The Air Elite Network, the global group of upscale FBOs sponsored by the World Fuel Services (Booth P124), has now surpassed 70 locations worldwide with the addition of three new locations on three separate continents.
Avjet Asia, which debuted in last year is the first full-service FBO facility in South Korea, is now part of the Air Elite Network. Located at Gimpo Airport in Seoul, the 24/7 location is situated just 16 km (10 miles) from the city center. It offers ground handling service and a VIP terminal with private passenger lounges, crew lounge, snooze room, shower facilities, and on-site customs, immigration and quarantine services. The FBO is also well suited for technical stops for trans-Pacific flights, since it provides MRO, line maintenance and hangar space.
“As the first FBO in [South] Korea, and since the nation is still new to the market, our objective is to provide relevant services, develop the business aviation market within [South] Korea, as well as serve as the transit stop in Northeast Asia,” said company president Wook Sang Cho. “We hope to be a powerful inspiration in the region as well as add value to the Air Elite Network.”
In Europe, the network welcomed Business Aviation Centre-Frankfurt (BACF), as its 70th member. Situated at Frankfurt Main International Airport, just 12 km (7.5 miles) from the heart of Frankfurt, the FBO offers fully equipped crew and passenger lounges (providing wine, beer and champagne to customers), ground handling and aircraft maintenance.
Across the Atlantic, Fast Air Centre at Manitoba’s Winnipeg James Richardson International Airport has become the first Canadian FBO to join the network. The terminal at the central Canada facility has a conference room, passenger lounge and crew lounge with snooze room, along with full ground handling, on-site maintenance, aircraft charter services, 65,000 sq ft of hangar space and ramp parking. The location is one of the first to join the World Fuel Services network of FBOs following the company’s November acquisition of ExxonMobil locations throughout Canada.
The Air Elite Network, and its “diamond service,” was founded in 2011, and all prospective members must meet a stringent list of airport, facility and service quality standards to gain admission.
“We are happy to celebrate this impressive milestone for the network,” said Michael Szczchechoski, World Fuel’s senior vice president of business aviation sales, noting the network has added 10 new locations over the past year.