Santa Monica, Calif. — March 27, 2008 — Virgin Charter, a new full service online marketplace that makes it easier than ever to purchase and book private air travel, announced today that Eric Hofer has joined the company as senior vice president, sales and customer service. Hofer will oversee sales, strategy, and client services activities and will report to CEO Scott Duffy.
Hofer is a veteran of the travel industry and most recently spent 4 years at Travelocity Business where he served as vice president of North American sales. He was responsible for the growth of the company’s sales from $10 million at startup to more than $1 billion annually. Hofer also held senior management positions at Lancer Management Inc., Tower Travel Management, Navigant International and Midway Airlines Corporation.
“Eric is one of the most respected executives in the travel industry and an outstanding addition to our management team at this very exciting time,” said Duffy. “We recently opened the Virgin Charter marketplace and are experiencing a tremendous volume of trip requests from consumers and businesses. Eric will be a key player in helping us develop partnerships with corporate travel departments as well as high-end travel consortiums.”
“Virgin Charter represents the future of private aviation and will enable corporate travel departments to take advantage of the benefits of private air travel in an efficient and cost-effective way,” said Hofer. “During my years in the business travel industry, I routinely heard from corporate travel buyers that their organizations were increasing their use of private aviation but that it was simply too difficult to find and book charter aircraft that meet their safety and quality standards. Virgin Charter has removed the friction points, making it easy find and purchase charter air travel, essentially opening this channel for growth.”
About Virgin Charter
Virgin Charter (www.virgincharter.com) is an online marketplace for private air travel that allows makes it easier than ever to find and book charter flights on private aircraft from operators hand-picked for their exceptional safety and quality standards. Free to join, Virgin Charter’s technology solution allows clients to submit their trip request online, compare offers from top charter operators, select the best offer and buy it online. The company is privately held and headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif.