MAC Air Group opened its new FBO facility at Portland/KPWM, Maine, International Jetport late June. This builds on the 57-year-old company’s aircraft charter and management service, aircraft sales, acquisition & leasing, aircraft maintenance, parts & avionics sales & repair.
Branded MAC Jets FBO, the new FBO complex is the only operation on the south side of the airport, allowing for easier access to major highways. Thus, it claims that customers can drive to downtown Portland in just seven minutes. The company's FBO is part of the Avfuel network.
Specializing in charter, sales & maintenance, MAC Air Group operates 18 jets & is an FBO customer itself, insight that it is using to provide good FBO service. “Our success is driven by our dedication to total customer satisfaction, our top priority along with safety” said Allyn Caruso, owner of parent company Maine Aviation. “As a three-generation family business, we’re passionate about aviation & providing service that is second-to-none”
Canadian aircraft charter & management company Chartright Air Group opened its first FBO last week, at Kitchener, Region of Waterloo Int. Airport (CYKF), making it the second service provider located on the field. Founded in 1987, & based at Toronto Pearson Int. but with facilities across the Canada, Chartright acquired a four-year-old, 50,000-sq-ft hangar at YKF last year and has since refurbished it as part of an FBO. The 5,000-sq-ft terminal has passenger & crew lounges & offices with on-site Canadian customs and immigration service is available 24/7 with advance notice. The hangar can shelter aircraft up to a Boeing 757 & maintenance service is offered for aircraft from small bizjets to airliners.
The second Etihad Flight College Embraer 100E Phenom on delivery through Belfast International/EGAA, handled by Global Trek Aviation, en route Al Ain. Came in from KEF. A third one is due through shortly! Our thanks to Gordon Bingham, Global Trek Aviation for the info & photo.
Dublin Airport Passenger Security (Courtesy of Irish Air Letter, monthly journal):
The Editor-in-Chief of Air Transport World magazine, Karen Walker, posted a blog on the magazine’s website relating her experiences on a multi-sector business trip to Europe, which included attendance at the IATA AGM in Dublin. With regard to her experience at Dublin Airport, she stated: "Security queues at all the European airports I visited or transited – London, Paris, Hamburg, Dublin and Barcelona – were short. Dublin wins the prize for friendliest security staff; I breezed through the screening process in maybe two minutes while smiling, cheerful officers assisted everyone with their bags". Well done to the DAA security personnel.
|Oman Air has selected Menzies Aviation, a division of Scottish firm John Menzies, as its partner in establishing a nationwide ground-handling presence. |
Having signed a MOU this week, the parties will now undertake a period of due diligence and focus on completing all regulatory requirements.
The new joint-venture is expected to come online during the last quarter of the year and will operate at nine airports across Oman, including Oman Air's key Muscat hub.
Menzies already have 143 stations in its global network.
|Sky Valet has completed the acquisition of 100% of the shares of JetBase, Portugal’s leading FBO network. JetBase’s 10 FBOs, situated at the main Portuguese airports Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Cascais and Beja, on the islands of Madeira, Azores and Cape Verde, and in central Africa in Mozambique and Angola, will now operate under the commercial name of Sky Valet. |
This move follows on from the acquisition by Sky Valet in Q2 2015 of Gestair, Spain.
The addition of these new destinations consolidates Sky Valet’s international expansion strategy, which aims to create a network of FBOs located in the most iconic areas. The company already provides ground-handling support services for VIP passengers, crew and aircraft at Madrid, Barcelona, Gerona, Valencia, La Coruna, Santiago de Compostela, Palma de Majorca, Ibiza and Malaga airports.
Dominique Thillaud, chairman of the management board of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur (ACA) and Sky Valet, commented, “We are delighted with the addition of 10 new destinations, which fully fulfill the needs of our customers and our target to develop a consistent Sky Valet network. This acquisition allows us to expand our expertise across a new attractive area of the Iberian peninsula with a reach that even extends to Africa.”