Giving “club class” a new meaning, Italian carrier Eurofly is about to begin charter operations with an Airbus A319LR “business liner” on static display here at the EBACE show. Eurofly acquired the aircraft new about a year ago and holds an option on a second example.
ExxonMobil Aviation (Booth No. 1026) is now using its own equipment and staff to refuel business jets at Milan Linate Airport. The direct operation started in February. The company also announced that it has been awarded a six-year contract to supply aviation fuels to TAG Farnborough Airport in the UK. In addition, ExxonMobil will once again provide fuel and services during the Farnborough International Air Show in July.
Italy’s Sky Services is finally making some progress toward establishing its planned network of franchised FBOs. In July it began a full-service handling operation at Rome Ciampino Airport, adding to its existing bases at Naples Capodichino and Milan Linate.
Independent FBO groups are at last challenging cozy ground handling monopolies in Italy. But the new market entrants have encountered resistance at every turn as authorities try to dodge European Union competition rules.
Italian FBO group Sky Services has broken a 40-year-old fuel monopoly at Milan Linate Airport. The independent company has faced protracted legal and bureaucratic battles to establish its right to handle business aircraft at Italian airports and has now defeated attempts by Milan airport authority ATA to prevent its selling fuel directly to business aircraft.
Italian carrier Eurofly has been operating its all-business-class Airbus A319 service between Milan and New York since May, but the start-up has been marred by a political row over traffic rights. The U.S. Department of Transportation refused to allow the service to operate to and from Milan’s near-downtown Linate Airport because U.S. airlines are obliged to use the less convenient Malpensa Airport.
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