consulting on legal and taxation issues, aircraft management, structured finance as well as risk management and insurance.
Bart Boury will serve as the CEO of Engel & VĂ¶lkers Aviation. With many decades of experience working in the aviation industry, Boury brings his broad expertise and professional background in starting new aviation ventures, as well as in business aircraft management and operations and aviation tax and legal consultancy, to the new division. Boury is also a qualified lawyer and holds additional Masters Degrees in Air Transport Economics and Air Transport Law.
Pricing scope: up to 60 million dollars for a long-range large cabin jet
Prices for business aircraft charter and acquisition vary greatly. A short-range turboprop aircraft will cost approximately $2 million and has an hourly charter rate of $945. For a Light Jet, buyers can invest between $4.5 and $8.9 million or utilize the jet for an hourly charter fee between $1,387 and $2,223. For âmidsize jetsâ, prices vary from $11.5 to $17.5 million, with chartered flights available for an hourly rate ranging from $2,501 to $6,114 per flight hour, transporting up to ten people to destinations of 1,864 to 2,485 miles away. Pricing for a long-range large cabin jet or âbizlinerâ starts at $60 million for purchase, and up to $13,522 per hour on an all-in charter basis.
Growth and regional focus
âThe global market of business and private jet use varies geographically as each region is in a different stage,â says Boury. The majority of buyers and charter clients are based in North America, followed by Europe. New demand is also emerging as a result of increased prosperity in more and more countries, with clients from China, the Middle East and South America recently joining the fray. In addition to companies, more and more entrepreneurs, business magnates, and high net worth individuals are choosing to own an aircraft or make use of a charter service.
âOur entry to the aviation market comes at just the right time. Our global network in 39 countries and our uncompromising level of professionalism will help us to enter into this new market very quickly,â VĂ¶lkers concluded.
For further information, visit www.engelvoelkers.com/aviation.