It’s been an exciting year for Gama Aviation according to company executives. Little more than a year into its relationship with private aviation provider Wheels Up, the company is seeing an uptick among all its business lines in the U.S. The company’s core aircraft management business has seen growth of 20 percent over the past year-and-a-half.
Membership fleet access program Wheels Up now has 750 members and is on track to have 1,000 to 1,200 members and 37 aircraft by year-end, CEO Kenny Dichter announced this week at NBAA 2014. The fleet, operated by Gama Aviation, currently consists of King Air 350i turboprops and pre-owned Citation Excels/XLSs–with 27 and 10 of these aircraft, respectively, in the fleet by January–as well as Bombardier Global 5000s owned by Switzerland-based VistaJet and operated by Jet Aviation Flight Services.
Gama Charters has hired 100 pilots to support ongoing deliveries of Beechcraft King Air 350i aircraft ordered by private aviation membership club Wheels Up, and plans to recruit 100 more as the twin-engine turboprops roll off the assembly line in Wichita. Gama Charters, the U.S. subsidiary of Gama Aviation (Booth 5551), of Farnborough, UK, dry leases and serves as exclusive operator of the Wheels Up-registered 350i aircraft for member flights in the U.S. Northeast, Southeast and Southwest.
Membership-based charter broker Wheels Up plans to start service in Europe in the first half of next year, company founder Kenny Dichter said today at EBACE 2014. He added that GAMA Aviation will operate the flights for European Wheels Up customers.
Wheels Up (Booth 2807) currently operates in three zones in the U.S., the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest. Besides Europe, targeted future expansion includes Northern California, Chicago and Dallas.
Membership-based charter broker Wheels Up plans to start service in Europe in the first half of next year, company founder Kenny Dichter said today at EBACE. Wheels Up currently operates in three zones in the U.S., the Northeast, Southeast and Southwest. Besides Europe, targeted future expansion includes Northern California, Chicago and Dallas.
Marwan Khalek, group CEO of London-based Gama Aviation Ltd. (Booth P501), sees China as the next growth opportunity for his global charter and management company.
For the first time since 2008, worldwide deliveries of business jets were higher than the previous year, according to 2013 year-end numbers released yesterday by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Airframers handed over 678 business jets last year, six more than in 2012.
Gama Aviation opened a new $6.1 million, 26,700-sq-ft facility that provides a maintenance hangar, offices and executive aircraft handling facility in Glasgow, Scotland. It will provide base and line maintenance in the new hangar to support the Beechcraft King Air 200s operating an essential service for the Scottish Air Ambulance. In addition, Gama Aviation anticipates significant third-party aircraft maintenance activity coming to Glasgow. The facility is gearing up to support next year’s Ryder Cup golf tournament and the Commonwealth Games.
Last Thursday Gama Aviation opened a new facility at Glasgow Airport in Scotland. The inauguration of the center is well timed, with two major sporting events planned to take place in Scotland next year. Both the Commonwealth Games, to be held in Glasgow from late July, and the U.S. versus Europe Ryder Cup golf match, to be held at Gleneagles (46 miles North-East of Glasgow Airport) in September, are expected to generate a lot of business aviation and VIP traffic.
Gama Aviation’s Middle East division has selected the Web Manuals Sweden electronic flight bag (EFB) app for the iPad. Web Manuals promises customers such as Gama (Booth 1155) to improve control of its documentation, legal compliance and “operational agility.” Flight crew at Gama Aviation will get instant cockpit access to all relevant manuals and other documents.
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