Meridian Names Greg Johnson Director of Business Development

Greg Johnson, Director of Business Development

Greg Johnson, Director of Business Development

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, NJ, is pleased to announce that Greg Johnson has been named Director of Business Development. Mr. Johnson has 15 years of business aviation experience, specializing in strategic planning, operations, aircraft management, acquisition/sales, and marketing. He will be responsible for overseeing the development of a new Meridian FBO to be built at Hayward Executive Airport in Hayward, CA, and growing the aircraft management business on the West Coast.

Mr. Johnson began his aviation career with Apex Aviation in Napa, CA, before moving on to ACM Aviation in 2005, which later became part of TWC Aviation based in San Jose, CA. During that time, his responsibilities increased from managing charter and sales personnel, to negotiating long-term leases and aircraft management contracts, to managing four business lines and their budgets. He also played a key role in the acquisition of a fixed base operation, as well as developed strategic planning initiatives for new clients.

Ken Forester, Meridian’s CEO, had this to say, “As we continue our national expansion, Greg will play a critical role in establishing and building the Meridian brand within Hayward, California, and more broadly, the entire West Coast. Our sales offices in Hayward, San Jose, and Santa Rosa were the first step in our growth plan. We are confident that Greg will play a key role in developing our new FBO at Hayward and expanding our fleet of managed aircraft. His wealth of experience will be an asset to the organization, and we are really happy to have him on the Meridian team.”

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Meridian Air Charter Adds Another Hawker 900XP to Fleet

Meridian's latest addition, a beautiful Hawker 900XP (N80J).

Meridian’s latest addition, a beautiful Hawker 900XP (N80J).

Teterboro, NJ, August 18, 2014 – Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport, is pleased to announce the addition of its second Hawker 900XP (N80J) to its managed fleet of twenty-five business jets. The aircraft will be based in Rockland, Maine (RKD), and it is immediately available for charter (Certificate IMJA053F).

This mid-size, born in 2010, is ideal for domestic travel, including coast-to-coast trips due to its fuel efficiency, aerodynamics, and comfort. The cabin is over 600 cubic feet, one of the largest in its class. Features of the cabin include stand-up headroom, LCD lighting, touch-screen seat controls, fully-berthable seats and plenty of in-cabin storage. The cabin accommodates up to eight passengers. The aircraft will also be fully equipped with the latest technology, including high speed wifi, a wireless satellite phone, monitors with Airshow® (moving maps & flight info), and of course, a CD/DVD Player.

Mike Moore, VP of Aviation Sales, says, “We are excited to offer our customers another recent model Hawker, with the comfort and convenience for both business and leisure travel. The 900XP is a great addition to our fleet because it’s the perfect size for domestic trips as well as international travel to Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America.”

Meridian currently manages a wide range of aircraft types that are available for private charter, including: Global 5000, Gulfstream G550, Gulfstream G450, Gulfstream GIV-SP, Gulfstream GIV, Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 2000, Challenger 604, Challenger 601-3A, Challenger 601-3R, Gulfstream G200, Citation XLS, Hawker 900XP, Hawker 800XP, Hawker 800SP, Citation VII, and Citation Mustang. Other aircraft types can also be obtained through Meridian’s extensive network of qualified brokers.

An aft view of the comfortable, wifi-enabled cabin.

An aft view of the comfortable, wifi-enabled cabin.

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Meridian Steps Up at Giant Steps Charity Classic

Sloan Barnett, the winner of the JR/AO Hunter Classic, is all smiles after the event.

Sloan Barnett, the winner of the JR/AO Hunter Classic, is all smiles after the event.

For the second year in a row, Meridian Air Charter is pleased to announce that it was a proud partner and sponsor of the 2014 Giant Steps Charity Classic, held from July 29 to August 3, 2014, at Sonoma Horse Park in Petaluma, CA. Meridian is a full-service private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, NJ, located only minutes from New York City. Bob Platten and Jim Reyes were on-hand to represent the company, and to participate in the award ceremony at the Winner’s Circle for the JR/AO Hunter Classic. Congratulations to the winner, Sloan Barnett!

The 5th annual Giant Steps Charity Classic was a six-day horse show that showcased top regional, national and international equestrians – from up-and-coming junior athletes to the best of the best, including Olympic competitors. Over $140,000 in prize money was at stake as horses and riders of all ages and levels competed throughout the week. The two title events of the weekend were Saturday’s Gala and Sunday’s Grand Prix. All of the proceeds benefit Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. For final results, go to http://showgroundslive.com/headlands/results/ShowChamps

Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center was founded in 1998 to offer life-changing therapy to people of all ages with a wide range of physical, emotional and developmental challenges ranging from autism to cerebral palsy to Downs syndrome. Giant Steps also serves veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), wounded service members, active duty military members, and children considered to be “at-risk.” Giant Steps is a non-profit corporation that receives no state or federal funding.

To learn more, please visit their website: www.giantstepsriding.org

Bob Platten and Jim Reyes represent Meridian Air Charter at the Giant Steps Charity Classic.

Bob Platten and Jim Reyes represent Meridian Air Charter at the Giant Steps Charity Classic.

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