Jet Linx is continuing its strategic expansion in the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut tri-state region by acquiring Meridian's aircraft management and air charter business. Meridian is a full-service private aviation company headquartered at Teterboro airport. While the terms of the transaction were not disclosed, the acquisition encompasses a fleet of 23 long range and short range private jet aircraft including Global Express 6000 and 5000s, Gulfstream G550s, GVs, G450s, GIVSPs, Falcon 7Xs and 2000s, and Phenom 300s, among others. Upon closing the transaction, Jet Linx will become the largest private jet management and jet card membership company in the tri-state region and the second-largest FAA Part 135 aircraft management company in the United States with over 120 aircraft and 19 locations nationwide.
“This acquisition is a significant step in our strategic plan as we continue to enhance our fleet and flight operations serving the New York tri-state area and further develop the company as the leader in private jet travel. It could also not be better timed as it follows the grand opening of our flagship private terminal at Teterboro Airport last September,” says Jamie Walker, president and CEO of Jet Linx Aviation. “It is an honour to have purchased Meridian Aircraft Management and Air Charter, one of the most admired, respected and trusted operators in the private jet industry. Like Jet Linx, Meridian is a family-owned business, and it will be our commitment and our privilege to continue its legacy of excellence, safety and service. This exemplifies and underscores our unwavering commitment to provide the highest standards of excellence and the finest service experience, not only to our clients in the New York tri-state area, but nationwide, as Teterboro is the busiest private aviation airport in the US.”
With a heritage that dates back to 1946 at Teterboro, Meridian is a full-service FBO known for providing the New York metropolitan area with private aircraft fuelling, hangaring, maintenance, management and charter services. It has earned numerous industry awards and accolades over the years for its FBO services. As the longest continuously operating private aviation services company in the New York metropolitan area, Meridian will continue operating its FBO and aircraft maintenance businesses at Teterboro and Hayward Executive airport in California.
“Jet Linx aligns perfectly with our values, culture and commitment to safety, and we could not be happier to have partnered with Jet Linx to purchase our aircraft management and charter business,” comments Ken Forester, owner and CEO of Meridian. “It was important for us to find the right company that would be able to take our existing aircraft management and charter business to the next level, and Jet Linx was the obvious choice. We are excited to continue supporting Jet Linx, and our former aircraft management and charter customers, through our FBO and aircraft maintenance businesses going forward.”