The long-term redevelopment of Paris Le Bourget Airport (Booth No. 1229) takes a further step forward with the opening at the end of this month of a brand-new terminal to house two business aircraft operators/FBOs and several offices of other aviation-related companies.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
FAL Aviation UK is here at EBACE to promote its recently opened executive facility at the former Lydd Airport on the southeast coast of England. Both the private airport–which has rebranded itself London Ashford Airport–and the business aircraft operation are subsidiaries of Saudi Arabian-based FAL Holdings (Riyadh). Being outside the London TMA, the airport avoids air traffic control delays at airports closer to the city.
Jet Aviation will open a new FBO terminal at Dusseldorf International Airport at the end of this month. The two-story building will feature lounges, offices, conference rooms and communications equipment. Itwill also have in-house immigration and customs clearance. Jet Aviation already has a major maintenance facility in Dusseldorf.
Euralair Airport Services (EAS) expects to move into new FBO premises at Le Bourget Airport at the end of this month or early June, following the sale of the FBO site it has occupied there for more than 40 years.
Baseops International (Booth No. 710) reports that closure of its London Gatwick office and the absorption of its functions by the Houston, Texas headquarters has had no noticeable effect on the business of the company, now 76 employees strong. The UK office was dissolved last fall, but in this day of e-connectivity, customers have not noticed any change in service, Baseops president Jerry Scott told EBACE Convention News this week.
In support of Jet Aviation’s program to expand its business, its Midcoast Aviation subsidiary has launched construction of a new $10.5 million, 115,000 sq-ft-hangar at its St. Louis Downtown Airport facility. The new 770- by 135-foot structure will bring Midcoast’s hangar space on the airport to more than 500,000 sq ft in eight buildings on more than 27 acres.
Flight planning guide publisher Ac-u-Kwik (Booth No. 1036) has announced that its 2006/07 World Edition will be available in early August. The new edition will have over 1,000 pages of updated and expanded airport, FBO and services information, including hotel, telephone and fax numbers and, for the first time, FBO addresses on airport diagrams.
ExxonMobil Aviation (Booth No. 1026) is now using its own equipment and staff to refuel business jets at Milan Linate Airport. The direct operation started in February. The company also announced that it has been awarded a six-year contract to supply aviation fuels to TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK. In addition, ExxonMobil will once again provide fuel and services during the Farnborough International Air Show in July.
Prague-based Feras executive ground handling organization is using the EBACE show to roll out its new StarJet customer loyalty program. StarJet is aimed at providing various value enhancements for frequent users of the Feras network, which now covers more than 100 stations in Europe, Russia and the CIS countries.
AvFuel Corporation (Booth No. 1115) now offers its customers three convenient ways to purchase fuel at sales outlets: with a fuel card at the point of purchase, by arrangement over the phone before the flight or, as a new alternative, via the Internet at www.avfuel.com. The service is limited to North America for the time being.