Southend Jet Centre

Operated from Apr 1987 to c.Feb 1993

Founders/Directors – Mr Charles Joseph, Mr David G. Rawlings & Mr Stephen Wyatt

Initially registered to a solicitors office in Leigh-on-sea while simultaneously operating from the airport, it wasn’t until 1991 that the Jet Centre actually moved to SEN lock, stock and barrel under the stewardship of the three directors above. Initially based in a small building in front of the easternmost part of the ATEL hangar, SJC later went on to provide a luxurious executive lounge and offices in what was then the main terminal, while Bay 6 was reserved for visiting business jets. Essential services were also offered, some of which included helicopter hire, chauffeur driven or self-drive rental cars, free transport to Rochford train station and of course, the requisite range of onward ticketing, cleaning, handling and duty-free services. Rapid transits through SEN customs and immigration were also frequently touted as further selling points.

While the company itself was primarily a service provider and thus possessed no aircraft of its own, over the years the Jet Centre nevertheless brought in a good number of biz-jet (and biz-props) from the extremely rare Rockwell Sabreliner to more common fare such as Falcons, Learjets, Citations and H.S.125s but to mention a few; the bulk of these venturing into the airport between 1988 and 1991. However unfortunately, this business concern would last less than 6 years and at the beginning of 1993 an ‘Extraordinary Resolution to Wind Up’ had been submitted to Companies House with its final dissolution taking place in September 1996.


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