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Aurora Jet Partners takes to the skies

May 24, 2012, Vancouver - A new company - Aurora Jet Partners - is promising all the benefits of jet ownership, but at a fraction of the cost.


May 24, 2012
By The Vancouver Sun

The new jet sales, management and charter company was created by a
partnership between Ledcor's Opus Aviation of Vancouver and Morning-star
Partners of Edmonton. Ledcor is investing in Morningstar Partners to
create Aurora, which will manage more than $100 million in partners'
aviation assets.

 

"Aurora bridges the gap between ownership and charter," says Aurora co-owner Don Wheaton.

 

"It
is designed for the busy traveller who desires the guaranteed
consistent service that full ownership provides but doesn't fly enough
hours to commit to having their own jet."

 

Customers can own
anywhere from one-eighth of an aircraft (equivalent to 100 occupied
hours of flying per year) to full ownership, Aurora said in a news
release.

 

A one-eighth share starts at about $800,000.

 

Partners
can trade their time to match a particular trip's distance or number of
passengers on any one of

 

Aurora's fleet of nine aircraft, which range
from the four-seat Embraer Phenom 100 to the 12-passenger Bombardier
Challenger 605.

 

Four of the aircraft will be updated, including
the first Canadian Embraer Phenom 300, which will be purchased this
August, and a Bombardier Global 5000, which will be added next year.

 

"Every
aspect of ownership, from maintenance to administration, and foremost –
safe operation of the jets – is managed by Aurora's team of experienced
professionals," said Darryl Saunders, vice-president, Aurora Jet
Partners.

 

"When you need to travel, you simply tell us where and when you want to go."

 

As little as four hours notice will be required to book a flight, Wheaton said.

 

"When
you show up at the airport your jet and crew are standing by to have
you and your guests heading comfortably to your destination within
minutes," Wheaton said.

 

Aurora Jet Partners is co-owned by Ledcor,
Wheaton and Kim Ward. Wheaton and Ward are co-owners of the Morningstar
aviation group, which also operates the FedEx Express jet transport
courier contract in Canada.