ExecuJet launched a new Shell-branded FBO at FRA (Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany) on Dec 1. The facility includes a customer lounge adjacent to the GA terminal, separate crew area with computer and free Internet access, as well as refreshments. Local hotels offer discounts for ExecuJet clients. This is the company's 10th FBO in Europe and its 2nd collaboration with Shell in Germany.
Two new locations have joined the Avfuel network—Newton Aviation at LWT (Lewistown MT) and Baer Air at MLB (Melbourne FL). Newton Aviation has offered FBO services at the former USAF satellite airfield for more than 20 years. In a community of only 5100, Newton prides itself on providing personal service to those visiting the hunting and fishing mecca of central Montana. LWT's 6100-ft runway, with 2000 ft of overshoot, is the longest in the region. Meanwhile, Baer Air at MLB added FBO services to its portfolio in May 2011 after many years as a maintenance and charter operation. Facilities and services include a 24/7 passenger terminal and lounge, ground handling, oxygen, hangars and tiedowns, as well as courtesy transportation for flightcrew to local hotels.
Signature has acquired Arrindell Aviation Services, long-time provider of FBO services at SXM (St Maarten, Netherlands Antilles). Services include ground handling, fuel coordination, ground transportation for passengers and crew, catering, weather and routing services, and liaison between passengers and yacht connections. The business, now known as Arrindell Aviation by Signature, opened officially in mid-November. It is Signature's 2nd recent purchase in the Caribbean, following acquisition of Tropical Aviation at SIG (Isla Grande, San Juan PR) in Jul 2011.
ExecuJet has upgraded its FBO facility at HLA (Lanseria, Johannesburg, South Africa). Both VIP passenger lounge and crew areas have been refurbished.