Ben Gurion Airport in Israel welcomes ExecuJet FBO

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ExecuJet, which is part of the Luxavation Group – one of the largest business aircraft and helicopter operators worldwide, is opening an FBO facility at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Managed in partnership with Flyeast, an Israeli aviation and tourism company, the FBO will be part of the luxury Fattal Terminal at Ben Gurion Airport. Services offered will include VIP processing, supervisory aircraft handling, concierge services, flight arrangements and charter solutions.

“We’re now finalising key project elements such as passenger flow within the VIP passenger lounge within the Fattal terminal. We’re planning to deliver the highest service levels to our many valued clients,” said Mike Berry, ExecuJet’s President Aviation Services and Vice President Middle East.

He added that the “man behind the terminal, David Fattal is already globally respected as a hospitality expert. He owns Fattal Hotels, which operates over 200 hotels across 19 countries.”

Alongside the FBO project, ExecuJet is working with Flyeast to establish a charter business unit in Tel Aviv, which says Berry, “will be seen as an extension of our global charter network and generate flights for the group and the local business.” The FBO facility in Tel Aviv enables ExecuJet to capitalise on increased traffic in the region due to the treaty signed in 2020 by Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

“Despite the challenges facing the global aviation industry, at ExecuJet we continue to concentrate on innovation and the expansion of our outstanding services across the Middle East and, indeed, the world,” concluded Berry.

Lancaster Airport celebrates opening of new LNS Alliance Aviation FBO

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LNS Alliance Aviation – the sole full-service FBO at Lancaster Airport is opening a brand-new 6,700 sq. ft. two-storey facility at the Pennsylvania hub.

Featuring a bright, natural aesthetic finished with mid-century-modern inspired fixtures and furnishings the FBO was designed and constructed with the needs of discerning travellers in mind. Private aviation customers can make the most of an inviting lounge featuring a wall of windows overlooking the ramp; access to free hot drinks; an expansive pilot lounge and games room; two pilot snooze rooms with lounge chairs; a shower; a flight planning office complete with computers and printers; a courtesy car and several office spaces.

In addition to its new facility, the full-service FBO also offers hangar space on an as-needed basis, as well as reliable aircraft services, including aviation fuel supplied by Avfuel, aircraft parking, GPU and preheating, de-icing and concierge services.

“It has been our pleasure to serve general and business aviation traffic at the Lancaster Airport since 2008,” said Mary Forney, General Manger of LNS Alliance Aviation. “To now welcome traffic to our brand new facility is beyond words. We’re excited to offer the level of amenities only matched by our level of service to provide an exceptional gateway to the Lancaster community.”

Jetex adds new locations in Argentina, Colombia and Peru to global network

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Jetex has expanded its presence in Latin America, offering its local customers and international operators a wider range of seamless services and dedicated support at new locations in Argentina, Colombia and Peru. Providing a range of services including FBO facilities, aircraft fuelling, ground handling and global trip planning, Jetex’ new locations complement its existing operations in the region in destinations including: Brazil, Chile and Mexico.

In a statement issued during this year’s EBACE Connect, Adel Mardini, Founder and CEO of Jetex commented: “With global private aviation experiencing rapid growth post COVID-19, we continue to develop and deliver even better solutions to our customers worldwide. Jetex has professionals stationed across Latin America to offer the most efficient and reliable solutions. We are now broadening our reach of capabilities and commercial representation to more destinations with the aim to further consolidate our services in key markets across the region.”

Diego Giamberini, Director, Jetex LATAM & Caribbean, added that “Jetex teams understand the utmost importance of each mission, offering unparalleled flexibility and assurance. Our multilingual fuel and ground operations professionals are available 24-hours a day to attend, process and coordinate any requirements for flights and to ensure a quick and effective turnaround in all major airports in the region.”

Sugar Land Regional Airport celebrates opening of Sky Harbour Group’s aviation campus

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Sky Harbour Group officially opened its new, private aviation campus at Houston’s Sugar Land Regional Airport on 19 May.

The opening of Sky Harbour’s facility at the Houston regional hub, will mark the first of the New York-based company’s planned four national private hangar locations. In addition to Houston, these include Nashville, Tennessee; Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado, and more fields to come.

According to Sky Harbour, its line crew ensures the shortest time to wheels up at Sugar Land  by exclusively servicing Sky Harbour’s private hangar tenants. Each Sky Harbour hangar features temperature and humidity control, drive-in vehicle access, indoor and outdoor parking, and all features required for routine aircraft maintenance and inspection. Premium interior suites include private offices, lounges, kitchens, bathrooms, showers, laundry and crew facilities.

“We aim to be the best home base in aviation, bar none, maximising the value that owners derive from their aircraft,” said Sky Harbour CEO Tal Keinan.

Sky Harbour’s home-base hangar campus represents a strategic new paradigm. It exclusively serves aircraft that spend the majority of time at their home base. This is where they uplift most of their fuel and perform the bulk of their routine maintenance, servicing and cleaning. As such, Sky Harbour’s purpose-built facilities and best-in-class services are designed to deliver optimal outcomes for owners, operators and passengers.

Rise Aviation breaks ground on new FBO terminal at North Texas Regional Airport

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Rise Aviation has broken ground on its new FBO terminal at North Texas Regional Airport (KGYI) in Sherman, Texas, which is slated to be complete in the first quarter of 2022.

Having originally offered FBO services as Lake Texoma Jet Center Rise Aviation acquired the existing FBO at North Texas Regional Airport in 2008. As growth accelerated from the DFW Metroplex north toward the North Texas hub, Rise Aviation began plans for a new modern facility to better serve the general aviation community. Rise then entered negotiations with the Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority to acquire an additional leasehold for development of its state-of-the-art FBO facility.

Rise Aviation currently operates four hangar/ office facilities at North Texas Regional Airport totalling more than 67,000 sq. ft. of hangar space, 21,890 sq. ft. of office/ shop space and seven acres of aircraft ramp space. The new project will add 1.4 acres of leasehold and 10,721 sq. ft. terminal, which includes a large passenger lobby, crew lounge and seperate snooze room, a flight planning area, a vending area, leasable office space, an observation deck overlooking the runways, a large executive conference room, and the airport’s administrative offices.

“We are delighted to be underway with construction of our new FBO terminal at North Texas Regional Airport,” said George Schuler, Rise Aviation’s owner. “Rise looks forward to continue serving the users of North Texas Regional Airport with this new facility. As the North Texas area continues to grow, many businesses and investors who come to Grayson County with thoughts about relocating, building or investing here will arrive in a business aircraft and we are pleased Rise Aviation’s new facility at North Texas Regional Airport will be Grayson County’s front door to the world.”

FlightServ breaks ground on new corporate jet facility at Trenton Mercer Airport

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As the sole independent FBO at Trenton Mercer Airport in New Jersey, US, FlightServ has marked a milestone by breaking ground on its new corporate jet facility.

Set to open in summer 2022, the 110,000 sq. ft. complex is situated on 22 acres and will feature a modern FBO facility, build-to-suit office space and an 80,000 sq. ft. heated hangar to accommodate the FBO’s growing operations. The hangar includes 28-foot high doors, enabling the facility to house all private aircraft operations – including those with the latest models of Bombardier Global and Gulfstream jets.

The state-of-the art FBO facility will feature dedicated pilot and passenger lounges, crew snooze rooms, a catering kitchen and coffee making equipment. As a full-service FBO, FlightServ will continue to provide an array of quality services and amenities for visiting guests out of its new corporate jet facility, including fueling services for both Jet A-1 and Avgas with Avfuel, access to daily news, complete concierge services for ground transportation, catering and hotel accommodations, and renowned aircraft detailing.

“We couldn’t be more pleased for construction to be underway on our new FBO building and hangar,” said Robbie Hunger, FlightServ’s General Manager. “This corporate jet facility is an extension of our promise to provide an exceptional customer experience, guaranteed. With our existing first-rate services and upcoming first-rate accommodation, FlightServ is positioned to provide the ultimate gateway for Northeast business and leisure,” he continued.

The FBO’s convenient location in the state’s capital, directly in-between Teterboro and Northeast Philadelphia, means FlightServ is ideally placed for customers looking to access prominent businesses and the esteemed Princeton University without the congestion of Teterboro, Morristown, Newark and Philadelphia. FlightServ also provides transient overflow hangar space for the greater New York area.

Telluride Regional Airport receives delivery of SAF from Avfuel

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Avfuel-branded Telluride Regional Airport has become the first airport and FBO in Colorado to make sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) available to its customers. The FBO received its first demonstrative delivery of SAF from Avfuel in Februrary, with two more deliveries made in March.

Telluride Regional Airport has since begun to receive regular deliveries of Neste’s branded SAF from Avfuel. The first load arrived on 15 April, with each truckload of the Neste MY SAF providing a 22 metric ton reduction in carbon emissions over its lifecycle, which is equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered by 28.7 acres of US forests per year.

Telluride Regional Ariport can now consistently provide SAF for all jet and turbine aircraft that land at the airport in order to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support sustainability goals.

“Our community desires to do its part in reducing carbon emissions,” said Kenneth Maenpa, Telluride’s Airport Manager. “As such, we are proud to be the first airport in Colorado to provide sustainable aviation fuel. Avfuel has worked diligently on the logistics for delivering SAF to Telluride Regional Airport, and we’re excited to announced this significant milestone that’s been three years in the making.”

Keith Sawyer, Avfuel’s Manager of Alternative Fuels, added: “Avfuel is thankful for the true partnership it has with the Telluride Regional Airport team, working together to provide cleaner solutions in one of the world’s most stunning natural environments. We congratulate the airport on being the first to provide SAF in the state of Colorado, which not only provides significant emissions reductions, but also raises awareness on the environmental benefits and safety of the product.”

Open 365 days a year, the Telluride Regional Airport is North America’s highest commercial airport at 9,070 feet above sea level and is a self-sustaining operation.

Signature Flight Support expands network with addition of Chantilly Air Jet Center

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Chantilly Air Jet Center, the newest full-service FBO serving the Washington, DC metro area has joined Signature Flight Support’s Signature Select network.

Based at the Manassas Regional Airport, Chantilly Air is an IS-BAH Stage 1 certified FBO. The 11,000 sq. ft. FBO terminal provides a range of amenities including a pilot lounge, snooze rooms and shower facilities. There is also a fitness centre for crew and passengers, as well as conference rooms and a refreshment galley. The greenfield facility also includes a 60,000 sq. ft. hangar and significant office space for rent, in addition to the provision of traditional FBO services, including fuelling, hangarage, a Part 145 repair station, as well as aircraft charter and fleet management.

Expressing his enthusiasm for joining the world’s largest network of FBOs, Tim Sullivan, COO Chantilly Air Jet Center said: “Chantilly Air is a family-owned entity that started in 1990. Building on our 30-year reputation as an aircraft charter and management provider, we look forward to becoming an FBO of choice for the metro DC area, as well as having a long and mutually beneficial partnership with the Signature network.”

Manasssas Regional Airport itself provides easy access to the I-66 and I-95 corridors, northern Virginia and downtown Washington, DC. It is the busiest general aviation gateway in the state of Virginia,and  is a towered airport with US Customs and Border Protection to accommodate international arrivals.

“We are pleased to welcome Chantilly Air to Signature Select and the global Signature Flight Support network,” said Mark Johnstone, CEO, Signature Aviation. “Chantilly Air’s reputation for ramp safety and adherence to industry best practices resonates with our own Signature Service Promise. I am confident their enrollment in the Signature Select programme will unlock significant mutual benefit for both of our customers and organisations.”

Air bp now offering ongoing SAF supply at three UK locations

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International aviation fuel products and service supplier, Air bp, has now supplied sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) to three airports in the UK as part of its commitment to delivering SAF on an ongoing basis. Centreline FBO at Bristol Airport became the first UK location to receive a supply of SAF from Air bp in March, while London Biggin Hill and Airbus owned Hawarden Airport in Flintshire, North Wales, where SAF will be used to fuel the Beluga aircraft have also now received their first Air bp SAF supply.

These latest agreements demonstrate the importance of collaboration between fuel supplier, airport and customer in driving demand for SAF and ultimately help to meet the industry’s lower carbon goals.

“We are excited to see these ongoing commitments to SAF supply,” said Andreea Moyes, Sustainability Director, Air bp. “Stakeholders’ willingness to invest in SAF and collaborate with us will help drive demand and deliver carbon reductions compared to the traditional jet fuel it replaces. We are committed to working with stakeholders to explore the viable sale and purchase of SAF, which we believe is one of the aviation industry’s key routes to reducing carbon emissions.”

Air bp’s SAF is made from waste based sustainable feedstocks such as used cooking oil, which is blended with traditional jet fuel. The SAF blend supplied is around 35% SAF and the SAF component provides a lifecycle carbon reduction of around 80% compared to traditional jet fuel it replaces.

Stephen Elsworthy, Manager of Fuel Services at London Biggin Hill said that by offering SAF to its customers and resident businesses, “we are helping them to meet their sustainability goals too, and vitally, contributing to our industry’s aim for a net zero carbon future.”

Meanwhile, the delivery of SAF at Hawarden Airport has seen Airbus take the next step in reducing its industrial carbon footprint with the maiden flight of a Beluga super-transporter using SAF. The North Wales line station, which uses the Beluga fleet to transport aircraft wings to Toulouse, Hamburg and Bremen is the second Airbus European site to use SAF, after Hamburg introduced the fuel to its cargo activities at the end of 2019.

“The progressive deployment of sustainable aviation fuels at Airbus’ sites is an essential part of our decarbonisation roadmap. We’re proud that Broughton has become the second Airbus site to introduce SAF in its Beluga-fleet operations,” said Andy Owen, Beluga Line Station Manager at Broughton.

Base Operations at Page Field Airport ranked in top 5% of FBOs

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Base operations at Fort Myers’ Page Field Airport in Florida has been ranked in the top 5% of FBOs in an international survey conducted by Aviation International News.

“We appreciate being recognised as a top FBO for our outstanding commitment and delivery of services to our guests at Base Operations at Page Field,” said Ben Siegel, CPA, C.M., Executive Director of the Lee County Port Authority. “The Base Operations team always does a great job, but I have never been prouder of the way they have handled themselves and our business during these difficult times.”

Conducted annually, the FBO survey asks pilots, flight attendants and dispatchers to feedback on the level of customer care at individual business and general aviation service providers throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, South and Central America and the Caribbean.

Lee County  Port Authority operates Southwest Florida International Airport and Page Field in Fort Myers, both of which are funded solely with revenue generated from their operations. Page Field provides services to corporate, commercial and private aviators through their business arm, Base Operations at Page Field, and accommodate more than 126,000 aircraft operations in 2020.