Corporate Angel Network flies 48,000th patient from Meridian

James Etherton (right) is the 48,000th patient flown by Corporate Angel Network.  Meridian is proud to be part of this amazing milestone.

James Etherton (right) is the 48,000th patient flown by Corporate Angel Network. Meridian is proud to be part of this amazing milestone.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport, is proud to be part of a new milestone for the Corporate Angel Network (CAN), which flew its 48,000th cancer patient on June 11, 2015. Onboard was 48 year old colon cancer patient James Etherton accompanied by his wife Tammy. A Cessna Citation belonging to Blue Beacon International, Inc., flew them from treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City to their home in Mechanicsburg Illinois. Teterboro Airport is a major business aviation airport located only a few miles from New York City.

“Tammy and I would like to express our appreciation to Corporate Angel Network and Blue Beacon for being so generous” said Jim Etherton. “Once a month I need to fly to New York for treatment. The fact that they were able to alleviate the financial burden and stress of flying commercial will never be forgotten”, Etherton continued. “Getting diagnosed with cancer is a life changing experience. The silver lining to that cloud, however, is that we have come to realize how many great people there are out there willing to help in our time of need. It makes me want to beat this that much more so that one day I can do the same for others!”

Blue Beacon International, a CAN participating company since 1992, also flew the Etherton’s to treatment on June 6, 2015. “It was a good feeling to be able to help someone while doing my daily duties” said pilot Bill Breitenbach. “I know Blue Beacon was happy to assist in achieving this impressive milestone and we hope to do even more flights to help meet the next milestone”.

Corporate Angel Network is the only charitable organization in the United States whose sole mission is to help cancer patients access the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer by arranging free travel to treatment across the country using empty seats on corporate jets. This not only improves the patients’ chances of survival but at the same time, it reduces their emotional stress, physical discomfort and financial burden. For more information about the amazing work they do, please visit their website at

CAN is the designated charity for NBAA, which hosts an annual event that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to support CAN’s humanitarian mission.

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Meridian Ranks #1 at Teterboro Airport

The Meridian Teterboro staff is honored by the results of this year's FBO surveys.

The Meridian Teterboro staff is honored by the results of this year’s FBO surveys.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based in Teterboro, NJ, is pleased to announce that its FBO, Meridian Teterboro, has again been voted the top-ranked FBO at Teterboro Airport (TEB) in both the Aviation International News (AIN) and Professional Pilot (ProPilot) surveys. Additionally, Meridian was voted the top FBO in the United States by, as well as being named the best FBO in the Northeast. All three of these surveys are well-respected and the entire staff is honored to be recognized for its exceptional service.

According to the AIN survey, Meridian is in the top 20% of all U.S. FBOs, while ProPilot readers ranked Meridian the 15th best U.S. FBO. These two surveys also measure individual customer service and the company is pleased to say that both Betsy Wines and Victor Seda continue to be recognized for their efforts by both ProPilot and AIN. In fact, this year’s ProPilot survey only recognized four Customer Service Representatives (CSRs), with Meridian’s Wines and Seda being two of them. The pair has been together in the Top 5 of the Best CSR category for the past 9 years.

Steve Chandoha, Meridian Teterboro President, credits his team as the main reason for the continuing high marks the company receives. “Our entire FBO team, from Security to Customer Service to Line Service, understands that we must treat our customers as individuals. Betsy and Victor continuously demonstrate these values with their work ethic and attention to detail. I am very proud of them, and the entire staff of Meridian Teterboro.”

“Exceptional service is the cornerstone of our corporate culture here at Meridian, and we are very pleased that our customers and colleagues see and appreciate that commitment,” said Betsy Wines, Vice President of Customer Service & Human Resources. “We know customers have a choice of FBOs when flying into Teterboro. We are honored that they have named us the top FBO at the airport, as well as recognizing us as one of the leading FBOs nationwide.”

Ken Forester, Meridian CEO, summed up his appreciation of these survey results by saying, “I am proud of the entire team that works to exceed expectations every day. It is important to us that every pilot and passenger feels welcomed and valued when they arrive at Meridian. We understand that customers have choices when they fly into Teterboro, and we truly appreciate their business.”

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Meridian Exhibits at EBACE2015

The Meridian Team at EBACE2015 in Geneva, Switzerland. (l to r): Kirk Stephen, Mike Moore, John Frangipani, Bob Platten, and Anthony Banome.

The Meridian Team at EBACE2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.
(l to r): Kirk Stephen, Mike Moore, John Frangipani, Bob Platten, and Anthony Banome.

Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport (KTEB) in Teterboro, NJ, sent a team of five representatives to the 2015 European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE2015) held in Geneva, Switzerland. This year marked the 15th anniversary of the business aviation conference. Organizers said this year’s event once again underscored the show’s value to exhibitors and attendees, and its continuing importance to the industry’s advancement in Europe and beyond. EBACE is jointly hosted by the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA).

“As we marked this 15th year of EBACE, it was clear that the event has always been, and will continue to be, a trade show featuring new products and cutting-edge technologies, and a premier venue for networking and getting the latest information about the trends shaping this dynamic industry,” said EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba. NBAA President and CEO Ed Bolen agreed, stating: “EBACE remains a forward-looking event, which is why it will always be a can’t-miss show on the industry’s calendar.” Bolen and Gamba also noted that this 15th EBACE offered an opportunity to consider the show’s phenomenal growth since the first edition of the show, held in 2001.

For example, that inaugural EBACE featured 200 exhibitors, and about 30 aircraft on static display. This year, the event drew nearly 500 exhibitors and nearly 60 aircraft on display. EBACE2015 attendees came from more than 100 countries, from the European region and beyond. The attendees had an opportunity to hear from industry thought-leaders who participated in a variety of education sessions, an International Transactions Seminar and a Safety Workshop.

This year’s EBACE also featured the first-ever Inspiration Zone with a dedicated focus on the industry’s future. The Inspiration Zone, positioned on the exhibit floor, was the location for a session on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, an inaugural Young Professionals Networking Event, and a session on Skills and Careers. A Career Day for European post-secondary students interested in aviation was attended by 70 students from Switzerland, Germany and Spain.

A host of exhibitor press conferences, held on and off the EBACE show floor, provided news-making announcements about companies’ products and plans. More than 400 representatives with news organizations from around the world attended and covered EBACE2015.

As it has every year, EBACE2015 also served as an advocacy platform, showcasing the industry’s importance to government leaders. At the show’s Opening General Session, Francois Longchamp, state counselor of the Canton of Geneva, reiterated his support for business aviation as essential to regional commerce. Patrick Ky, the executive director of the European Aviation Safety Agency, outlined his plans to ensure that future policymaking by the agency reflects the diversity of companies and mission profiles in business aviation.

“We thank the government leaders who joined us at EBACE this year, and also the exhibitors, attendees and others who made EBACE2015 such a success,” Gamba said. Bolen echoed Gamba’s sentiment, adding: “We are eager to celebrate the next 15 years, and beyond, for the show.”

Next year’s EBACE will return to Palexpo and Geneva International Airport from May 24-26, 2016.

A view of the static display at EBACE2015.

A view of the static display at EBACE2015.

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