Kalamazoo-Based Jet Charter and Aircraft Management Company RAI Jets Plans to Expand Staff and Capacity in 2021

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RAI Jets, LLC, a Part 135 operator headquartered at Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport (KAZO) has announced new staff and is considering adding an additional hangar and aircraft to their fleet in the coming year.

The hangar at RAI Jets at KAZO, who is considering plans to expand staff and hangar space in 2021.

Jet charter and aircraft management firm RAI Jets, based at KAZO, is considering plans to expand staff and hangar space in 2021.

We have been able to service businesses, even those with in-house aviation departments, who expanded their use of jet charter to include not only the typical top tier employees but the next tier employees as well.

RAI Jets, LLC, a part 135 operator headquartered at Kalamazoo Battle Creek International Airport (KAZO) that offers jet charter service as well as aircraft management, has announced an expansion in staff and looks to add assets in 2021.

“Although the pandemic initially stalled our business and raises our operating costs, it has inadvertently opened new inroads for us also,” said Becky Bakeman, president of RAI Jets. “We have been able to service businesses, even those with in-house aviation departments, who expanded their use of jet charter for business to include not only the typical top tier employees but the next tier employees as well. Businesses came to us for the scheduling convenience of jet charter but found the safety of our limited capacity and upgraded COVID-19 safety protocols to be a bonus!”

Bakeman also said that personal travelers who had been curious about jet charter took the plunge and booked with RAI Jets, spurred on by safety concerns from the pandemic. In response, RAI has added another pilot to their roster of nine, as well as another maintenance technician.

RAI Jets is also considering additional jet acquisitions to their fleet in 2021 and scouting locations for a potential third hangar. The company currently maintains their original 10,000 square foot hangar at Kirsch Municipal Airport in Sturgis, Michigan (KIRS) and their current 24,000 square feet of hangar space (with 6,000 square feet of office space) at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek (KAZO).

“We are grateful that our service has been found important to our prospective customers in these hard times,” said Bakeman, “but like most Americans, we are looking forward to a brighter 2021.”

About RAI Jets
RAI Jets LLC is a Kalamazoo, MI-based aviation specialist featuring aircraft management, jet charter and aircraft maintenance services. The family-owned company officially opened in 2009, preceded by more than two decades of generational experience in aviation. For individuals and businesses, the Part 135 operator offers customized, jet charter for business or leisure, as well as turnkey management and aircraft maintenance for jet owners. RAI Jets operates its own fleet of aircraft for charter and offers jet owners (personal and corporate) with the option to offset operating costs by adding their aircraft to RAI Jet’s FAA approved Part 135 Air Carrier Certificate. RAI Jets also offers aircraft acquisition service and hangar space. For more information visit FlyRAI.com or call (800) 247-2834.

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