We’ve got your back.

We understand, travel logistics can provide some challenges.  Changes are inevitable, and you need to have a back-up plan.  If something unexpected happens, such as a work schedule change or urgent travel request, we respond immediately to give you the best efficiency of time and cost.  If a long term shift is on the horizon, like a project location change, we help you prepare and adapt your program to move forward without a hiccup.

Don’t worry, Knight is prepared for your changes. We’ve got your back!

Mission

“To present the most cost effective, user-friendly and efficient workforce logistics solution, through honest relationships with our clients and vendors.”

Values

Knight Aviation & Logistics creates tailored travel programs, defined by your requirements. From big decisions to small details, we build a platform that holds the best solution to get your travelers where they need to go.

Identifying and procuring the most suitable aircraft, departure lounge and ground transportation are all integral to operating an efficient and effective travel solution. These decisions aren’t easy, but Knight has the knowledge, tools and processes that will succeed in getting you exactly what you need, including:

  • Industry Leading Safety Standards
  • Extensive Aviation Experience
  • Shared Client Flight Programs
  • Strong Client & Vendor Relationships
  • Vendor Management
  • All-in-One Traveler Itineraries (direct to traveler)
  • Reliable Reporting
  • Consistency in Service with Proven Processes
  • Strategic Partnership with Software Provider, Nomadis

History

Knight Aviation Founder and President, Darren Neid, began his career in aviation in the late ‘80s starting as a bush pilot in Northern Alberta. With over 10,000 flight hours as a commercial pilot, he moved into business development and marketing in the air charter industry. After some time seeing both sides of the equation — understanding client needs on one and a logistical knowledge of aviation on the other — he launched Knight Aviation in 2006. As part of the initial launch, Knight strategically aligned with four Alberta air charter companies, who entrusted the promising firm as their front-line marketing and client-relations partner.

As the company grew, so did the clients’ appreciation of Knight’s excellent understanding of both their needs and that of the aviation industry. This appreciation began to drive requests for other kinds of services, such as booking ground transportation, catering, and accommodation. During this time, Knight was able to build solid relationships with many other vendors.

In 2015, a severe drop in the price of oil impacted the company’s business while presenting an exciting new opportunity. As many companies were looking to cut costs, Knight was asked to assist. Approached by a key client (a global oil company), Knight was requested to take on more aspects of its workforce logistics program, encouraging further investment in logistics, and facilitating a re-brand of the company. This included hiring new personnel and executing an agreement with Nomadis, a logistics software vendor, to accommodate the increased workload without affecting the personal service style that clients have become accustomed to.

Today, Knight stays true to its grass roots culture of valuing strong client and vendor relationships.

“We’re proud to continue delivering superior service to all of our clients who have trusted us since Day One. And we’re excited to share our expanded vision to provide logistics solutions to them and companies across North America.” – Darren Neid, President

Key Personnel

Key Personnel

Darren Neid, President

Darren Neid, President

A graduate of Mount Royal’s Aviation Program, Darren piloted commercial charters for 15 years before founding Knight Aviation in 2006. Building the business on handshakes and relationships, Darren continues to develop the business with grass roots values and guides his day with the motto “Do the most right thing.”

Jenna Gillespie, Business Development Associate

Jenna Gillespie, Business Development Associate

Radio Broadcasting, Marketing and Aviation wouldn’t normally seem like a natural match, but for Jenna, it’s a perfect fit. Entering aviation with a desire to be part of a growing company in an industry with a strong family connection, her passions are now intertwined in her role with Knight Aviation as she serves as right-arm marketer and client relations point-man.

Gary Drew, Logistics Specialist

Gary Drew, Logistics Specialist

After spending 12 years implementing software in a Fortune-500 software company, Gary took his love of aviation and skill set over into the aviation and logistics sector, starting in commercial and moving over into charter airlines.  Gary was instrumental in selecting and implementing Nomadis for Knight to ensure we’re “all systems go” all the time.

Brede Rowe, Account Associate

Brede Rowe, Account Associate

Even with two years of pre-pharmacy under his belt, the pull of aviation was too great. Brede quickly moved on to obtain a private pilot license at Edmonton City Centre. Continuing to further his skill, he became a graduate of the Aviation Program at Mount Royal. Since then, he has been spending his time on the ground with Knight Aviation and days in the sky flying for Central Mountain Air.

Strategic Partners

“Knight helps us adapt on the fly. Whenever something changes, they get on the phone and find the right plane. They’re efficient, and give quick, if not immediate response.” – Rene Lavoie, Chevron Canada

“We’ve used brokers down in the US, and it’s really frustrating. We (Air Partners) have a 15-minute turnaround for getting back to people, and American brokers just say “I’ll get back to you tomorrow”. With Knight, I can call them at 11:30pm or 4:00am and they’ll still get back to me in 15 – 20 minutes.” – Kim Atkinson, Air Partners

“They’re really accommodating. Our president is a bit claustrophobic, so they’re always supportive of that (when choosing aircraft). Also, if the price is too high, I mention it and they go out and try to find other quotes. Their big strength is they’re quick; they get quotes quickly.” – Connie Zacharuk, Tourmaline