In an announcement released April 15, the executives of Kestrel Aircraft and Eclipse Jet announced the companies are merging to form ONE Aviation.
“We are excited to announce the formation of ONE Aviation. I feel privileged to lead this experienced team of aviation professionals as we increase production of the Eclipse Jet, further the development of the Kestrel turboprop, and build a suite of general aviation products second to none in the industry,” stated Alan Klapmeier, CEO of ONE Aviation.
ONE Aviation will focus on providing high-performance aircraft owners an uncompromising aviation experience – from producing innovative aircraft to delivering industry-leading training and customer support services. ONE Aviation will immediately gain operational and marketing efficiencies by consolidating and leveraging the Eclipse and Kestrel business operations, supply chains, and marketing and sales teams, all under a single and seasoned management team.
Klapmeier further stated, “I am particularly excited about the Eclipse 550. As our pilot experience and aircraft needs grow, we look to move up – to fly higher, faster and safer. For many pilots and aircraft owners, the Eclipse Jet, with its incredible efficiency and safety record, provides that next step.”
Mason Holland, Chairman of ONE Aviation, said, “Combining the synergies of Eclipse and Kestrel under the leadership of Alan Klapmeier is a perfect fit. I believe that our current, as well as our future, customers will appreciate Alan’s vision and his prior experience in leading the design, development and production of one of the world’s most successful aircraft programs. Alan knows our customers, he is a champion for them, and he is recognized throughout the aviation industry as an innovator and transformational leader.”
The Eclipse Jet is currently in production and is the world’s only twin-engine light jet priced below $3 million. The Kestrel K350, currently under development, will redefine the industry’s single-engine turboprop market.