Ross Aviation, owner and operator of 14 FBOs nationwide, announced this week at the annual NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio that it has named Todd Baumgartner as senior vice president, effective February 1.
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Universal Aviation Spain is relocating its Madrid headquarters from Torrejon International Airport to Madrid-Barajas International Airport, because Spain’s Aeropuertos Españoles y Navegación Aérea has decided to close Torrejon Airport to general aviation aircraft effective February 1. The relocated Universal Aviation Spain will be situated in the remodeled general aviation terminal building (the former state pavilion) at Barajas, which will open at the end of next month. The new terminal will have its own parking and VIP facilities, including lounges and meeting rooms.
FBO chain and airport real estate manager Sheltair is nearing completion on the first of three planned phases in a $13.6 million new development project at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Expected to open within the first quarter of the year, the first phase of the facility will include 134,806 sq ft of hangar and office space on more than 11 acres.
This week at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference, Fargo Jet Center announced it will establish a new FBO at Sloulin Field International Airport in Williston, N.D. The Williston Jet Center will offer aircraft fueling, aircraft maintenance, flight instruction, aircraft charter management and aircraft sales. Construction of the new 6,400 sq. ft. passenger facility and a fuel farm is expected to begin in March, and it should be operational by early summer.
The UK’s Cambridge Airport and its FBO partner ExecuJet Aviation are celebrating the first anniversary of their cooperation by offering a free landing for all operators who buy between 5,000 and 10,000 liters (1,320 gallons to 2,641 gallons) of fuel.
Jet Aviation has opened an FBO in Berlin to provide handling at the city’s Schönefeld and Tegel International Airports. The new facility at Schönefeld includes an operations office, a crew lounge and a VIP passenger lounge. “As a major international hub and a common point of entry to central Europe, Berlin is a key location for our customers,” said Frank Kusserow, Jet Aviation’s director of FBO services in Germany. “Many of our customers regularly fly between Berlin, Dusseldorf and our other worldwide FBOs, and they can now benefit from having the same handling provider.”
At the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas, Million Air Dallas said it is eagerly anticipating the arrival of the first of two Gulfstream G650’s on its charter certificate. Expected in March, the ultra-long range twinjet will be based at “4350,” the FBO’s new exclusive terminal for Million Air Dallas-based aircraft owners and charter clients that opened last month at Addison Airport.
Dubai-based Jetex Flight Support will open a new flight-planning lounge in the Oxfordjet FBO at London Oxford Airport in about three weeks, the company announced today. In conjunction, Jetex also becomes Oxfordjet’s preferred flight-planning partner. Jetex is making over one of the FBO’s crew lounges, as the “Jetex Lounge,” with new furnishings, signage, aeronautical charts and world time-zone clocks. Computers in this lounge will link directly to Jetex’s flight-planning systems, while also hosting generic flight-planning software.
The FBO industry is shifting from a price-sensitive business model to one based on providing an exceptional customer service experience, according to FBO industry consultants Aviation Business Strategies Group. The firm’s principals–John Enticknap and Ron Jackson–addressed a group of industry leaders about this topic today at the NBAA Schedulers & Dispatchers Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
The London-area Farnborough Airport has been capitalizing on the 2011 lifting of the number of movements it can receive annually. According to the dedicated business aviation gateway’s owner and operator TAG Aviation, traffic increased significantly during 2012, and not just because of the biennial Farnborough International airshow in July and last summer’s London Olympic Games.