Boise, Idaho-based Western Aircraft is retooling its MRO sales and service team following inauguration of its recently expanded facility. In addition to expanding its existing facility by 26,000 sq ft, the company also augmented its employee roster, to 200 from 150.
Business aircraft management and charter company Hangar8 Aviation has launched a new repaint facility at its headquarters at London Oxford Airport to help sellers refresh their aircraft’s paint to make it more attractive to buyers. According to Hangar8, 16.5 percent of the 381 private jets in the UK are currently up for sale, making it a buyer’s market.
Henry Lisboa has joined Dallas Airmotive as its newest territorial director. He will lead the company’s sales efforts in Central and South America. Lisboa has more than 25 years of sales and customer experience in business and general aviation and the rotorcraft industry. He was previously director of sales at Heli-One, where he was responsible for the sales and marketing of services related to helicopters, engines, avionics, dynamic components, leasing, sales and exchanges of available stock and equipment.
Gulfstream expanded its safety management system (SMS) to include the sales and marketing department, making the company one of the first business jet manufacturers to implement an SMS for a non-manufacturing or service organization. “Having a standard and consistent approach to managing risks helps us enhance what we’re already doing: delivering and servicing the safest possible aircraft for our customers,” said Gulfstream senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing Scott Neal.
Columbus, Ohio-based Spirit Aeronautics announced Jody Jaraczewski has joined the company as the director of sales and marketing. Jaraczewski brings more than 14 years of sales experience and an understanding of how to drive revenue within sales while providing exceptional customer service, according to Spirit. In his new role, Jaraczewski will be responsible for creating and implementing sales strategies designed to help the company achieve its aviation service objectives worldwide.
The rarefied deepwater oil and gas market has spawned new players and big deals in the helicopter operating leasing market, but to date these transactions have largely been confined to medium and large helicopters. What will be the impact of leasing on the industry as a whole, especially for smaller operators with light helicopters in the non-oil-and-gas segments, and will it ever become as predominant as it is for airlines, where approximately one-third of the fleet is leased?
A new president, restructured sales and field service teams, operations expansion in Asia and Brazil and a new logo and mobile app unveiled here at NBAA 2013 indicate just some of the dynamic changes undertaken in the past few months by turbine engine overhauler Dallas Airmotive (Booth No. N3505), a BBA Aviation company.
RBR Maintenance has hired Chris Lesniak as manager of outside parts sales. Lesniak has more than 30 years of experience, including director of sales and marketing, account manager and parts manager for Arnoni Aviation and Avant Aerospace.
To cut costs and improve efficiency, the FAA is moving to end its direct-to-public retail sales of aeronautical charts and related paper products. Last week the agency stopped accepting or renewing chart subscriptions. While individual charts will be available through the agency’s website through September, on October 1 it will stop selling individual charts.
Nextant Aerospace appointed FortAero Baltic Business Aviation Alliance as the exclusive sales agent for the Nextant 400XTi in Russia and the CIS. The company has placed an initial order for two 400XTis worth $11.4 million. FortAero, which has offices in Tallinn and Moscow, has more than 16 years of experience with the Russian and CIS business aviation market and will play a “key role” in defining Nextant’s sales, marketing and customer service strategy in the region. To date, Nextant has delivered 28 of its 400XTs to customers around the world.
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