London, England, 30 May 2013: London Executive Aviation (LEA), one of Europe’s largest business jet charter operators, has opened its first international office in Athens, Greece. The latest addition to the LEA fleet, a Cessna Citation XLS, tail number G-ECAI, is now based in Athens and is available for charter.
The new office is being managed by Kimon Daniilidis, LEA’s business development manager, south east Europe and the Middle East, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the Greek business aviation industry. He is responsible for managing the aircraft, supporting customers and developing the new office, with a focus on new business opportunities.
Kimon Daniilidis says: “In spite of the current economic climate in Greece, the demand for private aircraft charter remains strong and now is an ideal time for LEA to establish a presence in the country. By basing the Citation XLS in Athens, not only is LEA well positioned to serve the Greek market, but also the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle East, all of which are emerging business aviation markets with lots of potential in both charter and aircraft management.”
George Galanopoulos, LEA’s managing director, adds: “The opening of this new office marks a significant milestone in LEA’s strategy to widen the scope of its private charter and management services. Thanks to our considerable experience of managing aircraft on behalf of owners based in the likes of Russia and Estonia, we are very well placed to extend our expertise to new markets.
“In addition to the aircraft we now have based in Athens, we are currently talking to a number of existing and potential business aircraft owners in the region, with a view to adding their aircraft to our air operator’s certificate.”
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