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Modern Aviation agrees to acquire Sheltair Aviation’s five New York locations

Agreement subject to government review and approval

Modern Aviation, a New York based company, today announced it has a definitive agreement with Sheltair Aviation, the nation’s largest privatelyowned aviation network, to acquire the operations and facilities underlying Sheltair’s five New York FBOs following the review and approval of appropriate government agencies.

Sheltair’s President Lisa Holland, stated, “During the past year, we received an unsolicited overture from Modern Aviation that compelled us to review our role in New York at a time when we are significantly enlarging our national footprint in other parts of the country. Modern Aviation became an obvious and appropriate buyer given their corporate presence in New York, their track record of excellence at major airports elsewhere in the country, and their roster of respected professionals with extensive experience in the New York aviation community.” 

As noted, the agreement is subject to review and approval of various government agencies.

The Sheltair properties under contract include those at LaGuardia, JFK, Westhampton, Republic/Farmingdale, and Long Island MacArthur Airports.

Ms. Holland stated, “Among our key considerations in determining how best to proceed was the fact that Modern Aviation reflects our corporate family’s values in how we strengthen, nurture, and support our employees’ careers as well as embracing strict performance standards at the airports we serve.”

Modern Aviation has distinguished itself in the marketplace by delivering world class customer service, extraordinary quality, and a commitment to safety. Modern enjoys an excellent reputation as a strong partner to the airport authorities at each of its locations and is the top ranked FBO in each of its major markets for customer service by the prestigious Aviation International News (“AIN”) Annual Survey.

Modern Aviation’s CEO, Mark Carmen, said, “We founded Modern Aviation to develop a national network of FBOs. The opportunity to acquire Sheltair’s five New York locations within our own New York footprint, and build upon their well-deserved reputation for client service is a significant milestone in executing our strategy. Sheltair has a world class staff of professionals at these airports where customers expect excellence with every arrival and departure. Modern intends to hire all of Sheltair’s current employees in the New York market as these are the people who developed that excellent reputation.”

Carmen added, “We are very excited to be in a position to take over Sheltair’s operations in New York, where we founded Modern and are based. We know the New York market is a highly attractive, growing general aviation market, and we plan to invest in additional infrastructure as we have continued to do in our other markets. This is an important step in the evolution and growth of Modern and we intend to continue to focus on providing world class customer service, outstanding quality and safety everywhere we operate.”

Sheltair and Modern expect the transaction to close in the fourth quarter of 2021.


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