The combined business immediately delivers coverage to 65 high traffic US cities offering a single source, coast-to-coast, maintenance service for business aviation operators.
The business will bring together two established and trusted maintenance networks, with highly complementary geographic footprints and capabilities enabling Corporate Flight Departments, Part 91 & Part 135 operators to single source their AOG, line and heavy maintenance needs. In order to preserve the strong brand equity of both organizations, the combined entity is going to market as; “Jet East, a Gama Aviation company”.
Stephen Maiden, who has extensive executive experience in the MRO industry and joined Jet East in March 2020, will lead the combined companies as CEO. He will head a leadership team comprised of executives from both organizations.
Under Stephen’s direction, the business will focus on delivering one source for maintenance while introducing an expansive coverage area that will provide efficiencies in procurement and operations for customers. The newly formed team, with its deep skill set and coast-to-coast reach, will be in a unique position to support aircraft availability, through its:
- approximately 400 employees
- 90+ AOG technicians positioned across the country to support every region in the US
- coverage of approximately 65 major, high business aviation traffic, cities across the US including a major presence in the valuable North East region
- 10+ line stations and heavy scheduled maintenance facilities
- specialization in composites, structural component repair, paint, and non-destructive testing
- nationwide parts and logistics business
- paint & interior facility
Marwan Khalek, Gama Aviation Group CEO said: “We are really pleased to complete this acquisition. Over the last six years we have grown a substantial coast-to-coast maintenance operation serving some of business aviation’s most highly respected brands. Through the integration of both company’s strengths we are stepping-up our service levels, offering more locations, services, and most of all convenience, to our customers. Our ultimate goal is to work with all operators to gain an advantage by reducing downtime and increasing aircraft availability and this deal is integral to our ability to achieve just that.”
Francis John, Jet East Aviation Chairman said: “I am thrilled about today’s announcement with Gama Aviation and the opportunities we will have as a combined entity. The synergies between the two organizations provide for a deeper level of service, an increased portfolio of capabilities and a more sophisticated network of team members to serve our customer base. Jet East and the Gama Aviation operation in the U.S. have unique histories built on hard work and determination. The successes of each entity are significant, and the combined workforce will yield an even stronger maintenance organization as we join forces. I look forward to continuing to guide the combined leadership team in my role as Executive Chairman.”
Additional note to the press release
The Part 135 operation currently trading as “Gama Aviation Signature” or “Gama Signature” has no affiliation to Gama Aviation Plc or its group companies and will cease communication and use of the Gama Aviation name and brand by March 2022.
Jet East – notes to editors
Jet East, one of the nation’s leading aviation maintenance providers, is headquartered in Trenton, New Jersey. The company specializes in scheduled maintenance, on-demand mobile maintenance for unscheduled events, and provides related services in the areas of structural repairs, composite work, non-destructive testing (NDT) and paint capabilities. With a long-standing history in the area of AOG mobile maintenance and a deeply talented workforce, Jet East has a significant presence in the Northeast, Mid-West and Great Lakes regions of the United States. Though heavily concentrated in the Northeast corridor, the company provides service across the US and in certain international markets. Maintenance hangars in New York and New Jersey and a back shop in Ohio compliment the company’s strength in mobile maintenance by offering a team of dedicated technicians for scheduled maintenance and off-wing services.
Gama Aviation – notes to editors
Founded in 1983 on the simple purpose of providing aviation services that equip its customers with decisive advantage, Gama Aviation Plc (LSE AIM: GMAA) is a highly valued global partner to blue chip corporations, government agencies, healthcare trusts and private individuals.
The Group has three global divisions: Business Aviation (Aircraft Management, Charter, FBO & Maintenance), Special Mission (Air Ambulance & Rescue, National Security & Policing, Infrastructure & Survey, Energy & Offshore); and Technology & Outsourcing (Flight Operations, FBO, CAM software, Flight Planning, CAM & ARC services)
More details can be found at: https://www.gamaaviation.us and https://www.gamaaviation.com