Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

United Engines Inaugurates Executive Air Charter Service / `Available Today'

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

United Engines Inaugurates Executive Air Charter Service / `Available Today'

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"We're available today," Jerry Morton, president of United Engines Inc., said Monday of his company's new executive air charte r service.

Charter service seems to be a long way from the company's bread and butter, distribution of Detroit Diesel Allison equipment and manufacture of its own diesel products.

Morton, however, said the move is an effort to put United Engines' $3.5 million aircraft, the Mitsubishi-built Diamond One, to work for the company at a time when a number of other businesses are selling their corporate aircraft.

"There seems to be more and more demand for private aircraft because a lot of people have sold their own aircarft," Morton said.

"The backbone of the service will be the Diamond One (a twin-engine Pratt and Witney jet) because of its relatively low operating costs, extreme fuel efficiency and cruising speed of 500 miles per hour," Morton said.

The six- to seven-passenger jetliner is currently assembled and marketed in Wichita, Kan. by Beechcraft, who acquired the San Angelo Mitsubishi plant earlier this year.

United Engines, basing its aviation operation at Wiley Post Airport with Oklahoma Jet, will enter a joint-venture with Tiger Charter of Midland, Texas for the service, Morton said.

"Basically, we are complementing each other and pooling our resources," he said.

The move will provide the option of four additional pilots to the two currently in the Oklahoma company's pool.

"We have all of the investment, and we control scheduling," he said.

As a trade-off in the bargain, Tiger will be able to call on the Diamond One as needed, Morton said. Clients for the service are expected to come from the business sector.

Morton said his new service speaks to a need for business users to reach destinations not commonly served efficiently by commercial airlines out of Oklahoma City. …

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