Mercury Air Centers and TAG Aviation disclosed a joint initiative to provide travel services through Mercury’s FBO network. The partnership will provide Mercury customers with a variety of ancillary services, including charter and management through TAG Aviation in the U.S. Mercury has 20 FBO locations throughout the country and TAG operates and manages more than 90 aircraft available for charter.
Mercury Air Center in conjunction with GE Capital Financial and Aviation Logistics has developed a MasterCard purchase program for business aviation operators. The Mercury Easy Trip card is designed to replace the multiple charge cards now carried by flight crews. The card is good for all trip transactions at any FBO, not just Mercury locations.
Mercury Air Centers in conjunction with GE Capital Financial and Aviation Logistics (Avlog) introduced last month a MasterCard purchasing program specifically for business aviation operators. The Atlanta-based FBO chain also announced affiliations with Starbucks Coffee and UltraJet air charter.
Mercury Air Group CEO Joe Czyzyk has directed the company’s Mercury Air Centers to provide free use of their facilities nationwide for any private or military aircraft on a humanitarian mission to New York, as long as there is a need and the flight is a verifiable relief operation. Mercury will provide fuel to these aircraft at cost and will not charge ramp fees.
The facilities of Flight International, one of two FBOs at Williamsburg International Airport in Newport News, Va., have become the 20th Mercury Air Centers operation. After processing a request for proposals, the airport authority awarded Mercury a 20-year FBO contract. Flight International, whose aircraft maintenance operation will continue as a Mercury tenant, did not respond to the RFP.
In an 8-K filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed on June 12, Macquarie Infrastructure revealed that it is adding two FBOs at Norman Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in Northern California to its acquisition of the Mercury Air Centers FBO chain.
Allied Capital, the private-equity firm owner of the Mercury Air Centers FBO chain, has agreed to sell its 24 FBOs to Macquarie Infrastructure, a publicly traded Australian company that also owns the Atlantic Aviation FBO chain. The $456.2 million deal includes 24 Allied Capital FBOs, which include Mercury Air Centers (purchased in 2004 from Mercury Air Group), Corporate Wings, FirstAir and IX Jet Center.
The top spots at two of the country’s largest FBO chains are changing hands. Mercury Air Centers (16 locations) has confirmed that president John Enticknap has been replaced by Randall Jones; and Signature Flight Support (43 North American locations) has verified that Beth Haskins will step down in September. Signature has not named a replacement for Haskins, who served as the company’s CFO before taking the reins as president in 2000.
Australia’s Macquarie Infrastructure confirmed that it is buying Allied Capital’s chain of 24 FBOs, which includes Mercury Air Centers, Corporate Wings, FirstAir and IX Jet Center. Price of the purchase is $456.2 million, and the deal should close in the third quarter, “subject to consent (or letters of estoppel) being received from relevant airport authorities,” according to a Macquarie statement.
Cleveland-based Corporate Wings/Mercury Air Centers this week named Richard Michaels as its vice president of marketing. Michaels, a 25-year business aircraft sales veteran, was tapped by company CEO Kenn Ricci to head marketing and sales functions for all affiliated companies.