Executive AirShare’s John Owen named president and CEO

 John Owen, who has served as interim president of Executive AirShare for the past two months, was formally named president and CEO of the Kansas-based fractional ownership provider today. Owen takes over for company co-founder Keith Plumb, who announced in February that he was stepping down after steering the fractional provider over the past 18 years.

Owen joined Executive AirShare in 2016 as CFO after serving as vice president for national search firm EFL Associates and as CFO for OrTran, a supply-chain management company. He also has worked asprincipal for Capitus Group, a Leawood, Kansas-based consulting firm, where he provided CFO advisory services and developed detailed financial packages, business valuations, and analyses for clients, and has served with State Street, Accenture, and KPMG.


Air Charter Services’ revenue up by 31%

 The German office of global charter specialist, Air Charter Service, enjoyed 23% growth in charter numbers last year and a 31% increase in revenue, making 2017 the office’s most successful year since it opened its doors in 2010.

Caroline Werf, Managing Director of ACS Germany, said, “It has been a great year for all three of our charter divisions – private jets, group charters and cargo aircraft. All boasting growth in sales compared to 2016, with cargo seeing the largest increase. Helped, in part, by this growth, last year we were again voted as ‘Charter Broker of the Year’ at the World Cargo Awards gala night in Munich.

“It’s also been an interesting year in terms of charters over the past 12 months, including our work with Big City Beats’ World Club Dome event, for which we organized a fully customized Airbus A340 to take some of the world’s biggest DJs to the skies to kick off the huge party weekend in Frankfurt. We also arranged some urgent relief work down to Somalia, flying a specialist team and aid goods to Hargeisa to support the drought emergency response effort.


Latitude 33 Aviation growth rate up by 50%

 Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet charter, executive jet management, and aircraft sales and acquisitions company headquartered in Carlsbad, California, announced 50 percent growth in private jet charter hours in 2017. As one of the few private jet charter companies to receive the industry’s highest safety rating, ARGUS Platinum, Latitude 33 continues its significant growth by offering the newest and largest fleet of light jets available.

“Without a doubt, the key to our success has been consistently providing the absolute best client experience possible,” said Casey Miller, President of Latitude 33 Aviation. “Whether our clients are looking to charter a private jet, purchase an aircraft, or have one professionally managed, they can trust us to anticipate their needs and provide a luxury experience.”

“As our aircraft owners’ travel requirements change, we are privileged to be continually selected to manage the sale of their current private jet and acquisition of their next one,” said Solomon Short, Director of Operations. “We are excited to have expanded our mid and super mid-sized aircraft portfolio, allowing us to provide greater flexibility for our charter clients.”


The visionary businessman who builds FBO one route at a time

 More than a decade ago, Adel Mardini launched Jetex, a fixed base operator or FBO, with the vision to create a one-of-a-kind company catering to the needs of high-profile clients in every aspect of private aviation. 

 Today, Jetex is considered a global leader in executive aviation with presencein 29 countries with over 350 staff, serving an elite clientele, including owners and operators of business jets for corporate, commercial and personal air travel, through its extensive global network of FBOs and ground handling facilities.

The company, which offers a comprehensive range of international trip planning, ground support and bespoke concierge services, all delivered with a high degree of flexibility and signature personal touch, plans to further expand its operations this year to Asia-Pacific, South Asia and the Caspian region.

 Born and raised in Syria, Mardini believes success is a product of your vision and hard work. His mother is from Syria and his father from Turkey.