Meridian Air Charter Adds Another Challenger 605 to Fleet

Challenger 605 (N529DM) - Exterior

Challenger 605 (N529DM) – Exterior

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based in Teterboro, NJ, is pleased to announce the addition of its second Bombardier Challenger 605 (N529DM) to its growing fleet of private business jets. This large cabin aircraft began service in 2012 and seats up to nine passengers. It is based at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport (MHT), and is immediately available for charter (Certificate IMJA053F).

This impressive business jet comes fully-equipped and loaded with amenities: leather club seating, conference tables, berthable divan, full galley with sink, microwave and convection ovens, coffee machine, and private lavatory with sink. It also features the latest technology: Inmarsat® satellite phone, Gogo Biz® high-speed wifi, bulkhead video monitors with Airshow® (3D moving maps), and a dual multi-media player.

Mike Moore, Vice President of Aviation Sales, says, “We are very excited about adding a second Challenger 605 to our charter fleet. This aircraft comes fully furnished with everything a business traveler would expect to find in his or her office-in-the-sky. With a range of 4,000 (nautical) miles, this late-model aircraft is a great fit for our portfolio because it increases the depth of our heavy jet offerings for our customers, who are now flying farther and more often.”

The Challenger 605 is an evolution from its predecessor, the Challenger 604, offering best-in-class cabin comfort combined with its ability to operate cost effectively. Bombardier added numerous enhancements when it designed this model. In the cockpit, avionics include an impressive Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 with four large flat-panel displays. The cabin was enlarged with space-efficient interior wall panels to increase usable head-room and width for passengers. Even cabin windows were enlarged to allow 30% more light than previous Challenger 600 models.

Meridian currently manages a wide range of aircraft types that are available for private charter: Global 5000, Gulfstream G550, Gulfstream GIV-SP, Falcon 900EX EASy, Falcon 2000EX EASy, Challenger 605, Challenger 604, Challenger 601-3R, Challenger 601-3A, Gulfstream G200, Hawker 900XP, Hawker 800XP, Hawker 800SP, Citation XLS, Citation VII, and Citation Mustang. Other aircraft types can also be obtained through Meridian’s extensive network of qualified operators.

Challenger 605 (N529DM) - Cabin Aft View

Challenger 605 (N529DM) – Cabin Aft View

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Meridian Names Chris Battaglia Director of Charter Sales

Chris Battaglia has been named Director of Charter Sales at Meridian Air Charter.

Chris Battaglia has been named Director of Charter Sales at Meridian Air Charter.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport in Teterboro, NJ, is pleased to announce that Chris Battaglia has been named Director of Charter Sales. Mr. Battaglia is a seasoned business aviation veteran with thirteen years of charter sales experience, six years of financial management experience, and is a graduate of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Mr. Battaglia will be responsible for executing the long-term sales strategy of Meridian Air Charter, managing the daily operations of charter sales, and developing the West Coast charter business, which will be based at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) in Hayward, CA, once the FBO and hangar facilities are completed in 2016.

Chris began his aviation career in 2002 with TAG Aviation starting as a Charter Services Representative. Over the years, he was promoted to roles of increasing responsibility, until he left the company as Director of Charter Services. In 2009, he continued his aviation career at TWC Aviation, where he was eventually promoted to VP of Charter Sales. He was responsible for all charter activities in both the wholesale and retail sales areas, while managing a large team of charter sales directors and representatives.

Dennis O’Connell, President of Meridian Air Charter, had this to say, “Chris brings a wealth of charter experience and knowledge to our company. He is joining us during an exciting period of growth as we continue to expand our fleet and build our operation in California. We are looking forward to him helping us get to the next level, and we are very happy to have him on our team.”

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Meridian Breaks Ground at Hayward Executive Airport

Meridian Breaks Ground at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD)  Left to right: Greg Johnson (Meridian), Steve Chandoha (Meridian), Ken Forester (Meridian), Morad Fakhrai (City of Hayward), Mayor Barbara Halliday (City of Hayward), Doug McNeeley (Hayward Executive Airport), and Mark Stormberg (Tectonic Design).

Meridian Breaks Ground at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD)
Left to right: Greg Johnson (Meridian), Steve Chandoha (Meridian), Ken Forester (Meridian), Morad Fakhrai (City of Hayward), Mayor Barbara Halliday (City of Hayward), Doug McNeeley (Hayward Executive Airport), and Mark Stormberg (Tectonic Design).

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in northern New Jersey, is expanding to the West Coast. On Wednesday, July 29, 2015, the company hosted a ground breaking ceremony at the site of its future FBO and hangar facility at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) in Hayward, CA.

The ceremony featured speakers from business and local community leaders, including executives from Meridian and Tectonic Design (the architectural firm), dignitaries from the City of Hayward, and officials from Hayward Executive Airport. After the speeches, there was a ceremonial turning of the soil with hard hats and shovels, followed by a luncheon sponsored by Jet Gourmet at the recently dedicated Hayward Airport Administrative Building.

The new facility will be completed in multiple phases, with an initial commitment of $10 million. Phase I will feature a 6,300 sq. ft. FBO, a 30,000 sq. ft. hangar, and 3.5 acres of ramp. The hangar will be able to accommodate any corporate aircraft up to and including a Global Express and Gulfstream G650. Subsequent phases will add another 12,000 sq. ft. of terminal space, provide an additional 80,000 sq. ft. of hangar space, and increase the ramp size by 7 more acres.

Ken Forester, Meridian’s CEO, had this to say, “We are really excited to be breaking ground here at Hayward Executive Airport. This marks the beginning of a new era for our company. We are looking forward to growing our business here on the West Coast, and to creating good quality aviation jobs in the local economy. Hayward and the greater San Francisco region were an ideal choice for us, and we are proud to be part of its future.”

Meridian began its western expansion in September 2012, with the opening of a charter sales office at the San Jose International Airport (SJC) in San Jose, CA. A second sales office, located at the Sonoma County Airport (STS) in Santa Rosa, CA, opened in November of that year. In early 2013, the company based its first West Coast aircraft available for charter at Hayward Executive Airport (HWD) in Hayward, CA.

On January 1, 2014, Meridian signed a 50-year lease with HWD with plans to build a full-service, world-class FBO and adjoining hangar at the airport. Hayward is situated on the southeast side of the San Francisco Bay. It is centrally-located between San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland. The airport, which can accommodate large-cabin aircraft, has no curfew and provides convenient access to a wide variety of popular destinations.

Once fully operational, Meridian Hayward will offer fuel, maintenance services, well-appointed passenger and crew facilities, and many other amenities. The location will also serve as the West Coast base for Meridian Air Charter and Meridian Aircraft Management. The company is planning to offer private charter services from Hayward by expanding its fleet of managed aircraft based at the new facility. Completion of the project is expected in the fall of 2016, with a grand opening to follow shortly afterwards.

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