Two of aviation’s most demanding customers are the U.S. military and VVIP aircraft operators. King Aerospace has been at the top of both groups’ preferred-MRO-provider lists for 30 years.
“I started the company in 1992 in our garage,” says King Aerospace’s founder and Chairman, Jerry King. “Our first government contract was providing support for U.S. Air Force E-9As [military versions of the de Havilland Canada Dash 8 turboprop]. We had that contract for 18 years.
“Today, we are very specialized in upgrading and maintaining a variety of our military’s special-missions aircraft. We have 15 locations around the world in support of our quasi-military contracts and our warfighters on a 24/7/365 basis.”
Given the company’s successful background in working on large military aircraft, it wasn’t a stretch to extend its array of MRO capabilities into the commercial VIP and VVIP aircraft segment.
“King Aerospace Commercial Corporation is focused on high-end conversions, interior upgrades, paint, and MRO on Boeing BBJs, along with some special-missions support for the military,” says Jerry’s son, King Aerospace President Jarid King. “We’re proud that 60 percent of the U.S.-based BBJ fleet visits our shop annually for all kinds of work.”
While the level of service and expertise the company provides is second to none, Jarid stresses that the company’s culture is the defining factor in its success. “King Aerospace’s logo is military-aviation-inspired wings,” he says. “We proudly wear them over our hearts. It’s the heart and passion of the people who are King Aerospace that sets us apart. Customers can see the difference in the way we approach every project.
“Our job is to make a significant difference in the lives of others,” Jerry adds. “We just happen to work on airplanes.”