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The French aerospace sector today celebrated its victory as Growth Champions 2023. This prestigious recognition is awarded annually by Les Echos, in partnership with Statista, to reward the most dynamic and fastest growing French companies.

The aeronautics sector has demonstrated its ability to innovate and develop despite economic challenges and market upheaval. Companies in the sector have been able to seize opportunities and meet challenges to meet the growing needs of the market.

Among the remarkable companies that have contributed to the success of the aerospace sector at the 2023 Growth Champions, Clair Group stands out for its unique positioning in the market. Our company has several subsidiaries specialising in different sectors of the aeronautical industry.

Clair Group includes a private airport terminal ASTONSKY, a business aviation company ASTONJET, a flight school ASTONFLY and a technical maintenance centre ASTONTEC. This diversification allows Clair Group to offer comprehensive and integrated services to its customers, ranging from pilot training to aircraft maintenance and tailor-made private flights.

This strategy has enabled Clair Group to grow rapidly over the last few years and to be listed among the top 500 companies in the Growth Champions ranking. The company is recognised for its ability to innovate and differentiate itself in a highly competitive market by offering high-end, tailor-made services to its customers.

Beyond its remarkable economic performance, Clair Group is also a committed player in the ecological transition. The group has invested in cleaner technologies and is actively working to reduce its carbon footprint.

Clair Group is an example of the innovation and diversification that characterise the French aeronautical sector, and its success at the Champions of Growth 2023 is a testament to the vitality and dynamism of the industry.

The aeronautics sector’s victory at the Champions of Growth 2023 is a source of pride for the entire industry and a testament to the sector’s resilience and innovation. Aerospace companies continue to work hard to meet market needs and contribute to France’s economic growth.

This year, our CEO, Charles Clair, wanted to pay tribute to each of our employees by putting himself on stage in the different professions represented by each company in the group. Aeronautics is about professions, know-how and non-interchangeable skills, which we are proud to put at your service.

On behalf of Astonfly, Astontec, Astonjet and Astonsky: Happy New Year 2023. 


After the statements made by the Minister of Transport and a Member of Parliament about business aviation – one calling for it to be regulated, the other for it to be banned – which were repeated by many media without verification or a microphone being held out to professionals and users, GIFAS (French Aeronautics and Space Industries Group) has come up with a factual response.

In a press release, GIFAS – which has more than 400 members – states that “aviation as a whole represents 2% of global CO2 emissions. Business aviation accounts for 10% of traffic and 2% of these emissions, i.e. 0.04% of global CO2 emissions.

Business aviation in France accounts for 2.6% of world traffic, and therefore 0.001% of global CO2 emissions. Large private business aircraft (Falcon type) in France account for 0.00025% of global CO2 emissions.
At European level, business aviation represents 0.006% of global CO2 emissions.

Business aviation, whose flagships in France are Dassault Aviation, Daher and a number of general aviation manufacturers, is a working tool for companies, which are its main users: 80% of flights operated in France are for business purposes; the remaining 20% are divided between government, health and private flights.

Business aviation is a safe and fast means of transport, complementary to others, allowing the economic development of territories, through a large network of airfields.

In addition, many Falcon (Dassault Aviation) and TBM (Daher) aircraft are modified to carry out medical evacuation, special transport, training, flight tests, aerial photography, maritime surveillance and military intelligence missions…

Finally, business aviation, like general aviation, contributes to the fight against global warming through the research programmes of CORAC (Council for Civil Aeronautics Research) to achieve a low-carbon aviation, and takes its full part in it, with the support of the State.

In the short term, this positive development is continuing with the use of Sustainable Aviation Fuels (SAF). For example, all Falcon and #TBM can already use a mixture of 50% SAF and 50% paraffin; studies are underway to validate the transition to 100% SAF fuel.


Read the GIFAS press release here

Charles Clair describes the genesis of the Clair Group and its various companies, including the business aviation company Astonjet and the maintenance centre Astontec. After the impact of the sanitary crisis, the group was able to rebound by participating in the air bridge system between France and China and then by taking advantage of the boom in business aviation, which for a time represented the only viable solution for business travel, while the connectivity is struggling to recover. He also discusses the importance of Ryanair’s recent contract with its Astonfly flight school, before evoking its growth plans, especially on the international scene.


On Wednesday 25 May, Charles Clair was awarded with the Label ProTarmac Essential 2022, on behalf of the airline Astonjet. The ProTarmac Label is a European certification of the ethical, social and environmental performance of professionals in the aeronautical industry and airport infrastructures.

On the basis of the information transmitted and checked by Estrads, Astonjet meets all the human, environmental and legal criteria that make Astonjet, a CLAIR GROUP airline, a company with outstanding values and ethical responsibility.

This label certifies that Astonjet is an exemplary structure whose commercial activities and relations with its stakeholders voluntarily integrate social and environmental concerns relating to corporate social responsibility.
ASTONJET respects the recommendations essential to an ethical company.

The ProTarmac Label is the only one to cover such a wide scope, taking into account all aspects of sustainable development, as well as business ethics within the aeronautical industry.
The study of more than 500 criteria of the ProTarmac Label has enabled Astonjet to evaluate its level of performance and to indicate the elements of progress in its continuous improvement process.


After the Astonfly flight school, we are pleased to highlight once again our environmental, social and ethical concerns with this new label awarded to our airline Astonjet.

Charles Clair, President and founder