New Orleans Gets New FBO

Aviation International News » April 2012
Newly rebranded Marana Aerospace Solutions provides airframe and powerplant maintenance, among other services.
Newly rebranded Marana Aerospace Solutions provides airframe and powerplant maintenance, among other services.
April 6, 2012, 5:05 AM

Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans Lakefront Airport, a new FBO has opened there, bringing the total number of service providers to three and signaling the continued revitalization of the historic gateway. The newest FBO, AeroPremier Jet Center, occupies a renovated former National Guard helicopter facility that was seriously damaged by the storm. The structure’s fate was uncertain until AeroPremier won a bid to operate an FBO in 2008 and received Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to help restore the building.

The Avfuel-branded facility, which opened on February 14, features a two-story atrium lobby, flight-planning room, pilot lounge and sleep rooms, private crew bathrooms and shower facilities, an eat-in kitchen and new crew cars. With more than 50,000 sq ft of space its hangar facility can accommodate jets up to the size of a Gulfstream V. The location is also home to a flight school and charter provider.

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