The deal represents Banyan's first expansion beyond Fort Lauderdale in its 45-year history
Banyan Air Service has inked a strategic agreement with HondaJet fractional ownership provider Volato that will see Banyan establish a new maintenance center for the light twinjet at Volato’s St. Augustine, Florida base.
“We are excited to open this new facility and have the opportunity to grow our existing MRO services,” said Charlie Amento, Banyan’s v-p and director of MRO services. "This will help us better serve our customers outside of South Florida and allow for additional employment opportunities.”
For Banyan—which is the authorized HondaJet dealer for the Southeast U.S. and operates an FAA Part 145 repair station at its 100-acre complex at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (KFXE)—this marks its first outward growth in its nearly 45-year history. Banyan agreed to a three-year sublease on a hangar at Volato’s Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ) facility and began integrating its services there on January 2.
The facility will concentrate on servicing the growing HondaJet fleet, which now numbers more than 250 aircraft. It will provide full-scale maintenance for Volato, one of the world’s largest fleet operators of the aircraft.
“Expanding into St. Augustine represents a major milestone for Banyan, marking our first venture beyond Fort Lauderdale,” said company president Don Campion. “We look forward to increasing regional accessibility by creating an additional authorized HondaJet maintenance center for operators throughout the region.”