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History – RAI Jets Charter Service

RAI Jets Executive Staff

The RAI Executive team: (From left to right: Becky Bakeman, President; Brian Riley, Chief Pilot; Christina Riley, Marketing; Kay Riley, Administration; David Riley, Operations.)

Meet the executive team…

…who have more than 67 combined years of experience in the aircraft charter business, and a dedication to making RAI Jets the safest, most efficient and respected air service in the nation. The maintenance team averages 20 years of aircraft maintenance experience per person, and every technician is certified by the FAA as an airframe & power plant mechanic.

RAI Jets LLC was originally established in 1982 as Riley Aviation, Inc. by twin brothers Ronald and Donald Riley in Sturgis, Michigan.

They started the company as a single aircraft flight school, and operated for many successful years before introducing charter service. In 2009, after the economic downturn, Riley Aviation reorganized to offer exclusive charter service as RAI Jets LLC, led by Ronald’s daughter Becky.


Soon after, RAI introduced the Life of Riley Jet Card program…

…which allowed pre-pay customers to take advantage of discounted round trip and one-way pricing. The program was very successful, bringing in new customers across the nation within a few months of its launch. Shortly afterward, the company found opportunities to develop its turnkey aircraft management program, which allows RAI to use an aircraft to generate revenue when the owner is not using it. RAI also provides routine maintenance and storage through aircraft maintenance agreements.


Today, the company is a $5 million professional air charter, broker and concierge service…

…providing service to thousands of domestic and international airports from the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International (AZO). In addition to air charter services, RAI Jets LLC offers aircraft management, aircraft maintenance, and FBO Services and specializes in helping jet owners offset their operating costs through charter services. A growing market and an increasing number of prospects mean that the conditions are favorable for RAI to continue to grow.


Our new hangar at KAZO

And in Kalamazoo…

In 2016, RAI Jets held the grand opening of their new aircraft hangar at the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) at 5825 Willoughby Dr. in Portage. The move demonstrated their commitment to expanding their presence in the industry, expanding their fleet and providing leasing space to their aircraft management customers.


RAI’s pilots hold Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) licenses and FAA first-class medical certificates. RAI Jets is a member of the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), maintains the highest safety ratings in compliance with the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) and is certified by the Women-owned Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). RAI provides 24/7/365 service to our clients from exceptional staff who demonstrate integrity in both their personal and professional lives.