When entrepreneur David H. Murdock started Castle & Cooke, Inc.’s flight department in the mid-’70s, he wanted the convenience, security, and privacy that only private aviation can deliver. He also wanted to extend those amenities from the aircraft to the on-ground experience. The result was the company’s country-club-like lobby/office/hangar complex at Van Nuys Airport.
“It was like a private club for business aircraft users. It became so popular that he expanded and started renting space to his friends and associates for their aircraft,” explained Castle & Cooke Aviation’s president, Tony Marlow. “This was a very upscale facility. There was nothing else like it. That was Castle & Cooke Aviation’s entry into the high-end FBO business.
“Van Nuys was our first operation, started in 1981. However, it was a private facility for tenants only. Their first full-service FBO was Everett, Washington, in early 2008, followed by the opening of Honolulu in May 2008. Van Nuys became a full-service FBO after adding additional land, and building a new 40,000-SF hangar, new ramp, and a new FBO lobby in 2010.
“Castle & Cooke owns several businesses in Hawaii, including the Dole Fruit company. Mr. Murdock was making a lot of trips to Honolulu, and realized the one thing that the airport didn’t have was a high-end FBO,” Marlow says. “He owned two Four Season resorts in the islands, so we bought an existing FBO and totally re-made it with the elegant look, feel, and highly personal services made famous by those resorts.”
Marlow stated that while Castle & Cooke Aviation’s three FBOs are in totally different locations, they all share that same commitment to delivering the unique array of 50th state-of-mind, personal, private, and secure services that the operation was founded on.
“Castle and Cooke Aviation strives for excellence –
excellent services, excellent people, excellent training, and we put it together to deliver an elegant experience – no matter what it is – to every visitor,” he says. “Whether it’s full aircraft services, or just a friendly hello, we’ve got nice places here, and we’re really going to take care of you.” Aloha and Mahalo.