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Jet sharing firm plans open house

Fractional jet ownership company Executive AirShare will take the wraps off its revamped terminal and hangar during an open house Thursday at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

The Kansas City, Mo.-based company began serving the Buffalo Niagara market last November, setting up in a 26,000-square-foot hangar that it leased from the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority.

Executive AirShare has since renovated the hangar, which originally was built as the assembly facility for Curtiss P-40 Warhawk aircraft during World War II and had been vacant since 2006.

Executive AirShare refurbished and repainted the facility, adding high-efficiency lighting and heat, while building a new 4,400-square-foot passenger terminal and office space.

The company, which has seven full-time employees at the airport, also is adding a new Embraer Phenom 300 light jet to its fleet, which now numbers three aircraft, including an entry-level Phenom 100 jet and a Beechcraft Super Kint Air 350 turboprop.

The company sells partial ownership of its aircraft to businesses for corporate travel. It has operations in Kansas City; Wichita, Kan.; Tulsa, Okla.; Oklahoma City; Fort Worth, Texas; and Dallas.

"The response from the business community of upstate New York and Southern Ontario has been tremendous," said David L. Jones, Executive AirShare's regional vice president and a Buffalo native.

The open house will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Thursday at the hangar, 485 Cayuga Road, Hangar Bay 7.

email: drobinson@buffnews.com

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