Priester Aviation Increases Its Industry Support


Priester Aviation walks its talk. That action orientation led to a reevaluation and intensification of its industry support. It has joined the following organizations and begun contributing immediately:

  • International Aircraft Dealers Association (IADA) – CEO Andy Priester spoke at the spring meeting that held May 9-11. Priester Aviation successfully went through the rigorous acceptance process to become a verified products and services member.
  • National Aircraft Finance Association (NAFA) – Priester Aviation’s team recently attended NAFA’s 50th annual conference, held April 19-22 in Napa Valley, Cal., the organization’s first in-person conference in two years. Highlights ranged from an industry-issue town hall to updates on the preowned aircraft market.

Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) – Priester Aviation serves as a sponsor at the connector level, helping OBAP shape an aerospace industry as diverse as the people it serves.

“These efforts advance us toward our goal of delivering incredibly high-quality, client-focused services while also doing our part to make our industry as robust, responsive and forward thinking as possible,” says Andy Priester, Chairman and CEO of Priester Aviation. “In our three-quarter-century history we have never seen the kind of demand for aircraft ownership and private charter flights that we’re experiencing right now. Meeting these needs moving forward requires planning, preparation and everyone pulling the same direction.”

Since its founding in 1945, Priester Aviation has evolved into a multidisciplinary global aircraft management and on-demand charter company. Its leadership torch passed to a third generation last year with Charlie Priester transitioning to Chairman Emeritus and his son, Andy, assuming the role of Chairman and CEO. Under Andy’s leadership, the Priester Aviation fleet has grown from seven to 75 aircraft. A new management program launched last summer with Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI) Parts & Leasing serves to streamline procurement and realize efficiencies that free Priester team members to focus on their primary objective of delivering personalized, there-for-you customer service.

The International Aircraft Dealers Association is proud to welcome Priester Aviation as a Verified Products and Services member,” said Executive Director Wayne Starling. “The company has been thoroughly vetted to reflect the highest ethical standards and levels of experience and we appreciate their continued support and leadership.”

“NAFA members proudly support general and business aviation aircraft throughout the world, and we’re happy to add Priester Aviation to our association,” said Jim Blessing, President of NAFA. “The use of private aviation has grown tremendously, and as NAFA celebrates our 50th anniversary, we point to the many services our members offer to the public, including services Priester Aviation provides to the private aviation vertical.” 

“We welcome new supporters such as Priester Aviation who help us achieve first-cabin quality,” says Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison, OBAP Board of Advisors Chair. “They help fortify our role as change managers and leaders.”

“These new industry alliances add to our capabilities, connections and knowledge, which directly benefit our clients,” says Priester. “Our clients trust us to be the best. That requires continually upping our game.”

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