Leadership

Private and Business Aviation Industry Leadership

In 2006, Joel Thomas, President of Stratos Jet Charters, recognized that the air charter brokerage industry neglected consumer interest and created unnecessary flying risks.

The founding vision of Stratos Jet Charters is to provide an educational air charter service that allows consumers to make informed buying decisions. We exist to serve our clients, to be their Joel A Thomaseducational resource and to provide fair pricing and honest advice. Our goal is to building long-term client relationships by continually representing their best interests.

Stratos Jets leads the way in shifting the industry’s focus from existing profit margins to improving the customer experience. We’ve invested in technology and developed processes that allow for seamless and efficient coordination, for even the most complex itineraries, making our travel experience hassle-free.

In addition to focusing on customer experience, Thomas also recognized that Part 135 (private jet charters) air charter brokerage industry lacked leadership. In 2010, Stratos Jet Charters became as a member of the Air Charter Association of North America (ACANA). Primarily comprised of air charter brokers of Part 121 aircraft (commercial jet charters), Thomas joiced ACANA to enhance and foster best practices for private aviation.

The following year (2011), Thomas was elected as the President of ACANA. During his term as President of ACANA, Thomas expanded membership of Part 135 air charter brokers and operators, helped establish standard consumer education and worked to shift the industry toward consumer advocacy. Serving multiple terms, Mr. Thomas currently serves as an ACANA Chairman.

Thomas continuously provides thought leadership for the air charter brokerage industry. In the spring of 2014, Thomas presented on mitigating risk at the Air Charter Safety Foundations (ACSF) Aviation Safety Symposium. The 2013 Wyvern “Stand Out With Safety Conference” featured Mr. Thomas discussing his view of aircraft and carrier selection due-diligence. He also participated in an ACANA panel discussion during the National Business Aviation Associations annual convention.

In addition to industry events and organizational involvement, Thomas’s writing can be found in Air Charter Journal, NATA’s Aviation Business Magazine and the Gallery Magazine.


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