Fractional operator Flexjet has been named a “Best places to work” in Northeastern Ohio for the 14th straight year and the 19th time
Flexjet has been named by the Employers Resource Council (ERC), producer of the NorthCoast 99 Awards, as one of the 99 best places to work in Northeast Ohio for the 19th year overall and the 14th consecutive year.
“We are proud to once again be honored as one of Northeast Ohio’s best places to work,” said Flexjet Chief Executive Officer Michael Silvestro.
He added, “From our inception, we have viewed our people – our flight crews, ground support teams, and 0wner services staff – as the most important reason for our success. Our owners and clients fly with us because our professional team members are attuned to providing exceptional service, and we are committed to making this an outstanding place for them to work and build careers.”
Through the first seven months of 2022, Flexjet’s flight activity was up 30% over 2021, which was its busiest year on record.
“Flexjet has been able to manage the extraordinary growth of the past two years because we recognize that our team members are the foundation of our company, we pay fanatical attention to detail, and we take a long-term approach to establishing relationships,” said Flexjet Chief Administrative Officer Bob Sullivan.
Sullivan continued, “These qualities enable us to continue to attract and retain the private aviation industry’s finest professionals by keeping our company among Ohio’s best places to work, now and in the years to come.”
Flexjet is responding to this growth through investments in aircraft, facilities, and staff.
Flexjet expansion and growth
The investments include:
- Increased staff, with 350 additional pilots hired during 2021-22, giving Flexjet a total of 1,150 pilots by the end of this year.
- Flexjet also is recruiting candidates for positions across its activities, including other flight crew members, maintenance workers, Owner services and experienced representatives, operations staff, flight coordinators, business analysts, and information technology specialists.
- New aircraft: $850 million in new aircraft, including Embraer Phenom 300s, Praetor 500s and 600s, Bombardier Challenger 350s, and Gulfstream G450s and G650s. The Flexjet fleet will expand to 231 aircraft by the end of 2022, approximately 40% larger than it was at the end of the first half of 2021.
- A state-of-the-art global operations control center is under construction adjacent to Flexjet’s current facility at Cuyahoga County Airport outside of Cleveland. The futuristic global operations center will serve as the master logistics and control center for the entire global network of flights operated by Flexjet and its sister companies. The new facility will ensure Flexjet is able to operate the safest and most optimized fleet of aircraft in all of aviation and provide its team members with one of the finest environments in which to work.
- Expanding the footprint of Flexjet-exclusive private terminals with new facilities at Teterboro Airport (New Jersey), Dallas Love Field Airport (Texas), and Miami-Opa Locka Airport (Florida). The new facilities bolster the support services provided by fixed-base operators and join existing Flexjet-exclusive facilities at Naples Airport (Florida), Palm Beach International Airport (Florida), Westchester County Airport (New York), and Van Nuys Airport (California).
Best Places to Work
The NorthCoast 99 is an annual program and event that honors 99 outstanding Northeast Ohio workplaces for their accomplishments during the period January 1-December 31 of each year.
It includes an assessment that addresses factors such as top-performer recruitment, development, and retention and distinction in areas including organizational strategy, policies and benefits; talent attraction, acquisition, and onboarding; employee well-being; employee engagement and talent development; total rewards; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Headquartered in the Cleveland suburb of Richmond Heights, Flexjet employs more than 2,200 private jet travel professionals, mainly in North America and Europe.