UK-based BBA and Gama merge US operations


Two aircraft services based in the UK, Gama Aviation and BBA Aviation, have merged their US charter and management operations. The result is the largest aircraft management business in the country, with a combined fleet of 200.

The partnership will be known as Gama Aviation Signature Aircraft Management and gives both parties full coverage of the US market, supported by the market-leading Signature Flight Support global FBO network. Previously, BBA had operated predominantly on the West Coast, while Gama was more East Coast-centric.

Simon Pryce, chief executive of BBA Aviation, said, “This agreement marks another milestone for BBA Aviation, creating a leading charter and fleet management company, whose scale will benefit both the Group and our customers. We look forward to working with our partners at Gama Aviation to develop and grow the company in the years ahead.”

Marwan Khalek, chief executive of Gama Aviation, added, “We are delighted to announce this exciting deal and to be teaming up with BBA Aviation in the US. The enlarged business creates a market leader and an unrivaled platform for growing our market share of this massive business aviation market. This combination diversifies our customer base and extends our network coverage nationally while simplifying the financial arrangement with our US partners.”

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