TAG Aviation at the UK’s Farnborough Airport has once again garnered the highest score in AIN’s Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia FBO Survey. The service facility, southwest of London, earned an overall score of 9.1 out of 10 from AIN readers, led by twin 9.3 scores in the categories of passenger amenities and facilities.
Landmark Aviation made its entry into the UK business aviation market in a big way with yesterday’s announcement that it acquired RSS Jet Centre, which operated the former Ocean Sky FBOs at London Luton, Manchester and Glasgow Prestwick International Airports. The Houston-based company, which now operates 57 FBOs (including eight under license) mostly in North America, has had a presence in France since 2006, and currently has bases at 10 airports in Europe. This includes a facility at Paris Le Bourget, where a new $4.1 million terminal is set to open.
AIN’s annual FBO survey for 2014 is now live for selected participants to vote for their favorite facilities. Those selected will receive email notifications regarding the survey over the coming weeks.
The Air Elite FBO network now numbers 30 locations worldwide with the addition of UK-based Harrods Aviation and the UAE’s Royal Jet. An offshoot of the group that owns the London department store, Harrods Aviation operates facilities at London Stansted and Luton Airports with luxurious guest and discrete VIP lounges, workstations, conference facilities and select Harrods merchandise. In addition to the standard crew amenities, the Stansted facility offers two private crew bunk rooms. Both locations can handle private bizliner-class aircraft, up to a Boeing 747-400 in Stansted’s case.
Inflight Executive Jet Centre at Stansted Airport in London has appointed Steve Grimes as its new managing director. Grimes is assigned the mission of expanding business for Inflight’s FBO and its maintenance shop.
“I am looking forward to growing the business in both areas,” said Grimes, “which could mean expanding with new locations for both operations and maintenance.” Inflight also said its growth strategy includes expanding into aircraft completions and interior refurbishment.
Harrods Aviation (Booth 671) has entered into two engineering partnerships with Bombardier and Dassault Falcon Services at its Luton base in London, the company announced at EBACE.
World Fuel Services announced today at EBACE that Harrods Aviation, located at Stansted and Luton airports, is joining its Air Elite FBO network, becoming the first facility in the UK to do so. The deal brings the total number of FBOs in the network, established by World Fuel in late 2011, to 29 worldwide. Both of Harrods’ FBOs provide convenient access to London.
Bombardier Aerospace has named Harrods Aviation an authorized service facility. The London Luton facility can perform line maintenance for the Challenger 300 and Challenger 605 and line and heavy maintenance for the Globals. The MRO provides line and base maintenance as well as AOG services supported by a team of more than 14 technicians. The 54,788-sq-ft maintenance facility offers major and minor scheduled maintenance, rework and modifications.
London Stansted Airport now has a fifth FBO with the opening this month of the new Fayair operation. The 35,747-sq-ft facility is the result of a $19.2 million investment by Mohamed Al Fayed, former owner of the Harrods Aviation FBO immediately opposite the new Fayair building.
Flight planning and support group Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth No. 2516) has largely built its reputation on its 50 years of experience and harnessing technology to make life easier for business aircraft operators. But now the U.S.-based group is looking to upgrade the quality of its ground handling facilities in some 20 countries around the world, starting at London Stansted Airport, where it last month took the wraps off a comprehensively refurbished FBO.
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