Flexjet Acquires Constant Aviation
February 22, 2023
- Flexjet Becomes the Only Private Aviation Fleet Provider with a Comprehensive Range of In-House Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) Capabilities
- Ability to Provide Its Own Maintenance and Repair Services Is a Key Differentiator for Flexjet When It Comes to Safety, Dispatch Reliability and Efficiency
- Acquisition Provides Flexjet with the Largest Aviation Maintenance Support Infrastructure in Business Aviation
CLEVELAND, February 22, 2023 – Flexjet, a global leader in subscription-based private aviation, today announced it has acquired Constant Aviation, a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services.
“Integrating Constant Aviation into Flexjet is part of an overriding strategic vision to differentiate Flexjet among its competitors at the most fundamental level. Typically, other companies in our space rely largely on third-party providers to meet their global product support and maintenance needs. This not only limits their overall ability to meet the needs of their customers, but it also takes control away from operators and limits their ability to deliver the highest possible levels of service,” said Jay Heublein, Flexjet Senior Vice President of Maintenance. “This historic move by Flexjet represents one of the most significant infrastructure investments in the history of our industry.”
Flexjet’s fleet grew by 40 percent in 2022, bringing additional demands for maintenance services. Integrating Constant into Flexjet will address this need, adding capabilities including:
- Complete airframe, engine and avionics maintenance capability
- Industry-leading paint and interior modification and refurbishment capability
- Advanced in-house engineering and avionics installation
- Heavy maintenance, engine and component overhaul
- Damage repair, composite and sheet metal repairs and non-destructive testing
- Parts support and distribution
As part of the transaction, Flexjet will acquire Constant’s facilities at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (ICAO: KCLE) and Orlando Sanford (Florida) International Airport (ICAO: KSFB). Flexjet plans to build new facilities at Sanford, significantly expanding its maintenance footprint in the heart of Florida’s high-volume private jet travel corridors, to a total of 220,000 square feet. Flexjet’s maintenance facility footprint now covers 650,000 square feet in Cleveland, OH; Teterboro, NJ; Naples, FL; Dallas, TX; White Plains, NY; Sanford, FL; and Morgantown, WV.
Flexjet also gains dedicated access to Constant’s nationwide nationwide AOG (Aircraft on Ground) mobile response network, with teams deploying from 28 U.S. locations and the capacity to serve the entire continental U.S. and Caribbean markets. The teams can respond to maintenance requests from aircraft at multiple airports in every region that lacks dedicated facilities.
“With Constant’s unique capabilities, along with a proprietary Aircraft on Ground network to handle real-time aircraft issues, Flexjet is not dependent on third-party maintenance to keep its fleet flying regardless of location or conditions,” said Heublein.
Constant Aviation recently expanded its MRO capabilities beyond its portfolio of business jets and other fixed-wing aircraft to include rotorcraft such as helicopters, drones and other commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). Accordingly, it will be able to support Flexjet’s new private helicopter division, which operates in the U.S. in the Northeast and South Florida and in Europe based out of London, U.K.
All of Constant’s existing team members will join Flexjet and, in addition, Flexjet plans to hire nearly 200 more technicians over the next 12 months. Constant has been an MRO industry leader in workforce development and training initiatives to grow an industry-wide talent pool for technicians that has been shrinking. Those initiatives will carry over to Flexjet, which recently graduated its first class of apprenticed Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) technicians.
Flexjet, Inc., a global leader in subscription-based private aviation, first entered the fractional jet ownership market in 1995. Flexjet offers fractional jet ownership and leasing and is the first in the world to be recognized as achieving the Air Charter Safety Foundation’s Industry Audit Standard, is the first and only company to be honored with 24 FAA Diamond Awards for Excellence, upholds an ARG/US Platinum Safety Rating, a 4AIR Bronze Sustainable Rating and is IS-BAO compliant at Level 2. Red Label by Flexjet, a market differentiator, which features the most modern fleet in the industry, flight crews dedicated to a single aircraft and the LXi Cabin Collection of interiors. To date there are more than 40 different interior designs across its fleet, which includes the Embraer Phenom 300 and Praetor 500, Bombardier Challenger 350, the Gulfstream G450 and G650. Flexjet’s European fleet includes the Embraer Praetor 600 and the Gulfstream G650. Flexjet’s helicopter division sells fractional, lease, and on-demand charter access to its fleet of owned, operated and maintained Sikorsky S-76 helicopters which boast 55,000 hours of safe flying certified by Wyvern and ARG/US and serving locations throughout the northeastern United States, United Kingdom, and southern Florida. Flexjet is a member of the Directional Aviation family of companies. For more details on innovative programs and flexible offerings, visit www.flexjet.com or follow us on Instagram @FlexjetInc.