On October 30, Million Air Lafayette opened its new FBO. The facility features an atrium-style lobby with 10,000 sq feet of lobby and office space and leather furniture and flat-screen televisions, large conference room, pilots’ lounge, complimentary beverage bar with Starbucks coffee and freshly baked cookies, flight planning/weather room, luxury crew vehicles, concierge services and high-speed wireless Internet.
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San Carlos, Calif.-based XOJet is offering fixed-price rates starting at $25,000 for one-way transcontinental flights. The rate includes ground transportation in the departure and arrival cities, catering and unlimited in-flight worldwide calling.
The Million Air franchise at Alabama’s Mobile Regional Airport has received the National Air Transport Association’s NATA Safety 1st designation. The designation guarantees that the FBO’s line service personnel have passed a comprehensive exam assessing their knowledge and skills in airport ground safety.
NEW ORLEANS, LA.– September in this Crescent City typically unwinds much like a sizzling escape valve. After the steamy summer, and a few degrees of cooler temperatures, this tropical town simmers down. Fall is prime time for exhibitions and conventions–a virtual industry for the city. The prospect of hosting NBAA 2001 was a highlight on the hospitality community’s to-do list.
The pilot and two of his three passengers were seriously injured October 7 when their 2002 Citation CJ2 landed long at Dexter (Maine) Airport, went off the end of the 3,000-ft runway, crossed an access road and came to a stop 100 ft beyond the runway end in a weeded area. One other passenger reportedly received minor injuries and a small dog on board was killed.
Signature Flight Support acquisition personnel have had a busy first half of the year. Late last month, they closed on a deal to acquire the AirKaman FBO at Jacksonville (Fla.) International Airport (JAX) for an undisclosed sum. The facility, which becomes Signature’s 44th, services corporate aircraft and has contracts for airline refueling and servicing.
Two new local business aviation associations are forming on the East Coast. The First Coast Business Pilots Association (FCBPA) in the Jacksonville, Fla. area is soliciting members from northeast Florida and southeast Georgia. Membership is open to business aviation pilots. To join, contact Randy Donaldson of the FCBPA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MITSUBISHI MU-2, PITTSFIELD, MASS., MARCH 25, 2004–At about 5:45 a.m., MU-2 N201UV crashed a half mile east of Pittsfield Airport (PSF). The sole-occupant pilot was killed and the aircraft destroyed. The Royal Air Freight cargo flight was en route from Hagerstown, Md., to Bangor, Me., and failed to establish contact with Boston Center.
After numerous delays, start-up company DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center is open for business on Tucson International Airport’s south side.
Some feel that the rise in publicly owned aviation companies managed by MBAs has resulted in a decline in personal service.