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Meridian Exhibits at NBAA Convention in Orlando

Team Meridian at the NBAA Convention in Orlando (Left to Right: Per Karlsson, Anthony Banome, Bob Platten, Jim Reyes, Kirk Stephen)

Teterboro, NJ – Last week, amid a hurricane and temporary flight restrictions in the local area, the NBAA held its 65th Annual Meeting & Convention (NBAA2012), which is considered by most to be the flagship event in the business aviation industry. The trade show was held in Orlando, Florida at the Orange County Convention Center from Tuesday, October 30 through Thursday, November 1. The annual convention was recently ranked #5 among all US trade shows.
Meridian participated in the event with a large 20’ x 20’ exhibitor booth. With a reduced staff due to Hurricane Sandy, five Meridian associates were able to get down to Orlando and represent the various business units of the company, including Air Charter, Aircraft Management, FBO, and Aircraft Maintenance.
“Despite some significant challenges this year, we were glad to be in Orlando representing Meridian at our industry’s biggest event. The hurricane hit Teterboro Airport and surrounding area very hard, but we wanted to let people know that we are still here and open for business. Overall, this year’s show was very productive for us, but more importantly, we were very appreciative of the concern expressed by industry colleagues and friends, who came by our booth to ask how our company was doing during the storm”, according to Kirk Stephen, Marketing Manager.
National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) President and CEO Ed Bolen said, “Attendees and Exhibitors at this year’s show have told us that it was a very strong event, despite its timing alongside Hurricane Sandy’s landfall on the East Coast, and a temporary flight restriction for the Orlando area late on Sunday evening and Monday morning before the show. We’re delighted that, especially given those challenges, Convention participants reported strong traffic on the exhibit floor and at the aircraft static displays, along with a high level of enthusiasm among Attendees.”
Some highlights include:
• The show closed with 25,150 people in attendance, a number comparable to the final Attendee total of 26,077 for the 2011 Convention, and to the final Attendee total of 24,206 for the 2012 event.
• The number of Exhibitors at the Orange County Convention Center was 1,073; booth spaces totaled 4,361, an increase over last year’s booth-space total.
• A total of 105 aircraft were shown on two separate static displays, and an additional four aircraft were shown inside the convention center.
• The show drew Attendees from all 50 U.S. states and 87 countries.

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Meridian Sends Off US Wrestling Team to Olympic Games

Teterboro, NJ – On Wednesday, July 25, 2012, Meridian, the award-winning private aviation company based at Teterboro Airport, hosted 10 Olympic wrestlers from the US Olympic Team, as they were getting ready to depart for the London games. Amidst an elevated level of security, the athletes and coaches were able to leave discreetly from a secure location.

Meridian was proud to host the wrestlers while they waited for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to screen the aircraft. The athletes waited comfortably in a conference room, watched movies, and ordered pizza. With everything checked out securely, the team went on its way, and made it in plenty of time for the Opening Ceremonies.

The wrestling competition begins on Sunday, August 5th with the Greco-Roman events. The women’s freestyle events begin on Wednesday, August 8th, and the men’s freestyle events begin on Friday, August 10th.

Meridian Teterboro is an approved facility for TSA screening, including pre-screening for Washington National Airport (DCA) arrivals.

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Meridian Air Charter Exhibits at EBACE2012

Left to Right: Mike Moore, Amber Salvatore, and Dan Govatos

Teterboro, NJ, May 17, 2012 – Meridian Air Charter was well-represented at EBACE2012, which was held this week at the Palexpo and Geneva International Airport in Geneva, Switzerland. Meridian, which was a co-exhibitor with Avinode, sent three members of its Charter team to represent the company, meet with prospective customers, and discuss its vast array of private aviation services with attendees. Mike Moore, Director of Aircraft Management, had this to say, “Teterboro Airport is a key port-of-entry into the US from Europe, so it is absolutely critical to the growth of our business to have a strong presence in this market. EBACE is a great venue towards that goal”.

EBACE, which stands for European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, is the premier annual meeting place for the European business aviation community. Each year, it is jointly hosted by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). This year’s event, which ran from May 14-16, 2012, featured exhibits, a static display of aircraft, education and M&O sessions. The show attracted 12,638 attendees from 99 countries, which is on par with last year’s show. Some 491 exhibitors occupied a record-breaking 2,280 booth spaces at the Geneva Palexpo convention center.