Trip support and ground handling group Jetex Flight Support announced a preliminary agreement with Brazilian real estate company JHSF to establish an operations center at the São Paulo-area Catarina Executive Airport. Brazil’s first dedicated business aviation airport is set to open in 2016 and is expected to house several FBOs and aircraft maintenance facilities. Jetex’s expansion into Brazil is the next stage of a strategy to expand its presence in the Americas following the recent opening of a new operations center in Miami.
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The Charlotte Regional Partnership has come to this week NBAA show (Booth 3575) seeking to attract companies to join the area’s growing cluster of aviation/aerospace activity. Curtiss-Wright and Sealed Air are among the latest companies to relocate their headquarters to the North Carolina city–in both cases moving from New Jersey. Other companies now with significant facilities in the area include UTC Aerospace Systems, General Dynamics, Michelin Aircraft Tire, ATI Allvac and Turbomeca.
Fixed-based operator Lux Air Jet Centers (Booths 4208 and 4600) announced that it recently signed a 25-year lease at Phoenix Goodyear Airport (GYR), a move that also paves the way for a new, dedicated general aviation terminal and expanded hangar space at the Arizona airfield.
“With the growth of the Phoenix area in general, our customers deserve an executive FBO facility at Goodyear as a gateway to that growth,” said Lux Air managing partner Tim Berger. “Our new lease is the first step in creating that space. We're pleased to invest much-needed FBO development at the airport.”
Ann Arbor, Mich.-based fuel supplier Avfuel has added five locations to its domestic U.S. network. Astin Aviation is the lone service provider at Easterwood Field Airport in College Station, Texas, adjacent to Texas A&M University and the George Bush Presidential Library, and the location is offering triple Avtrip points on qualifying purchases through the end of November.
Airplanes flying into Cobb County Airport-McCollum Field in Kennesaw, Ga., soon won’t have to clear customs at another airport, as officials last week broke ground on a dedicated, on-site U.S. Customs inspection facility at the airport. When the facility is complete, the general aviation airport will be the first in the Atlanta metro area to offer the service. Construction of the $800,000 facility is slated for completion by April next year, with customs services starting in July. A new $3 million, 80-foot control tower is also scheduled to open at the airport in April next year.
Landmark Aviation has opened its new FBO terminal at Paris Le Bourget Airport. Constructed over the past year on its leasehold adjacent to the company’s current hangar, the 8,500-sq-ft facility includes a lounge, bistro, pilot lounge, passenger lobby, prayer room, flight-planning center and two conference rooms. “Our new facility is much more spacious and offers additional amenities that will allow us to provide a better experience for our customers,” said Denis Bourgois, the location’s general manager. Landmark also plans to add a covered parking structure for customers.
Myanmar received its first FBO this week when Myanmar MJets Business Aviation Center (MMBAC) opened at Yangon International Airport. The new venture is a partnership between Bangkok-based business jet and FBO operator MJets and the WahWah Group, which provides aircraft handling and aircraft parts distribution in Myanmar, with support from Myanma Airways, the country’s national airline.
Construction is expected to begin by year-end on an FBO facility at St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). According to the airport, private jet movements there last year were up 13 percent over 2012, and the increasing operational tempo and congested parking called for an upgrade. The new $5.5 million, 10,763-sq-ft terminal is expected to be completed 14 to 16 months after construction begins, and will include three retail outlets as well as customs, immigration and security services.
Trip support specialist UAS is continuing its ambitious plans to expand its global service network with the opening in March of a new regional headquarters for Africa located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Then at last month’s Asian Business Aviation Conference & Exhibition in Shanghai, China, UAS co-founder and executive president Mohammed Husary confirmed plans to open a regional headquarters in China next year.
Private charter operator Qatar Executive is set to open a new FBO at Doha’s Hamad International Airport shortly, having already moved its headquarters there. The company plans to strengthen its core Middle East, Far East and African markets next year, its new head, executive vice president David Edwards, told AIN.
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