Luxaviation Group, one of the largest business aircraft and helicopter operators worldwide, has transferred its Portuguese entity to the safety oversight of the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), in a first step towards obtaining EASA regulatory supervision for all of Luxaviation’s European group businesses.
The European AOC, overseen by EASA, represents a major change for the entire aviation sector as it reduces operational costs for operators and paves the way for an increased competitiveness of the European market.
As a worldwide operator, Luxaviation Group currently manages 235 aircraft and 35 helicopters under the regulatory umbrella of 15 air-operating certificates (AOCs) of which nine are provided through European regulators.
EASA Executive Director Patrick Ky said: “EASA is pleased to have issued to Luxaviation the first European AOC for a business aircraft operator. This is an important step for European aviation, and we are happy to continue working with Luxaviation to help them streamline their operations and maintain the highest levels of safety.”