October 6, 2010:
Ocean Sky is expanding its fleet and staff. Stephen Grimes, ceo, says: "By the end of this year the charter fleet will have expanded with the introduction of seven more aircraft."
Two Challenger 604s, two 605s, a Global Express XRS and two Falcon 7Xs will join the fleet. "Our expansion plans are dramatic, diverse and exciting, not just in the UK, but across Europe and into the Middle East. We need top people to manage this kind of rapid growth," Grimes adds.
New appointments include Capt Don Sigournay as director of flight operations, Lenny Gray as gm Ocean Sky Interiors and Paul Macintyre as head of the maintenance operations start-up at London Luton.
Sigournay says: "We are consolidating Ocean Sky's flight operations management under one roof at Luton. My first job is to be the catalyst for that restructuring, turning the plans into reality. With that foundation in place, and the consequent efficiencies, the flight operations team will play a key role in supporting Ocean Sky's short and long-term expansion plans."
Sigournay, formerly a Sea Harrier pilot and executive officer in the Royal Navy with active service experience in Bosnia-Herzegovina, will report to Andrew Hughes, md of Ocean Sky aircraft management.
Gray says: "We'll be able to support third-party aircraft but given Ocean Sky's rapid expansion plans, we'll be kept very busy supporting our own aircraft. We're looking to work on business jets from Cessna Citations through to the complete Bombardier range of business aircraft."
Macintyre says: "My first task is to ramp the hangar up to a fully-equipped and fully-functioning engineering facility by early 2011. The operation will be focused on serving all of Bombardier's business aircraft."
Ocean Sky's fleet includes a Global Express, an XRS and a Falcon 900EX.