ExcelAire Awarded ARG/US Platinum Status

ExcelAire Continues to Exceed Industry Safety Standards for Private Jet Operations

RONKONKOMA, NY--(Marketwire - Feb 19, 2013) - ExcelAire announced today that it received ARG/US Platinum status, becoming one of only a select number of operators with this designation. ARG/US Platinum status is awarded only to those private jet operators who meet the industry's highest standards and have demonstrated successful implementation of industry best practices for operations and maintenance. ExcelAire is one of the nation's leading charter firms.

A longtime ARG/US Gold operator, ExcelAire recently passed a rigorous, onsite safety audit by inspectors trained to Department of Defense standards, to achieve the Platinum rating. ARG/US International, Inc., a global leader in aviation safety products and services, has its own industry-leading audit standard for charter companies that are far more stringent than those required by federal regulations.

"At ExcelAire, we are committed to maintaining the highest standards of safety and excellence," said David Rimmer, President, ExcelAire. "By achieving the ARG/US Platinum Rating, we have met a significant milestone and are proud to be recognized for our superior commitment to safety."

In addition to the Platinum rating by ARG/US, ExcelAire has taken additional steps to go above and beyond the requirements for aircraft safety and maintenance. ExcelAire has been a Wyvern Wingman approved operator since 1999. ExcelAire is also an International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) registered operator. IS-BAO, developed by IBAC and its member associations, is a code of best safety practices designed to help flight departments worldwide achieve high levels of safety and professionalism.

Rimmer added, "Our customers have the added assurance of the ARG/US Platinum, Wyvern Wingman and IS-BAO independent third party audits, further validating our high levels of excellence in operations and safety."

About ExcelAire

ExcelAire is one of the nation's leading private jet charter firms, specializing in worldwide jet charters, aircraft management, maintenance and sales. The company maintains office and hangar space at Long Island MacArthur Airport (ISP), with aircraft based throughout the Northeast and Midwest. Further information about the entire ExcelAire fleet, including downloadable photos and individual aircraft specifications, is available at www.hawthorne.aero or by calling 800-773-9235.

About Hawthorne Global Aviation Services

ExcelAire is a Hawthorne Global Aviation Services company. 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

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