The first airplane carrying revenue passengers from Dubai International Airport’s newly opened concourse in Terminal 3 took off Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. local time on its way to London Heathrow Airport. Emirates Airline Flight EK003 officially marked the opening of Concourse A–the world’s first dedicated to Airbus A380 operations.
Privately owned asset management company Black Forest Ventures has purchased the Galaxy Air Services FBO at Lone Star Executive Airport in Conroe, Texas. One of three providers on the Houston-area county-owned airport, Galaxy was created in 2006, and its new owners plan to move it to a larger facility currently under construction on the southeast side of the airport, near the end of Runway 14-32. Black Forest was selected after a formal RFP process to create a new FBO at the airport, and was awarded a 40-year lease on the new 15-acre site.
The Air Elite FBO network has added two new facilities: St. Thomas Jet Center and Lehigh Valley Aviation Services. Air Elite is comprised of FBOs that are part of the World Fuel Services global network. These FBOs retain their individual ownership, but agree to a uniform set of high-quality standards for service, amenities, facilities, fuel and products. St. Thomas Jet Center is located at Cyril E. King Airport in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and Lehigh Valley Aviation Services is at the Lehigh Valley International Airport in Allentown, Pa.
Jet Aviation has been appointed as the dedicated ground handling service provider for MEBA 2012, which is taking place this week at Dubai Al Maktoum International Airport. As such, Jet Aviation is providing aircraft services and passenger assistance, including taxiing, handling, lavatory service, refueling, catering, customs support, service coordination and flight plan support for flight crews. The company is also operating two airport customer lounges during the show.
ExecuJet Middle East has been able to expand its FBO at Dubai International Airport significantly, having taken over the management of the terminal building and ground-handling operation previously run by Executive Flight Services. This gives its customers access to additional space with eight separate lounges, enlarged customs and immigration services (including electronic processing) and duty-free shopping.
The building also features a separate prayer room, a spacious arrivals area for meeting and greeting passengers, as well as a limousine drop-off area and parking.
California’s Long Beach Airport (LGB) plans to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on December 5 to unveil the results of its $140 million renovation. Established in 1923 as the first municipal airport in Southern California, the airport (known also as Daugherty Field) has five runways ranging in length from approximately 4,000 feet to 10,000 feet, and sees some 300,000 operations a year.
Private Jet Company (PJC), a new $4 million FBO due to open next week on the Isle of Man, is promising substantial savings for aircraft operators using it as a transit point in and out of the European Union (EU). Since the British Crown Dependency is outside the EU, it claims it can provide savings of up to 60 percent from reduced exposure to the cost of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme charges.
Sheltair’s newest FBO started operations on Thursday at Albert Whitted Airport in St. Petersburg, Fla. The company is providing full FBO services out of the main terminal facility at the airport, as well as managing more than 80 T-hangars and 27,000 sq ft of hangar space on behalf of the city. The main terminal is located on the northwest side of the airport and is adjacent to the historic Albert Whitted Hangar One, where the first commercial airliner flew from in 1914.
Executive Air, the FBO at Yeager Airport in Charleston, W.Va., has reopened its terminal after completion of a major $750,000 renovation that saw the demolition and reconstruction of the facility’s ground-floor interior. Additions to the 4,000-sq-ft guest services lobby included a new airside vestibule and a new interior design featuring locally quarried stone, glass walls and furniture produced in the region.
Ireland’s Shannon Airport holds unique status as the only airport outside the U.S. able to provide inbound customs and immigration preclearance for business jets and crews. The preclearance process has been considerably accelerated following a decision to permit operators to keep aircraft powered up.