The first NBAA business aviation regional forum in 2012 was held in New Orleans on Thursday, marking “a triumphant return to the Crescent City” six years after Hurricane Katrina forced the association to move its annual convention from the flood-damaged region. “NBAA is pleased with the results of the New Orleans forum,” said NBAA president and CEO Ed Bolen.
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Atlantic Aviation parent company Macquarie Infrastructure announced last month that its facility and lease at Fresno Yosemite International Airport was sold to a Ross Aviation subsidiary, while the FBO and leasehold of its property at Cleveland’s Cuyahoga County Airport were sold to the Cleveland Jet Center. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.
The former Million Air FBO facility at New Orleans Lakefront Airport that was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in August 2005 will officially rise from the ashes tomorrow when Odyssey Aviation opens its new 30,000-sq-ft complex. Although the name is different, the FBO is under the same ownership; the Cincinnati-headquartered FBO group rebranded its seven FBOs from Million Air to Odyssey Aviation in 2008.
Million Air (Booth No. 4671) has a “sustained strategy” for not merely making it through this recession, but coming out the other end stronger and in a position to take advantage of the recovery.
Odyssey Aviation broke ground in May for its new FBO at New Orleans Lakefront Airport. The facility, which is expected to open by year-end, will include hangars big enough to house GV-size aircraft, overflow parking for jets and cars, a conference room with LCD projector system, a flight-planning room with WSI weather access and a pilot lounge.
The Jacksonville (Fla.) Aviation Authority is building a 21,000-sq-ft hangar and hoping a maintenance company will lease the facility. This is the airport’s first new hangar since the authority took over the airport from the U.S. Navy in 1999. Another 13,000-sq-ft hangar is available next to the new hangar and offers office and shop space.
Havasu Air Center near Arizona’s Lake Havasu has joined the Avfuel dealer network. The FBO is owned by brothers Dante and Darren Marinelli and features a 5,500-sq-ft terminal building, 100,000-sq-ft hangar and a new weather awning. The terminal building offers pilot snooze rooms and a private lounge plus a movie theater, complimentary coffee, ice and refreshments and concierge service.
On January 12, the new Million Air Tucson FBO held its grand opening, marking the FBO franchise’s first presence in Arizona. The new facility, designed by Seaver Franks Architects, was finished in January and features more than 54,000 sq ft of office and hangar space, a two-story FBO terminal, security system with electronic access, theater room, covered parking and spacious conference and break rooms.
On October 30, Million Air Lafayette opened its new FBO. The facility features an atrium-style lobby with 10,000 sq feet of lobby and office space and leather furniture and flat-screen televisions, large conference room, pilots’ lounge, complimentary beverage bar with Starbucks coffee and freshly baked cookies, flight planning/weather room, luxury crew vehicles, concierge services and high-speed wireless Internet.
San Carlos, Calif.-based XOJet is offering fixed-price rates starting at $25,000 for one-way transcontinental flights. The rate includes ground transportation in the departure and arrival cities, catering and unlimited in-flight worldwide calling.