Moving on from the February dissolution of a decade-long licensing agreement, Epic Aviation and Air BP are continuing to make strides in different directions. Epic, a privately owned fuel distributor known previously as Valley Oil, had acted as Air BP Aviation Services since the 2002 formation of a joint venture company with the oil company and managed the 300-location Air BP FBO network and its programs.
Jet Aviation has launched a global refurbishment program “to renew and harmonize the look and feel” at its FBOs and major maintenance facilities worldwide. The makeover will start with Jet Aviation’s Geneva, Zurich and Basel facilities in Switzerland, focusing on the lobbies and customer and crew lounges. By 2015, all of its FBOs and major MROs worldwide will be updated.
Jet Aviation launched a new fuel sales service for its FBOs in the European, Middle Eastern and Asian regions this week at EBACE. Using its global purchasing power to negotiate a better fuel price with supplier World Fuel Services, Jet Aviation’s new fuel sales service can pass cost savings on to FBO and MRO customers visiting these facilities. It will be offered in tandem with the company’s existing fuel program, which is exclusive to aircraft management clients.
Wichita-based Greenwich AeroGroup (Stand 1131) and ExecuJet Aviation Group of Zurich (Stand 136) announced at EBACE an expansion of their relationship to include ExecuJet Haite Aviation Services in Mainland China. The agreement enables ExecuJet to represent Greenwich AeroGroup parts distribution, repair and overhaul services at all of its locations, and positions both companies to enhance the services offered to China-based and transient aircraft owners and operators.
Eurojet Aviation has opened a 41,000-sq-ft building at Birmingham Airport in the UK, ready to play its part servicing the upcoming onslaught of travelers arriving for the 2012 London Olympics. The building is equipped with a maintenance hangar specifically designed to meet the requirements of the Cessna Citation family. Eurojet has recently been designated an authorized Cessna Citation Service Center.
London-based Andrew Winch Designs is well on its way to establishing its brand in the aviation sector, having worked on 12 completions and two refurbishments in the past decade. The company will end the year with the delivery of an ACJ, A340 and a BBJ2 (based on the 737-800), said Jim Dixon, Andrew Winch’s director and head of the aviation design department, told AIN here at the show yesterday. The company also expects to deliver two more next year.
Maintenance, repair and overhaul group SR Technics (SRT) is stepping up its push into the aircraft completions business, but is in no hurry to grab market share at any price. “We want to be the best and reliable rather than jumping for every dollar,” SRT president Andre Wall told AIN yesterday. “We’re so big…we want to make sure we’re not under pressure…[because] if the customer is not happy, they will never come back,” he added.
Jet Aviation has restructured operations at its Basel, Switzerland completions facility after contract losses and a decline in completions orders led to financial charges. “Those issues are behind us now,” said Daniel Clare, Jet Aviation president in an interview with AIN.
Jet Aviation (Stand 7040) has secured authorization from the French authorities to fly the Embraer Phenom 300 into Saint-Tropez La Môle International Airport in the south of France, the first air charter operator to gain such approval.