David Rimmer is one of the United States’ most respected business aviation leaders.
David is President and CEO of Bliss Jet, an innovative new service offering individually ticketed seats on private jets between New York and London. Prior to forming Bliss Jet in Spring of 2016, David was President of Alerion Aviation, an aircraft charter and management firm with aircraft throughout the country, including bases in Southern California, South Florida and New York. David joined Alerion in 2015 after more than ten years with ExcelAire, a leading private jet charter, management, & maintenance provider. Excelaire specializes in meeting the private travel needs of the world’s most discerning clients, including corporate executives, heads of state, royalty, entertainers and high net worth individuals for business and leisure throughout the world.
With no prior private aviation experience, David joined ExcelAire as Vice President of Sales and Marketing in 2003 and rose to President in 2011, He helped transform the operation into one recognized for its industry-leading customer service and safety standards He also presided over a period of unprecedented fleet growth and diversification. ExcelAire grew to manage as many as 25 aircraft and became the largest operator of Embraer Legacy aircraft in the Western Hemisphere.
At ExcelAire, David oversaw all aspects of the carrier's business units, including flight operations, maintenance, charter, FBO and sales and marketing. ExcelAire employs a team of 155 aviation professionals.
David followed an unusual path to his success in business aviation. He launched his aviation career at the age of 43 following a successful media career, in which he honed his ability to anticipate and respond to the needs of high-profile clients and colleagues. From his first radio job at the age of 15 through senior programming positions at NBC Radio, ABC Radio, Bloomberg, Sony and local media outlets, David worked with celebrities, political leaders, and other nationally-known figures.
David has garnered the professional respect of peers and clients alike, and is a frequently quoted expert on aviation and service issues. He has appeared in many global media outlets in a professional capacity, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, ABC's Nightline, MSNBC, the National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel and all of the leading aviation industry trade publications.
David is also in high demand as a professional speaker and he has been invited to address aviation industry and other audiences throughout the world, lending his expert aviation perspective to any number of different air travel subjects. He has written extensively about aviation as a former senior editor at Business and Commercial Aviation, and as a freelance writer for Fortune Magazine Custom Publishing and Airliners Magazine.
David Rimmer, Survivor
On September 29, 2006, David survived a mid-air collision between a Legacy 600 business jet and a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 that took place 37,000 feet over the Brazilian Amazon. Tragically, all one hundred and fifty four passengers and crew aboard the airliner perished, while the seven people aboard the smaller business jet survived.
The accident became worldwide news, and the circumstances of the ensuing investigation precipitated an ongoing debate about the criminalization and politicization of aviation accidents, as well as the near-paralysis of Brazilian airspace following widespread labor actions by air traffic controllers. More than seven years later the debates continue, as does a criminal appeal of the pilots and air traffic controllers involved in the accident.
David has embraced his role as a leading figure among civil aviation executives. He has proudly served as Chairman of the National Air Transportation Association's (NATA) Air Charter Committee, and is a former member of the prestigious Corporate Aviation Management Committee (CAMC) of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and was a founding member of the Air Charter Safety Foundation's (ACSF) Board of Governors.
David resides on Long Island with Jennifer, his wife of 26 years, and his daughters Amy and Caroline.