Former Butler Aviation president Thomas Comeau died on Thursday at the age of 72. His nearly 30-year career at the FBO chain started at the Boston Logan facility as a flight dispatcher in the early 1960s. Comeau worked his way up the ranks, culminating in his position as president. He left the company in 1990 and formed T.F. Comeau & Associates, an aviation fueling and FBO consultancy. In 1995 he did a stint as president of DynAir Fueling before becoming senior vice president for global sales and projects at Swissport Fueling until his retirement.
Global ground-handling group Swissport (Stand 5012) has been selected to manage an FBO/hangar project currently under construction at Brazil’s Sorocaba Airport. When completed at the end of the year, the new World-Way Aviation facility will cover 150,000 sq ft (14,000 sq m), including a pair of hangars with enough room for large business jets up to the size of an Embraer Lineage 1000 and around 100,000 sq ft (9,000 sq m) of ramp space.
After a recent visit to Brazil and meeting with Brazilian Minister of Civilian Aviation Wagner Bittencourt, executives from Swissport International announced the intent to “reinforce the [company’s] commitment to the country.” Representatives from the Swiss aviation services provider included Swissport International president Per Utnegaard and executive v-p Juan José Andres Alvez, along with Swissport Brazil president Francisco Gonçalves.
When it comes to the careful handling of millions of dollars worth of aircraft at LABACE 2012 at São Paulo (Brazil) Congonhas Airport, Swissport was the pick to position 75 aircraft on the static display ramp yesterday and today with nary a ding.
Global ground services provider Swissport is seeking to acquire rival Flightcare’s divisions in Spain and Belgium. The purchase of Flightcare Spain would add Barcelona, Malaga, Fuerteventura, Valencia, Alicante, Jerez and Almeria to the company’s ground handling network. Through the purchase of Flightcare Belgium, Swissport would be able to add ground handling capability at Brussels Airport.
France’s Nice Cote d’Azur Airport now has a consolidated general aviation terminal (GAT) housing three FBOs: Swissport Executive Aviation (a joint venture between Swissport and Universal Weather & Aviation), Signature Flight Support (with Aviapartner) and Landmark Aviation. The 16,000-sq-ft GAT addresses the long-running problem of business aircraft passengers and crew having
The French Riviera airports at Nice and Cannes are investing in business aviation infrastructure in a bid to keep the rich and famous coming back to the Cote d’Azur’s exclusive resorts.
EuroAirport, which serves the cities of Basel, Switzerland; Mulhouse, France; and Freiburg, Germany; is home to a considerable maintenance and completion industry, with companies such as Jet Aviation, Lufthansa Technik and Amac specializing in large aircraft. Last month Air Service Basel officially opened a new facility at the airport to serve owners of small and midsize executive jets.
Swissport Executive Aviation (SEA) is preparing for a November start up of business aircraft handling operations at Spain’s Malaga Airport from the general aviation terminal. It will compete with existing handling groups General Aviation Services, United Airport Services, Servisair, Sart and Iberia, although the latter three companies are largely focused on airline handling.
Swissport Executive Aviation has opened a business aircraft handling operation at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The Kenyan operation is the Swiss group’s third business aviation facility in Africa, with bases already having been established in South Africa and Tanzania with its local partner DAHCO.
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