Hawthorne Opens New Private Jet Gateway to U.S. With Convenient Access to New York City

GENEVA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2012) - Hawthorne Global Aviation today announced that it has opened a new private jet gateway to the U.S., providing international travelers with a convenient new option for travel to the New York City metro area. The Hawthorne Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP) in Islip, New York is co-located with ExcelAire, a premier provider of aircraft management, charter and maintenance services. Hawthorne announced these new international services here at EBACE 2012, the European business aviation conference.

The new Hawthorne FBO includes onsite U.S. customs clearance, competitive fuel pricing, extensive maintenance capabilities, full concierge services for passengers and crews, along with helicopter service to New York City, the Hamptons and other popular destinations.

"For travelers from Europe, the Middle East and beyond, our private jet terminal at Islip is the smart alternative to the other airports in this area that are congested and expensive," said Steven Levesque, President & CEO of Hawthorne. "Since our founding in 1932, we have been providing travelers with extraordinary service and we are continuing that tradition here in New York."

David Rimmer, President of ExcelAire, added, "At our new FBO, we offer the least expensive fuel in the tri-state area and there are no ramp fees -- making it a smart and cost-effective gateway to the U.S. So, whether passengers are headed to New York City, or other points in North America, our facility is an excellent choice."

Hawthorne also announced plans to add up to 32,000 square feet of hangar and office space to the FBO at MacArthur Airport, with space to accommodate the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ) and the latest generation of other ultra-long-range business jets, including the Gulfstream 650, Falcon 7x and Bombardier Global 6000, 7000 and 8000. A choice for all seasons, deicing and hangar space are also available for aircraft using Hawthorne's services.

About Hawthorne

Hawthorne is a general aviation services company which was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Charleston, SC. Through its 80-year history it has been involved in all aspects of the aviation industry.

Moelis Capital Partners and Hawthorne Corporation formed Hawthorne Global Aviation Services in November of 2011 and Moelis Capital Partners, alongside its equity investment, provides the company with strategic advice. Hawthorne Global Aviation Services is a premier provider of general aviation services with a rich history in the industry dating back to 1932. For more information, please visit. www.hawthorne.aero.

For more information on the Hawthorne FBO at MacArthur Airport in Islip, call 631-931-7102 for 24-house on-call reservations.

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