New Paris Le Bourget FBO Set To 'Astonish'

 - October 14, 2019, 12:21 PM
The opening of the new Astonsky FBO at Paris' Le Bourget adds another high-end service provider to an already crowded playing field. Among the features of the newly-remodeled terminal: a wine cellar embedded in the floor of the lobby, and a massive aquarium.

The constellation of FBOs at Paris Le Bourget Airport will expand to seven with this week’s official opening of Astonsky. In January, the company acquired Signature Flight Support’s Terminal 2 from BBA Aviation and spent the past 10 months gutting and renovating the 1990-vintage facility at a total cost of more than $11 million. Only the elevator remained unchanged, according to president Charles Clair. Encompassing 75,000 sq ft on six floors, it is also home to sister charter provider Astonjet.

The terminal, which is open 24/7, features on-site discrete customs and security screening; a passenger lounge with an underground glass-ceilinged 3,000-bottle wine cellar, a 1,600-gallon saltwater aquarium, bar area, and panoramic views of the ramp; and a separate secure VIP lounge with en suite bathroom and private chef-served dining area.

For flight crews, there is a dedicated pilot lounge with flight-planning area, four snooze rooms, and showers. The complex also includes 54,000 sq ft of hangar space and can shelter aircraft up to a Dassault Falcon 8X.

Part of the Clair Group whose division names play off the word “astonish,” the company has also operated a small FBO and Astonfly, its flight school, at Toussus-le-Noble Airport since 2012.