Adding to its locations in New York (Long Island MacArthur Airport) and New Orleans (Lakefront Airport), Hawthorne Global Aviation Services will officially open its first newly built FBO this month, at Chicago Executive Airport. Construction began a year ago on the Shell-branded facility, which will compete with Signature and Atlantic. The airport is home to 100 private jets and turboprops, and sees 90,000 operations a year. The Hawthorne location features a 10,000-sq-ft terminal with a fireplace-equipped passenger lounge, a 10-seat A/V-capable conference room, pilots’ lounge with theater-style seating, large-screen TV, flight-planning room and complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the facility. The FBO’s 30,000-sq-ft heated hangar can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a G650.
“We built this facility to meet the growing demand for premier corporate and business aviation services in the Chicago area, a vibrant top-three general aviation market in the United States,” said Hawthorne president and CEO Steven Levesque. “This FBO broadens our geographic footprint of FBOs throughout the U.S. to include the largest market in the Midwest.”