IAM Jet Centre’s second Caribbean FBO, at Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica, will open on December 15. IAM Jet Centre has its own airport entrance separate from the airline passenger entrance. The 4,500-sq-ft FBO terminal houses passenger and crew lounges, private meeting rooms and in-house customs and immigration processing as well as X-ray and electronic security screening equipment.
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New developments at FBOs including regulations and noise issues; legal disputes; openings, acquisitions and mergers.
The Million Air FBO franchise has reached 35 bases, with the addition of nine new facilities in the past 12 months, one of which, in Paris, is the chain’s first European FBO. Million Air Paris at Le Bourget Airport brings luxury amenities to the European business aviation market, including a theater room, complimentary beverage/snack bar and a snooze room.
Million Air Salt Lake City held a grand opening in mid-October of its newly remodeled FBO, which includes an 8,000-sq-ft addition featuring a spacious lobby with vaulted ceilings and plenty of natural lighting. The pilots’ lounge has been expanded, and there are new private sleep rooms and showers.
Subscribers to Arinc Direct can plan fuel purchases using Arinc’s new “virtual fuel desk,” with fuel prices pre-negotiated by Arinc. The fuel desk allows users to check regional fuel prices at multiple airports and FBOs instead of comparing prices at one possible destination. Once the operator makes his selection, the fuel desk e-mails or faxes the fuel release to the destination FBO.
In mid-October the doors opened at Dulles Jet Center, the third FBO at Washington Dulles International Airport. Dulles Jet Center offers 160,000 sq ft of hangar space, a three-story, 25,000-sq-ft terminal/office building and 300,000 sq ft of ramp space. Nearby Signature Flight Support will provide fuel and other ground support services to Dulles Jet Center customers.
Jet Aviation held the official grand opening of its new Dubai FBO and maintenance center Sunday night in front of local dignitaries and officials. The first full-service FBO in the United Arab Emirates, Jet Aviation Dubai’s maintenance center technically opened in May and has since gained approval to provide in-house customs as well as immigration and security clearance.
Executive charter operator Cirrus Middle East has joined forces with flight planner Universal Weather & Aviation to open a new FBO at Lebanon’s Beirut International Airport. The partners are the first company to apply for Lebanon’s new general handling certificate. Trading under the name Universal Aviation Beirut, the FBO operates from the airport’s general aviation terminal.
According to Universal Weather, ground handling in the Middle East has improved, driven by increased traffic and expectations of higher levels of service. Dubai, which serves a higher volume of business aviation traffic than most other Middle East destinations, remains the standard bearer.
Nevertheless, flight handlers offer some warnings that may not seem instinctive to Western visitors:
Plenty of major players have voiced high expectations for the eventual flowering of business aviation in the Asia/Pacific region, but Jet Aviation is one of just a few that has put its money where its mouth is. The Swiss-based group established a bridgehead facility here in Singapore a decade ago, and has stayed the course despite receiving little encouragement from the marketplace–until recently.
The National Air Transportation Association (NATA) warned of a new requirement imposed by Alabama. The state has decided to apply to aviation facilities legal standards for self-serve auto fuel pumps. These standards include a requirement for all self-serve pumps to have visual indicators of quantity and cost and that all pumps reset to zero when finished pumping.