Kubick Aviation has purchased Superior Aviation, its larger competitor at Ford Airport in Northern Michigan, making it the sole aviation services provider on the field, which sees approximately 20 operations a day. Kubick moved from its 4,700-sq-ft facility (which was since sold to an aeromedical provider) to the former Superior location. The facility offers an FAA certified repair station with an avionics shop, aircraft charter and management services, aircraft rental, 24-hour pilot lounge with refreshments, a conference room, private work spaces, crew car and free Wi-Fi.
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.
Leeward Flight Service has opened a private jet terminal at Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport in Basseterre, St. Kitts. The new facility, which says it specializes in quick turns, offers onsite customs, immigration and health clearance, as well as landing permit and airport slot assistance.
Aviation services provider Avflight has acquired the former Eurojet FBO at Belfast’s George Best Belfast City Airport, making it the company’s first location outside the U.S. The location is separate from the main airport terminal and provides passenger and crew handling and services such as executive lounge, a crew lounge, direct access to aircraft, flight planning and weather equipment, technical assistance with aircraft, complimentary Wi-Fi, catering and ground arrangements such as limousine and hotel accommodations. The FBO offers Avfuel fuel and Avtrip points.
As China’s business aviation infrastructure continues to grow, Deer Jet, which owns four of the six FBOs operating on the Chinese mainland, expects to at least double that number by year-end, according to Peng Zhang, company vice president. “We are talking with several different airport authorities [that] want to cooperate with Deer Jet to have an FBO facility on their field,” Zhang told AIN.
Ground support services provider Euro Jet Intercontinental has unveiled a new complimentary crew lounge at Mihail Kogălniceanu International Airport near the Romanian seaside town of Constanta, a top summer destination in Eastern Europe. The new lounge features couches, flat-screen cable television, computer workstations with printer/fax/scanner and Wi-Fi. Additionally, refreshments, assorted snacks and a full-time concierge service are available.
Pilots heading to this year’s EAA AirVenture Fly-In next month will find there is now only one FBO at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. Basler Flight Services acquired Orion Flight Service from Shell aviation fuels distributor Eastern Aviation Fuels in a deal worth approximately $1 million, according to Tom Weigt, president of parent company and DC-3 turboprop conversion pioneer Basler Turbo Conversions.
Construction is expected to begin by year-end on an FBO facility at St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SXM). According to the airport, private jet movements there last year were up 13 percent over 2012, and the increasing operational tempo and congested parking called for an upgrade. The new $5.5 million, 10,763-sq-ft terminal is expected to be completed 14 to 16 months after construction begins, and will include three retail outlets as well as customs, immigration and security services.
Jet Aviation is currently rebranding its FBOs in Jeddah and in Dubai at Dubai International Airport as part of its refurbishment and corporate rebranding program. Jet Aviation is currently rebranding its FBO facility in Jeddah to integrate the new corporate look and feel launched in Geneva and Zurich last year. With runway construction under way at Dubai International Airport, the company is overhauling this facility while all FBO, line maintenance and AOG services are being supported out of its Dubai World Central facility.
April was a banner month for Landmark Aviation, beginning with the Carlyle Group subsidiary announcing it had entered the UK FBO market in a big way by buying the three former RSS Jet Centre locations at London Luton Airport, Manchester Airport and Glasgow Prestwick Airport.
Hawthorne Global Aviation Services recently opened its newest FBO at Chicago Executive Airport. The FBO–the company’s third following new facilities at MacArthur Airport in Islip, N.Y., and Lakefront Airport in New Orleans–is part of an aggressive business plan to open executive FBOs throughout the U.S. in major and medium markets. “We have the next four sites in mind, and they will probably be online this year,” Bill Koch, chairman of the board, told AIN.