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Priester Aviation and Clay Lacy Announce Strategic Alliance

Oct 25 2012

(Chicago, Ill., Van Nuys, Calif—Oct. 25, 2012) California based Clay Lacy Aviation and Chicago based Priester Aviation proudly announce a newly developed strategic alliance. Both companies maintain strong independent brands and will continue to operate under their respective operating certificates, focus on their core businesses and work together to provide clients additional value wherever possible. Clay Lacy and Priester aim to create a true nationwide service area for aircraft management, charter, maintenance, avionics, interior refurbishment, sales, acquisition, and consulting. With a combined fleet of nearly 100 managed and 70 charter ready large, super midsize, midsize and small cabin aircraft based throughout the U.S., the alliance creates one of the largest aircraft management and charter networks in the country.

 “This alliance represents greater nationwide services and support, additional charter supply and demand, stronger buying power as well as reduced costs and downtime for our current and future clients. We look forward to further enhancing the services both our great companies provide,” said Clay Lacy President, Brian Kirkdoffer.

“Priester is proud to have formed this alliance with Clay Lacy, which has complimentary capabilities and a rich heritage similar to ours,” said Andy Priester, President and COO, Priester Aviation. “We are confident this alliance will continue to strengthen as we improve product offerings and deliver greater efficiencies to the business aviation community.”

As pioneers for over 65 years, the Clay Lacy and the Priester families have dedicated themselves exclusively to providing the highest level of safety, service and value in the aviation industry.

About Clay Lacy Aviation 
Founded in 1968 by world-renowned and record-holding pilot Clay Lacy, CLA operates one of the largest fleets of charter and managed aircraft in the world. The company’s fixed base operator facilities at Van Nuys Airport in Los Angeles and Boeing Field in Seattle offer aircraft charter, management, sales, maintenance, avionics, and aircraft interior and completion services. CLA offers additional jet charter, management and maintenance services in Denver, Colo.; Orange County and New York City, NY; and San Diego and Santa Barbara, Calif.