Marshall Aviation Services marks debut at MEBA Showcases MRO and support capabilities

Wednesday 3rd December 2014

  • Marshall Aviation
  • Steve Jones MD Marshall Aviation Services

Marshall Aviation Services, part of the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group, makes its debut as an exhibitor at the Middle East's premier business aviation show, MEBA next week at (Booth No 505). 

"Our heritage in the refurbishment, refinishing, upgrade and support of aircraft of all sizes is excellent - there is a clear demand in the EMEA region for our services and we are working on some exciting projects," commented James Dillon-Godfray, VP Business Development.

"The breadth and depth of the capabilities of Marshall Aviation Services is unparalleled, in that we are trusted for the sale, operation, management, support and modification of new and pre-owned business aircraft. As part of one of the UK's largest independent aerospace companies, we offer the full spectrum of business aviation services, from day-to-day operation and management through to complex upgrades, refurbishments, and modifications," he added.

A leading supplier of MRO and engineering support for Hawker Beechcraft products (Hawker business jets and King Air turboprops), Marshall also supports the Cessna Citation business jet family and Bombardier Global Express aircraft.  Marshall's Broughton facility, acquired in September 2013 from Beechcraft Corporation, is already a popular MRO base with many Hawker customers from the Middle East who bring their aircraft to the UK for a variety of checks.

Marshall Aviation Services also has facilities at Cambridge International Airport, which for decades has been a popular airport - with its relatively long 1,965m/ 6,447 ft runway - among Middle East based aircraft owners engaged in horse-racing and headed for Newmarket.  Clientele includes the leading thoroughbred stables, notably Godolphin and Darley Studs and most recently the new Qatari racing stable Al Shaqab Racing.   Marshall has flexible hangarage space on offer to lease along with parking suitable for the predominantly larger ME based jets at a cost notably lower than at other London-centric airports.

Marshall Aviation Services Managing Director Steve Jones, who previously spent three years as General Manager of Al Bateen Executive Airport, heads up Marshall Aviation Services' presence at MEBA, together with James Dillon-Godfray, VP Business Development and Jason Davies, General Manager of the business' Broughton, UK facility.

Marshall Aviation Services ( is responsible for all of Marshall ADG's business and commercial aviation activities, including the management of Cambridge International Airport. Across its Broughton, Cambridge and Oxford locations it offers solutions including: maintenance, modification, refurbishment and conversion of business aircraft to Hawker, King Air and Cessna Citation aircraft amongst others.  The company also provides aircraft management and charter through FlairJet; sales of new Beechcraft Aircraft across the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia; hangarage at Cambridge Airport; and within JETability, aircraft brokerage and complementary services tailored to the requirements of business aircraft owners and operators.

FlairJet ( was founded in 2009 by CEO Captain David Fletcher with the backing of three prominent London QCs.  It obtained its UK AOC in December of that year.  From its base at London Oxford Airport, the company has established itself as a dynamic aircraft management company with a strong track record in charter sales. In February 2013 the company was acquired by the Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group to become the lead charter company for Marshall Aviation Services' expanding business aviation portfolio with David Fletcher continuing as Managing Director.  FlairJet has lent its technical expertise to Embraer Phenom 100 and 300 operators all around the world and its training department is actively involved in supporting private owners, other AOC operators and approved training organisations throughout Europe. The company has managed the acquisition, acceptance and delivery of a total 24 Embraer aircraft.  Today the business supports both Cessna and Hawker Beechcraft products on its AOC in addition to its Phenom expertise.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group ( specialises in the conversion, modification, maintenance and support of military, civil and business aircraft, plus defence vehicle engineering and shelter manufacture. Headquartered in Cambridge, Marshall's 800 acre site includes 1.2 million ft2 of hangar space plus the company-owned Cambridge Airport. The company's capabilities include engineering design, manufacture and test, systems integration, maintenance and product support, and the provision of personnel and training.   The company is valued for its integrity, performance and customer focus which has been demonstrated through its innovative solutions and ability to deliver on-time and to-cost.

Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group employs more than 1,750 highly trained personnel in Cambridge alone and have operated an apprentice training programme continuously since 1920.

Company accolades include: a Queen's Award for Enterprise (Innovation category - 2013), Minister for Defence Equipment, Support and Technology (Min DEST) Award (2013), and a Royal Air Force's Chief of the Air Staff's Commendation (also 2013). The last of these was in recognition of Marshall's role in 'Operation Weatherman', for which Marshall also won Aviation Week's MRO Award (Military Category). Most recently, Boeing presented Marshall with a Supplier of the Year award. This, close on the heels of achieving a Boeing Enterprise Supplier Tool (BEST) Gold rating.

Part of the Marshall Group of Companies, which employs more than 4,500 people worldwide and has a turnover in excess of £1.3bn, Marshall Aerospace and Defence Group has a presence on four continents, has exported its engineering capabilities to more than 30 countries and is working with 10 of the world's air forces in relation to the C-130 platform.

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