WATERFORD, Mich., Oct. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI) today announced it has begun the formal process of expanding its fleet of managed and chartered aircraft by adding a 50-seat regional jet, the EMB-145 50, to its portfolio. ADI expects the new aircraft to be ready to service the charter market late in the first quarter of 2012, pending FAA certification.
The aircraft will be operated under ADI's FAA Part 121 air carrier certificate. ADI was first awarded its Part 121 operating certificate in 2003. The company has been active in supplemental air carrier work and corporate shuttles involving large cabin aircraft ever since. The EMB-145 50 is the third new aircraft type ADI has added to its operating certificate since beginning its initial Part 121 operation with a Fokker F28, followed shortly thereafter by an Airbus A319. The EMB-145 50 will be the first of three planned additions to the operating certificate in 2012.
"It is our belief that the demand for the 50-75 passenger charter market will increase over the next several years as traditional scheduled airline carriers continue to eliminate lower density and marginally profitable routes," said Donald Reppert, senior vice president of sales and marketing for ADI. "Currently, this market is being treated as a side business for freight carriers and government contractors. It is ADI's strategy to establish passenger carriage as a principle line of business and to become the premier carrier servicing this market."
"The addition of the EMB-145 50 will significantly increase our service capabilities, especially to our corporate shuttle program," said Scott Beale, CEO of ADI. "Now we can provide a broader range of services to an emerging market while continuing to address our existing customer's needs."
Headquartered in Waterford, Mich., ADI is one of the country's leading full-service corporate and government aviation service providers. Founded in 1959, ADI has six operating bases in the U.S. ADI, and its sole subsidiary ADI Shuttle Group LLC, is the largest contract operator of corporate shuttles in the country. ADI currently maintains a diverse fleet of turbine-powered aircraft in multiple FAA flight regimes. Long recognized for its core value of operational excellence, ADI has served the industry for 53 years without incident or accident, one of only two companies operating in all FAA regimes able to make this claim.
SOURCE Aerodynamics Inc. (ADI)