Bombardier hangar construction well underway at Biggin Hill

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Construction of Bombardier Aviation’s new 250,000 sq. ft hangar at London Biggin Hill Airport is now underway with the steels for the hangar going up.

As well as the state-of-the-art hangar, the facility will also comprise of a workshop, and office space and 650,000 sq.ft of apron area and surrounds.

“Construction of the hangar is continuing apace and it’s fantastic the steels are already being installed. The hangar will be able to house up to 14 Global 7500s at any one time and is a significant extension of Bombardier’s European customer support network at London Biggin Hill.”

The hangar’s construction contributes towards the dedicated business aviation hub’s ambitious target of generating 2,300 jobs at the airport by 2030.

Header image: From left to right: David Winstanley, CEO, London Biggin Hill Airport and Robert Walters, Commercial Director, London Biggin Hill Airport

SEA Prime and Signature Flight Support UK complete SFS Italy deal

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Signature Flight Support has acquired SEA Prime’s minority interest in Signature Flight Support Italy (SFS Italy).

Following its initial investment in SFS Italy in 2016 and having now acquired SEA Prime’s 40% minority interest, the deal means that Signature Flight Support now fully owns the Italian business.

Chiara Dorigotti, SEA Prime’s CEO, said: “We are glad to announce this deal with Signature Flight Support, which we see as the natural development of a successful 4-year partnership. SFS Italy will continue to operate at Milano Prime’s premises offering top quality services for customers and operators.”

Meanwhile, Mark Johnstone, CEO Signature Aviation, stated the acquisition shows “our commitment to growing our business in Italy and other key markets around the world.” He added, “We are proud to fully incorporate the Italian business into the Signature family and offer our customers premier choices for flight support services throughout the country. We are also thankful to SEA Prime for their strong partnership, which dates back to our entry into the Italian market back in 2016.”

SFS’s network in Italy is comprised of: FBOs at Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa and Rome -Ciampino. It also includes trip support arrangements at Bergamo, Catania, Florence, Naples, Palermo and Pisa. Additionally SFS maintains a Signature Select FBO partnership agreement at Venice Marco Polo.

King Aerospace outgrowing hangarage at Ardmore Municipal Airport

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A provider of aircraft services for aircraft including maintenance and avionics King Aerospace is outgrowing its four hangars’ 200,000 sq.ft of space at Ardmore Airport, part of Ardmore Municipal Airport in Oklahoma.

The company is finalising its plans to build a new hangar that will add 90,000 sq. ft.– a 45% increase. The additional footage will accommodate multiple large aircraft and facilities that will support large aircraft interior projects. Construction is expected to take up to 15 months.

Dallas-based King Aerospace has been at the airport since 1993 having been attracted initially by the two runways. The longest at 9,000 ft accommodates commercial airlines and long-range business jets. At 3,500 ft. the other serves turboprop aircraft and light-to-midsize jets.

“We appreciate the city’s ongoing improvements to infrastructure and commitment to help companies like King Aerospace grow,” said King Aerospace’s President, Jarid King. ‘Our city partners are always there for us, helping in ways large and small.”

Located between Dallas Fort Worth Airport and Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma, King Aerospace’s corporate aircraft division supports VVIP aircraft, specialising in the Boeing Business Jet. It also serves as a primary subcontractor for the company’s military/ government aircraft division.


Waltzing Matilda sees pick up in business

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Boston-based jet charter operator, Waltzing Matilda Aviation (WMA) has noted a pick up in business in the past week having experienced a quiet April and first half of May.

Based on levels of activity at its home base – Laurence G Hanscom Field Airport in Bedford, Massachusetts, WMA believes business is coming back faster than for some of the bigger national players who have been forced to furlough crews during the downturn. Having maintained full staffing levels in recent months WMA has used some of this downtime to invest in new systems and enhance its website.

Commenting on how WMA has been fielding up to 50 jet charter enquiries a day up from 5-10 just two weeks ago, CEO John Thomas, said: “With a massive imbalance in clients wanting to fly from Florida to the North East we are seeing unbelievably low pricing for one way southbound flights as low as $6,500. But we don’t expect this imbalance will last for more than a couple of weeks after which southbound pricing will rise to their more normal levels.”

Thomas added that with the FET (Federal Excise Tax) holiday until the end of December, as well as low fuel prices, now is one of the cheapest times to fly privately. “We have picked up a number of new corporate customers who have already made the decision not to allow their staff to fly commercially for the forseeable future and therefore see private aviation as the only viable option.”