Elevate Aviation's Keystone Aviation names David Allen as COO

Elevate Aviation’s Keystone Aviation names David Allen as COO. The charter operator arm of Private Jet Services Group is boosting its leadership team.

By Doug Gollan, February 24, 2023

The charter operator arm of Private Jet Services Group is boosting its leadership team

Charter and management company Keystone Aviation announced today that David Allen had been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

Allen will lead and scale the company’s growth, operations, training, safety, and flight operations. 

He will report directly to Randy McKinney, President of Elevate Aviation Group.

“For the past five years, David has leveraged his dedication to safe operations and his experience working for some of the world’s largest airlines to instill processes and strengthen Keystone Aviation’s safety culture,” said McKinney.

McKinney added, “(Allen) has a proven ability to build and scale programs in safety and operational excellence with a dedication to building high-performance teams.  He is an instrumental voice on our senior leadership team. He knows aviation, our culture, and Keystone’s customers well, enabling him to scale our operations without sacrificing the customer service excellence for which Keystone is known.”

Allen joined Keystone in 2018.

He is an aviation industry veteran with over 35 years of experience leading various business functions involving operations and safety.

He has previously worked at TAC Air, Delta Air Lines, Northwest Airlines, and US Airways.

One of his first initiatives was ushering in Keystone Aviation’s Safety Management System.

The operator holds Argus Platinum and Wyvern Wingman ratings.

“Keystone Aviation is known for developing close relationships with its managed aircraft clients and providing tailored solutions for their managed aircraft services,” said Allen.  “I have been fortunate to be part of this team providing service excellence since 2018, and I’m excited to write the next chapter, growing our operations to support this loyal base of customers throughout the United States.”

Keystone was acquired by Elevate Aviation Group in January 2022.

The group also includes jet card provider Private Jet Services Group.

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