The Growth of FlyLEA
FlyLEA as it quickly became known, thanks to its web domain – has grown rapidly into one of Europe's largest executive air charter operators.
Starting from a two aircraft air taxi service, ferrying jockeys between races, to develop the most diverse fleet in the UK, catering for the widest range of travel requirements and budgets.
London Executive Aviation added its third aircraft in 1997 – just one year after its launch – a turbo prop Beechcraft KingAir 200. Just one year later, the fleet was joined by its first jet, a Cessna Citation II. A mere three years after that, FlyLEA placed the single largest order for the Citation Mustang, becoming the first operator in Europe to launch a fleet of entry-level jets.
At the time, the Citation Mustang was an entirely new class of small business jet aircraft. Classed as 'entry-level', FlyLEA saw the aircraft as a crucial step in the evolution of private aviation into a mainstream business travel option, wholeheartedly embracing the opportunity to further this development.
The fleet today comprises 24 aircraft, ranging from the Citation Mustang up to the Dassault Falcon 2000LX, offering the most cost-effective solution to a wide range of business travel needs. Shorter journeys and smaller groups can be accommodated by the Mustang, while a range of jets – including the UK's largest fleets of Citations Excels (the world's most popular mid-size business jet) and Embraer Legacys. And the fleet continues to grow: in 2013 alone, FlyLEA added a Phenom 300, Falcon 20000LX, Legacy 650 and Challenger 300.
And now, as part of the Luxaviation Group – the second largest corporate aircraft operator in the world, with bases across Europe, South Africa, Australasia and Asia – FlyLEA's customers have access to a combined fleet of over 250 aircraft worldwide. With plans to introduce large business jets like the Gulfstream 650, Bombardier Global XRS, Airbus Corporate Jets and Boeing Business Jets, FlyLEA clients can look forward to an even more diverse offering, meeting a greater range of needs than ever.