Japan’s All Nippon Airways has decided to delay its decision on whether to order Boeing 747-8s or Airbus A380s due to the global recession, the company confirmed today. “ANA has decided to postpone the selection of its future large aircraft type, given the unforeseen changes to its operating environment since the financial crisis of September this year,” it said in a written statement.
Aviation International News » December 2008
Georgia’s new Paulding County celebrated the ribbon-cutting for the state’s newest airport–Paulding County Regional Airport–on November 14 with an airshow and fireworks. The new airport, the county’s first public airport, features a 5,500-foot runway.
At the 2009 Aviation Industry Expo–to be held March 10 through 12 in Las Vegas–the National Air Transportation Association (NATA) will offer its new “Educational Week” instead of the FBO Leadership Conference.
On October 30, Million Air Lafayette opened its new FBO. The facility features an atrium-style lobby with 10,000 sq feet of lobby and office space and leather furniture and flat-screen televisions, large conference room, pilots’ lounge, complimentary beverage bar with Starbucks coffee and freshly baked cookies, flight planning/weather room, luxury crew vehicles, concierge services and high-speed wireless Internet.
DC Aviation has been providing airport handling services at Malta International Airport since August and has applied to the government, the airport and the department of civil aviation to build an FBO to serve travelers visiting the Republic of Malta in the Mediterranean Sea south of Italy.
The new Branson Airport, scheduled to open on May 11 next year, has hired former Signature Flight Support Boston operations manager Sharon Morris to be the FBO and airline services manager. Branson Airport is a privately financed $155 million airport being built to serve the growing tourism market in Branson, Mo. The airport is building and will operate the FBO.
The Million Air FBO at Utah’s Provo Airport has opened a 15,000-sq-ft hangar large enough to accommodate a Gulfstream G550. Million Air Provo is a subsidiary of Utah’s Keystone Aviation and provides aircraft management, maintenance and charter as well as FBO services. Keystone also owns the Million Air FBO at Salt Lake City International Airport.
FBO chain Landmark Aviation has expanded the presence of its FBO at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill., with the acquisition of the assets of competing FBO First Class Air. This doesn’t change Landmark’s total FBO count, which remains at 42 facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. “This acquisition will make our presence stronger in the Springfield market,” said Dan Bucaro, Landmark’s president and CEO.
In October, oil companies Chevron Global Aviation and Phillips 66 Aviation announced new rewards programs for fuel buyers, which allow flight operations to give the rewards to any employee instead of limiting rewards to pilots. Rewards in the new programs are merchandise cards and in Chevron’s case gas cards as well.
The newest FBO at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, AeroPremier Jet Center, has joined the Avfuel network. AeroPremier is housed in two locations at the airport, the south complex, which is in a 2,000-sq-ft modular office, and the newly renovated 50,000-sq-ft north complex hangar (the former McDermott/Tidewater facility), which also offers 6,000 sq ft of office space as well as shower facilities.
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