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Constant Aviation Adds Philadelphia-Based Aircraft on Ground Mobile Response Capabilities

Constant Aviation | September 14, 2022 | Read time : 02:38 min

Constant Aviation Adds Philadelphia-Based Aircraft on Ground Mobile Response Capabilities
Constant Aviation today announced that it has added to its nationwide AOG (Aircraft on Ground) mobile response network with a new Philadelphia-based group that will focus on servicing southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey. It is the second new location announced this year after the new station in Salt Lake City. Constant Aviation now operates 28 AOG teams nationally, up by more than 30 percent from the 21 teams in 2020.

“In my 25 years in the private aviation industry, this continues to be one of the most robust periods we have seen and that has generated record demand for our services,The increase in AOG service locations is intended to help meet current demand, but mobile AOG services have proven sustainable in all market conditions as aircraft always need on-demand service at the hundreds of smaller airports that lack substantial maintenance capabilities.”

David H. Davies, Constant Aviation’s Chief Executive Officer

Davies said that Constant Aviation is bolstering its capabilities by expanding hiring, not only in its newest locations – Philadelphia and Salt Lake City – but also in such high-demand areas as California, Texas, Florida, the Chicago and Scottsdale metro areas and the greater Northeastern U.S. “We’ve always said our most important asset is our workforce of trained, talented technicians, and that has never been more true than during the current surge in business,” said Davies. “We’re looking to expand our team by recruiting new technicians through a range of channels, and offering not only opportunity but also the most competitive compensation and the best working conditions in the industry.”

Constant Aviation Steps Up Technician Recruitment Efforts
Constant Aviation recently enhanced its Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship Program, which enables applicants without military or college training to participate in a two-year aviation services program and earn the FAA Airframe Certification, a first step in a career in aviation services. Program participants learn by performing technical tasks alongside veteran technicians and participate in classroom and lab work all while earning a steady income. Constant Aviation covers the cost of all training and certification testing for the program.In addition to the apprenticeship program, the company is recruiting established technicians by offering a $15,000 signing bonus for military veteran candidates, a $2,000 signing bonus for other successful technical position candidates and grants of up to $8,000 to successful aircraft-on-ground (AOG) technician candidates following the completion of their first year with the company. Constant Aviation also boosted recruitment and retention by increasing pay to all technicians by 10 percent, offering tuition reimbursements and increased paid time off and expanding career-enhancing training opportunities, with training engagements up 150 percent.

AOG a Critical Part of Aircraft Maintenance Services
Constant Aviation’s 28 AOG mobile teams now support 86 aircraft models from 14 manufacturers, and each AOG vehicle is fully equipped and supplemented with expanded tooling strategically placed around the country, so aircraft can be serviced wherever they are located, whether in a hangar, at an FBO or on a ramp. In addition to its nationwide network of mobile technicians, Constant Aviation operates full-service aircraft maintenance facilities at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (ICAO: KCLE) and Orlando Sanford International Airport (ICAO: KSFB) that provide airframe and engine maintenance, major repairs, avionics, interiors and painting.

About Constant Aviation
Constant Aviation specializes in aircraft and engine maintenance, major repairs, avionics, interiors and paint. In addition, it offers mobile response services through its AOG division, and accessory and composite services through its Nextant Aerospace division. With more than 15 years of expertise in a comprehensive array of business jet airframes, Constant Aviation has raised the bar in aircraft maintenance expectations by focusing on quality, always. Constant Aviation is the official aircraft maintenance and AOG support of the NHRA and the title sponsor of the NHRA Factory Stock Showdown class.

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Air Lease Corporation Announces Lease Placement of Two New Airbus A321neo LR Aircraft with HiSky

Air Lease | September 12, 2022

Today Air Lease Corporation announced long-term lease placements for two new Airbus A321neo LR aircraft with HiSky. Scheduled to deliver to the European carrier in March 2023 from ALC’s order book with Airbus, these two new A321neo LRs join one Airbus A319 and four A320s currently on lease to the airline from ALC and its managed vehicles, Blackbird I and II. “ALC is pleased to announce this placement with HiSky for two new A321neo LRs ,HiSky launched in 2020 with used A320 family aircraft exclusively provided by ALC and they have grown their business consistently since then. The airline is now ready to take the next step in their growth plans and we are happy to support this expansion with two brand-new A321neo LRs." David Beker, Senior Vice President of Air Lease Corporation The addition of these two new A321neo LR aircraft is the right ingredient to sustain our growth strategy in 2023,” said Iulian Scorpan CEO of HiSky. We are grateful to ALC for the opportunity to operate the industry’s most modern aircraft offering top performance, range, and fuel-efficiency. Starting in April 2023, HiSky passengers will benefit from several long-range nonstop flight solutions to be announced this autumn. About Air Lease Corporation Air Lease Corporation is a leading global aircraft leasing company based in Los Angeles, California that has airline customers throughout the world. ALC and its team of dedicated and experienced professionals are principally engaged in purchasing new commercial aircraft and leasing them to its airline customers worldwide through customized aircraft leasing and financing solutions. The company routinely posts information that may be important to investors in the “Investors” section of its website at www.airleasecorp.com. Investors and potential investors are encouraged to consult Air Lease Corporation’s website regularly for important information. The information contained on, or that may be accessed through, ALC’s website is not incorporated by reference into, and is not a part of, this press release. About HiSky HiSky is an EASA certified airline that operates in Romania and Moldova from three operational bases: Bucharest, Cluj and Chisinau. HiSky combines charter and scheduled flights and, expects, in the coming months to celebrate the transportation of its first one million passengers since the inception of operations in March 2021. With a team of enthusiastic and seasoned professionals with hundreds of years of experience in aviation, HiSky currently has a fleet of four Airbus A320s with 180 seats and an Airbus A319 with 144 seats.

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JetBlue Becomes Anchor Tenant at Orlando International Airport’s New Terminal

JetBlue | October 28, 2022

Beginning today, JetBlue officially became the anchor tenant at Orlando International Airport’s (MCO) brand new state-of-the-art Terminal C. It marks a full move of the airline’s operation in Orlando, with all JetBlue flights arriving and departing at the new facility. JetBlue ceased flight operations at its former home at Terminal A, with its final flight on Oct. 24. JetBlue is now the only U.S. carrier in the new Terminal C, operating the largest number of gates, 10 in total, all outfitted with biometric boarding. The move bolsters JetBlue’s service to the region, with plans to operate nearly 70 daily flights to 22 destinations during the peak holiday travel period in December of this year. “We are excited to lead the way as the anchor tenant at Orlando International’s new Terminal C, The terminal’s offerings are great, with remarkable architecture and a variety of food and retail options. This move not only shows our commitment to Orlando and the greater area, but it will also provide a new and elevated experience for our customers as we continue our growth in the region.” Joanna Geraghty, president and chief operating officer, JetBlue JetBlue customers traveling to and from Orlando International are now able to enjoy the new Terminal C’s modern, bright design and technology. The terminal includes a state-of-the-art baggage handling system, 100 percent-automated TSA screening lanes, and facial recognition systems for international departures and arrivals. Terminal C is a vision-to-reality story that fits well with JetBlue’s values and award-winning innovation, said Kevin Thibault, chief executive officer, Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “We welcome JetBlue to Terminal C and look forward to having it provide an enhanced travel experience for the domestic and international passengers they serve annually. The new facility features more than 10 retail options and over 20 food and beverage locations and boasts a commitment to sustainability. Travelers will find arrivals on the third level, departures, ticketing and security on the second level, and ground transportation on the first level. Parking is offered at the corresponding Parking Garage C, and a mother’s nursing station and pet relief areas are also available. The facility links to a brand-new rail station that will connect Brightline rail service to and from South Florida and a planned future link to local SunRail service. JetBlue in Orlando Orlando has been a JetBlue focus city since 2008. The airline currently employs more than 4,000 crewmembers based in Orlando, with JetBlue’s Orlando Support Center (OSC) serving as both a pilot and inflight crewmember (flight attendant) training base. JetBlue’s OSC includes a state-of-the-art training facility featuring classrooms, flight and cabin simulators, a ditch pool and other aviation related equipment used to train all new crewmembers joining the airline, as well as those requiring recurrent training over time. JetBlue’s Orlando training facility also includes The Lodge at OSC, the airline’s 24/7 dormitory facility dedicated to providing a focused training environment for crewmembers. The Lodge was thoughtfully designed to reinforce JetBlue's values, inspire collaboration and team building in the delivery of aviation services, and curate the JetBlue experience to the airline's own crewmembers. About JetBlue JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline®️, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood, Los Angeles, Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries customers to more than 100 cities throughout the United States, Latin America, Caribbean, Canada, and United Kingdom.

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Latecoere Will Be Present at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention in Orlando from October 18 to 20

Latecoere | October 17, 2022

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The Sanad Group | October 03, 2022

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