As we look back to the year 2010, we can’t miss it just a little. Despite America’s slow climb from the recession, we’ve managed to keep things ticking here at Leading Edge Aviation Services. We launched an aircraft interiors program to help reduce out of service times, we opened several new hangars to increase our capacity, and we helped transform hundreds of Northwest aircraft to Delta colors in a matter of months.
Beyond building capacity, we also spent the year building something just as important – relationships. And we’ve done that by listening, learning, and innovating. Quality, price, and reliability are important in every industry, and at Leading Edge, we push the limits of all three on a daily basis. To us, quality is more than just a destination, it’s a journey. That’s why in 2010, we took the lead to become the very first commerical aircraft painting company in America to become ISO-900 certified.
But building relationships isn’t just about driving quality, new services, and meeting demanding client timelines. Sometimes it’s about something much simpler, like having a little fun. Yes, in a year fraught with so much uncertainty, we managed to have a little of that too. In October we celebrated our 14th consecutive year at the Miramar Air Show and Golf Tournament and more than 120 friends and family joined us for a sunset beach party, world-class golfing, spectacular theme parks, and of course some of the most incredible aircraft and military demonstrations ever to hit California.
Over the past few years, few stories have captured headlines quite like mergers and acquisitions, and 2010 is no exception. This year, United and Continental made history when they merged to become the biggest force in commercial aviation, both at home and around the world.
The massive merger displaced Delta’s position as number one, a title it held for just two years when it teamed up with Northwest Airlines to leapfrog past American Airlines and United.
Now, in a case of déjà-vous, United and No. 4 Continental banded together to usurp Delta-Northwest, reclaiming the throne as industry leader in terms of size. The new carrier will take United’s name, but will sport a paint scheme that looks much like Continental’s pre-merger design.
The deal closed on Oct. 1, but it will still be quite a while before the two carriers really begin to function as a single carrier. For now, United and Continental continue to fly under their own brand and operating certificates, while companies like Leading Edge begin the long-term process of transforming hundreds of aircraft with a unified paint scheme.
So how long will the new United Airlines be able to hold the top spot? No one knows for sure. But in an era ripe with consolidation, only time will tell.
About Leading Edge Aviation Services
Headquartered in Santa Ana, CA with facilities across the United States, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. is one of the most advanced, commercial aircraft services companies in the world. Specializing in commercial, private, and military aircraft painting, the company also provides a wide range of commercial services, including fuel system, mod-center support, contract labor, line-turn maintenance, composite and sheet metal, long and short-term aircraft storage, field audits, fleet assessments, interior deep cleaning, and strip and painting services to various branches of the United States Military. For more information, click here
When it comes to aircraft painting, nobody beats Leading Edge. We specialize in commercial aircraft painting, military aircraft painting, and mod center support that are second to none when it comes to value and reliability.
At Leading Edge Aviation Services, we put quality and innovation into everything we do. We constantly look for new ways to partner with our clients to help them reduce costs, maximize their budgets, and reduce downtime.
Our new full-service aircraft interiors program is the perfect complement to our airline painting services. And our mobile aircraft painting experts, or “Away Team” as they’re called, are now traveling the globe, making MRO painting fast, efficient, and profitable, for both commercial aircraft and military mod centers alike.
So no matter where you are or what you do, Leading Edge Aviation wants to be your aircraft paint shop. From vintage airplane painting and military painting, to special “Hollywood” projects, we’ve done it all. To find out more, contact Leading Edge today.
Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. (LEAS), the world’s largest commercial aircraft painting company, has successfully launched an Aircraft Interiors Program to compliment its exterior painting operations. The new service means that airlines can transform their aircraft with a fresh new look – inside and out – in as little as six days.
“We’ve found that with the recession and a number of recent mergers, there’s never been a greater need for this kind of one-stop shopping,” said Mike Manclark, CEO, LEAS. “As a maintenance partner to virtually all the major airlines, it’s our job to find creative new ways to get them there. That’s why we launched this service. Instead of a separate trip to the shop to for new fabrics, seats, or even lavatories, our customers can now get that done while the aircraft is being painted. It’s just one more way we’re making things easier for our customers during this tough economic time.”
As part of our new suite of interior services, Leading Edge now offers everything from cabin mods to change outs, including carpets, fabrics, seatback covers, countertops, overheads, lavatories and more. Originally piloted in the company’s Victorville, CA facility, the service has received overwhelming customer response, and is now available at all Leading Edge locations across the country.
“The Interiors Program is really about giving airlines better, more efficient tools to make a good impression,” added Manclark. “It’s a fast and efficient way to give an aircraft a brand new level of polish and professionalism without the costly wait. This way they’re back in the air faster, there’s less costs with out-of-service days, and the aircraft are looking better than ever. It truly is a win-win situation.”
About Leading Edge Aviation Services
Headquartered in Santa Ana, Calif., with facilities across the United States, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. is one of the most advanced, commercial aircraft services companies in the world. Specializing in commercial, private, and military aircraft painting, the company also provides a wide range of commercial services, including complete interior refurbishments fuel system servicing, mod-center support, contract labor, line-turn maintenance, composite and sheet metal, long and short term aircraft storage, field audits, fleet assessments, interior deep cleaning, and strip and painting services to various branches of the United States Military. For more information, visit www.leadingedgecorp.com.
Aircraft Interiors Program Offers New Savings
Imagine reducing heavy check out-of service days along with your check costs. At a time when margins are tight and profits are hard fought, the offer sounds extremely appealing. Fortunately, there are solutions. Did you know that Leading Edge now offers a comprehensive interiors program in tandem with its painting services? Launched earlier this year, this new service was designed to save customers time and money by optimizing downtime. “We’ve found that with the recession and a number of recent mergers, there’s never been a greater need for this kind of onestop shopping,” said Mike Manclark, CEO of Leading Edge Aviation Services. “Now you can transform your interior while our crews simultaneously transform the exterior. This will translate to significant reductions in out-of-service costs for the airlines.”
The new interior service includes cabin mods and change outs—carpets, fabrics, seatback covers, countertops, overheads, lavatories and more—to give airlines that added sense of polish and professionalism. “With this new service, an airline can have a completely rebranded aircraft in as little as six days, depending on the size of the aircraft,” added Manclark. “That’s inside and out.” At a time when everyone’s fighting for customers, it’s more important than ever to maintain the highest appearance of quality and to protect your image. If you can do all that while minimizing your downtime, reducing heavy check days and taking advantage of lower labor rates, that’s a real value-add for today’s airlines.