Aviation

Kansas City Chiefs look to Wichita-founded company 'to jump on a plane'

An Executive AirShare Phenom 100 business jet sits outside the company’s facilities at Jabara Airport.
An Executive AirShare Phenom 100 business jet sits outside the company’s facilities at Jabara Airport. File photo

The Kansas City Chiefs will partner with Executive AirShare for sponsorships and to provide travel for the NFL team's staff and coaches.

The Chiefs characterized the partnership with the Wichita-founded private aircraft fractional ownership company as a long-term agreement.

"It will be very beneficial for us to be associated with the Kansas City Chiefs brand," Executive AirShare CEO John Owen said Thursday. "We're excited to . . . build a more substantial relationship into the future."

Under the agreement, Lenexa-based Executive AirShare will be the presenting partner of the Chiefs Draft Fest VIP event, a silver sponsor of the 101 Awards and an associate partner of the Chiefs Fantasy Camp. Executive AirShare will provide a select number of round-trip flights for individuals and groups attending those events.

Executive AirShare also will provide air transport using its Embraer Phenom business jets for the team's football operations under the agreement.

“To have the opportunity to jump on a plane and scout a number of future draft prospects or attend key league events without having to worry about travel and time constraints is a huge advantage for our football operations staff and team," Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in the team's news release Thursday.

Owen said Reid has previously flown on Executive AirShare's aircraft.

Executive AirShare was founded in Wichita in 2000 and relocated to the Kansas City area in 2005. In Wichita, it employs more than two dozen people and operates a 34,000-square-foot maintenance base and Embraer service center at Jabara Airport.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark
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