Big is Beautiful: Will Consolidation in BusAv Accelerate and, if so, with what Consequences?
EBACE2016 education sessions focused on issues of importance to companies operating business aircraft in Europe. Global FBO Consult were invited to join the panel.
Amidst economic ups and downs, largely matched by traffic levels, consolidation is unfolding at a pace never seen before in the sector. For long, pundits believed the specificities of business aviation would act as barriers to large-scale M&As, but recent transactions have paved the way to new business models. Will Business Aviation follow the same route as other sectors, with the emergence of multinational businesses? If so, will they deliver positive synergies and economies of scale, or are there hidden obstacles that will prevent the sector enjoying the benefits of consolidation?
Moderator: Taunya Renson-Martin, MachMedia
Speakers: Mark Johnstone, BBA Aviation Flight Support; Patrick Hansen, Luxaviation Group; Joe McDermott, Global FBO Consult; Laura Pierallini, Studio Pierallini; Greg Thomas, PrivatAir
Moroccan Aviation Services MD Mohamed Outamrarht joined the business aviation community at EBACE 2016, the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Expo, in Geneva this week.
Mr. Outamrart said “We are delighted to attend EBACE yet again, as it is Europes premier event and the annual meeting place for the European business aviation community. The convention brings together business leaders, government officials, manufacturers, flight department personnel and all manner of people involved in nearly every aspect of business aviation, so it is a vital point of personal contact with our clients and potential new customers.
We specialise in providing first class representation and supervision services to business, state, private and airline operators (passenger & cargo), flying to Moroccan airports and aim to operate to the highest international standards of safety, security and efficiency in what is a very competitive environment.
We have been a client of Global FBO Consult for the last three years and their assistance has been invaluable in developing our business across Morocco"
Joe McDermott, Global FBO Consult
& Mohamed Outamrarht, MD, MAS
|Dubai based Jetex has announced that is has secured a tender from the Moroccan National Airports Authority (ONDA) to establish five new FBOs, the first such facilities in the North African country. It has already begun private jet ground support at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, Marrakech Menara and Rabat-Salé, where Swissport was also chosen to provide handling services. At the seasonal destinations of Agadir-Al Massira, and Dakhla, Jetex was named as the exclusive ground services provider. Jetex will have on-site customs service at all five airports.
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The Westchester County (N.Y.) board of legislators have unanimously approved a new 30 year lease for the Million Air FBO at Westchester County Airport, White Plains. The former franchise location, which was acquired in full by the parent company last March, had previously operated under a lease restriction limiting the weight of aircraft it could service on its ramp to 50,000 pounds, and in addition was not permitted to conduct refueling away from its ramp. Both restrictions were removed as part of the new lease on the 23 acre property, which goes into effect on June 1st.
The decision paves the way for the company to embark on a $40 million renovation project.
Jet Aviation has been awarded a 30 year lease for a 17 acre site to establish an FBO at Van Nuys Airport in Calif, USA. The lease was awarded by the City of Los Angeles. Jet Aviation will offer FBO services in an interim terminal once operational control has been granted by Los Angeles World Airports, which is expected in the next few months.
Jet Aviation has also initiated planning for its long term Van Nuys Airport FBO. The company will build a 10,000ft² LEED Silver-certified FBO terminal and two 40,000ft² hangars and associated back shop and office space to be completed by the end of 2018.
The full service FBO will offer domestic & international handling, complete line service, executive conference rooms, crew lounge, flight planning room & business center & 24/7 guarded entry to the airport and ramp.
In addition, Michael McDaniel has been appointed as the FBO director for Jet Aviation Van Nuys, reporting to John Langevin, VP of FBO operations North America. “We are delighted to expand our FBO network to include Van Nuys Airport & the West Coast market,” said David Paddock, senior vice president and general manager, US aircraft services, Jet Aviation. “This expansion meets our customers’ needs & we look forward to contributing to the local community.”
The newest addition to Jet Aviation’s global FBO network will be the company’s eighth facility in the Americas.
Jetex announced a new fixed base operator (FBO) location in Marseille, France. Following the 2009 success of Jetex's first FBO in Paris Le Bourget, this new FBO in Marseille continues the company's progressive expansion throughout the region. The latest Jetex FBO location offers VIP travelers easy access to the Provence-Alpes-d'Azur region of France for the 2016 UEFA Europa League
Being the second largest French city with no Prior Permission Required (PPR) or other notable restrictions, Marseille is a top candidate to be our second FBO location in France," said Loic La Joye, Jetex FBO network manager.
The African Business Aviation Association (AfBAA) will be introducing its new African Business Aviation Conference concept during this year’s European Business Aviation Convention and Expo, EBACE, at the African Pavilion – Booth Y140. The executive team will be highlighting how it has transformed the existing Regional Symposium into an improved and expanded event, to be called the African Business Aviation Conference, or AfBAC.
The first annual meeting, which will take place this year on 17 & 18 November, will appeal to an international audience eager to discover more about the latest business aviation developments from the dynamic African sector. It will also provide African business aviation stakeholders with insight into international business aviation activity and how it can support their own development. Complementing the regular panel sessions, key note speeches and presentations, new formats will include “fireside” chats with influential aviation leaders, extended networking opportunities, and a full two day agenda.
The Association will use the meeting as a platform to launch Africa’s first annual forum dedicated to the burgeoning sector of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems, RPAS. “Africa’s operating environment offers great scope for unmanned aerial vehicles. The applications and opportunities are immense, and it’s an area that affects business aviation operations in a number of ways. This is why we’ve chosen to launch the annual RPAS Forum as part of the AfBAC event,” explained Rady Fahmy, CEO of the Association.
The introduction of AfBAC to the aviation conference schedule is the first in a series of planned steps by AfBAA to expand its events and networking opportunities. Tarek Ragheb, Founding Chairman of AfBAA said: “We are very pleased to be able to announce the introduction of AfBAC at EBACE. European and African relations have a long heritage, and continue to grow business together. By offering a variety of platforms from which to communicate we are fulfilling our mission of promoting the understanding and benefits of business aviation in Africa. We are aiming to bring the world to Africa, and Africa to the world, to serve the very different needs of our members both within Africa and across the globe. Creating forums for debate, discussion and development is a key part of the organisation’s function.”
South Africa has one of the most active business aviation sectors on the continent and Cape Town has one of the largest general aviation communities. This combined with its stunning coastal location, excellent convention infrastructure and convenient travel connections makes it an attractive proposition for the inaugural AfBAC.
Florida based Sheltair Aviation has given its FBO network in the Sunshine State a major boost with an announcement that it has purchased the Tampa International Jet Center, one of two FBOs at Tampa International Airport. “We are pleased to announce that we acquired Tampa International Jet Center, an award-winning operation with a highly commended customer service staff,” said Sheltair chairman and CEO Jerry Holland. “We are genuinely excited about bringing their expertise and reputation into the Sheltair family. Strategically, this location and operation fits perfectly into our growth model and complements our network of FBOs.”
For Sheltair, the addition represents its 17th location, spread across Florida, New York & Georgia. TIJC features a 14,000 sq ft terminal, 12,000 sq ft airside arrival/departure canopy and 108,000 sq ft of hangar space. Sheltair will continue the FBO’s previously announced plan to add another $5.5M, 32,000-sq-ft hangar which is expected to open in mid-2017.