Growth Report 2019

Sky Quest Flies High as Revenue Grows 53%

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Sky Quest LLC is in the process of adding newer, larger private jets to its fleet in northeastern Ohio, says President Corey Head, and last year purchased an aircraft charter brokerage firm.

“The age of our fleet of jets continues to decrease as older planes are replaced by newer jets that include state-of-the-art technology in the flight deck and entertainment systems for passengers,” Head reports.

Revenue was up 53%, a record for year-over-year growth, he adds.

“We invested heavily in training for international operations, marketing and added another location in northeastern Ohio,” Head says.

The charter flight provider also expanded its workforce 20% in 2018, adding pilots, mechanics, dispatchers and ground personnel to its staff, with more to come this year. Following a trend seen throughout the industry, finding qualified staff is one of the company’s top challenges, Head says.

“The additional private jets coming in 2019 will require adding more aviation related jobs to support the growth,” Head says. “With the airlines hiring pilots and mechanics at record numbers, there is a shortage in the aviation industry.”

Sky Quest operates out of offices at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and Cuyahoga County Airport. The charter service also flies in and out of Youngstown-Warren Regional Airport weekly.

“Our area of operations has expanded from the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean operations to worldwide operations including Mexico, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East,” Head says.

Sky Quest was named a Top Work Place and Weatherhead 100 company in 2017 and 2018. It also earned the AMT NextGen 2018 Maintenance Tech award. The company sponsors events and programs for Boys Hope Girls Hope, the American Heart Association and Cleveland Business Hall of Fame.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.