Air BP recently added 16 airports to its Chinese fuel network for general aviation customers, extending the fuel supplier’s reach from Beijing in the North along the central corridor, to Shenzhen in the South with new airports being served in the provinces of Guangdong, Guangxi, Hunan, Hubei and Henan. With these additions, Air BP provides fuel for international GA clients at 20 Chinese airports. The new airport locations are being operated in conjunction with Air BP’s local joint-venture partner, South China Bluesky Aviation Oil Company.
Airports, Heliports and FBOs
New developments at airports and heliports, including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers of FBOs; AIN’s Annual FBO Survey Reports; and news, issues and concerns regarding fuel cards, fuel prices and alternative fuels.
During a session yesterday at EBACE, IBAC formally unveiled its new International Standard for Business Aviation Handling (IS-BAH), which outlines a formal safety standard for FBOs and ground-handling businesses. IS-BAH mirrors IS-BAO, the safety standard for business aircraft operators, according to International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) IS-BAO director James Cannon. “It represents FBO and handling agency industry best practices, and integrates the principles of a safety management system [SMS].”
World Fuel Services (WFS) is promoting the AvPOS point-of-sale system as its payment software of choice for non-U.S. markets. AvPOS, from KHI, is specifically designed for FBOs and aviation merchants and supports World Fuel’s Avcard, the Multi Service Aero Card and KHI’s U.S. government Air Card. AvPOS enables FBOs and ground handlers to transact sales anywhere, including the ramp.
Massachusetts recently announced plans to build or renovate general aviation airport administrative facilities in 15 communities over the next five years. The first four projects currently in design are for the airports in Beverly, Fitchburg, Mansfield and Southbridge. Each project is funded by the state and a required 5-percent local match. Construction is expected to take approximately nine months. Another 11 airports are scheduled for construction or renovation from 2016 through 2019.
Air BP announced several service initiatives to support business aviation operators heading to Brazil for the World Cup tournament that begins next month. At all 16 airports where it operates in the host country, Air BP will institute a “fast-track” fuel service, which will guarantee the arrival of a refueler within 20 minutes of an aircraft’s landing, given three hours’ advance notification, or alternatively, will allow operators to book predetermined fueling time according to their schedules.
BBA Aviation’s flight support division, which includes Signature Flight Support and airline refueler Asig, saw an 8-percent increase in revenue. “The signs of recovery in business and general aviation in North America continued, with movements up 4 percent in the first quarter,” the company noted. “Weakness continued in our other major markets, with European business and general aviation movements flat and commercial movements down 2 percent in North America and Europe.”
To support its growing FBO consultancy business, Aviacare has opened an office at Cannes Airport in the South of France. The three-year-old business is positioned to support both the European FBO network and what it says is growing demand for its services from Africa. The company consulted for Lagos, Nigeria-based Evergreen Apple last year on matters relating to FBO services, design and management, and has helped establish business aviation services in other countries on the African continent.
Private-aviation catering provider Air Culinaire has augmented its Florida network with the establishment of another company-owned and -operated kitchen. The location, three miles from Miami International Airport (MIA), is the third in the Sunshine State for the Universal Weather & Aviation subsidiary. The new location will supply aircraft operating at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International, Fort Lauderdale Executive, Opa-Locka Executive, Kendall-Tamiami Executive and MIA.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency has designated Reina Beatrix International Airport in Oranjestad, Aruba, as the second international authorized pre-clearance location for general aviation aircraft transporting up to 19 passengers and crew. Ireland’s Shannon Airport was the first to receive the approval, in March 2010.
Quintessentially Aviation Handling has opened a new executive passenger and crew terminal facility at Ireland’s Shannon International Airport. The 1,750-sq-ft terminal includes an executive passenger lounge, as well as an airside crew rest lounge complete with shower facilities, satellite TV, Netflix, Wi-Fi, complimentary catering and modern Swiss furnishings. The terminal is also equipped with its own air bridge.