SpeedBird, a leading luxury private air travel provider based in Orlando, Florida, has announced its forthcoming merger with Northern Jet Management (NJM), the Midwest’s largest provider of private jet services.

This move brings together two teams and increases the combined company’s fleet to accelerate expansion to more destinations throughout the United States and internationally.

The pending transaction, which will close in second quarter 2023, brings the combined company’s revenue to more than $110 million.

209 employees

With this announcement, the combined company will have 209 employees, including 98 pilots, and a fleet of 37 aircraft with dedicated customer terminals in Grand Rapids, Michigan; Orlando, Florida; and Naples, Florida., and additional offices in Milwaukee and Chicago.

“Through this combination with Northern Jet, we are now positioned to become one of the top 20 private jet operators in the United States,” said Chris Bull, founder and chief executive officer of SpeedBird who serves as CEO of the combined company.

“We are excited to collaborate with the teams that Northern Jet has in its Grand Rapids headquarters, as well as in Chicago, Milwaukee and Naples. Northern Jet has been a leader in private air travel for business and leisure for more than 30 years, and our collective commitment to superior client service and safety are well-matched. Their extraordinary team, aircraft fleet and facilities are significant milestones forward for us and will continue to elevate our clients’ experience.”

“It was important for us to find a company that shared the same values and commitment to putting our clients first and providing sophisticated and safe service to airports throughout the country and abroad,” said Chuck Cox, who has led Northern Jet Management since 1995 and becomes chairman and a shareholder of the combined company.

“We found our cultural match in SpeedBird, and we are now collectively positioned to serve our mutual clients with even more opportunities for business and leisure travel.”

Large fleet

With access to 37 aircraft – including Cessna Citation CJ3s, Learjet 40/45/70/75s, Citation Xs, Challenger 300/350s and Challenger 605s – and a team of 209 total employees, including 98 pilots, the combined company will continue to provide the absolute best in luxury private air travel for clients, all while being an award-winning leader in the industry.

Photo: Northern Jet Management CEO Chuck Cox and SpeedBird CEO Chris Bull 

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