APP Jet Center has broken ground on a new 20,000-sq-ft heated hangar at its Manassas Regional Airport facility near Washington, D.C. When completed in January, the FBO’s sixth hangar will be able to accommodate business aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream G650. The addition will bring the total aircraft storage space at the facility to 150,000 sq ft. APP’s existing hangar space at Manassas is fully occupied, and the company said it continues to receive inquiries from operators based at Dulles seeking to relocate there.
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The AviaGroup Nord announced plans for a major redevelopment of the Pulkovo-2 terminal in St. Petersburg. The project will transform a 1950s-era airline terminal into a modern business aviation complex and should be complete by November.
Since the building has protected historical status, AviaGroup Nord is able to make only limited changes to its façade, but the interior is undergoing radical changes, while some striking Soviet-era aviation-themed artwork is being retained.
Signature Flight Support (Booth 364) has opened a satellite base at Berlin Tegel Airport. The new facility gives operators an alternative to the company’s existing FBO at Berlin Schoenefeld Airport and closer access to the center of the German capital.
Signature Flight Support has launched its customer portal–My Signature–to give customers 24-hour access to their personalized service profile. My Signature allows operators to create and update a profile that includes service preferences, aircraft and engine information and the ability to view and reprint fuel purchase receipts. Customers can also check current fuel pricing, where applicable.
Geneva Airpark (Booth 1721) has introduced an array of new services and facilities. The expansion of the four-year-old FBO follows a 10-percent increase in traffic handled during 2012, to 4,500 movements.
The new service portfolio includes oxygen system servicing, oil-level and tire-pressure checks, as well as fuel-pump draining. The company also offers aircraft cleaning and permanent video surveillance.
Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, has a new FBO and by year-end it should have a second. The Pulkovo-3 FBO at Pulkovo International Airport officially opened for business on March 6, initially handling only domestic flights. According to the purpose-built facility’s operator, JetPort SPb, it should be ready to handle international flights as soon as customs and immigration facilities are fully in place.
Signature Flight Support will open a new facility at Changi International Airport in Singapore this summer, the BBA Aviation subsidiary announced yesterday at EBACE. It will provide “supervisory services” for ground handling and fuel coordination. The Changi location will be Signature’s second facility in Asia and join its investment in the Hong Kong Business Aviation Center at Chek Lap Kok/Hong Kong International Airport.
Hadid International Services has launched a new partnership with Wallan Aviation to provide ground handling for business aircraft at airports throughout Saudi Arabia. The two companies signed an agreement together here at the EBACE show yesterday.
Signature Flight Support has launched its customer portal–My Signature–to give customers 24-hour access to their personalized service profile.
With the announcement here at EBACE of the opening of a new FBO facility at Sion in Switzerland, TAG Aviation (Booth 344) has added another major base. Located in the Rhône valley to the east of Lake Geneva, the Sion operation provides a range of passenger, FBO/handling and aircraft maintenance services. It boasts a passenger terminal with three VIP salons and a dedicated crew lounge, a 3,200-sq-m hangar and 12,000 sq m of aircraft parking.