Since March, Boston-bound business travelers have enjoyed Logan International Airport’s first modern FBO in many years, the new Signature Flight Support facility, which held a grand-opening ceremony on June 22. The $13 million FBO was built to environmentally sound standards, and Signature is applying for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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BBA Aviation, the parent company of Signature Flight Support, released its annual report for last year and the results show that Signature's revenue climbed by 14.1 percent. The FBO network augmented its portfolio over the last year, adding bases in California, Florida and at Paris Le Bourget, for a total of 81 locations worldwide.
Club Airways, a members-only scheduled business jet charter operation in Europe, has chosen PrivatPort to provide ground handling for its flights from Geneva International Airport. PrivatPort, which operates out of Geneva’s C3 executive terminal, is a new FBO joint venture between business aviation service group PrivatAir and handling company Swissport Geneva.
Massport, which operates Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) and Hanscom Field (BED) in Bedford, Mass., has instituted a new aircraft operating fee schedule at BED that includes a night landing surcharge of $329 for any aircraft landing between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. Other new fees include a landing fee of $1.50 per 1,000 pounds and a customs fee of $150 to $310, depending on aircraft weight.
Bids are invited from “qualified persons or firms” to design, develop and operate a new FBO facility at Boston Logan International Airport, which is currently served by Signature Flight Support. As part of its request for proposals (RFP), the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) will host a pre-submission conference and site tour on February 10 where copies of the draft lease and operating agreements will be available.
Runway 14/32 opened in late November at Boston Logan International Airport. The new runway should reduce delays an average of 25 percent, but up to 90 percent when strong northwest winds are blowing. Runway 14/32 isn’t available all the time, but only when northwest or southeast winds are blowing at 10 knots or higher.
The FAA extended to September 22 the public comment period for a draft reevaluation of a proposed centerfield taxiway at Boston Logan International Airport. The FAA deferred its decision on the proposed centerfield taxiway until the taxiway operations north of Runway 15R/33L were assessed. If approved by the FAA, the centerfield taxiway would be a 9,300-foot parallel taxiway between Runway 4L and 4R.
Signature Flight Support has acquired the former PrivatAir terminal at Paris Le Bourget Airport and has broken ground on a major refurbishment of its Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) facility. In Paris, the company will begin refurbishment project to renovate the facility, and the new terminal will replace Signature’s existing terminal as the point of entry for incoming aircraft.
Signature Flight Support broke ground late last month on a new facility at Boston Logan Airport. The new 12,000-sq-ft, two-story terminal and 8,800-sq-ft ground-support repair shop are scheduled to open next July. The company, which has operated an FBO at Logan for nearly 40 years, recently signed a new lease with the Massachusetts Port Authority under which it will operate the FBO at Logan until 2016.
Signature Flight Support has steadily stuck to its strategy since its founding
in 1992 and has grown to become the largest multiple-base FBO company in the world. The chain’s beginnings lay in the merger of Butler Aviation and Page Avjet, and it is owned by publicly traded BBA Group of the UK.