FIRST FLIGHT SOLUTIONS Named to the 2019 Inc. 5000 List for the Sixth Time

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Emerald Isle (August 14, 2019) – First Flight Solutions has been named to Inc. magazine’s annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. It is the sixth year the company has earned the distinction.

“There’s no single course you can follow or investment you can take that will guarantee this kind of spectacular growth,” says Inc. editor in chief James Ledbetter. “But what the companies on this list have in common is persistence and seizing opportunities.”

“Making the Inc. 5000 is our goal every year. We missed it last year, so our  team is extra proud and excited that we’re back on the list this year,” says First Flight Solutions Managing Partner Doug Starcke. “It is a real tribute to our people’s skill and dedication that we are among a very small number of companies to have made the Inc. 5000 six times.”

First Flight Solutions specializes in helping high-volume small parcel and freight shippers reduce the costs associated with those services.

Currently FFS manages over a 1.3 billion dollars in logistics spend and has helped its customers save more than $540 million. First Flight Solutions recorded three-year average growth of 68 percent to qualify for the 2019 list. It is one of only ten North Carolina logistics companies, one of which is its sister company Transportation Impact, to make the 2019 list.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at The annual Inc. 5000 event honoring the companies on the list will be held October 10 to 12, 2019, at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa in Phoenix, Arizona.

About First Flight Solutions

First Flight Solutions, a 6-time Inc. 5000 honoree, leverages proprietary technology unique to the industry that ensures our customers pay the lowest possible small parcel and LTL rates. In addition to saving an average of 19.7% or more, shippers benefit from our best-in-class TMS that enables them to optimize their daily shipment routing decisions. Our performance-based pricing model means customers only pay for actual savings realized. For more information, visit

Methodology of the Inc. 5000

The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. The 2019 Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2015 and 2018. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2015. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2018. The minimum revenue required for 2015 is $100,000; the minimum for 2018 is $2 million.

About Inc. Media

Founded in 1979 and acquired in 2005 by Mansueto Ventures, Inc. is the only major brand dedicated exclusively to owners and managers of growing private companies, with the aim to deliver real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. took home the National Magazine Award for General Excellence in both 2014 and 2012. The total monthly audience reach for the brand has been growing significantly, from 2,000,000 in 2010 to more than 20,000,000 today. For more information, visit

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Jillian Farrington
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Emerald Isle, NC 28594

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