Gama Aviation & Wheels Up fly 100,000th sector

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Shelton, Connecticut, 11th July 2017 – Gama Aviation LLC, is pleased to announce a major milestone in Wheels Up flight history with the occasion of its 100,000th flight sector. The sector was flown by N861UP, a King Air 350 flying from Jacksonville FL to Nashville TN on Wednesday 5th July.

This was not the only accomplishment in the recent weeks.  In quick succession from June 29th through July 2nd, Gama Aviation completed over 400 flights for Wheels Up, including record-breaking numbers on Saturday, July 1st when more than 100 passenger legs were flown. The week also saw Wheels Up securing $90 million in debt financing from KKR to purchase its next 17 King Air 350 aircraft.

Thomas Connelly, CEO & President, Gama Aviation LLC said: “I’m extremely proud of reaching this milestone. Four years ago, Wheels Up was an idea, a PowerPoint presentation and a spreadsheet, now its flight operations have the same scale as a regional airline, it is fast approaching 6,000 flight sectors per month with the continual drive to democratise private aviation. That said we will not rest on our laurels. Wheels Up members, Kenny and the Wheels Up management team have high expectations of us.  We will continue to work safely, tirelessly and diligently to support the business as it continues to grow; meeting and surpassing Wheels Up’s expectations every step of the way.”

Kenny Dichter, CEO & Founder, Wheels Up said: “We originally selected Gama Aviation ahead of other high quality operators, based on their vast experience and pervasive safety culture. They have since proven a crucial ingredient to the development of our brand, scaling as we scale; being flexible and responsive to our members’ needs and offering cast iron reliability. This underpins the promises we have made to our members, enabling us to focus on them and our vision, rather than operational detail.”


Gama Aviation – Notes to Editors

Gama Aviation LLC is the US associate company of Gama Aviation Plc (LSE AIM:GMAA), a global business aviation services company that specialises in providing solutions for individuals, corporations and government agencies; allowing them to deliver on the promises they make.

Gama Aviation LLC provides solutions for private aircraft, fleet management and charter clients across the Unites States. In total, the company operates a fleet of 200+ aircraft making it the largest aircraft management business in the United States.  Gama Aviation LLC is also the leading Part135 operator by hours flown (54,533) in 2016 according to ARGUS TRAQ PAK’s 2016 league table.

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For more information contact:

Duncan Daines                                     Lorrissa Lippi

CMO, Gama Aviation Plc                                   Media & Marketing Co-ordinator, Gama Aviation LLC          

+44 1252 553029                                               +1 203 337 4634

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