Launched in 2012, the UVair FBO Network, a joint venture partnership between Universal Aviation & Weather and fuel supplier Epic Aviation, now lists 25 locations in its group of independently operated upscale FBOs, with the recent addition of the three facilities of the Sacramento Jet Center (SACjet) chain.
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West Star Aviation (Booth 2685), headquartered in East Alton, Ill., has joined a select group of FBOs and MROs, earning Organization Designation Authorization (ODA) status from the FAA. Having the ODA allows West Star to manage its own certification projects and determine for itself if its STCs and PMAs are meeting FAA procedures and guidelines, streamlining the entire process.
Los Angeles-based Jet Edge (Booth 4223) has added six aircraft to its managed-jet fleet, including two Gulfstream G650s, a G550, a GIVSP, a GIV and a Bombardier Global 6000. It expects to add an additional G550 and Global 6000 next year, which will bring its one-year new and used sales figures north of the $600 million mark. The company now has more than 40 large-cabin jets under management around the globe.
Among the 18 service providers exhibiting under the Shell Aviation banner (Booth 2040) at NBAA 2014 is the newest FBO in the country, having opened literally just days before the start of the convention. Named after pioneering Chicago-area resident and aviatrix Bessie Coleman, B. Coleman Aviation now occupies a newly-built $9 million facility at Indiana’s Gary/Chicago International Airport, making it the second service provider at the airport, which is located less than half an hour from the Windy City’s downtown.
Air BP has entered into an agreement to purchase the aviation fuel business, Statoil Fuel & Retail Aviation (SFR Aviation), from Canadian company Alimentation Couche-Tard. The deal will add around 73 new airports in the Nordic countries and Northern Europe to Air BP’s 600-strong global fueling network. SFR is selling its aviation fuel business, comprising supply at 79 airports across Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Faroe Islands, Greenland, Finland, the Netherlands and Germany, plus interests at three airports in the UK and Belgium.
South Africa’s O.R. Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg has taken a step up in the world by gaining a world-class FBO. Established by the aviation-loving Oppenheimer family and with a new terminal building and existing vast hangar (that could house three Airbus A380s), the FBO is set to put Jo’burg’s airport on the business aviation map.
Signature Flight Support continues to expand its North American footprint with yesterday’s signing of a licensing agreement with Toronto-based aviation service provider Skyservice, which will add the Canadian FBO operator’s three locations to the Signature brand. While Skyservice will remain independently owned, as part of the Signature network they will be able to use the BBA Aviation subsidiary’s systems and services as well as marketing support.
Landmark Aviation (Booth 2246) held the grand opening last month for its new FBO campus atSan DiegoInternationalAirport, where it is the lone services provider. The Houston-based chain broke ground on the $39 million FBO last October. The 12.4-acre complex includes nearly six acres of ramp space and 115,000 sq ft of hangar space capable of sheltering aircraft up to a G650. The 19,000-sq-ft, two-story terminal includes a passenger lounge, viewing deck, fitness center, conference room, pilot lounge with snooze room, a gourmet café and office space.
Aviation industry credit card transaction processor U.S. Bank Multi Service Aviation has partnered with aviation software developer Vessix to launch a new cloud-based business solution system for FBO operators. The two companies (co-exhibiting at Booth 1624) have unveiled the subscription-based Vessix platform, which has been under development for the past two-and-a-half years and can provide secure transactions with customer credit and fuel cards.
Fixed-based operator Lux Air Jet Centers (Booths 4208 and 4600) announced that it recently signed a 25-year lease at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR), a move that also paves the way for a new, dedicated general aviation terminal and expanded hangar space at the Arizona airfield.
“With the growth of the Phoenix area in general, our customers deserve an executive FBO facility at Goodyear as a gateway to that growth,” said Lux Air managing partner Tim Berger. “Our new lease is the first step in creating that space. We're pleased to invest much-needed FBO development at the airport.”