The purchase comes less than a year after the company ordered 6 Jet-A burning DA40 NG aircraft and 1 DA42-VI that have been rolling into service in 2019. Combined, these orders will bring their total fleet to 22 training aircraft - of which 20 are jet-fuel burning pistons from Diamond Aircraft.
LifeStyle Aviation, Diamond distributor in North America, facilitated the orders. Blue Line Aviation has been a LifeStyle Aviation Network Partner since their formation in 2012, and the two companies have worked closely together to grow and develop their successful flight training business model.
“We chose the modern jet-fuel burning aircraft because they provide a strategic competitive advantage,” said Trey Walters, founder and owner of Blue Line Aviation. “They’re more reliable and easier to maintain than older gas engine aircraft. The airplanes start every time, there are no magneto problems, and the maintenance and fuel costs are lower. We fly 100+ hours a month per aircraft, so that has been a huge benefit for us.”
Blue Line also recently announced plans to build a $13-million, 50,000-square foot training facility at Johnston Regional Airport (JNX). The new planes are part of this expansion and some of the units are expected to be delivered to the new facility in 2020.
Walters further added, “Our partnership with LifeStyle Aviation has been instrumental in making this order happen. Not just in the acquisition of the aircraft, but in shaping Blue Line Aviation’s growth and our path forward. We attribute a lot of our success to John Armstrong and our partnership with LifeStyle Aviation.”
"It’s been an honor to be a part of the Blue Line success story,” said John Armstrong, LifeStyle Aviation’s CEO. “We’ve been working with Blue Line Aviation as one of our Network Partners since 2012, and have enjoyed helping them develop a modern flight center success formula. We’re looking forward to continuing to support them going forward as they continue to grow.”
“We are thrilled that Blue Line is expanding their fleet of Diamond Aircraft” said Scott McFadzean, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. “We count Blue Line Aviation among our most loyal customers and we are looking forward to continuing to support their growth and success. Lifestyle Aviation has been essential in this transaction and we are excited to continue growing the Diamond brand together with our partners in the United States.”
About Blue Line Aviation
Blue Line Aviation is a professional pilot training organization headquartered in North Carolina. The company specializes in airline and professional flight training, but offers comprehensive and accelerated training for pilots of all levels.
For more information about Blue Line Aviation, go to www.bluelineaviationllc.com
About LifeStyle Aviation
LifeStyle Aviation specializes in the marketing and sale of modern personal aircraft with Diamond Aircraft being one of the company’s most popular brands.
LifeStyle is a leading seller of new and used Diamonds in North America and also delivers aircraft worldwide. The company has invested in being the leading provider of diesel single and twin engine Jet-A piston aircraft, including the DA40 NG, DA42, and the all new DA62.
LifeStyle Aviation created the LifeStyle Aviation Network that includes flight centers, affiliates and international partners to create a productive, pooled source for buying and selling modern aircraft, facilitating flight center development, accessing shared ownership programs and transitioning from entry-level aircraft to advanced high-performance planes.
For more information about LifeStyle Aviation, go to www.lifestyleaviation.com