Business aviation group Comlux plans to expand its services into the FBO sector by establishing a new facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The new base, being developed in partnership with Landmark Aviation, is due to open in March next year.
Business aviation group Comlux is to expand its services into the FBO sector by establishing a new facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The new base, being developed in partnership with Landmark Aviation, is due to open in March 2011.
Landmark Aviation and the Asheville Regional Airport Authority celebrated the grand opening of the FBO chain’s FBO terminal at Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina on April 16. Landmark spent $4.6 million on the new facility, which features a 23,000-sq-ft hangar, pilot’s lounge, flight planning room and conference room. Landmark has 41 FBOs in the U.S., Canada and Europe and is owned by GTCR Golder Rauner and Platform Partners.
Piedmont Aircraft last month launched as an aircraft sales company for pre-owned Beechcraft and Hawker aircraft. Industry veteran Tom Mekis is leading the company as president and CEO. Piedmont Aircraft has offices in Winston-Salem and Charlotte, N.C., and Leesburg, Va.
Dubai-based JetEx Flight Support has made its first move into FBO management by completing the acquisition of the Flying Group facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport. The Belgian company has sold the FBO for an undisclosed sum so it can focus on its aircraft charter and management activities. According to JetEx CEO Adel Mardini, the Paris acquisition is part of a long-term strategy to establish an international network of FBOs.
Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) in upstate New York used to have two FBOs, but USAirports has purchased the Landmark Aviation FBO at the airport. USAirports will continue operating all the Landmark facilities and take over Landmark’s airliner fueling contract. Anthony Costello opened the Rochester USAirports FBO after launching his air cargo and hangar service in 1986.
Jeffrey Ross is at the helm of an unusual conglomeration of FBOs, a quasi-chain of 12 facilities that retain their original brand names instead of adopting a common brand for the entire group.
Al Jaber Aviation’s $1.2 billion order for 21 new aircraft placed during November’s MEBA show in Dubai confirmed the business aviation industry’s hopes that rising demand in the Middle East will compensate for slowing sales in western markets that are more directly affected by the ongoing financial crisis.
FBO chain Landmark Aviation has expanded the presence of its FBO at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield, Ill., with the acquisition of the assets of competing FBO First Class Air. This doesn’t change Landmark’s total FBO count, which remains at 42 facilities in the U.S., Canada and Europe. “This acquisition will make our presence stronger in the Springfield market,” said Dan Bucaro, Landmark’s president and CEO.
Charter/management and FBO company Key Air has adopted the Key Air name for its three FBOs in Oxford, Conn.; Blaine, Minn.; and Fort Pierce, Fla. The facilities used to be branded as Keystone Aviation Services. All the locations provide FBO and concierge services, aircraft maintenance and refurbishment, gourmet dining, Key Share fractional ownership, aircraft management and charter.