“You have to work at it every day. The changes don’t come in waves, but in tiny increments,” Philippe Crevier said about the FBO business. He spoke to AIN on his cellphone from his family’s vacation house.
The state of Louisiana has approved Million Air’s plans to build a new FBO terminal at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans. The airport suffered debilitating damage during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and Million Air lost most of its buildings except for the historic 1930s-era Moffett Hangar, which has since been restored. Groundbreaking should take place this month.
Million Air Van Nuys (VNY), Calif., still awaiting final approval to begin construction on its permanent facility upgrade, has completed a $750,000 interim renovation project. Harold Lee, president of Million Air Van Nuys and its sister operation Million Air Burbank, said, “While we wait to start construction of our new hangar and office project, we decided it was time to upgrade our existing FBO for our customers.
It was almost painfully uncomfortable. The recently hired customer service representative was up to her belt buckle in alligators, all the line techs were missing, her line chief was deep in conversation with an important customer and everyone else from management was in a meeting off site.
San Juan, Puerto Rico, has joined the Million Air family, bringing to 29 the total number of FBOs housed under the Million Air chain. Located at Fernando Luis Ribas Dominicci Airport (TJIG), the new FBO comprises a 5,600-sq-ft passenger facility and 14,000-sq-ft hangar. Construction is scheduled for completion in mid-month, and the official opening date is slated for May 1.
The Million Air press conference yesterday was filled with announcements of new locations and executives for the FBO and franchise service provider.
Most important to the company was news that a corporate-owned FBO is now operational at Paris Le Bourget Airport, marking the first entrance of Million Air onto the European stage.
Million Air at press time was set to open its first FBO in Europe through a joint venture with the Flying Group of Belgium. The U.S. network will operate Flying Group’s new facility at Paris Le Bourget Airport in France. It will likely be known as Million Air Paris. The arrangement with Million Air does not relate to any of Flying Group’s other activities, namely executive aircraft charter, fractional ownership and management.
Wilson Air Center has quietly acquired Fletcher Aviation at Houston Hobby Airport (HOU). Wilson’s Memphis facility has rated at the top of AIN’s FBO Survey for the past six years, and owner Bob Wilson recently signed on as the contract FBO for the airport authority at Charlotte-Douglas (N.C.) International Airport, where a new facility is under construction.
Signature Flight Support announced November 2 a single purchase involving two FBOs: Long Beach Million Air and another at Oxnard Airport near Santa Barbara. The facility at Oxnard will serve as a reliever to Signature’s busy operation at Santa Barbara Municipal Airport.
Five FBOs and a New York City heliport have joined the Atlantic Aviation chain en masse, bringing the network to a total of 18 locations. The new FBO locations include Burlington, Vt.; Gulfport, Miss.; Louisville, Ky.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; and Wilmington, Del. The deal also includes the East 34th Street Heliport in New York City.