It’s time to say goodbye to commercial flights and hello to Titan Aviation, where customer service is top priority and convenience is second-to-none.
By Joanne Chive
When Titan Aviation was founded in 2004 in Dubai, widespread private air travel was still in its infancy. But with the rise in commercial fares, added hidden fees, sub-par customer service and frequent delays and cancellations, the question now is: Why wouldn’t you fly private? Titan Aviation, which has locations around the world, recently opened its newest office at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport, a much-welcomed addition to South Florida’s private aviation industry. Here, Capt. Sakeer Sheik, Titan Aviation’s founder and chairman, shares how he took his love of flying and turned it into a global enterprise.
Tell us about your background: I have loved aviation ever since I was a young boy in India. I started flying when I was 17 and set up my first flight school in 1995. In 2000, I sold the company and moved to the U.S. to earn my MBA in aviation from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. My degree provided me with more opportunities, and upon graduation, I moved to Dubai and established Titan Aviation.
What sets Titan Aviation apart from its competitors? The key differentiator for us in the U.S. market is our extensive international experience, particularly in markets that have more jurisdictional oversight. This has naturally led us to comply with more professional practices and higher standards of quality and safety.
We also have better customer service. One size does not fit all, so we meet with clients to customize each order. Everything we do is transparent and ethical. We often get repeat business and referrals. When you have the same clients work with you again and again, you are doing something right!
What changes do you expect in the industry within the next 10 years? While the technology trend is in full swing, I am not convinced private aviation will go the way of Uber or Lyft or embrace the technologies used in other industries. At Titan Aviation, we strongly believe in the personal touch, that human interaction is more important when it comes to private aviation services.
The last year has also seen good growth in the U.S. private aviation sector. We expect that trend to continue as the service levels of commercial airlines deteriorate and airports are hitting their maximum capacities in infrastructure, landing slots and passenger-handling capabilities.
What are your expansion plans for South Florida? We plan to focus on the very lucrative corridor between West Palm Beach and Miami. At our Fort Lauderdale office, we market turnkey, customized and flexible private aviation services, as well as aircraft sales and acquisitions, management and jet charters. We are excited about the potential of the South Florida market and look forward to providing customers a much better option for their private aviation needs.
It took us 14 years to get where we are, so we don’t mind growing organically. We are not focused on immediate profits or short-term gains. We are focused on our customers and their interests. We firmly believe that this focus will bring in profits—even if those profits are further down the road.
1100 Lee Wagener Blvd., Fort Lauderdale International Airport, Suite #314, Fort Lauderdale; 833.825.3887; tajets.aero