SheltAir COO Ed Zwirn told AIN at press time that his company is considering its legal options after the city of Atlanta threw out all bids for a new lease on the FBO at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
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Unless you enjoy a long, hot wait to ride the ferry, an airplane is the best way to get to Martha’s Vineyard in the summer. The resort island 22 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Mass., has long been known as a summertime haven for the rich, famous and powerful, with more than its share of visitors arriving in business jets.
London Biggin Hill Airport is seeking local government approval for a revised draft master plan that would allow for both business aviation growth and the reintroduction of scheduled regional airline services.
Central Flying Services at Adams Field (LIT), Little Rock, Ark., claims it is the largest full-service FBO on the planet, with more than 550,000 sq ft under roof. Not satisfied with that claim, the FBO is beginning construction on a new 45,000-sq-ft storage hangar that will increase its overall size to about 600,000 sq ft. Construction is set to begin in the summer.
FBO Manager software has been recertified to honor ExxonMobil credit cards. Since August 2000, ExxonMobil card customers used traditional phone lines for their transactions. The new system supports all the cards’ features, including the company’s new Pilots Rewards Plus loyalty program.
Truman Arnold Companies announced the addition of Knoxville to its TAC Air FBO network. The Texarkana, Texas-based chain now has 11 FBOs across the U.S. Located on the McGhee Tyson Airfield for more than three decades, the new facility has three large hangars, three rows of T hangars, and plane ports.
Guardian Jet Center has completed construction of its new terminal at Ontario International Airport (Calif.). The new facility added 5,500 sq ft of operating space to the existing 46,000 sq ft of hangar and office area. Amenities include an improved passenger lounge, a conference room, a larger flight-planning area with real-time computer weather service, a large full-service galley, a crew exercise center and sleeping quarters.
Jet Aviation has announced that it will invest between $8 and $10 million to build an FBO at Viracopos Airport in Campinas, about 62 miles from São Paulo. The operation will be Jet Aviation’s first in Latin America and will offer aircraft maintenance and ground services.
Corporate Jets at Scottsdale Airport, Ariz., recently opened its new 3,000-sq-ft crew lounge. The new facility, on the second floor overlooking the ramp, features three separate seating areas with wall-mounted plasma television screens, kitchen, showers, a conference room and individual flight-planning areas.
TACAir has shelved plans to build a new FBO at Little Rock, Ark. Adams Field (LIT), citing “inability to obtain an attractive lease” and escalating costs associated with the proposed leasehold.