Passion and loyalty are two qualities apparent to the clients of International Jet Aviation. Founded in 1979, International Jet Aviation is the longest serving commercial air carrier based at Centennial Airport (KAPA) located south of Denver, CO. The company began small and modest, operating a Cessna 421B flown by the company’s young founders, Bill Milam and Lynn Krogh. Today, International Jet Aviation has achieved tremendous success operating everything from a King Air C90 to a Falcon 900B and employs over 60 people. The company does not measure success solely by its size, however. Rather, it focuses on its people and the quality of the service they provide, making International Jet one of the most successful aircraft charter and management companies in the country today. Early on, Milam and Krogh instilled a culture of passion and excellence in the company’s employees, and stressed the importance of giving back to the communities they serve. The formula worked. Longtime employees like Diane Magruder and John Grinton (Director of Maintenance) have been with the company 33 years and 26 years respectively, along with several other employees who have been with the company for over 15 years. The company’s management believes so much in their people, they even have three aircraft whose N-numbers reflect an employee’s birthday followed by their initials.
As the company grew, so did its need for talented leadership. So in 1989, the company added Brian Smith to its team and he became President and partner in 2009. Smith’s addition not only brought renewed focus on the company’s core services, it set the stage for continued growth and would allow Milam to eventually retire, which he plans to do by 2018. Krogh remains actively involved with the company, serving as the company’s CEO and Director of Operations.
In keeping true to Milam and Krogh’s original philosophy, one way the company gives back to the community, is through donations and sponsored events with the Make-a-Wish Foundation. On three separate occasions, International Jet employees have painted the exterior of one of their Learjet aircraft into a rainbow of striped colors and sent it on a tour of the southwestern US to give kids in the Make-a-Wish program a special flight. The aircraft have visited numerous cities and given over 120 kids’ rides in the vibrantly colored jet before making their way to the paint shop for a new, more customary, paint job. The company and its employees are collectively and individually involved with a number of other charitable organizations, but the Dream Chaser aircraft are the charitable gift the company is best known for.
This coming fall, the company will celebrate a monumental 35 years in operations. To learn more about International Jet, its history, and the services it provides, please visit www.internationaljet.com.