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Jahid Fazal-Karim

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Jahid Fazal-Karim (born 21 April 1969) is the owner and Chairman of the Board of Jetcraft.[1] The Madagascar native assumed the position in aircraft sales and strategy for Jetcraft, now maintaining over 20 offices around the globe as buyers and sellers of business aircraft.[2]

Early life and education[edit | edit source]

Fazal-Karim left his home of Madagascar because of the civil war. At 8 years old, he relocated to live on the neighbouring island of Réunion to live with relatives, so he could attend primary school. He moved frequently between homes and schools. "I had to be independent, live on my own and shape my own ideas very early in life."[3] A young Fazal-Karim considered becoming a pilot, but he instead went on to graduate from the French National College of Aeronautics, where he completed an engineering degree. He later attended Cranfield University in England, where he obtained a master's degree in Air Transport Management.[4][5]

Early career[edit | edit source]

Fazal-Karim began his career in aeronautics at Airbus Industries, where he became Vice President of Business Development and Asset Management. He later went on to Bombardier Business Aircraft, where he ultimately moved on to serve as Senior Vice President of worldwide sales. In 2008, Fazal-Karim joined Jetcraft.[6]

Jetcraft[edit | edit source]

Jetcraft has been a platform for aircraft sales and consulting since its founding in 1962 by Charles "Bucky" Oliver in Raleigh, North Carolina.[7][8] Since Fazal-Karim’s arrival in 2008, Jetcraft’s US-based operations have expanded to Europe, Australia, Russia, Dubai, Africa and Latin America, with their most recent office opening in London, England.[9][10][11] Fazal-Karim credits the growth to the discipline he gained from working in other large aeronautic corporations. He believes in consistency in the workplace provided by the right policies, yet maintaining that "small-company spirit" concurrently.[12]

In 2015, Jetcraft released its first 10-Year Business Aviation Market Forecast.[13] The annual forecast provides extended insight into the private jet market and upcoming trends.[14]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Fazal-Karim has been married to his wife, Natacha Fazal-Karim for 26 years. They have two boys, both of which are currently in their twenties. Fazal-Karim’s eldest son works in sales for Jetcraft.

Other activities[edit | edit source]

Fazal-Karim and his wife Natacha have become advocates for international aeronautics students. In 2015, they helped kick-off the ENAC International Scholarship Program in France.[15]

In his spare time, Fazal-Karim enjoys cycling, particularly mountain biking and Formula One auto racing, which he intently follows.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Gander, Kashmira. (15 June 2017) "What private jets will look like in the future." The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  2. Davies, Alud. (10 October 2017) "Jetcraft calls recovery and backs bigger aircraft for next ten years." Corporate Jet Investor. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  3. Leach English, Jennifer (January 2014) "BJT Management Series: A Few Words with...Jetcraft's Jahid Fazal-Karim." Business Jet Traveler Magazine. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  4. “Jahid Fazal-Karim: Executive Profile”. Bloomberg Business Week. Bloomberg. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  5. (29 May 2012) "Jahid Fahid-Karim, Jetcraft". Corporate Jet Investor. Corporate Jet Investor. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  6. “Jahid Fazal-Karim: Executive Profile”. Bloomberg Business Week. Bloomberg. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  7. “Jetcraft Corporation: Company Overview”. Bloomberg Business Week. Bloomberg. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  8. Baysden, Chris. (March 29, 2004) “These plane dealers' sales are sky high” Triangle Business Journal. American City Business Journals. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  9. Spruce, Terry. (November 1, 2017) "Jetcraft partners with Aerolineas Ejecutivas." Corporate Jet Investor. Corporate Jet Investor. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  10. Whyte, Alasdair. (August 15, 2013) "Buying aircraft brokerages: Jetcraft acquires ExecuJet Aircraft Trading.” Corporate Jet Investor. Corporate Jet Investor. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  11. Whyte, Alasdair. (January 29, 2018) “Jetcraft opens London office" Corporate Jet Investor. Corporate Jet Investor. Retrieved 9 March 2018.
  12. Leach English, Jennifer (January 2014) "BJT Management Series: A Few Words with...Jetcraft's Jahid Fazal-Karim." Business Jet Traveler Magazine. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  13. Spruce, Terry. (October 22, 2015) “Jetcraft issues first Business Aviation forecast.” Corporate Jet Investor. Corporate Jet Investor. Retrieved 12 January 2018.
  14. Velocci, Tony. (12 October 2016) “Business Aviation Voice: The Next 10 Years -- Jetcraft.” Forbes Magazine. Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  15. Espenan, Jérôme. "2ème Cérémonie de remise des Bourses internationales ENAC." Fonds de dotation ÉNAC. Retrieved 29 November 2017.


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