Hawthorne Global Aviation Services recently opened its newest FBO at Chicago Executive Airport. The FBO–the company’s third following new facilities at MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y., and Lakefront Airport in New Orleans–is part of an aggressive business plan to open executive FBOs throughout the U.S. in major and medium markets. “We have the next four sites in mind, and they will probably be online this year,” Bill Koch, chairman of the board, told AIN.
The newly built facility features a 30,000-sq-ft hangar able to accommodate aircraft as large as a Gulfstream G650. In addition, it has a 10,000-sq-ft passenger terminal that includes pilot lounges, conference facilities, computer flight planning and weather service, de-icing, after-hours fuel and emergency services. It is also a full-service Shell dealer.
Hawthorne has enough ground to build a second facility of the same size at Chicago Executive, and the company has already identified available land on the airport to accommodate future growth.