It has been said that “if you want something done, give it to a busy person.” This seems appropriate in the case of Jerry Moyes, president and CEO of Phoenix-based Swift Transportation, the world’s largest truckload carrier, with 16,000 trucks and 50,000 trailers covering 34 million miles a week. When the company went public in 1990 it had gross revenues of $120 million.
According to its founder, start-up completion and refurbishment center DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center will open its doors in February. Dale Dunn said the company had reached an agreement with both Bombardier and the Tucson Airport Authority for sublease of the facilities at Tucson International Airport.
The newly completed Swift Aviation Services (SAS) FBO at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX) is up and running and welcoming large business jets beneath the massive canopy that covers 0.7 of an acre of ramp space near the west end of Runway 7R-25L.
Premier Air president Ash Vij and vice president Rita Vij are building a new Million Air FBO franchise at Tucson International Airport. The FBO will be the first Million Air facility in Arizona. Million Air Tucson will cost about $5 million to build and will include a two-story 20,000-sq-ft terminal and 20,000-sq-ft hangar, as well as a theater room and the traditional Million Air refreshment bar.
The budding Encore FBO chain added two FBOs, with the May acquisition of Sun Western Flyers at Laughlin/Bullhead International Airport in Bullhead City, Nev., and this month’s opening of a new FBO at Cote d’Azur in Nice, France. This brings Encore’s total to six FBOs–three in the U.S. and three in Europe. At the Nice FBO, Encore is using the Encore Euralair brand name, as it does for its FBO at Le Bourget Airport in Paris.
Trajen Flight Support at Tucson International Airport (TUS), Ariz., became an Air BP dealer last October, and this month it plans to complete a major expansion project. The new terminal/hangar complex will add a total of some 12,000 sq ft to the FBO.
When founder Dale Dunn announced the formation of DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center in Tucson, Ariz., in 2004, the expectation was that it would employ as many as 600 workers, many from a pool of skilled labor Bombardier left behind when it moved out of its leased hangar at Tucson International Airport. DunnAir officially opened for business in February 2005, but now the hangar again sits empty, the phones disconnected.
Bombardier has reached an agreement with the Tucson Airport Authority that will allow start-up interiors shop DunnAir Business Jet Completion Center to sublease its old completion center at Tucson International Airport. The facilities will total about 32 acres and include a 235,000-sq-ft hangar.
After becoming the longest-serving Transportation Secretary in the department’s history, Norman Mineta tendered his resignation to President Bush in June. The lone Democrat in the Cabinet, he said it was time to move on to other challenges and joined New York public relations firm Hill & Knowlton as vice chairman.
Bombardier marked three decades of service and maintenance support in Tucson by signing a 22-year lease agreement with the Tucson Airport Authority, ensuring continued service at its Tucson Service Center until 2028.
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