Construction of a business aviation center at Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg, Russia, missed its target for completion last month, but builder and operator JetPort told AIN that the FBO is nearly done and the facility will open this summer. Called Pulkovo-3, the facility sits on a 24-acre lot that includes apron and parking places for 20 business jets. The 43,000-sq-ft, two-story business aviation terminal will be able to serve up to 1,500 passengers daily, the company said.
Bombardier Aerospace is rapidly expanding its presence in the emerging aviation markets in Asia and the Middle East. Today, the company inaugurated its new office in Shanghai, which is now home to the Bombardier Commercial Aircraft teams working with the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac), Bombardier Aerospace’s supply chain organization in China and the company’s commercial aircraft sales and marketing team for China and North Asia.
Dassault Falcon promoted Jean-Michel Jacob to senior vice president of international sales. In his new position, he will oversee all sales activity for Dassault Falcon in Asia, the Pacific Rim and South America. Jacob, who has worked for the French aircraft manufacturer in several sales capacities since 1987, will be based in Beijing. He was named vice president of international sales in 2005 and established the company’s Asian sales headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 2007.
Argus released a new version of TraqPak FBO, a web-based live flight-tracking aircraft activity analysis and market intelligence reporting tool used by FBOs, air charter operators, aircraft management companies and other aviation service providers. New features of TraqPak FBO v2 include the capability to add unique color codes to any aircraft and change the activity views in the program between full map, no map and the standard map and grid side-by-side view.
British competition authorities have dismissed complaints that they did not investigate the British Airways (BA) bid to buy BMI (the former British Midland International) from Germany’s Lufthansa—a deal approved by the European Commission (EC) on March 30.
South Africa’s low-cost carriers have fallen into disarray as rising fuel costs and overcapacity take their toll on a domestic industry now hit by a spate of airline management resignations. Rodney James stepped down as CEO of OneTime airline, along with executive director Michael Kaminski, the company said March 13, without giving reasons for the departures.
“Positive distortion” caused by geopolitical and other factors inflated February 2012 traffic results reported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), whose statistics showed an 8.6-percent improvement in passenger demand and a 5.2-percent rise in cargo demand compared with the same month last year.
At a ceremony late last month, Narita International Airport opened the first dedicated terminal for business and private jets. Operated by the airport authority, Premier Gate–which will be open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.–promises privacy for passengers along with swift inbound and outbound passport control procedures through the use of dedicated onsite customs, immigration and quarantine facilities. In conjunction with the opening of the new terminal, the airport said it will extend the permissible duration for corporate jet parking to 30 days from 14.
Nearly seven years after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans Lakefront Airport, a new FBO has opened there, bringing the total number of service providers to three and signaling the continued revitalization of the historic gateway. The newest FBO, AeroPremier Jet Center, occupies a renovated former National Guard helicopter facility that was seriously damaged by the storm. The structure’s fate was uncertain until AeroPremier won a bid to operate an FBO in 2008 and received Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to help restore the building.
John Holland Aviation Services (JHAS) has been appointed an Embraer authorized service center to provide line and heavy maintenance services for E-Jets from its base in Melbourne. JHAS is the first aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul services organization in the Asia-Pacific region to obtain such an authorization from Embraer.