Signature Flight Support has increased its European network of FBOs to 23 bases with the September 12 takeover of Interflight Executive Aircraft Services at London Gatwick Airport. The company now controls the only FBO at Gatwick through the acquisition of Interflight’s parent company, Southern Aero Services. According to Signature parent company BBA Aviation, the deal was valued at £4.5 million ($7.9 million), debt free.
In October, PremiAir will move into a newly refurbished hangar at Oxford Airport near London. PremiAir announced in May a plan to move its fixed-wing maintenance base from company headquarters at Blackbushe Airport in Surrey to Oxford because of lack of growth capacity at Blackbushe and the airport’s relatively short runway.
London-area FBO chain Harrods Aviation has opened its new 8,000-sq-ft facility at London’s Luton Airport. The expanded premises, which immediately adjoin the company’s existing 2,000-sq-ft building, include a larger lounge, private VIP lounge, conference suite, flight-planning room and handling office. Crews now have their own lounge with Internet access. An enlarged 90,000-sq-ft ramp is immediately accessible from the building.
The UK’s Oxford Airport has been approved to increase its licensed runway length by 10 percent to 4,327 feet. This promises to increase significantly the use of the airport by executive charter and public-transport operations.
In the five years since Gulfstream established its maintenance center at London Luton, the facility has grown from 28,000 to 56,000 sq ft. It is the only Gulfstream-owned service center to be operated outside the U.S. The MRO became the first FAA-certified aircraft maintenance center outside the U.S. to be awarded the FAA’s Aviation Maintenance Technician Diamond Certificate of Excellence.
PremiAir is searching for qualified fixed-wing maintenance personnel for its new base at Oxford Airport, UK. The UK’s largest executive helicopter charter and management company announced it is moving its fixed-wing maintenance activity from Blackbushe Airport in Surrey to a dedicated maintenance base at Oxford.
This year–as in years past– Farnborough attendees can expect a frustrating trip to the show, with gridlock between the venue and the M3 a near certainty. For attendees who want to avoid spending hours in the car, PremiAir is offering flights from the London Heliport in Battersea to the show site. The 20-minute flight in an executive-configured Eurocopter AS 355 sells for about $1,500 (£775).
Tomorrow evening, the UK’s Oxford Airport (Hall 4 Stand G22) will open its $5 million business aviation terminal as its new owners push ahead with ambitious expansion plans. It already has attracted its first tenants: aircraft operator and maintenance provider PremiAir and air taxi operator VLJ Consultancy.
England’s Oxford Airport will be the new home of PremiAir’s fixed-wing maintenance operations. The company’s Hawker Beechcraft authorized service center will make the move next September from PremiAir’s headquarters on Blackbushe Airport, Surrey. The Blackbushe facility will become a dedicated rotary-wing maintenance base.
London Heathrow Airport is becoming more accessible to business aircraft operators thanks to the downturn in airline traffic. Following the controversial abolition of opportunity slots in 1998, the UK gateway had become almost unusable for ad hoc corporate flights.