The team behind Rakjet boasts decades of experience at the helm of two of the industry’s leading companies: Private Jet Charter and Jet Connections. Both Hugh Courtenay and Zaher Deir are passionate about the executive jet sector and, combined, their expertise creates the ultimate name in private aviation.
A graduate of King’s Rochester in southern England, Hugh’s early roles in both the civil engineering and sales industries developed skills that would prove to be of great benefit in his transition to the world of private aviation, which came when he was hired as Sales and Marketing manager for Barry Williams Air Charter. His entrepreneurial spirit combined with changing circumstances offered Hugh the opportunity to found his own charter brokerage business, International Air Charter.
Today Hugh now boasts more than two decades of experience in the aviation industry and the company he started, now known as Private Jet Charter, has grown to have global offices with multilingual staff in London, Nice, Dubai, Moscow and Miami. Innovations include being the first charter company to obtain ISO 9002 certification and the development of a unique computerized aircraft tracking and quoting system, ‘CATS’, which allows their clientele unprecedented access to a fleet of private jets worldwide. Hugh’s unrivalled knowledge of private charter is a significant advantage for Rakjet clients.
After graduating from Oxford with a degree in Aircraft Aeronautical Engineering, Zaher held high profile roles in Saudi Arabia, including Chief of Maintenance for Arab Wings of Jordan’s Riyadh branch, Director of Engineering and Operations for Switzerland’s Executive Air Transport Saudi base and founder and General Manager of SAMCO Aviation. The opportunity to become the Managing Director of London Ashford Airport in Kent drew Zaher back to the UK, where he oversaw significant expansion of and capital investment in the airport facilities.
In 2008 Zaher decided to pursue his passion for corporate business aviation and established Jet Connections. Zaher brings to Rakjet over two decades of experience in corporate air transport including executive aircraft management, operations, VIP charter sales, and aircraft sale & acquisition.
Zaher obtained his private pilot licence from UK CAA in 2001 and today enjoys flying in his Beechcraft Bonanza A36.