One of the great challenges for an FBO company seeking to build a chain is to strike gold not only with facilities in the U.S. but also in countries whose culture and business environment call for distinctly different recipes for success. Jet Aviation has long offered customers its brand of service at a variety of U.S., Middle Eastern, European and Asian locales.
Aviation International News » July 2007
American Pilot Services, a new second FBO at Carroll County Regional Airport north of Washington, D.C., is offering visiting aircraft operators the opportunity to buy fuel at a discount without having to negotiate a price or work with a contract fuel provider. By signing up with American Pilot’s tiered frequent fuel program, operators earn discounts that grow according to how much cumulative fuel they have bought.
Visitors to Tac Air FBOs can qualify for the chain’s annual NBAA giveaway contest, which features a rare Chris-Craft Capri runabout named Timeless. Customers can enter the drawing by visiting one of Tac Air’s 11 FBOs by August 15, and the company will select three lucky people to attend the NBAA show in Atlanta for final selection of the winner on September 26. Last year, Tac Air awarded the lucky winner a new Hummer H3.
Finding a rental car at an FBO will be much easier soon as Enterprise Rent-A-Car signed an agreement to serve customers at Landmark Aviation’s 34 North American FBOs. The cars will be available either on-site or from local Enterprise locations, and Landmark customers will receive a discount on the Enterprise rentals.
The newly built Million Air FBO franchise at Rogue Valley International Airport in Medford, Ore., opened in January, and the new FBO terminal was unveiled at a ceremony in May. Owned by Superior Air Charter, Million Air Medford features a three-story terminal building enclosing 15,000 sq ft and a 25,000-sq-ft maintenance hangar.
Almost four months after suffering a damaging fire, the Universal Aviation FBO at Paris Le Bourget Airport has been fully restored. The FBO, part of the UVGlobal network, opened in May 2006 and offers a large hangar, VIP passenger lounge, separate crew and driver lounge, customs and immigration clearance at the aircraft, weather planning and flight plan filing services and free wireless Internet access.
In the third quarter property development company Castle & Cooke will open a new FBO at Honolulu International Airport, sited on the 3.2-acre former Circle Rainbow property on Lagoon Drive. While the company owns a hangar facility at Van Nuys Airport in California, the Honolulu operation will be its first FBO.
Business jets make up a small percentage of UK commercial air traffic–3.5 percent–but a recent analysis of air traffic safety indicates that the rate of incidents and accidents among business jets is higher than among other types of commercial turbine aircraft flying in UK airspace.
Duncan Aviation’s major service centers in Lincoln, Neb., and Battle Creek, Mich., have been named authorized service centers for the Citation Mustang. The authorization allows Duncan to perform all scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events covered under Cessna’s ProAdvantage Program.
Phenom and Legacy support will now be offered at two new members of the Embraer service center network: ABS Jets and Hawker Pacific.