Dassault Falcon’s FBO at New Castle Airport in Wilmington, Del., is now a Phillips 66 Aviation fuel dealer. In addition to FBO services, the Falcon facility at Wilmington is a heavy maintenance factory-owned Falcon service center offering maintenance, structural repair, AOG, avionics, engine, interior and paint services. The Dassault FBO is participating in the Phillips 66 WingPoints rewards program.
New Castle Airport
The Delaware River and Bay Authority (DRBA) has pledged $8.5 million to assist Dassault Falcon Jet (DFJ) in its renovation and upgrade plans at New Castle County Airport (ILG) in Wilmington, Del. Dassault acquired the 179,000-sq-ft facility from Atlantic Aviation late last year.
At the end of last month, Macquarie Bank of Sydney, Australia, entered into an agreement to purchase Executive Air Support, the Dallas-based group whose sole business is Atlantic Aviation. The transaction is valued at US$238 million. Combined with the five FBO AvCenters already owned by Macquarie, the deal for the 10 FBOs will triple the number of Macquarie-owned aircraft-service operations in the U.S.
An impasse in negotiations by unionized workers and the Dassault Falcon Jet Wilmington, Del. facility remained unresolved at press time, leaving some 100 workers on strike. Contract negotiations broke down between the company and United Auto Workers Local 1542 on March 8, but they were scheduled to reopen on March 23 (for the latest, see “As We Go To Press” on page 3).