Richmond Executive Aviation (REA) at Virginia’s Richmond Executive Airport/KFCI, is the latest service provider to join the Fly Louie Alliance Preferred FBO network. REA is now one of the nearly 80 FBOs nationwide to offer preferential fuel pricing with the Fly Louie Avfuel Card.
Launched in 2019, Fly Louie aims to address the major operational challenges facing independent private charter providers, among them rising fuel costs, increasing competition from larger operators, human resource issues, and growing customer service and marketing infrastructure needs. The group, which looks to bring economies of scale to a fractured charter market, has more than 230 operators enrolled with 2,300 participating tail numbers.
The FBO, which opened last year with a pair of 10,000-sq-ft hangars, plans to add a third, and the company has since launched a flight school. Its ownership is enthusiastic about what it can bring to charter operators at KFCI. “This partnership enables us to offer new levels of service and savings to our customers and alliance members.” said REA CEO Mark Hackett.
Fly Louie CEO Julie Takeda remarked, “REA is an important addition to our network and with their ambitious growth plans, fuel savings may just be the start of a very fruitful partnership.”