Former BBJ COO Joins King Aerospace

November 2, 2020

DALLAS, TX – It pays to have a great company culture. King Aerospace credits theirs for attracting some of the most respected, well known professionals in the aviation industry. That includes the company’s most recent addition: Jeff Barstow, former chief operating officer for Boeing Business Jets.

“Jeff turned down other companies’ offers when he left Boeing after more than four decades, and instead chose King,” says Jarid King, King Aerospace president. “He raves about our culture – our people and our passion. Those are the things that set us apart from the competition. We just happen to work on airplanes.”

Barstow joins King Aerospace as senior vice president.  His responsibilities include coordination and support for VIP and government customers in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) for their BBJ/VIP aircraft. King Aerospace is in the process of adding another 90,000-square-foot hangar to its 200,000-square-foot hangar space at the Ardmore (Oklahoma) Industrial Airpark. This larger footprint will enable King Aerospace to support Boeing 737 and 757 narrow-body aircraft as well as 747, 767 and 777 wide-body aircraft. It will also allow King to diversify its product line to grow into green completions, a longtime corporate goal. In addition to VVIP interior refurbishment, maintenance, avionics and paint, the Ardmore campus also provides depot services for military and government aircraft.

“I’ve long admired Jerry and Jarid King’s servant-leader philosophy as it aligns with mine,” says Barstow. “They lead by example, sharing their passion for what they do, showing kindness through their actions all while striving for excellence. At this point in my career, I want to be part of a team of difference makers. I’ve found the right home to share my experiences to help others.”

In addition to serving as COO and director of business operations for Boeing Business Jets, Barstow’s 41-year career at Boeing included management roles for the 737 P-8 Poseidon, 737 and 757 airplane programs. He also served as finance estimating leader for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. He has been the leader of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Superintendents Course Leadership Module. In this role, he provided mentoring and advisory guidance, introducing leadership principles, communication tools, motivational leadership, presenting unique leadership learning opportunities to course participants and guided discovery of personal talents, skills and abilities. He graduated from Washington State University College of Business and Economics and has completed advanced studies with The Wharton School and University of Washington Michael G Foster School of Business.

About King Aerospace

King Aerospace Commercial Corporation (KACC) is a leading one-stop provider of aircraft services with offices and facilities in Dallas, TX, and Ardmore, OK. KACC is a GE OnPoint™ service center. It specializes in avionics design/installation, interior design/refurbishment, engineering services, maintenance and paint. KACC is an authorized FAA and EASA Repair Station and is AS9110C-certified. It also provides aircraft project management, offsite maintenance and other aircraft-related management services. Its sister company, King Aerospace, Inc. (KAI), is a global operation that serves the U.S. military and government to deliver responsive aircraft maintenance and logistics support in some of the world’s most hostile, remote and harsh locations. KAI operates facilities at Biggs Army Airfield, El Paso, TX; Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, NM; Camp Humphreys, South Korea; and 24/7 logistics outposts around the world. Founded in 1992, King Aerospace is a privately owned company focused on customer and team member satisfaction.