News | 10th October 2014
Marshall Aviation Services wins multi-year support contract from British air taxi operator Blink
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, 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.