Jeppesen Sanderson

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Jeppesen Sanderson

legal form Inc.
founding 1934
Seat Centennial , Colorado , United States
Branch aviation

Jeppesen Sanderson is a global American company specializing in aeronautical cartography , navigation services , flight planning, experimental needs and flight training. The company is a subsidiary of Boeing .

The company has also released related software used in the electronic flight bag product line .

The company is based near Centennial , a suburb of Denver , and has offices around the world, including Neu-Isenburg, Germany (since 1957, card manufacturing and supplying the Eastern Hemisphere), Crawley, United Kingdom, Canberra (Australia) (since 1990), China (since 1996) and Russia (since 2001). The company was the first to publish aeronautical charts for in-flight navigation for pilots.


The company was founded in 1934 by pilot Elrey Borge Jeppesen , who himself worked for the Varney Airlines . The information he collected and the maps he drew were only for his personal use at first, but fellow pilots quickly saw the benefits of those maps and Jeppesen began selling copies of his map book for $ 10. Other pilots began collecting data on their own routes and sent them to Jeppesen so he could add them to his navigation book.

Jeppesen worked for United Airlines in the late 1930s after the Varney airlines were merged with several other airlines to form United Airlines. United Airlines was one of the first airlines to use Jeppesen cards. After a while, the card business began to take up so much of Jeppesen's time that he gave up his job as a flight captain and devoted himself exclusively to making cards.

Participation in the extraordinary extraditions of the CIA

On October 23, 2006, the New Yorker reported that Jeppesen Sanderson was doing the logistical planning for the extraordinary rendition of the CIA. The claim was based on information from a former employee who quoted Bob Overby, the company's chief executive, as saying, "We do all the extraordinary extraditions - you know, the torture flights." Let's face it, some of these flights end up this way. Of course it pays off. "(Original: " We do all of the extraordinary rendition flights — you know, the torture flights. Let's face it, some of these flights end up that way. It certainly pays well. " ) pointed out the possibility that Jeppesen Sanderson could be sued against this background in the civil case of Khaled El-Masri . Jeppesen Sanderson was named a co-defendant in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU on May 30, 2007 on behalf of several people believed to have also been extradited . The lawsuit was dismissed in February 2008 at the request of the US government on the grounds that the case would reveal state secrets and endanger relations with cooperating countries. This decision was overturned on April 28, 2009 by a higher instance and the proceedings were resumed.


The company manufactures map and navigation material and related products for aviation ( aviation information services , books, videos, teaching and training materials, electronic navigation data) and, to a lesser extent, for shipping. The company produces over 60,000 different aeronautical charts, which have to be updated and reissued at regular intervals, as the aeronautical information (frequencies, airfields, airspace structure) is subject to constant changes.

Flight manuals with safety information are also produced and distributed to over 300,000 pilots and 400 airlines worldwide. Database-supported digital services for flight planning, weather services, navigation data, fuel planning and other services are offered over the Internet.

This makes the company the market leader in this field. In fiscal year 2005, sales were US $ 120 million. In 2006 the company had 1,600 employees. President and Chief Operations Officer is Mark Van Tine. Jepson S. Fuller is Vice President for Finance and Supplier Management and Chief Financial Officer . Austin Klahn is senior vice president and chief information officer .

On January 28, 2007, the company celebrated the centenary of the company's founder, who invented the aeronautical chart and successfully implemented this invention in his company.


The company was sold by the Tribune Company to Boeing for $ 1.5 billion in September 2000 and is now part of Boeing Commercial Aviation Services , which in turn is part of Boeing Commercial Airplanes . With the acquisition, Boeing was pursuing the strategy of expanding its business area to include the aviation service sector. Boeing expects to make a profit of US $ 2.6 billion with the company in the next 20 years.

The company's profit in 1999 (the year before it was bought by Boeing) was US $ 235 million. The purchase price of 1.5 billion US $ was six times as high. Jeppesen Sanderson continued to grow under Boeing. Profits are not reported separately by Boeing, but were certainly negligible given Boeing Commercial Airplane's US $ 40 billion profit - mainly from commercial aircraft production. Before the purchase in 2000, there were 10 other bidders in addition to Boeing, which drove up the purchase price. Media giant Tribune Company had to sell Jeppesen Sanderson to pay off its debt after buying the Los Angeles Times . The Tribune Company acquired the Times Mirror Company in June 2000 for US $ 8 billion , which was also owned by Jeppesen Sanderson.

Even if the company is now part of Boeing, they also support aircraft from other manufacturers with their product range (e.g. maintenance plans) and are not tied to Boeing.


The US market is the largest single market in the world for aeronautical charts and aviation supplies. The market for aeronautical charts and aviation supplies is very stable and not as cyclical as the aerospace industry (aircraft manufacturing).

Competitor in the production of aeronautical charts is the FAA , which has significantly more staff (48,853 employees). However, the area of ​​responsibility of this state authority is much more extensive. It is represented at 19,000 airports alone.

Other competitors are National Air Traffic Services (5,000 employees), NAV CANADA (5,400 employees), Lufthansa Systems and Navblue .


  1. The CIA's Travel Agent , Jane Mayer, The New Yorker , October 23, 2006. (English)
  2. ACLU lawsuit against Jeppesen dismissed

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