Marshall Aviation Services at Cambridge announced today the signing of an agreement with Blink, the six-year-old Blackbushe, UK-based air taxi and jet charter operator, to provide multi-year MRO and technical support for its six Cessna Citation Mustang VLJs.
Marshall Aviation Services wins multi-year support contract from Blink
Marshall, drawing on its 40 years' experience providing Citation support, will provide base support in the UK at its Cambridge headquarters, together with AOG support in Europe.
Blink has grown significantly since being established in 2008. The brainchild of Harvard MBA graduates, Cameron Ogden and Peter Leiman, Blink’s business model is a replica of the successful low cost carriers, offering a regionally operated air taxi on flexible schedules around Europe. Appealing mainly to corporate clients, Blink offers coverage across 600 airports throughout Europe at fares typically at least 50% below the existing business jet market.
“We are delighted to reach an agreement to support Blink’s whole fleet," said Steve Pantry, Marshall Aviation Services Operations Manager at Cambridge. “Our experience providing Citation support, together with being able to perform a wide range of technical services such as interior refurbishment, repaint, repairs and upgrades with a significant in-house design capability, gives us the edge over many of our peers serving the Citation market," he added.
This contract win comes hard on the heels of Marshall Aviation Services’ newly won contract to support Spanish business aviation operator Suraviation, another significant Mustang fleet operator.
Committed to expanding its MRO capabilities, Marshall Aviation Services acquired the Hawker Beechcraft MRO in Broughton (Chester) last year which now gives the company the widest capabilities on Textron products of any peer in Europe today. Marshall Aviation Services' MRO activity covers Europe, Middle East and Africa, on the Cessna Citation family, the Hawker and Beechcraft product lines and Bombardier's Global Express.
Marshall Aviation Services (www.marshallas.com) is responsible for all of Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group's business and commercial aviation activities, including the management of Cambridge International Airport. Across its Broughton, Cambridge and Oxford locations it offers solutions including: maintenance, modification, refurbishment and conversion of business aircraft to Hawker, King Air and Cessna Citation aircraft amongst others. The company also provides aircraft management and charter through FlairJet; sales of new Beechcraft Aircraft across the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia; hangarage at Cambridge Airport; and within JETability, aircraft brokerage and complementary services tailored to the requirements of business aircraft owners and operators.
Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group (www.marshalladg.com) specialises in the conversion and modification of military, civil and business aircraft; defence vehicle engineering and shelter manufacture. Its capabilities include engineering design, manufacture and test, systems integration, maintenance and product support, and the provision of personnel, training and advice. The company is valued for its integrity, performance and customer focus which has been demonstrated through its innovative solutions and ability to deliver on-time and to-cost. Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group is part of the Marshall Group of Companies which employs over 4,500 people with a turnover in excess of £1.3bn.
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Founded in 1909 as an automobile company in Cambridge, Marshall entered the aviation business in 1929. The Marshall Group, still a privately owned company, is chaired by Alex Dorrian CBE since Sir Michael Marshall moved to the role of President in October 2016. Robert Marshall, the fourth generation of the Marshall family, became Group Chief Executive in 2012.