KP Aviation Announces Ben Gifford as Vice President of Sales – Airframe

July 12, 2021

Hiring of industry vet in new position marks another key milestone in KPA’s efforts to expand their capabilities and services.

Ben Gifford, the new Vice President of Sales - Airframe for KP Aviation

RENO, Nevada., July 12, 2021 – Today, KP Aviation (KPA) announced that they have welcomed Ben Gifford as the Vice President of Sales – Airframe, a new position within the company. Gifford is joining KPA from Stratton Aviation where he served as Vice President of Major Accounts. A veteran of the aviation industry, Gifford is bringing a decade plus of experience to the KP Aviation team. 

“Over the last five years, KPA has been working towards the goal of broadening our product offerings and improving our acquisition close ratio; We are buying the complete aircraft not just the engines. With this trajectory, we recognized the need for additional senior leadership and expertise to focus specifically on airframe material sales,” said KP Aviation’s COO, Mike Lantz regarding the new position. “Ben’s sales career accomplishments, industry relationships, and diverse skill set make him the perfect candidate to lead our newly established role as Vice President of Sales –Airframe,” CEO, Kim Schulze added.

Before pursuing a career in aviation, Gifford earned his BA in Economics from Fairfield University. During his successful tenure, Gifford has had consistently increasing responsibilities attributed to his technical knowledge, strategic mind, data driven approach, and problem-solving ability. Multifaceted, Gifford has acquired a diverse sales background ranging from e-based client services to maintenance and repair and is currently tackling aftermarket material sales.

KPA has assembled a team of professionals who bring extensive industry knowledge, unique skill sets and a no quit attitude. With the companies’ strong core philosophies, the go getter mentality of each team member, and the approach of senior leaderships, it was easy for me to recognize that KPA is truly investing in their customers. Ultimately, these are all key elements needed to support our current customers and grow our market share with new customers for years to come.”

— Ben Gifford on his choice to join KP Aviation

Announcement: Merger with Premier Landing Gear MRO Company, Aircraft Landing Systems

April 23, 2021

KP Aviation is excited to announce the closing of the merger with Aircraft Landing Systems (ALS), a premier landing gear MRO company based in Hialeah, FL. The deal closed in Q1, on March 31st. Both entities will continue to operate under their own brands, with consolidation under the management of KP Aviation in Reno, NV.
The merger is part of KP Aviation strategic plan to continue in the vertical integration of its capabilities, bringing savings and additional profits on Chapter 32 material – landing gear, wheels, brakes and components – and solidifying its position as a one-stop-shop for the companies in the Air Transport industry. The merger creates an internal center of excellence dedicated to Chapter 32 material and led by the ALS team, allowing the company to redeploy the KP Aviation team to other opportunities and projects.

“This center of excellence is a further commitment to be the customers offsite technical advisor” said Kim Schulze, KP Aviation CEO. “The landing gear market is expected to exceed $14 billion in size by 2026, and we are excited to be able to bring the KP Aviation difference to this market”.

The combined team will have access to a larger portfolio of clients, generating synergies for both parts of the company. The new base in the Miami metro area will expand the company’s geographic footprint to a key market like Florida and will be developed into a new forward stocking location dedicated to the expansion in the Latin and South American MRO market.

“The landing gear MRO market is shifting more and more from the typical heavy maintenance to on- condition, on-demand maintenance and we believe that our expanded expertise and capabilities brought by joining the KP Aviation family will strengthen our position in the market as well as open many additional opportunities”, said Felipe Garcia, ALS Managing Partner.

A forecast for 2021

Authoritative Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine has taken a look at how the recovery will impact commercial aviation, forecasting what will be “in” and what will be “out”.

Here are the forecasts:

  • In: short-haul low-cost airlines
  • Out: long-haul low-cost airlines
  • In: Airbus A350
  • Out: Airbus A380
  • In: Boeing 777-300ER
  • Out: Boeing 777X
  • In: Boeing 787
  • Out: Airbus A330neo
  • In: Airbus A321XLR
  • Out: Boeing 737-9/10

For more information, take a look at the entire story here

US Air Travel Best Week Since The Start of The Pandemic

In a clear sign that the US public is coming back to air travel, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has revealed that this week was the best for passenger throughput since last March. While this is a positive sign, the passenger traffic is still around 40% lower than 2019. The current traffic level are still significantly below the breakeven point for the US airlines.

Experts forecast a return to travel as more states lift restrictions and larger share of the US population is vaccinated. However experts still see a return to the 2019 baseline only in the 2023 timeframe.
The recovery will hinge on short-haul travel, mainly domestic or continental routes. The return to the 2019 international passenger numbers is a more complex issue that will delay that market recovery.

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