For many corporate aircraft heading west from Europe, their first glimpse of the U.S. isn’t the spires of New York City but the shores of Maine. Bangor Aviation Services, the municipally owned and operated FBO at Bangor International Airport, the closest U.S. airport to Europe, sees more than 400 private flights each month by business jets crossing the Atlantic. While Maine is lacking in neither scenic beauty nor New England charm, that isn’t what draws the flocks of private travelers. “We’re a tech stop,” said Kevin Tipler, the airport’s ramp service manager.
Bangor International Airport
For more than 40 years, Maine’s Bangor International Airport has been the go-to airport for transatlantic flights as the Eastern- most port of entry to the U.S. The airport, which also owns and operates the Avitat Bangor FBO, is exhibiting here (Booth No. 664) for its second year, having attended every EBACE since the show started.
Five Maine FBOs have become new Western Petroleum customers, although they will continue to sell ExxonMobil branded fuel. The five FBOs were previously serviced directly by ExxonMobil, according to Western Petroleum, which will also provide additional marketing services to the FBOs. The FBOs are Northeast Air in Portland, City of Bangor Airport, Presque Isle General Aviation, Downeast Air in Rockland
Maine’s Bangor International Airport is receiving growing numbers of European business aircraft. It is now trying to capitalize on its convenient location as a U.S. port-of-entry by making its first appearance at the EBACE show with its own stand-alone exhibit (Booth No. 698).
Maine’s Bangor International Airport celebrates four decades of commercial air service this year. To help with the festivities, the airport shared some neat photos from the past, including some of Amelia Earhart and President Johnson, as well as a watercolor painting from the Maine Air Museum located in the airport’s former Cold War-era missile assembly and maintenance building.