Mercury Picks Up Where Jet Aviation Left Off

 - February 6, 2007, 11:01 AM

Two months after Swiss-based Jet Aviation revealed to AIN that it had dropped plans announced more than two years ago that it was partnering with Kuwait-based investment company United Projects to build an FBO at Kuwait International Airport, Mercury Air Group has picked up the ball. The U.S.-based global aviation services company today said it signed an agreement with United Projects to manage an FBO at the airport to begin operations in a new purpose-built facility in the fourth quarter. The Kuwait facility will be its first Mercury-managed FBO outside the U.S., where it used to operate a chain of 20 FBOs. Amenities will include concierge services, a conference center, meeting rooms, passenger and crew lounges, flight-planning services, Wi-Fi Internet access, in-flight catering, auto rentals, limousine transportation, and immigration and customs. Jet Aviation last December declined to comment on the precise reasons it abandoned the project, but since announcing plans for the Kuwait FBO, Jet Aviation has been acquired by venture capital group Permira.