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.
Freeman Holdings, owner of five Million Air FBO franchises, has purchased the former Air America Fuel & Services FBO at Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake, Wash., and launched operations as a Million Air facility on January 1. Freeman plans to renovate the Moses Lake facility.
Seven former Million Air FBOs have joined in a marketing partnership with Odyssey Aviation Bahamas to form a new Odyssey Aviation FBO network. The seven new Odyssey FBOs are located at New Orleans (Lakefront Airport); Asheville, N.C.; Charleston, S.C.; Chicago (Midway Airport); Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; and Lafayette, La. Odyssey Aviation Bahamas was also a Million Air franchisee until early last year.
Seven FBOs have left the Million Air franchise system and switched to a new brand name, Odyssey Aviation, having joined in a marketing partnership with the Odyssey Aviation Bahamas FBO at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau. Odyssey Bahamas also used to be a Million Air franchisee.
On October 30, Million Air Lafayette opened its new FBO. The facility features an atrium-style lobby with 10,000 sq feet of lobby and office space and leather furniture and flat-screen televisions, large conference room, pilots’ lounge, complimentary beverage bar with Starbucks coffee and freshly baked cookies, flight planning/weather room, luxury crew vehicles, concierge services and high-speed wireless Internet.
On January 1, seven Million Air FBOs will switch to a new brand name, Odyssey Aviation, and join a marketing partnership with the Odyssey Aviation Bahamas FBO at Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau. The seven Million Air FBOs are owned by Ken Allison, who joined the Million Air franchise system in 1992 with his first FBO at Louisiana’s New Orleans Lakefront Airport.
Since the beginning of the year, Avfuel has added 41 FBOs to its fuel dealer network. The latest to join are Million Air San Antonio and Million Air Rome, the newest FBO in the Million Air franchise system based at Griffiss Airfield in Rome, N.Y. The 41 new Avfuel FBOs all participate in Avfuel’s Avtrips rewards program. Avfuel now has 600 dealers.
The results of the 2008 FBO Survey conducted by NBAA Convention News’s sister publication Aviation International News show some interesting moves up and down the list of the Americas’ Top FBOs. Perennially top-rated Wilson Air Center’s Memphis, Tenn.
A battle is brewing between the Million Air FBO franchising company and one of its more prominent franchisees, a group of seven Million Air FBOs owned by various companies led by Ken Allison. The FBOs, called “Jason III Aviation et al” in the lawsuits, include Million Airs in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; New Orleans and Lafayette, La.; Chicago; Asheville, N.C.; and Charleston, S.C.
Entrepreneur Roger Woolsey, president and CEO of REW Investments, the parent company of Million Air Interlink, (Booth No. 3967) has hit the ground running since REW’s acquisition of the FBO franchise in January this year.