RAI Jets, LLC, a Kalamazoo-based part 135 operator and aircraft management company headquartered at Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport (KAZO), is entering the heavy jet management market with the signing of its first heavy jet client, a Bombardier Challenger 601. The engagement opens up a new market for heavy jet management and Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) and Inspection Authorized (IA) maintenance for RAI Jets.
“We’ve been managing midsize and super-midsize jets for years and have always had the hangar space and capability to work on heavy jets. We hope this is the first in a long history of heavy jet management customers to come our way,” said David Riley, director of operations at RAI Jets. “We have invested more than $70K in specialty equipment for this market and we are excited to serve more heavy jets here at KAZO.”
RAI Jets provides jet charter service for business and leisure in addition to midsize, super-midsize and now heavy jet management services. As a Part 135 operator, RAI Jets can offer jet owners the opportunity to offset their operating costs up to thirty percent by adding their aircraft to RAI Jets’ FAA Air Charter Certificate. RAI Jets then charters flights on the aircraft when it is not in use by the owner.
RAI Jets is a family-owned company that has seen steady growth since its founding in 2009. However, the managing Riley family has a thirty-year old aviation history that began as Riley Aviation at Kirsch Municipal Airport (KIRS). Riley Aviation operated as a flight school in the early eighties and entered the Part 135 jet air charter business in 1990. RAI Jets opened their 30,000 square-foot hangar at KAZO in 2016. Last year, RAI Service Center, a designated Part 145 Repair Station, was opened at KAZO as well. RAI Jets also has plans to build an additional hangar on their property by the end of 2023.
The Challenger 601 is known as one of the most popular heavy business jets on the market because of its spacious cabin and headroom and fuel efficiency for its size. The aircraft is a 13-seater although it will be flown with nine passengers by the Part 135 company. Currently, RAI Jets is providing the heavy jet management, which includes the aircraft’s maintenance, crew, and hangar space in addition to supplying fuel from RAI Jets’ own fuel farm.
“We hope to soon have the Challenger on our Air Carrier Certificate and available for charter,” said Riley.
For more information about heavy jet management at RAI Jets, visit their website or call (800) 247-2834.
About RAI Jets
RAI Jets LLC is a Kalamazoo, MI-based aviation specialist featuring midsize, super-midsize and heavy jet management, jet charter, and maintenance services. The family-owned company officially opened in 2009, preceded by more than two decades of generational experience in aviation. For individuals and businesses, the Part 135 operator offers customized, jet charter for business or leisure, as well as turnkey management and aircraft maintenance for jet owners. RAI Jets operates its own fleet of aircraft for charter and offers jet owners (personal and corporate) the possibility of offsetting operating costs by adding their aircraft to RAI Jet’s FAA-approved Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate. RAI Jets also offers aircraft acquisition service and hangar space. For more information visit FlyRAI.com or call (800) 247-2834.