GrandView Aviation, the largest helicopter operator in the Baltimore region, will add jet charters and expand to Ronald Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Va., making it the only charter operator at the airport, the company said Monday.
GrandView Jets will offer charter flights aboard three Phenom 300 jets, light business jets made by Embraer, said Jessica Bowling, GrandView's director of sales & marketing. These jets can carry eight passengers and fly about 2,000 miles.
"We found that the demand for charter jet and helicopter services is increasing throughout the region, particularly in the Washington, D.C. area," Bowling said in a statement. "Opening an office at Reagan National Aiport was a natural choice for expansion as we are one of the few operators with permission to operate in and out of [Reagan]."
The new jets double GrandView's overall fleet, which previously consisted of three Bell 430 and Bell 407 helicopters, flying from Martin State Airport and the company's Pier 7 Heliport in Baltimore, Bowling said.
The charter operator will have two of the three jets ready this week, and the third will come in the next month or so, Bowling said.