History and heritage have a place in today’s most successful companies no matter what industry they serve. However, great companies continue to evolve with their customers and the markets they service. West Star Aviation, Inc. is no exception. Today’s West Star represents the blending of two trusted, longstanding aviation service companies Premier Air Center and West Star Aviation.
Premier Air Center, of East Alton, IL (ALN), was founded in 1947, originally as Walston Aviation. After an ownership change in 1987, the name was changed to Premier Air Center. Since then, company has built a solid reputation for strong technical expertise and personalized customer service for maintenance and refurbishment of corporate aircraft.
Similarly, the original West Star Aviation’s roots extend back to 1952 when the original company, Monarch Aviation, was founded at Walker Field, (GJT) Grand Junction, CO. On May 1, 1987, the Buescher Family of Grand Junction acquired Monarch Aviation and began the transformation of the company from an aviation sales and service business to a top-rated business aircraft maintenance and refurbishment facility.
On December 31, 2004 the principals of Premier Air Center acquired West Star Aviation’s Grand Junction, Colorado facility and its Surplus Avionics Division in Hiawatha, Iowa.
Continuing with an aggressive pattern of growth the company, acquired the MRO operations of Jet Aviation at Dallas Love Field in October of 2006 and established operations at Chattanooga, TN (CHA), Columbia, SC (CAE) and Aspen CO, (ASE).
The investment goes far beyond just facilities. It extends to the essence of these companies: the people. You will not find a more engaged, technically knowledgeable, proficient and personable group of professionals at any other maintenance provider anywhere in the world The present day West Star Aviation, Inc. represents the blending of these industry renowned aviation service companies and the focus to build on and improve the synergies that resulted from the acquisition. Strong technical expertise, experienced employees, attention to detail along with a constant focus on customer service and satisfaction remain the staples of the West Star Aviation, Inc. philosophy.