Atlantic Aviation (Booth No. 439) provided a recap of its recent rapid growth, its service philosophy and its future plans at a press conference at NBAA’07 on Tuesday. Atlantic became the largest FBO chain in the U.S. earlier this year, with 61 locations, following its acquisition of the Mercury Air Center FBO chain.
Jetscape Services said it plans to expand its FBOs at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Florida as the first step in a new partnership with a Miami-based private-investment firm.
Fractional share operator Avantair opened its second FBO, in Camarillo, Calif., on August 6. The operator’s first FBO is in Clearwater, Fla. The newly built Camarillo facility, led by general manager Joe Enderle and customer service manager Ginger Goodspeed, offers an alternative to crowded Los Angeles-area airports such as Van Nuys and Santa Monica.
Macquarie Infrastructure of Sydney, Australia, entered into an agreement to pay $59 million to purchase Las Vegas Executive Terminal, one of two FBOs at McCarran International Airport. The acquisition, subject to government and shareholder approvals, will expand the company’s U.S. aviation holdings. When the acquisition is completed, Las Vegas Executive will be integrated into the firm’s Atlantic Aviation FBO chain.
NetJets Europe tapped Signature Flight Support as its Europe-wide “preferred handler.” The agreement covers Signature FBOs in Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, South Africa and the UK. NetJets Europe shareowners can still use any FBO or handler that they choose. “It’s not an exclusive agreement,” explained a Signature spokesman.
Ken Allison, owner of a growing chain of Million Air FBOs, has added a seventh facility to his stable, Million Air Charleston at South Carolina’s Charleston International Airport. Groundbreaking for the new Million Air FBO facility took place last year, and the facility opened late last month. The new FBO offers a spacious atrium lobby, technologically advanced conference rooms and separate entrances and shop space for based customers.
Visitors to Tac Air FBOs can qualify for the chain’s annual NBAA giveaway contest, which features a rare Chris-Craft Capri runabout named Timeless. Customers can enter the drawing by visiting one of Tac Air’s 11 FBOs by August 15, and the company will select three lucky people to attend the NBAA show in Atlanta for final selection of the winner on September 26. Last year, Tac Air awarded the lucky winner a new Hummer H3.
Finding a rental car at an FBO will be much easier soon as Enterprise Rent-A-Car signed an agreement to serve customers at Landmark Aviation’s 34 North American FBOs. The cars will be available either on-site or from local Enterprise locations, and Landmark customers will receive a discount on the Enterprise rentals.
In an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last month, Macquarie Infrastructure revealed that it is adding two FBOs at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport in Northern California to its acquisition of the Mercury Air Centers FBO chain. The deal calls for Mercury to buy the San Jose Jet Center and ACM Aviation. If all goes as planned, Macquarie will add 26 FBOs to its existing Atlantic Aviation FBO chain.
In an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed on June 12, Macquarie Infrastructure revealed that it is adding two FBOs at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in Northern California to its acquisition of the Mercury Air Centers FBO chain.