Five Recognitions in Aviation This Week: Nov. 12

Nov. 12, 2021
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Sun Air Jets Names James Evans Director of Safety and FBO Operations

Sun Air Jets announced the appointment of James Evans as the new director of safety and FBO operations for the expanding organization.

Evans has held multiple positions within the operational management divisions at a Big Four airline spanning across three major international airports. Most recently, Evans oversaw QA/QC, safety, record keeping and compliance before transitioning to business aviation.

Gulfstream to Build Sustainable Service Center at AZA

Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. announced it will construct a new 225,000-square-foot aircraft service center at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport.

The $70 million investment is expected to achieve LEED Silver certification and will expand Gulfstream’s maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities in the Western U.S. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2023.

Menzies Wins Aeromexico Contract at 15 Airports

Menzies Aviation announced it has secured a contract win with Aeromexico, which includes ground handling services at 15 airports across the country.

The contract represents an expansion of Menzies’ presence in Mexico and follows further positive contract win momentum for the Company in Latin America, following recent wins with American Airlines, Delta, Wingo and Air Transat. This strong performance in the region reflects Menzies’ strategic investment in new emerging market territories to create growth opportunities across its service portfolio.

Bell Adds Maintenance Center in Norway

Bell Textron Inc. a Textron Inc. announced Kongsberg Aviation Maintenance Services (KAMS) in Kjeller, Norway will provide aircraft maintenance for the fleet of 18 Bell 412s, operated by the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

KAMS has played a significant role in the Norwegian aviation industry since 1916 and is currently a strategic partner to the Royal Norwegian Air Force. The company has extensive capabilities in repair, overhaul and modifications, and component testing for several military aircraft platforms.

Allegiant Honored for Commitment to Flint Region

Allegiant Travel Co. received the Economic Development Project of the Year Award after announcing earlier this year it will establish a new aircraft and crew base at Flint Bishop.

The Allegiant base at FNT is a $75 million investment that will create 89 high-wage jobs. The company plans to begin its base operations in Flint on Feb. 16.