Associated British Ports of the UK is in negotiations with possible buyers of its American Port Services’ U.S. aviation businesses, including its AvCenter chain of FBOs and the management of several airports. The company reportedly is selling most of its U.S. Amports businesses because they don’t fit with the rest of the U.S. group, which operates primarily seaports.
Aviation International News » October 2001
It looks like the VIP lounge at a top-flight FBO, but the new facility established in Terminal B by Jet Aviation in Zurich, Switzerland, is for business-class airline passengers. Further blurring the lines between airline and business aviation, the Jet Aviation lounge features telephones, fax machines, Internet access and photocopy service.
Fayetteville Air Service FBO is out and the city of Fayetteville, Ark., is in as far as fueling and other transient aircraft services are concerned at Drake Field. The sudden departure of the FBO occurred just as the airport is gearing up for business traffic associated with the college football season featuring the University of Arkansas Razorbacks.
The FAA has pushed back its final safety report on the Arizona Cardinals’ football stadium from September 11 until October 11, leaving the stadium builders frustrated about the delay.
London City Airport (LCY) has decided to go it alone with the development of a new business aviation facility, having failed to reach agreement with any of the 10 or so FBOs known to have bid for a contract. In a statement, privately owned LCY said that it intends to open the Jet Centre early next year. In 1999 there were about 2,500 business aircraft movements and around 7,000 annually are expected by 2010.
Marathon Flight Services broke ground recently on an 8,000-sq-ft FBO at Kissimmee Municipal Airport near Orlando, Fla. The new facility is scheduled to open next spring. Marathon’s construction project reflects what has been a record-breaking year in air traffic at the general aviation airport, according to Marathon officials. In addition, Marathon will construct a 16,000-sq-ft hangar adjacent to the new FBO building.
As an object lesson to those aviation advocates whose answer to airspace and airport congestion lies in the “more runways” solution, ponder the fate of Seattle-Tacoma (Sea-Tac) International’s third runway. First proposed in 1987, the 8,500-ft, $773 million runway has been held up in hearings and court challenges ever since.
Shell Aviation and Avfuel have formed a marketing alliance under which each will accept the other’s charge cards, effectively doubling the number of accepting locations to 1,300 in 85 countries. The new arrangement takes effect on November 1.
Avfuel Corp., a leading independent supplier of aviation fuels and services, has entered into an agreement with Texaco to purchase its general aviation business in California, Alaska, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Tennessee. The divestiture is one of the Federal Trade Commission requirements that will allow for the merger of Chevron and Texaco.
Mercury Air Center dedicated a new hangar and tenant office on August 24 at its Hanscom Field FBO (BED) in Bedford, Mass. The 38,000-sq-ft facility, built adjacent to the existing Mercury terminal, includes a 30,000-sq-ft hangar bay that can accommodate GVs or Global Expresses. In addition to the bay, there are 8,000 sq ft of office and shop space available for tenants.