NetJets has signed an agreement with Maguire Aviation at Van Nuys (Calif.) Airport to design a private terminal for NetJets customers and operations. One of the existing Maguire facilities will be custom designed by NetJets to accommodate the fractional-share provider’s owner-passengers. Amenities will include modern furnishings, conference rooms, a business center, crew lounge and rest areas and flight-planning facilities.
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Delta Air Lines last month became the first airline in the world to provide in-flight Internet service aboard its regional aircraft with the launch flight of a Wi-Fi-equipped Bombardier CRJ700 operated by Delta Connection carrier Atlantic Southeast Airlines.
Wilson Air Center opened its new 9,000-sq-ft executive terminal and FBO complex at Chattanooga (Tenn.) Metropolitan Airport last month. The new campus features offices, hangar facilities, ramp and a self-serve fuel farm. The terminal building includes an open floor-plan lobby, coffee bar, executive conference room and a business center.
Most major U.S. airlines stayed profitable in the second quarter despite dramatically higher fuel costs. Delta, United Continental, US Airways, Alaska Airlines and JetBlue all reported quarterly profit in earnings releases late last month. An exception was American Airlines, which reported a net loss of $286 million blamed in large part on fuel prices. The story sounded similar across the Atlantic.
The Transportation Security Administration has added several new FBOs as approved gateways for general aviation operators using the DCA Access Standard Security Program (DASSP) for flights into Reagan National Airport (DCA). Joining the list of more than 70 locations nationwide are Signature Flight Support’s facilities at Denver International and Centennial Airports in Colorado, Tac Air at Spirit of St.
Signature Flight Support and NetJets signed a long-term lease that will provide the fractional operator with a dedicated, private terminal at Palm Beach International Airport (PBI). The project, slated for completion in early 2013, will include a 10,000-sq-ft terminal as well as approximately six acres of paved ramp, aircraft movement and car parking areas.
Officials in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, are considering selling the naming rights to Pittsburgh International Airport in a possible effort to raise money for the county-owned airport. According to the FAA, as the sponsoring organization the county is permitted to do so, but renaming the airport will require the additional approval of the independent Allegheny County Airport Authority, which has operated the facility since 1999.
Airline passenger traffic continues its climb out from recessionary lows, but faces headwinds caused by spiraling fuel prices.
Executive Wings is expanding its facility at Melbourne International Airport, Fla., to provide a broader range of products and services. The new 30,000-sq-ft facility will more than double the size of the company’s current facility.
Signature, which saw traffic at one of its most profitable U.S. locations dwindle after the imposition of TSA restrictions for general aviation flights into Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport (DCA), has been working steadily with the agency in an attempt to fill the 48 approved slots in and out of the airport.