FBO chain TAC Air expanding, upgrading

 - October 20, 2010, 1:03 PM

FBO chain TAC Air (Booth No. 2533) “saw the recession as a window of opportunity to act on key upgrades,” said v-p and COO Christian Sasfai. The chain, a division of Truman Arnold Companies, debuted a new executive terminal and 45,000 sq ft of new hangar space at Blue Grass Airport in Lexington, Ky., last month. The terminal–the opening of which was timed to coincide with the World Equestrian Games in Lexington–features a high-definition movie theater, exercise facilities, showers, a pilot lounge, conference rooms and an art gallery. TAC Air’s contract with the airport mandates that the entire $11 million project will be turned over to Blue Grass Airport at the end of the company’s 20-year lease.

Before opening the executive terminal at Blue Grass, TAC Air upgraded and renovated several of its other FBO facilities. In addition, the company is considering expansion through acquisitions. “We’re taking a serious look at several opportunities,” Sasfai said.

Finally, TAC Air is introducing a “Win an iPad at Our Pad” customer loyalty program. To participate, customers register their aircraft tail numbers at www.tacair.com and then log in and record the fuel they’ve purchased from any TAC Air FBO. After purchases total 25,000 gallons, a customer receives an Apple iPad. For those who buy fuel in smaller quantities, iPod prizes are also available.