Gulfstream sees 70% fleet growth in Latin America
Gulfstream’s business jet fleet in Latin America has grown nearly 70 per cent in the last five years.
Gulfstream opened its appearance at LABACE 2014 by saying that its Latin America fleet has grown by nearly 70 percent since 2009.
Larry Flynn, president of Gulfstream, says: “I am very proud to say that one of every four business jets based in Latin America is a Gulfstream.”
“That figure translates to nearly 180 aircraft. Five years ago, we had 105 aircraft here. Such remarkable growth, in a relatively short amount of time, is a testament to our aircraft’s value in Latin America as a tool for conducting business. That is very gratifying for us as a company,” adds Flynn.
The country with the largest Gulfstream fleet in Latin America is Mexico, with nearly 80 aircraft based there. There are also more than 30 company aircraft that operate out of Venezuela.
Since 2009, the Gulfstream fleet in Brazil has nearly tripled from 14 to 40 aircraft.
The increase in the number of Gulfstream aircraft in Latin America was the main reason for establishing a company-owned maintenance facility in Sorocaba, Brazil, near São Paulo in June 2012.
Mark Burns, president of Gulfstream product support, says: “We have received substantial positive feedback from customers about how much better our location is at the Sorocaba airport. A more accessible hangar means faster induction and maintenance on the front end and quicker return-to-service times on the back end.”
Gulfstream’s Sorocaba site is overseen by general manager Adriano Andrade. The Sorocaba service centre, assisted by company personnel from other sites, supported operators during the recent FIFA World Cup in Brazil and has begun preparations for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.