Former AgustaWestland Executive to Lead XTI Aircraft Company

DENVER, Colo. -- XTI Aircraft Company (XTI) announced that Robert J. LaBelle has joined XTI as its Chief Executive Officer, effective February 1.  He joins XTI after three years as CEO of AgustaWestland North America.  Prior to that he served as President of AgustaWestland Tiltrotor Company, Inc., the company supporting the development of the AW 609 Tiltrotor.

Startup TechWire 2017 Sponsorships Now Available"I view this position with XTI as a unique opportunity," LaBelle said, "to help bring to the commercial market and business jet market a revolutionary new aircraft that people have been seeking and dreaming about for over 100 years."

"We couldn't be more excited to have Bob step in and lead the TriFan 600 program," said XTI's outgoing CEO, Charlie Johnson.  "Bob is a highly respected, talented and experienced aircraft industry executive."

LaBelle replaces Johnson, who was XTI's interim CEO.  Johnson will remain on XTI's board of directors, a position he's held since 2014.

"We're grateful to Charlie," said David Brody, XTI's founder and Chairman, "for taking over in February 2016 and leading the company after the tragic loss of Jeff Pino.  We're looking forward to Charlie's continuing contributions and guidance as a board member."

The TriFan 600 is a major breakthrough in aviation and air travel.  The six-seat aircraft will have the speed, range and comfort of a business jet and the ability to take off and land vertically, like a helicopter.  Using three ducted fans, the TriFan 600 lifts off vertically.  Its two wing fans rotate forward for a seamless transition to cruise speed, at 35,000 feet and 400 miles an hour, with a range of up to 1,600 miles.

The late Jeff Pino led XTI after a long and successful tenure as Sikorsky's chief executive.  Charlie Johnson is the former president and COO of Cessna, a leading business jet manufacturer.  "Now," said Brody, "Bob's decision to join XTI despite his many other opportunities further validates our TriFan program.  We've attracted some of the highest quality leadership and talent because we have an exceptional project and an aircraft with a potentially significant market that will change flight forever."

XTI Aircraft Company is a privately owned aviation business based in Denver.  XTI is guided by a leadership team with decades of experience, a deep well of expertise, and success bringing new aircraft to market. XTI is founded on a culture of customer-focused problem solving to meet the evolving needs of modern travelers.

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