For Aireon, proximity to customers and workforce key to headquarters expansion, new jobs in Fairfax County
Fairfax County, Virginia — Gov. Ralph Northam today announced that Aireon, LLC, an innovative provider of air traffic surveillance systems around the globe, will make a significant investment to expand its presence in Fairfax County. The company is moving its headquarters within the Tysons area of the county and will increase the square footage of its office space by nearly 150 percent, accommodating more than 50 new jobs over the next three years.
“Aireon chose to remain in Fairfax County and expand the headquarters due to its proximity to downtown Washington, D.C., the Federal Aviation Administration and the area’s regional and international airports,” said Rich Nyren, chief financial officer of Aireon. “Additionally, Fairfax County has access to world-class public transportation, shops and restaurants and attracts some of the most educated workforce from the abundance of globally recognized local universities. We saw this as the perfect location to grow our company and enter the next stage of our operations.”
In collaboration with leading Air Navigation Service Providers around the world, Aireon is revolutionizing the global aviation industry. The company is providing the first-ever, global air traffic surveillance system using a space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast network. Aireon’s technology significantly improves safety, efficiency, predictability, and capacity, all while reducing overall infrastructure costs.
As of today, the company is leasing more than 26,000 square feet of office space at 8484 Westpark Drive in Tysons.
“Fairfax County has long been an ideal location for businesses that are innovating new technologies and want to be close to a talented workforce and to policymakers, and Aireon continues that tradition,” said Catherine W. Riley, interim president and CEO of the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority. “We are pleased to help Aireon expand as it finds new ways to improve the safety of air travel around the world.”
The FCEDA worked with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) to secure the project for Virginia and will support Aireon’s job creation through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program (VJIP). State-funded VJIP provides consultative services and funding to companies creating new jobs or experiencing technological change in order to support employee-training activities.
Aireon was founded in 2011 in partnership with NAV CANADA, ENAV, NATS, the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Naviair, as well as Iridium Communications and became an operational surveillance service in 2019. For years, Aireon has participated in charitable programs in the community. As part of the Operation Help-a-Hero program, Aireon contributes to the Operation Christmas Spirit project during the holiday season by giving monetary donations and personalized gifts for the military families. Additionally, Aireon participates in an internship program with Don Bosco Cristo Rey School in Washington D.C and donates annually to the institution. As part of the internship program, Aireon employs students from the college-preparatory school to assist paying for a portion of their tuition.
The award-winning Fairfax County Economic Development Authority promotes Fairfax County as a business and technology center. The FCEDA offers site location and business development assistance, and connections with county and state government agencies, to help companies locate and expand in Fairfax County. In addition to its headquarters in Tysons, Fairfax County’s largest business district, the FCEDA maintains marketing offices in six important global business centers: Bangalore, Berlin, London, Los Angeles, Seoul and Tel Aviv. Follow the FCEDA on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.