Diamond Aircraft Expands In Northeast

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Diamond Aircraft on Monday named Columbia Aircraft Sales as its exclusive distributor in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The Columbia group operates FBOs throughout the region, providing aircraft sales and fuel, with a staff of over 100. The company also provides maintenance, charter and management services for jet, turboprop, and piston-powered aircraft. "Columbia brings more than 25 years of aviation experience and deep familiarity with aircraft sales and customer service across nearly every segment of the market," said Peter Maurer, president of Diamond Aircraft, in a news release. "Their expertise, consultative sales approach and excellent reputation in the important northeast U.S. market will help more pilots appreciate the advantages of Diamond aircraft." Diamond's lineup is an excellent fit, said Columbia president and co-owner Art Maurice. "This new product line will enable us to address a broad range of customer flying needs and missions, and we're already seeing strong customer interest in every Diamond model." Columbia is based in Groton, Conn. The company also sells Piper aircraft, Socata's TBM-700, and Adam Aircraft A500s and A700s.