All-you-can-fly membership charter firm Surf Air is expanding service to Carlsbad, Calif., beginning November 18 and to Oakland, Calif., beginning December 15. The expansion is facilitated by the delivery of the company’s first three Pilatus PC-12NGs, doubling Surf Air’s PC-12 fleet. It recently placed an order for 65 (15 firm, 50 options) of the Swiss-made turboprop singles, and Surf Air plans to take delivery of nine more PC-12NGs next year.
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Abu Dhabi state-owned carrier Etihad Airways announced a code-share agreement with JetBlue Airways on January 22 that would extend its reach into the U.S. market if the Department of Transportation (DOT) approves. A week earlier, Etihad said that it will double its flights between Abu Dhabi and New York City by introducing a second daily service.
Shell Fuel distributor Eastern Aviation Fuels has bolstered its California footprint with the addition of three new FBO dealers. Landmark Aviation’s locations at San Diego International Airport (SAN), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Metropolitan Oakland International (OAK) will now be participating in the Shell AeroClass customer loyalty program, while LAX and OAK will also offer Shell contract fuel. Customs and immigration clearance is available at all three locations.
Pentastar Aviation’s maintenance facility at Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Connecticut has received FAA FAR 145 satellite repair station certification. Pentastar Aviation’s satellite repair station certification reflects the expansion of maintenance services from the original repair station at Oakland County International Airport, Mich., where the MRO has maintained heavy jets, including Challengers, Falcons and Gulfstreams, for nearly 50 years. Pentastar also has a facility at Van Nuys Airport in California.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport in Northern California has expanded its hangar space to more than 100,000 sq ft with the addition of a 15,000-sq-ft hangar. An ExxonMobil Avitat facility, Business Jet Center has seen demand for hangar space at Oakland grow steadily over the past 18 months, according to manager David Mills.
Business Jet Center at Oakland International Airport is celebrating its fifth anniversary of FBO operations this month. Over the past three years, the Bay Area FBO has recorded a 106-percent increase in combined jet-A and avgas pumped while traffic has increased by more than 200 percent. Since beginning operations in 2003, Business Jet Center (Booth No.
KaiserAir Inc. (Booth No. 3241), a full-service FBO and charter company based at Oakland (Calif.) International Airport, is keeping close watch over ruling TSA-2002-11604-1, nicknamed the Twelve-Five Rule, in which aircraft of 12,500 lb and over must comply with nearly the same personnel and baggage security screening requirements as measures adopted earlier this year for aircraft weighing more than 95,000 lb.
In the three years that Business Jet Center (BJC) has been open at Oakland (Calif.) International Airport, the FBO has doubled the number of gallons of fuel sold and traffic has jumped by 200 percent. The first quarter of this year continued strong, with fuel volume climbing 20 percent compared to the same period last year. “This is shaping up to be another solid year of growth for our location,” said general manager David Mills.
The major reductions in airline passenger traffic at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) since September 11 may actually benefit business aviation activities at the airport, as well as SkyWest Airlines, the sole regional airline operation remaining at the large West Coast airport.
If your destination lies within the shadow of the Golden Gate bridge, don’t think that San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is your only option. Oakland International Airport (OAK), which for decades was served by only one FBO, now sports two FBOs, with a third trying to wriggle its way in.
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