JA Air Center at Chicago-area Aurora Municipal Airport placed first in AIN’s 2013 FBO Survey for the Americas, the results of which were announced yesterday. The facility earned an impressive average score of 9.5 out of a possible 10. There were more than 12,000 evaluations for FBOs in 89 countries in this year’s survey.
Jet Aviation (Booth No. 3797) has added 20 aircraft to its management fleet and expanded capabilities and ramp space at its Houston and Dallas FBO facilities.
The top FBO in the AIN 2010 FBO Survey–released this morning–is once again Texas City of Sugar Land-owned and operated Sugar Land Regional Airport west of Houston. Long-time favorite Wilson Air Center’s Memphis, Tenn. base took second place, the same spot it held last year after a long run of first-place finishes. This year, Tampa International Jet Center made a big move from eighth place last year to capture third place.
Cessna Aircraft yesterday completed its acquisition of business aviation flight services provider CitationAir. With the move, CitationAir becomes a wholly owned subsidiary of Cessna but maintains its separate operation. The original company–called CitationShares until the name was changed this past October–was started in 2000 as a 50-50 joint venture between Cessna and TAG Aviation Holding.
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.
Readers who participated in the 2009 AIN FBO Survey picked Sugar Land Regional Airport as the top FBO this year, displacing long-time number-one favorite Wilson Air Center Memphis to second place. City-owned and -run Sugar Land was the only FBO to top the 9.00 mark in this year's survey.
European FBOs have once again scored highly in the annual survey of international FBOs conducted by Aviation International News (sister publication of EBACE Convention News). No fewer than eight of the Top Ten FBOs (outside the Americas) are in Europe. The Hong Kong Business Aviation Center (in second place) and Abu Dhabi-based Royal Jet (Booth No. 2225), which ranked fifth, rounded out the top 10 FBOs.
FBO and charter/management company Key Air is building a new FBO at Anoka County-Blaine Airport in Minneapolis. Key Air sister company Keystone Aviation Services operates a large FBO at Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Connecticut, and the Minnesota FBO will also host Key Air charter/management, aircraft sales and maintenance operations.
Stockholm City Airport is set to get its first purpose-built FBO when Grafair Jet Center opens early next month. The facility will consist of a 2,800-sq-ft, two-story terminal building and an 8,600-sq-ft hangar connected by some offices for maintenance staff. The terminal will include a lounge, flight planning offices and a range of FBO services.
As part of its strategy to increase its FBO holdings, fractional-share operator Avantair has set its sights on buying or building a second FBO, this one at Essex County Airport in Caldwell, N.J. Avantair opened a new FBO at Camarillo Airport in southern California in August and provides FBO services at its company headquarters at St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport in Florida.
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