Growth is the word in the Asia-Pacific region, and since 2010 Jet Aviation Singapore has more than doubled the number of skilled workers it employs; three-quarters of the new employees are local hires. To meet growing demand for business aviation services in the region, Jet Aviation Singapore has raised its employee headcount to 123 from 59 in 2010 and plans to hire 13 more aviation professionals this year.
Business aviation services group Jet Aviation (Booth E83) is set to significantly boost its maintenance capability in Asia when it completes construction of 79-foot high second hangar at Singapore’s Seletar Aerospace Park in April. The new $25 million facility will triple the size of its present facility adding almost 54,000 sq ft of hangar space.
Lufthansa Technik subsidiary Bizjet International is expanding its FBO services at Tulsa International Airport with the refurbishment of one of its hangars into a new terminal. Expected to open this month, the relocated FBO in Hangar 29 on the north side of the airport will have more than 33,000 sq ft of heated aircraft storage space along with a 2,500-sq-ft terminal that will include a passenger lounge, onsite car rental, pilot lounge, kitchen, a large A/V-equipped conference room, snooze rooms, showers and crew courtesy cars.
W Aviation, already operating at Florida’s Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE) since last fall from the former Execuport facility, expects to break ground this spring on a new FBO. Its current, temporary facility recently underwent a $250,000 refurbishment and is base for 16 turbine aircraft ranging from the first G650 in southern Florida to a King Air 90, as well as the 12-jet fleet of sister charter provider Windsor Jet. The company has acquired an additional seven acres of airport land to combine with its existing three-acre leasehold.
Wilson Air Center has begun the second phase of expanding its FBO at Houston Hobby Airport. Phase one consisted of a total renovation of its existing facility, including pilots’ lounges and snooze rooms, a presidential suite and more than 80,000 sq ft of hangar space. The next installment will include the construction of a 25,000-sq-ft hangar, capable of accommodating the G650, along with a new office complex. The project is scheduled for completion in the spring.
Spirit Aeronautics has added a hangar at its Port Columbus International Airport campus in Ohio. “The new hangar, located adjacent to our current facility, is approximately 8,000 sq ft and includes 7,800 sq ft of shop space and additional office space,” Tony Bailey, the company’s president, told AIN. “The addition of Hangar 3 gives our interior refurbishment and service shop the room needed to increase capacity and improve productivity.
A Falcon 7X and three other corporate aircraft have moved into anew 40,000-sq-ft hangar bay at Duncan Aviation’s facility in Lincoln, Neb.
“The hangar opened a few weeks ahead of schedule,” said airframe services manager Chad Doerhing. “We worked to complete it sooner because of the sheer volume of aircraft we have moving through our facility right now.”
Wilson Air Center has begun the second phase of expansion at its FBO at Houston Hobby Airport. Phase one consisted of a total renovation of its existing facility, including pilots’ lounges and snooze rooms, a presidential suite and more than 80,000 sq ft of hangar space. The next installment will include the construction of a G650-size 25,000-sq-ft hangar with office complex.
Atlantic Aviation negotiated a deal to purchase Hangar Ten Aviation Services, one of two turbine aircraft service providers at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport (MKC) in Kansas City. The three-year-old facility stands on 10 acres and features a 26,000-sq-ft terminal with a crew lounge and fitness center among its amenities. The FBO also features a 29,000-sq-ft hangar and an in-house catering kitchen. “Hangar Ten realized that to provide even better service to our customers around the country, we needed to be a part of a something bigger,” said company chairman and CEO Jim Stowers.
AAR recently completed the first heavy maintenance check at its new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility at Chennault International Airport in Lake Charles, La. The work was performed on an Airbus A330. AAR occupies approximately 520,000 sq ft of service and administrative space at the facility, including eight hangar bays, seven of which can accommodate widebody aircraft. Construction of a 112,000-sq-ft hangar that can accommodate aircraft as large as the Airbus A380 and Boeing 747-8 is under way and expected to be completed next summer.