UK-based business aviation services group Ocean Sky is about to start construction of a new FBO complex at London Luton Airport. The new building will replace Ocean Sky’s existing FBO and will be immediately adjacent to its main hangar and maintenance shops, with direct access to an enlarged ramp space with capacity for 30 aircraft at a time.
After several down years, the private aviation industry looked to 2011 as the start of a rebound cycle, and for many aviation service providers the year did show some gains after a relatively flat 2010. “We loved 2011 a whole lot more than we did 2010,” was how the head of one major FBO chain summed up the past year’s business.
Shuangliu International Airport is the latest Chinese airport to announce that it will build a new FBO to support business aircraft operations. Construction work at the airport, which serves Sichuan province capital Chengdu, will start in October this year and the FBO will be situated next to Terminal 2.
According to the airport’s management team, the FBO will provide full general-aviation services, including fueling, light maintenance and customs, immigration and quarantine. The airport reportedly hopes to work with established FBO companies to set up the facility.
Jet Aviation Abu Dhabi appointed Peter Lewis as senior manager of its new operations at Al Bateen Executive Airport. The 30-year business aviation veteran brings experience in maintenance, project management and quality assurance to the new position. Meanwhile, the FBO plans to carry out maintenance using a 12,917-sq-ft hangar while its dedicated 25,833-sq-ft hangar is refurbished.
Signature Flight Support has signed an agreement with Frankfurt Airport authorities to open an FBO at Frankfurt Main International Airport. The new location, scheduled to open on December 11, will operate out of the airport’s general-aviation terminal and will offer the full range of the FBO chain’s products, including fuel coordination and concierge services.
Earlier this month Landmark Aviation began operations at the former Signature Flight Support FBO at Tampa (Fla.) International Airport. The facility includes 44,500 sq ft of hangar space, in addition to a passenger lobby, pilot lounge, executive conference room, snooze room and flight planning center. Services include fueling, ground handling, concierge and hangar and office rentals.
FBO services provider Atlantic Aviation has made several recent additions to its location roster. The Plano, Texas-company expanded its Pacific-Northwest footprint when it acquired the FBO assets of Portland, Ore.-based Flightcraft, which operated bases at Oregon’s Portland International Airport and Mahlon Sweet Field in Eugene.
Independent fuel supplier Avfuel has added the first branded dealer outside North America to its network. The Michigan-based company has partnered with George Best Belfast City Airport and its Eurojet Aviation FBO to provide additional fuel and purchasing options at the airport. Traditionally European airports typically have only one fuel supplier, but the management at Belfast City believes the introduction of Avfuel could have benefits.
Nigeria now has what claims to be the West African country’s first purpose-built FBO, with the recent opening of the EAN Jet Centre at Murtala Muhammed International Airport. The 160,000-sq-ft facility was built by local company Evergreen Apple Nigeria and offers business aircraft operators a secure and private alternative to the airport’s main terminal.
Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport (GPT) marked a major milestone last month when the new Million Air FBO (the company’s 29th location) opened its doors to customers for the first time. The $12 million facility is the first new FBO to be built at the airport after it was ravaged by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.