LEA becomes Luxaviation UK as part of 20th anniversary


George, Patrick and Patrick celebrates on the stand at EBACE 2016

London Executive Aviation (LEA), the UK’s largest business aviation charter operator, celebrates 20 years in business this month and is looking forward to the next stage of its journey as part of the Luxaviation Group by changing name to Luxaviation UK in the coming weeks.

Founded in 1996 with a post-war hut in Stapleford, UK and a two-aircraft air taxi service to ferry jockeys between races, founders Patrick Margetson-Rushmore and George Galanopoulos, have built LEA to become one of Europe’s largest business aircraft charter operators.

In 2014, LEA joined the Luxaviation Group, the second largest operator of corporate aircraft in the world.

“We couldn’t be prouder of this milestone anniversary and all that we have achieved as a company.”

Patrick Margetson-Rushmore, chief executive, LEA said: “We couldn’t be prouder of this milestone anniversary and all that we have achieved as a company. Our consolidation with the Luxaviation Group has allowed us to have access to the Group’s 250 aircraft, 23 FBO facilities and an employee base of 1,500 worldwide. The next stage of LEA’s journey, as we change our name to Luxaviation UK, will help us benefit from the Group’s global portfolio and help us to strengthen the UK’s business aviation industry by bringing economies of scale to the market.”

George Galanopoulos, managing director, LEA added: “All of the LEA staff, from our operations, maintenance and finance teams to our commercial, marketing and cabin crew employees have an absolute commitment to unrivalled customer service, the building block for the success of LEA over the last twenty years. Our industry knowledge and expertise complements the vast experience of the operators within the Luxaviation Group, and we will see our customers benefiting from the combined synergies as together we enhance best practice across all areas of the business.”

Today, LEA operates a large and diverse fleet of 24 light, midsize and large-cabin aircraft. In March 2016, LEA strengthened its position as the UK’s largest operator of Embraer Legacy aircraft with the addition of a new Legacy 600 and a Legacy 650.