In a Challenging Business Aviation Environment: Avjet Rises to the Top
Company Update by Avjet President of Global Sales, Andrew C. Bradley
The media has painted a somber picture of the epic struggle affecting business aviation ever since the 2008/2009 global financial crisis. Success stories in our industry have been few and far between as the downturn wreaked havoc on aircraft owners, operators, flight departments and manufacturers.
One company, however—Avjet Corporation—has continued to thrive and expand its global footprint during these tough economic times by highlighting and building upon the unique service it provides. Avjet has continued to grow globally as a leader in business aviation services. Offices in Los Angeles, Moscow, Seoul, Abu Dhabi and Washington, D.C., will soon be supplemented by a new office in Palm Beach, Fla.
A new Gulfstream G550 is being added to Avjet’s recently expanded Nigerian operations, making it the largest operator of Gulfstream aircraft in that country. Already a major player in Asia prior to the financial crisis, Avjet continues to strengthen its ties with large Asian multinational clients such as Samsung, Sony and Hyundai. The ongoing expansion showcases Avjet’s commitment to the worldwide market and enhances economies of scale for fuel, hangar and other aviation services.
“Strategic industry partnerships are a vital component of Avjet’s continued leadership,” said Avjet’s chairman and CEO Marc Foulkrod. “We recently worked with Gulfstream Aerospace to manage the delivery of our very first Gulfstream G650. The state-of-the-art G650 will move our clients around the globe more efficiently, faster and more luxuriously than ever before. Avjet will become one of the largest operators of G650s in the second quarter of 2014, with the addition of two more G650s available for Part 135 operations,” stated Mr. Foulkrod.
The Boeing Company is also an equally valued strategic partner. Over the past few years Avjet has sold more Boeing Business Jets (BBJ) than any other aviation organization, and stands alone as a provider of two BBJs for Part 135 charter operations to the world’s most discriminating clientele. The company’s BBJ completions business continues to thrive, with four brand new completions in process throughout the world during 2013.
Avjet Corporation’s business is truly unique in its depth of services. Our experience includes executive jet charter services, aircraft sales and acquisitions, FBO repair and maintenance facilities, completions management, and aircraft management services. In fact the only thing growing faster than Avjet’s global charter fleet is demand for charter itself. “In the past two years we have seen exponential growth in Avjet’s charter business, especially in the large cabin segment where demand is high for Gulfstream’s G550 and Boeing BBJ aircraft,” said Mark Lefever, Avjet’s president and COO. “This year alone Avjet added another Part 135 BBJ for charter, a G550 and a G5. Planned additions of two new G650s available for charter in early 2014 will significantly boost Avjet’s large cabin charter fleet.”
Industry leadership means employing industry leaders. Aviation veteran Brian Miller recently joined Avjet after nine years with Gulfstream Aerospace as vice president of North American sales. Miller’s mission is to expand on Avjet’s well established Gulfstream sales, acquisitions and management services. You have to employ the best and brightest people to stay on the cutting edge in such a fiercely competitive industry. Hiring Brian as our new vice president of global sales and acquisitions ensures we remain the Gulfstream experts as we continue to grow our company.
As a final thought, Avjet Chairman and CEO Marc Foulkrod said, “Strategic investment during a business downturn; long-term, carefully selected industry partners; the best people; a commitment to innovation, fiscal responsibility and a laser-like focus on customer care—these are what Avjet’s clients have come to expect and what sets Avjet apart from the rest of the industry.”
Mr. Foulkrod continued, “I constantly remind our employees to never forget why we are in business, to never forget how important the clients we serve are, and above all else, to never be satisfied with our performance. There is always room to improve and provide our customers with a better experience.”