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Boise’s Jackson Jet expands to Phoenix with acquisition

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Boise-based Jackson Jet, known locally as Jackson Jet Center, announced it purchased a Phoenix-based company and will expand operations to the large Sky Harbor International Airport.

The company purchased Swift Aviation and will start operations later this month with a second so-called fixed-base operator facility at Sky Harbor in Phoenix, joining the current facility at the Boise Airport under the Jackson Jet umbrella.

“We’re always interested in ways to grow our footprint and bring top-shelf services to a wider customer base,” Jackson Jet CEO Jeff Jackson said. “We’re excited the right opportunity came along to both grow ourselves and the services we offer our customers at Sky Harbor.”

Jackson declined to provide terms of the deal, citing confidentiality agreements.

Growing business, growing airport

Sky Harbor is the nation’s 8th busiest airports, and saw significant passenger count growth in the decade leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The Swift facility, like Jackson Jet’s Boise location, provides a terminal for private flights, as well as fueling, maintenance, parts, and other services for planes and pilots. Jackson said he plans a series of upgrades and investments to the Phoenix location – setting a goal to make it one of the top FBOs in the west.

In addition to the Boise facility and the forthcoming Phoenix location, Jackson Jet operates a maintenance facility in Sun Valley and an aircraft based in Coeur d’Alene.

Jackson Jet is separate from Meridian-based Jacksons Food Stores, but the companies are both controlled by the Jackson family.

Don Day - BoiseDev Editor & Founder
Don is the founder and publisher of BoiseDev. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow. Contact him at don@boisedev.com.

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