Ross Aviation has expanded its FBO network into the Pacific with the announcement today of its purchase of Air Service Hawaii and its six facilities scattered throughout the islands. Tracing its history back to 1948, Air Service Hawaii operates a flagship location at Honolulu Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, as well as on Lanai, Maui, Hilo, Kauai, and Kona. At the latter, it is developing the first FBO to include a 5,000-sq-ft terminal and a 38,000-sq-ft business jet hangar that is expected to be completed by year-end.
“Air Service Hawaii is a premier aircraft services provider and a key member of the Hawaiian aviation community,” said Ross CEO Brian Corbett. “Their unique Aloha spirit of warmth and friendliness fits perfectly with our flight hospitality standards and we could not be more pleased to now have them as a part of the Ross Aviation family.”
The addition brings Ross to 25 locations in the U.S. and Caribbean. Ross itself is currently finalizing a merger with Atlantic Aviation that is expected to conclude next month. That merger will see its locations likely rebranded as Atlantic FBOs, and including the Air Service Hawaii acquisition by Ross would make Atlantic only the second FBO chain to have more than 100 locations worldwide. A Ross Aviation spokesman told AIN the negotiations for Air Service Hawaii predated the merger discussions with Atlantic.