Ocean Sky Aviation plans to build a network of FBOs across Europe in the next 12 months. Ocean Sky currently has FBOs at London Luton Airport, Manchester and Prestwick in Scotland. Earlier this year, Ocean Sky received $48 million in fresh investment when it was acquired by German charter operator Triple Alpha of Dusseldorf, Germany.
ExxonMobil Aviation (Booth No. 4621) and its network of participating PremierSpirit FBOs celebrated the 20th anniversary of their customer care program by presenting three grand prize winners with checks for $5,000 here on Tuesday.
Atlantic Aviation came to this year’s NBAA show with an expanded exhibit and confidence in the future of the company’s 72 U.S. FBOs at 67 locations (some airports have multiple facilities).
Each year NBAA Convention News’ sister publication Aviation International News’ conducts a survey of readers who use FBOs and asks them to rate facilities in four key categories: line service, passenger amenities; pilot amenities and services; and facilities, using a one to 10 scale.
JetEx has officially opened its new FBO at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The Dubai-based business aviation services group has big ambitions to expand internationally and sees its new French operator as a key first step.
FBO Manager software is now back in the hands of Michael Barron and Barry Kress, who used to work for Cornerstone Logic. Universal Weather & Aviation bought FBO Manager from Cornerstone in 2006, but recently sold the FBO management software system to Barron and Kress, who have rebranded the company as FBO Plus.
Europe’s FBOs are feeling the financial pinch as business aviation traffic dips in response to the continuing economic crisis. Most have seen a relatively steep downturn in traffic beginning last September/October. The smallest decline in traffic over the past six months reported to EBACE Convention News has been around 3 percent, but quite a few bases have seen month-on-month declines of just above 20 percent.
London Luton Airport has a new FBO in the shape of the new Ocean Sky Jet Centre, which opened last month. The facility is the first of several FBOs that the UK-based group intends to open in Europe.
Twelve months ago, the introduction to AIN’s 2008 international FBO special report remarked that there had probably never been a better time to be in the FBO business. At the time, business aircraft traffic growth was in full flow in markets outside North America and there was no obvious sign that this trend would diminish to any great extent.
When jet-A prices spiked last year after oil prices rose to new highs, pilots complained that the large FBO chains were taking advantage of monopoly locations to extract stiff per-gallon prices and high ramp fees from jet-A-buying customers. It’s true that prices rose, in some cases above $8 per gallon at some locations where sole FBOs are the norm.