Jet Aviation Launches New Charter and Aircraft Management Office in California

Geneva / Switzerland, May 17, 2011 – Jet Aviation will open a new sales office in Van Nuys, Calif., to provide charter and aircraft management services to the West Coast. The company recently hired Jon Winthrop to lead the Van Nuys-based team. With the opening of the new office on June 1, Jet Aviation will have U.S. locations from coast to coast.

Out of its Van Nuys, Calif., sales office, Jet Aviation will provide charter and aircraft management services beginning June 1. The newly established West Coast team will be led by aviation veteran Jon Winthrop who recently joined the company.

“We’re pleased to offer a Los Angeles-area presence,” said Don Haloburdo, vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation Flight Services. “We’ve assembled an expert team and we’re ready to introduce Jet Aviation’s charter and aircraft management services to the West Coast.”

Jon Winthrop, formerly chairman and CEO of The Air Group, has joined the organization as vice president and managing director, Western Region and Pacific Rim. Jon will be responsible for day-to-day oversight of the operation. An industry veteran with more than 40 years of aviation experience, Jon holds dual degrees in finance and marketing.

Jon will be supported by Ken Combs, Linda Spotts-Schiffner and Lucy Hoover. Ken most recently served as assistant director of flight operations for Clay Lacy Aviation. He is a pilot with more than 7,700 hours of flight time. Linda is an operations and dispatch expert with extensive international trip experience; she has a bachelor of arts degree. Lucy was executive administrator for The Air Group and holds a bachelors degree in geography. Ken will serve Jet Aviation as director of operations Western Region/Pacific Rim, and Linda is the new senior flight management representative. Lucy joins the team as office manager, Western Region.

Jet Aviation Flight Services group is responsible for delivering Jet Aviation’s charter and aircraft management services in the Americas. The company provides services for a fleet of high-quality managed aircraft in the U.S and was named the Robb Report’s “Best of the Best” for charter services for three consecutive years.

A U.S. Air Carrier (KKVA681M), Jet Aviation has attained industry recognition for operating at the highest levels of safety and security, achieving ARG/US Platinum and Wyvern Recommended status as well as IS-BAO registration. Recognizing Jet Aviation’s commitment to professionalism and excellence, the company was granted authority by the FAA to self-conform aircraft transitioning onto our Certificate, a privilege enjoyed by very few on-demand Air Carriers in the U.S.

Jet Aviation, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was founded in Switzerland in 1967 and is one of the leading business aviation services companies in the world. Close to 5,000 employees cater to client needs from 24 airport facilities throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and North and South America. The company provides maintenance, completions and refurbishment, engineering, fixed base operations, along with aircraft management, charter services, aircraft sales and personnel services. Jet Aviation's European and U.S. aircraft management and charter divisions jointly operate a fleet of more than 200 aircraft. For more information, please visit