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January 2018

Down-Route launches advanced version of its revolutionary platform for the business aviation industry

Down-Route, the unique, free to use expense management and hotel booking system, bespoke to the business aviation industry, has launched an advanced version of its revolutionary platform making it even easier for aircraft operators and FBOs to save time and money.

The Down-Route team has taken feedback from its partners and customers to create a slicker and easier to operate application, which comes at no charge to users and includes a web platform for office management and a mobile app for travelling staff and crew.

Some of the advancements include:

For hotel bookings

  • Pay on departure feature
  • Faster hotel search and book functionality designed to suit company pa-rameters
  • Hotel bookings by airport code and city
  • Price you see is what you pay, no hidden costs
For expense management

  • Complete redesign of user interface
  • New expense report layout
  • New self registration for independent flight crew and operators
  • Super flexible search functionality, downloadable in all formats
Commenting on the advancements in the Down-Route technology, CEO, Andy Hudson said: “ Down-Route was created so that the business aviation industry could have a free to use system that was unique in its functionality and could genuinely save significant time and money. We have truly achieved this and by launching an advanced version we have made the platform even more bespoke to what operators and FBO’s really need”.

To find out more and register go to: www.down-route.com
October 2017

Down-Route launches unique platform in the US at NBAA

Down-Route, the unique, free to use, expense management and hotel booking platform, bespoke to the business aviation industry, is for the first time bringing its revolutionary product to the US market by showcasing at NBAA.

Down-Route is already hugely successful with European aircraft operators and FBOs, with over 120 companies signed up to use the technology. The company will be in Las Vegas to demonstrate how the combined real time expense management and low price hotel booking functions can save the US business aviation community significant time and money. The Down-Route team will be presenting the web portal and mobile crew app, from their booth, to companies who are interested in learning how the system can work for them.

Andy Hudson, Down-Route CEO said, “Following the tremendous response we have received in Europe it is clear that the need for the unique capability that Down-Route has will be very much in demand in the USA. In addition to demonstrating clear money and time saving benefits through the use of the technology, the platform is free to use, providing further efficiencies.” Hudson continued, “ We often get asked by customers what the catch is with Down-Route offering such a ground breaking product without charge. We will be taking this opportunity to show how, even by maintaining very competitive hotel prices, we have the ability to provide our entire system to business aviation companies at no cost to them”.

Down-Route already has a development base in Colorado, USA, in addition to offices in Singapore and the UK .

The team will be meeting customers on booth N731 from the 10th to 12th of October.
September 2017

Down-Route recruits Caroline Pennington as Sales Director

Down-Route, the company behind the unique expenses management and hotel booking platform, bespoke to the business aviation industry, has recruited private and commercial aviation development expert, Caroline Pennington, as Sales Director.

Caroline Pennington joins the executive leadership team of Down-Route at a key time in its expansion and will build the sales force and develop the extensive customer base of the ground breaking web portal and App. The newly created position continues the rapid growth the company has driven through 2017 which has seen recruitment into key roles as well as the opening of offices in the UK and Singapore.

Caroline Pennington has over 20 years’ experience of working in the aviation industry with 10 years spent at a senior level in global corporations, most recently as Director, Business Aviation Market Development at World Fuel Services (WFS). In addition to her time with WFS, Pennington has spent time in senior roles with Exxonmobil Aviation as well as positions with British Airways and SEE Europe Ltd. Commenting on her new role she said, “Down-Route is at a very exciting stage of its development and I am looking forward to being part of a growing, successful and diverse team. To be instrumental at such an important time in the evolution of the company is a challenge I relish and I will be using my experience in the aviation industry to demonstrate the great things this technology can do for customers across the globe”.

Down-Route CEO, Andy Hudson, added “For Down-Route to have someone of Caroline’s calibre joining the team is a real reflection of the bright future we have ahead of us. She is a professional, consummate negotiator and team leader and we are very much looking forward to working with her”.

Pennington will part of the Down-Route team meeting customers at Air Charter Expo on September 12th at Biggin Hill Airport and in October at NBAA in Las Vegas.

Down-Route CEO, Andy Hudson, appointed to Board of Governors of Asian Business Aviation Association

Andy Hudson, CEO of the revolutionary expenses management and hotel booking plat-form Down-Route, and owner and founder of PJC Aviation, has been appointed to the board of governors for South East Asia of the industry body the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA).

AsBAA is a representative organisation for business aviation in Asia with the objective of promoting the benefits of all aspects of the industry across the continent and to help the companies, who rely on business aviation aircraft, succeed in the Asian market. Andy has been a member of the organisation since 2014 and has recently joined the board of governors to provide his experience and expertise to assist the AsBAA achieve its goals.

Commenting on his new role Andy Hudson said, “Following a long, worldwide career in business aviation I decided to move my companies, PJC Aviation and more recently Down-Route, to Singapore in the heart of South East Asia. During my years doing business here I have developed an extensive and very productive relationship with AsBAA”. Hudson continued, “I have established a wide range of contacts across the business aviation industry and I am looking forward to harnessing my experience to communicate the AsBAA message as well as promoting the benefits of our industry within Asia and beyond.

Jenny Lau, Chairperson of AsBAA added, ”The primary concern of our organisation is to reach the widest audience of industry groups and regulatory bodies in order to promote business aviation. Our board of governors brings a broad range of skills to AsBAA which ensures that we achieve the best for our industry and Andy brings yet another dimension to that. We are delighted to have him on board”.

Andy Hudson is based at the recently opened Down Route office in Singapore.

Down-Route continues rapid growth with recruitment drive

The company behind Down-Route, the unique expenses management and hotel booking platform that is revolutionising the private aviation industry, is continuing its rapid growth with a recruitment drive to increase the size of its account management team.

PJC Down-Route Ltd recently opened an office in Singapore, adding to its locations in the UK and USA, and has begun the search to find talented people to work in positions that will be responsible for helping its operator customers successfully adopt the free to use system across their organisations. Down-Route has received a huge response from the industry since its launch at the start of 2016 and now has almost 120 operators signed up to use the integrated platform.

CEO of Down-Route, Andy Hudson, commented “In the early stages of our development we spent a significant amount of time getting the technology of our product right and since rolling out the first versions we have been staggered by the appetite within the industry to get on board with Down-Route. We are now moving onto our next stage of growth and are looking for people who want to be part of the exciting period we have ahead of us.” Hudson continued “ Down-Route will continue to evolve for its customers and I believe that the business aviation industry will continue to be surprised at how much time and money can be saved by making small changes to their business processes. I am really looking forward to what the rest of 2017 holds for the whole Down-Route community”

More information on the roles available within Down-Route can be found on the website www.down-route.com or by contacting Anita Cool on anita.cool@down-route.com.

Down-Route surpasses 100 registered operators and hails the success of version 1.1

Down-Route, the unique expenses management and hotel booking platform for the business aviation industry, is marking EBACE 2017 by reaching the 100 operators registered milestone to use its ground breaking platform. The company is also celebrating the success of its first version in saving customers’ time and money and providing cut price hotel bookings.

Down-Route is free to use and provides operators with a live expenses management mobile App for travelling crews, which can be managed from a company’s finance department via a web portal. The App also provides a comprehensive and adaptable hotel booking facility which offers hotel rooms at a discounted rate. Over 100 operators have registered to use the platform via the Down-Route website with many already seeing the benefits of using version 1.1.

CEO, Andy Hudson explained, “We came to EBACE last year and generated a tremendous amount of interest before we had even launched the Down-Route App. 2017 sees us in Geneva with an improved product that both the management and travelling crews of operators are seeing the significant benefits of.” Hudson added “Using the customer feedback we have received, and through our own research and development, we are adding new features to Down-Route all the time. We are looking forward to showing off the new version of the platform at EBACE this year and to signing up our next 100 customers”.

As Down-Route is a web based system it requires no set up fee, is free to use and allows unlimited users. If you want to see what all the fuss is about or want to meet up with the Down-Route team in Geneva you can contact them on info@down-route.com or follow them on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter

Down-Route broadens global presence with opening of Singapore office

[ABACE, Shanghai, China – 11 April 2017] Down-Route, the unique and revolutionary hotel bookings and expense management system for the business aviation industry, has announced that it is expanding its global operation with the opening an office in Singapore in April 2017.

The company, which offers the world’s only free to use web and mobile App for expenses management and hotel bookings combined, is currently demonstrating its platform to delegates of the Asian Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (ABACE) in Shanghai and made the announcement on the first day of the event. The Singapore office will add to Down-Route’s presence in London, Colorado, USA and Dubai.

Down-Route CEO, Andy Hudson commented “Since our product launch, it has become clear that to give the best service to our operator customers, Down-Route needs to have a presence in the key geographical locations for business aviation. Singapore is at the heart of the huge growth that Asia is witnessing and is the base for many of the operators looking to benefit from the time and money saving opportunities that Down-Route offers”.

The Down-Route team will be at ABACE to provide information on the platform that is already saving operators money with its hotel booking service that competes with all of the other online providers. The expenses management system, as well as being free to use, has unlimited user capacity.

For more information, or to arrange for a demonstration from the Down-Route team contact info@down-route.com

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