Sugar Land, Texas-based operator and MRO Western Airways is merging its private aircraft management and charter services with fellow Texan operator Wing Aviation. Under the agreement, Wing Aviation will assume all aircraft management and FAA Part 135 charter operation responsibilities for the Western Airways' fleet, solidifying its position as the largest operator in Texas. Western Airways will continue as an FAA certified Part 145 repair station with plans to enhance its technical infrastructure at the Sugar Land Regional airport.
“Our agreement with Western Airways complements our overall offering. Aircraft owners will benefit from our vast investment in our management services, which has amplified our technology, training and compliance,” says Brian Chapman, CEO of Wing Aviation. “Wing's demand for charter has outweighed our aircraft supply over the past few years. This merger will quickly expand our fleet and meet the demand of our existing and growing retail clientele.”
Wing Aviation and Western Airways are both well respected private aviation brands in Houston. Both companies have earned IS-BAO certification and ARGUS Platinum ratings. This synergy will continue between the two companies past the initial transfer of the aircraft management and charter business. Western will provide maintenance support for the Wing managed aircraft supplementing Wing's in-house capabilities.
“With Western Airways and Wing working together, we will be able to help leverage each other's strengths.” comments Keith Mosing, CEO of Western Airways. “Western Airways is pleased to be able to focus on its Part 145 certified repair station with its large capabilities list, including avionics. We look forward to working with Wing for the mutual benefit of our companies as well as our customers.” Going forward, Mosing will be a part of Wing Aviation's advisory board.
Wing Aviation recently moved its headquarters at the Houston William P. Hobby airport to a new facility, and has base operations at Conroe North Houston Regional airport and Addison airport. The agreement will expand Wing's fleet and geographic presence, creating a more diverse selection of aircraft and base options for charter clients in the greater Houston area, with Wing's new base at the Sugar Land Regional airport, a base that will be supported by Western Airways.
Wing Aviation has also announced the relocation of its corporate headquarters to the Houston William P. Hobby airport, expanding upon its presence in the Houston area.
Wing's headquarters is now located within sister company Galaxy FBO's new development at Hobby airport. Galaxy FBO will house Wing's flight operations; from sales, accounting, dispatch to maintenance and flight crew. Charter customers and managed aircraft owners will exclusively utilise Wing Aviation's new Voyager Lounge, named after NASA's twin spacecraft that travelled the farthest from earth.
“2020 has been a transformative year for us, and this move is the next step in our evolution as we celebrate our new beginning as a streamlined aircraft management and charter company,” says Chapman. “We believe our new space will provide an inspiring work environment for our employees, helping to foster a strong culture of collaboration. We seek to deliver on our mission to provide premium private and corporate aviation services as the largest operator in Texas, which has been solidified by our recent merger with Western Airways.”