Atlantic Aviation parent company Macquarie Infrastructure announced late last week that it acquired Galaxy Aviation, a Florida-based FBO chain with six facilities, for $195 million. The agreement is expected to close in the first quarter of next year, subject to government approvals.
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Signature Flight Support held the grand opening of its new FBO at Newark Liberty Airport on Friday. The 11,200-sq-ft Leed Gold-certified building occupies the site of the former terminal, which was leveled to make way for the new $11 million building.
According to Huntley Lawrence, general manager of the airport and interim deputy director of aviation for the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, the services provider succeeded in its promise to finish the facility and make ramp improvements before the Super Bowl on February 2.
The San Jose City Council approved the 50-year ground lease agreement with Signature Flight Support last week for its proposed new $82 million FBO at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. The 29-acre complex will eventually be home to the service provider’s West Coast headquarters. It will be developed in conjunction with Blue City Holdings, the company that operates the aircraft of nearby Google’s executives.
Ross Aviation acquired the assets of FBO Louisiana Aircraft at Baton Rouge (La.) Metropolitan Airport. Like the other facilities acquired by Ross, the FBO will continue to operate under its own name. In addition, Landon Petty will continue to serve as its general manager. This is Ross Aviation’s sixth acquisition this year and brings the Ross Aviation roster of FBOs to 19 airports in 11 states stretching from Hawaii to New Jersey and from Florida to Washington State.
Aeroplex Aviation and Signature Flight Support will host a holiday fundraiser at Long Beach (Calif.) Airport tomorrow to benefit Veterans Airlift Command, a nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation to wounded warriors, veterans and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots. More than 300 representatives of the airport community, local business leaders, aviation enthusiasts and public officials will attend the holiday party and charity raffle.
Since transitioning to a civil facility in April 2011, Brunswick Executive Airport (BXM) in Maine has seen steady growth in general and business aviation activities. Nowhere is that better illustrated than by its FBO, FlightLevel Aviation. The FBO, which has occupied a portion of a pre-existing building from the start of the airport’s civil operations, plans to move into a new purpose-built site by late spring.
Trip support group United Aviation Services (UAS) has boosted its international network with a new U.S. headquarters established in Houston and the launch last month of a trip management system. The Dubai-based company has signaled its intent to roll out more flight-support offices in other parts of the world.
The majority of aircraft operators are willing to pay more for high-quality support services, according to a United Aviation Services survey that quizzed 250 business aircraft operators (approximately two-thirds of them based in the U.S.). Seventy percent of respondents put service quality ahead of price.
The FBO landscape at Westchester County Airport in White Plains, N.Y., continues to swirl with news that Signature Flight Support plans to acquire the Million Air White Plains FBO, in addition to the Jet Systems (formerly Avitat) FBO (for which it announced its intention earlier this year). Earlier this month, Landmark Aviation announced that it had upped its holdings at the dual-use airport with the purchase of independent FBO Panorama Flight Support.
Jet Aviation appointed Hardy Bütschi as vice president and general manager of Jet Aviation’s facilities in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, effective in January. In his new role, he will be responsible for overseeing the company’s maintenance and FBO operations at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central/Al Maktoum International Airport, as well as at Al Bateen Executive Airport in nearby Abu Dhabi. Previously, Bütschi oversaw the company’s operations in Saudi Arabia as vice president of Jet Aviation Saudi Arabia.