SmartJets & VIP Completions welcome Neil M. Cochrane to the Team

SmartJets is pleased to announce the addition of Neil Cochrane to our growing team.

 Based out of Monaco, he will take on the role of President for Europe, Middle East and Africa as SmartJets looks to expand its presence into these critical markets for business aviation.

Neil is a consummate pilot and aviation entrepreneur with close to 30 years in the industry and just under 20,000 flight hours in his logbook. In that time he has been involved in the set-up, operations, and eventual IPO or sale of six private aviation companies including two airlines, as well as the UK's first successful jet-share program. Most recently, he was the chairman of 51 North Group, a business he co-founded over eleven years ago with his late brother Erik Cochrane.

Neil has flown a variety of aircraft ranging from Gulfstream 550, to Boeing 707, through to fighter jets and almost everything in between.

This experience gives him a unique insight into the needs of clients, pilots and operations to ensure that he matches the right aircraft to their needs.

About SmartJets LLC

With several members of the SmartJets team counting more than 30 years of experience in this business, they have between them concluded close to $5 billion in business aviation transactions over their careers to date. With a commitment to delivering the highest levels of client service, in-depth industry knowledge, an impressive international network and expertise in regulatory matters, SmartJets is ready to assist clients in finding the right solution for their business aircraft purchases, sales, trades, financing or leasing. For more information, please visit

About VIP Completions LLC

The VIP Completions team brings more than 20 years of experience to business aircraft completions and refurbishment. Having completed aircraft ranging from light business jets to corporate airliners, the VIP Completions team is primarily focused on long-range business aircraft. With partners including some of the best design firms in the world, VIP Completions offers its valued clients the best brands, the most elegant designs and the highest quality materials to realize individual clients’ business aircraft completions projects. For more information, please visit

Neil M. Cochrane, Vice- President Sales for SmartJets & VIP Completions

Neil M. Cochrane, Vice- President Sales for SmartJets & VIP Completions

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