ExcelAire soars to NJ and Caribbean, and stays put

Gonna fly now: Things are looking bright for MacArthur Airport-based ExcelAire, with various expansion plans taking flight.
By GREGORY ZELLER //

It’s wheels-up at Ronkonkoma private jet firm ExcelAire, which has earned lucrative Cayman Islands approvals, added a high-flying VP and landed an expansion office at the country’s busiest aviation airport.

The industrious Long Island MacArthur Airport-based boutique aircraft management and charter company has officially opened its third U.S. facility at northern New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport, which Aviation Week listed as the nation’s most-used aviation airport – catering to civilian operations ranging from gliders to corporate jets – in a March 2015 report.

The Teterboro touchdown follows ExcelAire’s April expansion to Oakland International Airport in California, which marked the 31-year-old charter-flight master’s first-ever satellite office.

Vickie Mahoney: Lands at ExcelAire.

Vickie Mahoney: Lands at ExcelAire.

ExcelAire will offer a full slate of aircraft-management and charter services at Teterboro Airport. To run the air show, the company has recruited Vickie Mahoney, a 25-year sales and marketing veteran who previously served at Teterboro as sales VP for New York City-based charter service/private-aviation provider FirstFlight USA.

Robert Molsbergen, the former NetJets boss who was named ExcelAire president in August, said Mahoney would spearhead a Teterboro Airport-centered sales effort that positions the company “for significant growth in the Northeast.”

“The opening of our office [at Teterboro] is an important milestone for ExcelAire,” Molsbergen said.

Mahoney, also a former district sales manager for W.W. Grainger and financial sales director for Pitney Bowes, said she was excited to join a firm with a “rich history of client satisfaction, integrity and safety.”

“I look forward to helping expand the business and achieve a new level of excellence,” Mahoney said.

The Teterboro and Mahoney announcements come on the heels of ExcelAire’s certification by the Cayman Islands Civil Aviation Authority as an authorized maintenance provider for Cayman Islands-registered private jets.

ExcelAire parent company Hawthorne Global Aviation Services announced the certification Oct. 24, with ExcelAire Chief Operating Officer Ralph Micielli noting in a statement the company was “thrilled” to receive certification placing it “among the few companies that are authorized to work on Cayman-registered aircraft, which is a recognition of our overall maintenance excellence.”

The excellent maintenance of those Cayman Island-registered planes will take place at ExcelAire’s 200,000-square-foot facility at MacArthur Airport – still the heart and home base of the circa-1985 company, Molsbergen noted, wherever its strategic expansions may lead.

In fact, although he did not elaborate, the president referenced a MacArthur Airport growth strategy, with ExcelAire planning to “expand and add jobs on Long Island.”

“ExcelAire remains totally committed to Long Island,” Molsbergen told Innovate LI. “And to keeping our headquarters at MacArthur Airport.”