Longtime FBO Customer Treats Staff to Holiday Dinner

The Meridian Teterboro staff enjoys a tasty holiday dinner provided by longtime customer,  Mr. Jay Alix.

The Meridian Teterboro staff enjoys a tasty holiday dinner provided by longtime customer, Mr. Jay Alix.

Jay Alix is a longtime Meridian Teterboro customer and friend. He has been coming to our FBO with his Falcon 900 for at least the last 15 years, perhaps even longer. Those many years ago, Mr. Alix began a very generous tradition of providing a ham dinner to Meridian employees for taking care of his aircraft.

That tradition continues to this day, and has evolved into a full holiday meal that includes honey baked ham, smoked turkey, potatoes au gratin, green bean casserole and four different types of cheesecake! Meridian supplemented the meal with salad, pasta, fruit and cookies.

The ‘holiday’ dinner is always held in January, after the holidays, because it’s less busy for us, and the staff can enjoy the meal without feeling rushed. This year’s dinner was held on Thursday, January 12, 2017, in the first floor conference room, and included lunch or dinner for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shifts.

The entire Meridian team would like to thank Mr. Alix for his generosity and kindness for all these years. We are truly honored to serve you!

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Meridian Air Charter Earns NetJets Award for 5th Quarter in a Row

Meridian Air Charter has been named the top subcontract provider for NetJets in the Northeast region for the third quarter of 2016 (Q3’16). This is the fifth quarter in a row that Meridian has earned this prestigious award. (Standing left to right: Amber Salvatore, Maria Bochman, Lisa Liliebladh, Chris Battaglia, Delia Roldan, Brian Potter, and Pedro Cardona.)

Meridian Air Charter has been named the top subcontract provider for NetJets in the Northeast region for the third quarter of 2016 (Q3’16). This is the fifth quarter in a row that Meridian has earned this prestigious award. (Standing left to right: Amber Salvatore, Maria Bochman, Lisa Liliebladh, Chris Battaglia, Delia Roldan, Brian Potter, and Pedro Cardona.)

Meridian Air Charter is very pleased to have been named the top subcontract provider for NetJets in the Northeast region for the third quarter of 2016 (Q3’16). This is the fifth quarter in a row that Meridian has earned this prestigious award. Meridian was also recognized for the same honor in the third and fourth quarters of 2015 and the first and second quarters of 2016.

NetJets is a private aviation company that specializes in fractional ownership of business jets. While the company operates its own fleet of aircraft, sometimes it may require additional lift from third party operators. NetJets, like Meridian, will only select available aircraft from a trusted network of business jet operators with a proven safety record. Meridian Air Charter has worked diligently to meet the rigorous requirements of the industry’s highest standards, including ARG/US Platinum, Wyvern Wingman, and IS-BAO Stage 2.

Chris Battaglia, Director of Charter Sales for Meridian Air Charter, says, “We are honored that the efforts of our team have been recognized by NetJets for five quarters running. This is a testament to our consistently high level of service in a demanding and complex industry. I am proud of our team who continues to provide and enhance the customer experience day in and day out.”

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Meridian Hayward Celebrates Grand Opening

Meridian Hayward celebrates its official grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Meridian Hayward celebrates its official grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company headquartered at Teterboro Airport, is pleased to announce that its new fixed-base operation at Hayward Executive Airport in Hayward, California celebrated its much-anticipated Grand Opening last week. The world-class FBO facility has been open for business since October, but the company made its official debut with a festive, holiday-themed Grand Opening gala on the evening of Thursday, December 15.

Despite a heavy downpour of rain throughout the day, more than 150 guests came out to celebrate the special occasion, including the Hayward mayor and city council, airport executives, industry colleagues, and Meridian associates from both locations. The traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony was the keystone moment of the evening, with several notable speakers welcoming Meridian Hayward to the community. Ken Forester, Meridian CEO, accepted the honor of cutting the ribbon with large ceremonial scissors provided by the Hayward Chamber of Commerce.

In keeping with the holiday spirit, the company supported the Toys for Tots gift drive and asked guests to donate a new toy for underprivileged children. Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas. By the end of the evening, five large boxes were filled with toys donated by generous attendees, making the drive a huge success.

The newly constructed Hayward facility features a 6,300 square foot terminal with support offices, a 30,000 square foot hangar and 3.5 acres of ramp area. The hangar can accommodate any corporate aircraft up to and including a Global Express and Gulfstream G650. Subsequent phases will add another 12,000 square feet of terminal space, provide an additional 80,000 square feet of hangar space and increase the ramp size by an additional seven acres. The facility will serve as the West Coast base for Meridian Air Charter and Meridian Aircraft Management. Aircraft maintenance support is also available.

The facility features the same services and amenities that discerning passengers and flight crews would expect to find when traveling through a Meridian FBO. Customer service and line service teams have been highly trained to move and handle aircraft and cater to the needs of customers. The terminal features an elegant main lobby, business center, conference room, pilot briefing area, pilot lounge, coffee bar, kitchen/catering area, sleep room, shower and locker room, rental cars and crew cars.

Ken Forester, CEO, had this to say, “We are extremely pleased to be able to announce the grand opening of Meridian Hayward, our new FBO. This event marks the beginning of a new chapter for our company, and we are very excited to have been able to celebrate our grand opening during the holiday season with our colleagues and friends. We hope that our guests enjoyed themselves this evening, and will carry the message to others that we are here, we are open, and we are ready to serve.”

Meridian signed a 50-year lease with Hayward Executive Airport with plans to build a full-service facility and adjoining hangar at the airport in January 2015, and broke ground for the buildings in July 2015. A great location for business and charter aircraft, Meridian Hayward is located at an airport with no curfew and, like Teterboro, is a General Aviation-specific airport, with no commercial airline traffic.

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