Landmark Aviation announced on Thursday that it has made its entrée into one of the top business airports in the U.S. The Houston-based FBO chain, which was recently sold to previous owner the Carlyle Group, has purchased Teterboro Airport-based First Aviation Services from Goldman Sachs for approximately $100 million, according to sources familiar with the deal.
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International aviation services provider Gama Group has announced a major development project at the UK’s Glasgow Airport. The company will add a new executive FBO complete with a 17,000-sq-ft hangar, capable of sheltering 600-series Challengers as well as serving as a line maintenance base, complementing the company’s engineering facilities in the London area.
Hurricane Sandy closed the major New York City metropolitan area airports and forced the cancellation of more than 20,000 flights as it swept the Northeast region of the U.S. last week, leaving widespread flooding in its wake. The Category 1 hurricane, combined with cold fronts from the north and west, also disrupted operations at airports in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Other airports nationwide and internationally felt the ripple effect of the cancellations.
International aviation services provider Gama Group has announced a major development project at the UK’s Glasgow Airport. The company will add a new executive FBO providing a 17,000-sq-ft hangar capable of sheltering aircraft the size of the Challenger 600 series, as well as serving as a line maintenance base to complement the company’s engineering facilities in the London area. Gama was recently selected to be the dedicated provider of air ambulance services for the Scottish Air Ambulance service for another seven-year term.
Sikorsky’s Associated Aircraft Group (AAG) has established a base at New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport (TEB) to provide access to Manhattan from all metro-area airports.
The flight from TEB to the Wall Street heliport takes less than 10 minutes. AAG will be providing the service in S-76s configured for seven passengers and crewed by two pilots. The helicopters are equipped with emergency pop-out floats, EGPWS and traffic avoidance systems.
For the first time in its 65-year history, the FBO at New York John F. Kennedy International Airport now has a private operator–Sheltair. The company marked the milestone with an official grand-opening ceremony at the facility yesterday afternoon.
Delta Flight 1063’s bird-strike-induced emergency at New York’s JFK airport last week, as well as US Airways Flight 1549’s splashdown in the same city’s Hudson River in 2009 after both engines flamed out due to bird ingestion, quickly became high-profile stories.
At a ceremony late last month, Narita International Airport opened the first dedicated terminal for business and private jets. Operated by the airport authority, Premier Gate–which will be open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m.–promises privacy for passengers along with swift inbound and outbound passport control procedures through the use of dedicated onsite customs, immigration and quarantine facilities. In conjunction with the opening of the new terminal, the airport said it will extend the permissible duration for corporate jet parking to 30 days from 14.
You would think that by now JetBlue would have learned its lesson from the February snowstorm of 2007. After all, how many airlines have the distinction of prompting a rulemaking barring them from holding passengers hostage for more than three hours or face fines up to $27,500 per passenger?
The DOT and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) have granted a joint waiver request of Delta Air Lines and US Airways to allow the two carriers to swap slots at New York LaGuardia Airport and Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.