Wheels Up to launch maintenance facility at Palm Beach


Wheels Up Experience, a leading private aviation company, announced plans to launch a new maintenance facility at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) later this year accompanied by the closure of existing maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facilities in Cincinnati and Broomfield, Colorado.

“We at Wheels Up are continuously evaluating and acting upon opportunities that will drive efficiencies and control costs, all in service of strengthening our business model and improving our member experience,” said George Mattson, CEO, Wheels Up.

The company said its new PBI facility signifies a shift in maintenance network strategy by strategically locating resources closer to areas with high flight density. The company aims to achieve better alignment with its overall network and flight patterns with the launch of new MRO.

“The opening of our new state-of-the-art maintenance facility at PBI is a key strategic step, leveraging our resources and locating our facilities in areas of high flight frequency.  As a result of these measures, we are improving reliability and efficiency while reducing costs as we continue to drive toward adjusted EBITDA profitability later this year,” added Mattson.

The company will initiate an immediate closure of its Colorado facilities. The relocation of personnel from the Fort Lauderdale location will occur upon the opening of the new Palm Beach facility.

To ensure a smooth transition for impacted employees, Wheels Up has collaborated with MRO providers FEAM Aero and AVEX Aviation in Cincinnati and Broomfield. The company said these partnerships will provide departing staff at Colorado sites with direct opportunities for placement within these established companies.