European FBO Software Poised for U.S. Launch
The computerized FBO management system field in the U.S. is about to get more crowded as European developer Amsterdam Software is set to export its web-based FBO One system overseas to challenge rival products such as Total FBO, My FBO and FBO Manager. Launched in 2007 at the KLM Jet Centers in Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the system is now the most dominant FBO software package in Europe, according to the manufacturer, and is in operation at more than 50 locations worldwide and favored by networks such as ExecuJet, Jet Aviation and Universal Aviation for its ability to share data between company FBOs,. The European version of the software is equipped to accept routing information automatically from NetJets Europe flights, and the developer is currently in negotiations with the fractional provider’s U.S. operation to achieve the same functionality in North America. Costs for the software’s use are driven by volume, said Marijn Beck, manager of the company’s recently opened U.S. sales office at Teterboro Airport. The system made its U.S. debut last fall when it went into operation at several Air Service Hawaii locations. One popular function of the system is its compatibility with mobile devices, allowing line service workers to update customer information directly from the ramp. By the end of the year, Amsterdam Software expects to add point-of-sale card-processing capability to the software.