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2009

Air Royale President Leaves UK Charter Broker Group 

By Chad Trautvetter /Aviation International News/ Sept. 17, 2009 

Wayne Rizzi, president of Los Angeles-based aircraft charter broker Air Royale International, yesterday resigned as the U.S. chapter president of UK-based Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA), saying the group isn’t willing to implement guidelines that would “raise standards in the air charter broker community. Air Royale also has an office in London. 

Rizzi was elected as BACA’s first U.S.-based president last year in an effort to recruit U.S. brokers as members of the group. He said he submitted stringent broker guidelines a year ago to the association’s board, including the use of Wyvern for auditing charter carriers, but maintains that BACA has not implemented any of them for fear it would mean losing some current members that couldn’t meet the higher standards. 

This despite Rizzi’s advising the UK trade group last year that charter broker compliance would become a serious issue with the U.S. DOT in the near future, and “we’re [now] expecting some major changes in the way charter brokers deal with compliance issues. Upon leaving BACA, Rizzi joined the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA), which, he said, “takes government issues, as well as broker ethics, very seriously.” 

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Air Royale ’s Best Price Guarantee Wages War On The Economy

Press release/ Aug. 6, 2009

Air Royale International Inc. President Wayne J. Rizzi, a firm believer that on-demand air charter is essential for businesses to thrive, has devised a plan making it more affordable for individuals and corporations alike to utilize private aircraft. Flying on the world’s safest airplanes, Rizzi pledged: “Air Royale will *guarantee the best price on your air charter; all FAA certificated operators’ aircraft and crew are Wyvern recommended; and if we can’t beat the lower price you’ve already been quoted, then we’ll pay you $500!”  

He said due to the downturn in the economy, corporations and executives have all but eliminated fractional-share jet programs and pricey jet card memberships. “Since 1994, we’ve always arranged for safe, competitive charter solutions, yet, we believe that our Best Price Guarantee will offer a solution in meeting today’s air travel challenges. For businesses and executives, depending on commercial airline travel to reduce expenses has proven to be nightmare; schedules and routes are not reliable,” Rizzi said. 

Other companies, says Rizzi, have put out some programs, but they haven’t seemed to take off. “It seems everyone claims it, but no one stands behind it. As the first Wyvern Authorized Broker, we not only stand behind stringent air safety, we stand behind all of our promises. And unlike some companies, we prefer that customers call, as opposed to ‘online’ booking. We actually want to get to know you!” he said.

* For more information on the terms and conditions of Air Royale’s Best Price Guarantee, visit www.AirRoyale.com or email FlightOperations@AirRoyale.com.

Air Royale is a private air charter services company with a global network of world-class private jets and executive airliners. Headquartered in Los Angeles, the company additionally has offices in New York and London.


“Finding a broker you can trust”

By Jennifer Harrington / Business Jet Traveler / April 2009

One of the easiest ways to book a charter flight is through a broker. Charter brokers often have access to hundreds of aircraft and can offer services such as catering and ground transportation that small charter operators aren’t able to provide. The downside, however, is that of the hundreds of brokers in existence, no two have the same safety standards or business ethics. 

The most important thing to consider when selecting a broker is that the industry is completely unregulated. In other words, while operators must adhere to strict Federal Aviation Administration rules, brokers don’t even have to register with the FAA or the Department of Transportation. In fact, some aren’t even familiar with basic aviation regulations and operate with just a simple Web site and no office or phone line, according to Wayne Rizzi, president of Air Royale International, a Beverly Hills, Calif.-based charter broker. David Rimmer, executive vice president of charter operator ExcelAire, agreed, saying the industry includes “a handful of real lowlifes,” some of whom have been known to steal customers’ money.

“It’s time that the government realizes that this is a real business and needs to have regulations,” Rizzi said. “I’d like to see the charter broker become a licensed entity with the government; this would weed out the bad apples.”

Those bad apples notwithstanding, however, many charter brokers are excellent. “These are the brokers who know who the good charter operators are and who know the basic regulatory requirements,” explained Mike Nichols, vice president of operations, education and economics for the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). “They really do add value to their customers in finding the right aircraft and the right operator.”

So how can you ensure that the broker you choose will be one of the good ones? One of the most important steps you can take is to verify a broker’s business practices through an aviation safety auditor such as Wyvern or Aviation Research Group/U.S. (ARG/US). 

Wyvern has compiled a list of approved brokers that provide their customers with a Wyvern Pilot & Aircraft Safety Survey (PASS) report for each trip. These reports “verify pilot experience levels and ensure that the operator, aircraft and crew are in full legal compliance for the duration of each mission,” said Wyvern CEO Jim Betlyon. 

Wyvern-approved brokers also have aviation experience and affiliations with organizations such as the NBAA, Betlyon said. “Brokers should be upfront about their background and be willing to share how long they’ve been in business and their qualifications and education that are specific to aviation,” he added.

(Not part of this article, but noted from Air Royale President Wayne J. Rizzi: Air Royale is a Wyvern-approved broker with air safety as the priority.]

You should also get a recommendation from industry organizations such as the NBAA, the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA) or the U.S. arm of the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA), which is headed by Air Royale’s Rizzi. The goal of BACA and ACANA, meanwhile, is to raise the industry’s standards.

“Charter brokers are a valuable part of [business aviation], and operating in an ethical, transparent manner is what we’d like to promote,” Rizzi said. 




"Wayne Rizzi to Become First US BACA President in 2009"

(Source: CharterX.com)

London-based Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) announced the launch of its first United States chapter. In doing so, its council members voted in Wayne J. Rizzi, president and CEO of Air Royale International Inc., an air charter broker company with headquarters in both Los Angeles and London. Additionally, Air Royale arranges private air charter thorough its offices in New York, Hong Kong and Dubai. 

Although Rizzi was voted in as the U.S. chapter president in October 2008, his role becomes effective in March or April 2009. According to the association, Rizzi was its top choice for the new position, citing his "good reputation" and because of "his passion to promote ethical practices for the global air charter industry." 
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2008

“Special Report: Charter’s Choppy Waters”

by Jennifer Harrington Aviation International News /November 08

“Too many brokers have popped up that have no office, no real physical address that you can visit and no real phone number–just some e-mail form,” said Wayne Rizzi, president of Air Royale International. “I think there are many good, ethical charter brokers out there, but it’s time the government realizes that this is a real business and needs to have regulations. I’d like to see charter brokers become a licensed entity with the government; this would weed out the bad apples.” 

Air Royale’s Rizzi last month became the first North American president for the Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA), a UK-based organization that represents the interests of 125 aviation companies. Rizzi’s goal as president is to promote ethical air charter broker standards. “There are no policies, procedures or regulations, and there’s nothing to differentiate the fine brokers from the unethical brokers,” he said.

Rizzi intends to establish a strict set of standards and minimum requirements for BACA membership. “I know I will meet resistance, and it will be from those who don’t care, the unethical ones,” he said. “But we need to establish a code of ethics before the government intervenes…”
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"BACA Launches First US Chapter With Prominent CEO as President "

Source: The Air Charter Journal

The world’s largest and most prestigious network for air charter professionals just got bigger. The London-based Baltic Air Charter Association (BACA) announced the formal launch of its first-ever chapter in the United States. According to the BACA Council, prominent U.S. businessman, Wayne J. Rizzi, President and CEO of Air Royale International Inc., will be voted in as the first president of the U.S. chapter.

“It’s important that brokers do not hold out as certificated air carriers -- that they state that they do not own or operate aircraft, etc.," Rizzi said. "The Federal Aviation Administration, along with the DOT, has made it clear that certificated charter operators must maintain operational control at all times. Charter brokers are a valuable part of the industry, and operating in an ethical, transparent manner is what we’d like to promote working through the BACA.”

Air Royale continues its status as a top air charter broker that provides its customers with five-star service. Rizzi was the BACA’s top choice for the new position because of his good reputation and because of his passion to promote ethical practices for the global air charter industry.
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"Private Jet Charter With a Twist"

Haute Magazine - September / October 2008

"In 1994, entrepreneur Wayne J. Rizzi, a guy who has always had a passion for adventure, good food, fine art, and aviation, decided it was all or nothing. Having it all meant taking a chance on starting a business that few in the mid-’90s understood—a private jet liaison services company interwoven with six-star concierge services..."
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"When you really want to get out of town: Chateau des Songes"
The Lubbock Magazine - May / June 2008

Chateau des Songes is available through Private Luxury Group, a sister company of Air Royale International Inc., which is a private jet service that has been used by Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros. and business individuals worldwide.
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2007

"Flying Private" - by Carole Dixon

Malibu Magazine - January 07

According to Air Royale President Wayne J. Rizzi, “We’re not a fleet. We’re the world’s premiere air charter company. Private jet travel is becoming more affordable.” On the ground, in the air and upon landing, nothing is considered over-the-top for Air Royale clients. From the wine, the in-flight gourmet service, the flowers, linens and china—the sky is really the limit. 

One thing you won’t get through Air Royale is a jet card. “Why should you give anybody thousands of dollars to tie up?  It’s just a marketing tool. There’s no reason to pay up front; just pay as you go,” says Rizzi. 

For Air Royale, Boeing Business Jets are very popular because the plane can fly for 12 hours nonstop without refueling. Plus, they’re large and feature queen-size beds, bathrooms and even a private boardroom. One key aspect with many clients is being able to have private conversations in a secure environment, so the “flying boardroom” is a huge perk. Other popular rides are the Gulfstream IV and V, which seat 12 passengers; the Hawker 800XP or 400XP, respectively seating eight or six passengers; the state-of-the-art Learjet 45, which seats six for quick trips across the United States; the Embraer Legacy 600, a luxurious jet that has a large cabin, seats up to 15. 

Safety is also a huge factor and with Air Royale, not only will you get to know the pilot and crew, you will always be traveling on a Wyvern-compliant flight, which is the supreme seal of aviation safety.
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"How to Live Like a Billionaire"

Forbes - March 2007 

Flying private is so desirable, in fact, that fractional ownership or chartering of personal-use jets is another option. Though they are shared, these chartered jets do not skimp on luxury.

"It's got everything you can think of," says Wayne J. Rizzi of the Boeing Business Jet. Rizzi should know--he's CEO of Air Royale International, a 24-hour worldwide private air charter service that counts executives at Paramount Pictures and Warner Records as clients..."
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"Fit for the Stars" - by Jo Murray, Editor

Executive & VIP Aviation International - September 07

Fit for the stars of the silver screen, the boardroom and the state, Air Royale International Inc. procures private air travel globally on any occasion for an array of prominent entertainers, top brass and corporate [business] people. As an intermediary between owners and operators of aircraft, and purchasers of private flights, Wayne J. Rizzi, president and CEO of Air Royale, and his team has become expert in the fulfillment of private flight needs of the burgeoning market for private air travel. 
 
Safety first
 
Air Royale’s network air carriers have to prove they can meet safety standards that are second to none, if Rizzi is going to avail his company and clients of their operations. Rizzi is clear about the role his company has to play: “We are an air charter broker. We do not own or operate any of the aircraft. The traveling public needs to know whom they’re dealing with. They also need to know who has operational control; that’s the air carrier. That’s extremely important for safety and insurance reasons, amongst others. We make sure that if we’re doing business with an air carrier operating under FAR Part 135 and that carrier is doing business under a different name, we’re going to know about it.
 
Rizzi isn’t in the business of allowing the air carriers it works with to outsource flights to third-party operators; that’s not the way in which he chooses to do business. Policing the actions of air carriers could be a minefield but Rizzi is thorough in his determination to know whose air services he’s brokering. “What makes Air Royale different in the safety area? We’re a licensed Wyvern Authorized Broker,” explains Rizzi. “Wyvern Consulting Ltd. has performed more on-site safety charter audits than any auditing company in the world.”
 
Rizzi fully endorses the auditing company’s practices and reputation. “There are thousands and thousands of air carriers, but that means nothing,” he said. “We want to deal with the top air carriers…”
 
Air Royale ensures it maintains access to The Wyvern Report on a daily basis; in fact, the charter broker has even commissioned its own audits to ensure that operators’ aircraft and crews far exceed minimum government oversight. He says, “We’re licensed by Wyvern to generate and actually hand our clients a Wyvern certificate, which guarantees that the aircraft and both the captain and first officer are airworthy—for each individual flight. If you’re going to talk the talk, you have to walk the walk.”
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2006

Press Release: The Plane Truth - Part 4: Finding the Perfect Relationship
by Wayne J. Rizzi - March 06
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"The Corporate Air Charter Frenzy" - by Karen Di Piazza
Business Travel Executive - April 06
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"The High Life"
Golf Guide 2006 - Spring/Summer 06
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If You're Going to Go ... Go First Class 

Trump Magazine / Summer 2006
 
Trump Magazine’s summer 2006 edition ran a comparison of three commercial carriers that provide trans-Atlantic flight against air charter broker Air Royale International’s charter services it arranges on behalf of its customers. Commercial carriers, Eos’ premium class, Virgin Atlantic’s upper class, British Airways’ Club World and Los Angeles-based Air Royale were surveyed on the basis of providing excellence in service to business executive travelers. Air Royale was ranked first!  

Trump’s survey measured seven elements of service as its benchmark: express check-in; unlimited carry on luggage; each person’s personal space; sleeping accommodations; laptop power outlet at seat locations; in-flight gourmet services; and whether passengers would have a cashmere blanket and choice of pillow. Open the PDF below and read the chart and see how Air Royale is able to provide six-star air charter accommodations. (Note: Eos went out of business)


"Immaculate Service: An Interview with Wayne J. Rizzi, President"
Leaders Magazine - November 06
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"American Private Aircraft Sector Beefs Up Security"

Global Business Jet - December 08

The growing popularity of private flights, and the downturn in scheduled alternatives, led Trump Magazine’s summer 2006 edition to run a comparison of three commercial carriers that provide trans-Atlantic flight against air charter broker Air Royale International’s charter services.  Commercial carriers, Eos’ premium class, Virgin Atlantic’s upper class, British Airways’ Club World and Los Angeles-based Air Royale were surveyed on the basis of providing excellence in service to business executive travelers. Air Royale was ranked first. 

Trump’s survey measured seven elements of service as its benchmark: express check-in; unlimited carry on luggage; each person’s personal space; sleeping accommodation; laptop power outlet at seat locations; in-flight gourmet services; and whether passengers would have a cashmere blanket and choice of pillow.

Air Royale president and CEO Wayne J. Rizzi points out: “On a private jet, someone’s personal space isn’t defined by one commercial seat assignment. For instance, you can charter a private Boeing Business Jet through Air Royale and freely utilize the entire cabin space. When it’s time to sleep you can do so in a queen-size bed, a private space away from the main cabin area. If Trump Magazine were to compare commercial trans-Atlantic flight services today, categories of ‘unlimited carry on luggage’ and ‘express check-in’ would be omitted.”

Rizzi added: "More airline travelers are flying on private jets. Numerous business travelers have opted to avoid long security lines, extra screening at the gate and the good chance of losing their luggage at commercial airports. Companies that have called our offices are telling us that private, on-demand air charter is rapidly becoming a priority, especially when they can pay as they go, versus up front payment for jet card or fractional membership schemes. As the airlines have cut service in regional areas, too, that’s also driving more business travelers to private air charter.”
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2005

Press Release: The Plane Truth - Part 3: The World, Made Easier
by Wayne J. Rizzi - January 05
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Air Royale International CEO Wayne J. Rizzi selected as global member of the World Travel & Tourism Council
February 2005
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2004

Press Release: The Plane Truth - Part 1: A Strategy That Makes Sense
by Wayne J. Rizzi - Sept 04
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