Leading Edge Appoints Commercial Aircraft Maintenance and Appearance Expert Steve Hastings as New V.P. Operations

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Former United Air Lines Exec to Streamline and Increase Business Operations worldwide

"Were extremely happy that Steve is joining us during this time of unprecedented expansion," said Mike Manclark, President and CEO, Leading Edge Aviation.

Leading Edge Aviation Services (LEAS), the largest commercial aircraft painting and interiors company in the world, announced today that Steve Hastings has joined the company as V.P. of Operations. In his new role, Steve will leverage his 25+ years of expertise in aircraft maintenance and appearance with United Airlines to continue building Leading Edge’s global leadership in quality, performance and customer service. As part of his new position, Steve will work closely with facilities in North America and overseas, building relationships with major commercial airlines and clients, and expanding business opportunities worldwide.

Prior to joining Leading Edge, Steve spearheaded United’s global standards for aircraft appearance and maintenance, overseeing a fleet of more than 360 aircraft. He was an instrumental part in developing and implementing the new mainline United livery in 2005 as well as the Ted livery program, and played a major role in planning the company’s aggressive approach to merged paint livery with Continental Airlines. Steve is an expert in global quality standards and a licensed mechanic with Airframe and Power plant (A&P) certifications. He has also completed the Six Sigma Lean programs and has received Green belt training.

"I am excited to become part of a team with such a storied track record of success,” said Hastings. “Despite downturns in both the industry and the economy, they’ve been able to maintain impressive and meaningful growth,. I’m happy to bring a new level of expertise to the company as it grows and solidifies its position as a worldwide industry leader."

"Were extremely happy that Steve is joining us during this time of unprecedented expansion," said Mike Manclark, President and CEO, Leading Edge Aviation. "It's extremely rare to find someone with that level of experience and expertise who truly understands our commitment to quality control and execution on a global scale. We're pleased to have him join the team, and look forward to continuing serving our customers with the best team in the business."

About Leading Edge Services
Headquartered in Costa Mesa, California, with facilities across the United States, Leading Edge Aviation Services, Inc. has one of the most advanced, commercial aircraft services companies in the world. Specializing in commercial and military aircraft painting, the company also provides a wide range of commercial services, including 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 our web site.


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