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In 2016, the used turbine sales and brokerage firm jetAVIVA acquired Kansas Aircraft Corp. On Aug. 1, jetAVIVA announced that it had acquired Jet Quest, a Cessna Citation sales firm based in Georgetown, Texas. This move makes jetAVIVA one of the world’s biggest firms specializing in used turbine sales.

The company now has offices in Kansas City, Kansas; Georgetown, Texas; Los Angeles; New York; Denver; Atlanta; and Madison, Wisconsin.

Part of the deal puts Robin Essler, the CEO of Jet Quest, in position as jetAVIVA’s new Chief Operating Officer. “Building and growing Jet Quest to one of the largest Citation-focused sales firms in the world has been one of the greatest joys of my life,” Essler said.

Cyrus Sigari, chairman and CEO of jetAVIVA, said, “The Jet Quest story is about great people—not just great products.” He noted that under Essler's leadership, Jet Quest became a major force in the Cessna Citation marketplace.

Founded in 2006, jetAVIVA has dealt with more than 2,000 clients in 40 nations and now is the leader in the used Citation and Embraer business jet markets. In the future, Sigari said that the company will use similar acquisition strategies in pursuing a central position in the used Bombardier business jet, Beechcraft King Air, and Piper Meridian markets.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
Topics: Aviation Industry

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