Gama Aviation has appointed Boris Wolstenholme as MD of its business aviation team. He joins after success as CEO of AJW Aviation and more recently chief strategy officer for AJW Group.
Wolstenholme will oversee the ongoing growth and development of Gama's newly created business aviation SBU, which encompasses four lines of business; aircraft management, aircraft charter, FBO services and aircraft maintenance. Wolstenholme and his leadership team will build on the demand uptick in aircraft management enquiries, having added multiple aircraft to its managed and charter fleets since the turn of the year. This fleet growth coincides with Gama's increased charter capabilities and the development of a stronger charter offering. With a larger charter team in place, it is ready to capitalise on the re-emergence of demand in the marketplace, which will further filter down to demand for maintenance and FBO services. According to recent WingXLive data, there has been a 24.8 per cent increase in flight hours up to April 2021, with that trend expected to continue over the coming months.
Wolstenholme will develop the groundwork that has been put in place by Janine Tombs and Mark Smith, the interim business aviation general managers. Their work to set the bedrock of the business aviation unit will be a strong starting point. They both continue in their roles within the company, and their experience will be vital as Wolstenholme develops the business aviation market offering. Smith, as head of aircraft management, will now focus entirely on adding further fleet additions, following early success this year. Tombs continues as director at Gama's Sharjah facility in the UAE, focusing on management, charter and FBO sales. Wolstenholme's management team is supplemented by Mark Durcan, head of MRO, Tom Murphy, head of FBO services and Adam Neaves, head of charter.
Wolstenholme comments: “I am delighted to be joining at such an exciting time in the development of Gama Aviation; there is a great opportunity at present as the demand returns into the market. I believe we are ideally placed with our new fleet and team additions to capture these new opportunities.”
In conjunction, Wolstenholme will join Gama's senior management team and drive some group-wide strategic initiatives to support Gama Aviation's global development plans.
Gama CEO Marwan Khalek concludes: “Boris has great experience of driving high-value customer relationships. He will be leading the business aviation team to ensure that we are helping our clients maximise the benefit of their aircraft and ensure that we deliver decisive advantage across all our product and service lines.”