Initially launched as Brooker Wheaton Aviation, the company starts with a Cessna sales service and parts operation, a fuel dealership, and a full-service Fixed Base Operation (FBO) centre. Company flying activities initially involve cabin class piston and turboprop twins.
The first jets are added to the fleet: a Lear 36 and a Hawker Siddeley HS-125.
Brooker Wheaton Aviation enters into aircraft leasing and corporate charters with Learjets, Cessna Citations, and Hawker jets, quickly establishing a solid reputation in the private jet business with a large roster of satisfied customers.
Things change substantially when the Ward family (Wardair) purchases half of the company and the name is changed to Morningstar Air Express. Morningstar becomes the exclusive operator of FedEx Canada nationwide. To this day Morningstar operates the fleet of Boeing, Cessna, and ATR aircraft for FedEx Canada.
By this time the company’s executive aircraft fleet includes a Canadair Challenger, a Learjet 35, and two Beechcraft King Airs.
Additional maintenance bases are opened at Edmonton International, Moncton, Montreal, and Toronto.
Morningstar Partners is launched. With over 100 years of combined aviation experience between the Ward and Wheaton families, their unique jet sharing concept is by no means a start-up venture.
Morningstar becomes the first Canadian operator of the Embraer Phenom 100 jet.
Opus Aviation (a Ledcor company) merges their flight department into Morningstar’s, and the company is re-branded as Aurora Jet Partners. Aurora establishes another permanent base at Vancouver International Airport.
Aurora Jet Partners opens a 140,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility at the Edmonton International Airport, including a full-service FBO (Signature Flight Support). Aurora Jet Partners becomes the first Canadian operator of the Embraer Phenom 300. Aurora Jet Partners is selected as the Canadian Authorized Sales Representative for Embraer Executive Jets. Aurora Jet Partners is named as an Authorized Embraer Service Centre.
Aurora Jet Partners increases its footprint with managed aircraft and permanent staff in Regina. Two Challenger 300s, a Challenger 604, and a Global 5000 are added to the fleet.
Aurora adds another Challenger 300 to the fleet based in Toronto and an Astra SPX to the fleet in Vancouver. Aurora continues to lead the industry in safety, being awarded a Gold safety rating by ARGUS and achieving certification with IS/BAO (International Standards for Business Aviation Operators).
Aurora has a milestone year by operating more flights, flight hours and miles than any year in our history. Our single most successful year to date in many respects.
Aurora adds the first of several Learjet 75s to its Canada wide fleet.
Aurora adds a second Global (2016 Global 6000) and a second Challenger 605 to the fleet.