Verona, WI – August 2, 2022 – Contrail Aviation Support LLC (, a full-service engine asset management platform as well as worldwide supplier of surplus and aftermarket commercial jet engine components, today announced that over the past 12 months, the Company has acquired A318’s (CFM56-5B powered), A320s (V2500 powered), 10 CFM56-5B engines and more V2500-A5 spare engines to support the growing USM demands of Contrail’s engine MRO and airline customers. Additionally, Contrail has placed two CFM56-5B engines on lease with a European airline and acquired V2500-A5 engines on lease, growing its Asian operator base. 

Contrail has built a solid industry reputation as a trusted business partner to its customers and clients over a proud 22-year history under the leadership of CEO and founder, Joe Kuhn. 

Commented Kuhn, “Following the recent successful spin-off of Crestone Air Partners, Contrail remains laser focused on working with its airline, lessor, engine MRO and aviation partners, continuing to provide creative and collaborative solutions in the sphere of CFM56/V2500 engine leasing, trading, tear down and worldwide USM supply.”

Continuing, “Contrail lives and breathes its reputation for cooperation, fair-mindedness and building strong, long-term relationships on a daily basis. Combining technical expertise with commercial acumen and a comprehensive understanding of the many challenges faced by our customers, we constantly strive to deliver the best service possible to an ever-changing industry.”

As Contrail’s book of business and client list expands, the Company has also increased its marketing resources by recently hiring former GECAS executive Ger Browne as Contrail’s SVP of Marketing and Origination. Browne teams up with Mark Shaw, Contrail’s SVP of Airline Marketing, who together will cover the globe from a Marketing & Origination perspective, targeting opportunities for strategic growth within the airline and lessor communities. 

The Company has also recently added to its workforce by growing both the Quality and Sales teams to further support its expanding USM platform. Kuhn says, “A quality, high caliber workforce is the life blood of any organization and our entire team at Contrail is steeped in customer-facing service and experience – things certainly bode well for Contrail’s future growth and development.” 



Contrail Aviation Support, LLC is a commercial aircraft trading, leasing and parts solutions provider focused on creative asset management strategies that maximize value. Founded in 2000 as an engine material trading company primarily focused on used serviceable material from the JT8D and CFM56-3, Contrail has since expanded into the most prevalent engine types powering the 737NG & A320 families of aircraft. Contrail’s headquarters are located two hours north of Chicago’s O’Hare airport in a 21,000 sqft facility. Contrail also has a satellite marketing presence in Ireland, France and China. Focusing on the narrowbody 737NG/A320 and CFM56-5B/-7B and V2500-A5 engines, Contrail is an approved vendor to virtually every CFM and V2500 engine shop worldwide and has executed many complex transactions with most of the major lessors and aircraft trading entities within the aviation industry. For more information, visit


Media Contact:

Joe Kuhn, CEO –, Ph: +1 608-279-5125 

Mark Shaw, SVP Airline Marketing –, Ph: +33 6 5834 1965 

Ger Browne, SVP Marketing & Origination –, Ph: +353 87 912 8236