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New Leader Aims to Boost Inflight’s FBO, MRO Business

 - May 23, 2013, 3:00 PM
A new 45,000-sq-ft hangar at London Stansted’s Inflight Executive Jet Centre can accommodate up to three Embraer Lineages or Boeing BBJs.

Inflight Executive Jet Centre at Stansted Airport in London has appointed Steve Grimes as its new managing director. Grimes is assigned the mission of expanding business for Inflight’s FBO and its maintenance shop.

“I am looking forward to growing the business in both areas,” said Grimes, “which could mean expanding with new locations for both operations and maintenance.” Inflight also said its growth strategy includes expanding into aircraft completions and interior refurbishment.

Grimes comes to Inflight with more than 30 years in aviation. In his most recent position, he was CEO of Ocean Sky Group. Previous positions include CEO of Harrods Aviation, head of commercial services at Servisair, running an airline in Australia and a position with British Airways.

Grimes sees Inflight’s relationship with Embraer as key to plans to expand maintenance activity. Inflight provides full coverage of Embraer’s executive jets, the Lineage, Legacy and Phenom models. Inflight also counts the Boeing Business Jet among its areas of expertise. The company is currently capable of maintenance up to C checks and recently added a new 45,000-sq-ft hangar capable of housing three BBJs or Embraer Lineage airframes side-by-side. Total hangar space equals 135,000 sq ft.

Grimes also appointed 35-year executive jet veteran Chris Sugden as manager of customer support and AOG manager. Sugden’s previous employers include BAE, NetJets, Raytheon, Harrods Aviation and Hawker Beechcraft. “My mission at Inflight is to take this excellent business to the next level and beyond, by building on this platform and our superb FBO and MRO facilities,” Grimes said.