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Business Aviation: Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer returns

The former Jetalliance boss wants to start a new airline company.

The name Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer is well known in the Austrian aviation industry: With the Jetalliance Group he was “Mr. Business Aviation” par excellence – in addition to a respectable flight operation, the company conglomerate included a trading company for business jets and a flight school. Also as a racing driver, the Viennese was fast on the road with the Jetalliance Racing Team. After the economic crisis, however, the company went from bad to worse – in 2012 it filed for bankruptcy and the following year, Jetalliance was closed.

Now Lukas Lichtner-Hoyer would like to know again: With his Elangeni GmbH, the 58-year-old wants to be present in the Austrian consumer aviation heaven again in the future. The company received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) on July 15, 2020, and it currently operates a single Cessna Citation CJ2 + with the identification D-IMHA.

This aircraft actually belongs to the aircraft fleet of MHS Aviation GmbH. Elangeni works with the German company founded in 1977 – many of the services required for flight operations are taken over by MHS. This is intended to keep the overhead costs in Vienna operations flat.

More details about the future plans are not yet known – but the return of Lichtner-Hoyer could definitely be interesting for the Austrian market: Even in the days of the Jetalliance, the passionate Aston Martin driver was looking to expand. It can be doubted that this will please the competition in Vienna: The top dog Avcon Jet in particular will hardly be happy about the new competitor.

Whether Elangeni will find itself “in the sun” (that means “elangeni” in Zulu) like the almost legendary Jetalliance used to be – the startup will first have to prove itself on the rough Viennese market.

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