Signature adds another facility in California

 - September 20, 2006, 10:46 AM

Signature Flight Support added another FBO to its U.S. properties with the purchase of the former Million Air facility at Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport near Palm Springs, Calif., in mid-February. Signature now has 46 FBOs in the U.S.

Sheryl Evans, who ran the Million Air facility and worked there for the past six years, is general manager of the newest Signature FBO. “We’re doing some small upgrades on the old terminal,” she said, “and possibly building a new terminal.” If new construction takes place, it won’t be for another year to 18 months, she added.

Signature offered the former Million Air employees jobs, so, Evans said, “we still have the same friendly faces.”

The Signature property includes 360,000 sq ft of parking area, a 25,000-sq-ft community hangar, 26 T hangars, and 15 privately owned corporate hangars. In addition to refurbishing the FBO terminal, Signature is planning to build 12 more corporate hangars, large enough to accommodate midsize jets.

Although Signature already owns an FBO at Palm Springs International Airport, 21 nm northwest of Jacqueline Cochran Regional, the new FBO fits the company’s expansion strategy. “It’s part of the Signature overall U.S. acquisition strategy,” said Joe Gibney, senior director of marketing, “to [expand] our number of locations at major commercial airports, key reliever airports and high-end resort destinations.

“This fits the third of those three categories. We’re happy to have a presence at both the key airports in the greater Palm Springs resort area. The Coachella Valley is a growing community that is home to several high-end golf resorts as well as some professional sporting venues.”