JetEx Flight Support and WestAir have established a joint venture agreement and initiated operations at the WestAir FBO at SNN (Shannon, Ireland). (L–R) JetEx CEO Adel Mardini, WestAir Aviation Business Devt Exec Audrey O'Connor and Sales Mgr Anne Larkin, and JetEx Managing Partner Salem Youssef after signing the agreement at the NBAA Convention in Las Vegas on Oct 10.

Sheltair Aviation opened its newest branch, at JFK (John F Kennedy, New York NY), on Oct 1. It is the company's 14th FBO location and its 6th in New York State. Sheltair is the first private FBO at the airport. The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has run the GA service operation there as the sole provider since 1947. The lease includes a 3100 sq ft executive facility on 4.53 acres of land. Sheltair is remodeling the operation, which will include a pilot lounge, flight planning room, passenger lounge and shuttle service to JFK's airline terminals.

Signature has launched a new FBO program called Signature Select. The program will offer independent FBOs sales, training and marketing under the Signature banner. Each member company maintains its independent brand with the addition of the Signature Select badge. The network will provide point-to-point coordination of handling and flight support as well as access to Signature's custom fuel programs, online reservation system and proprietary hotel booking technology. Member FBOs will also be able to offer the Signature Status customer rewards program. Additional benefits are provided by sister companies Dallas Airmotive and Ontic Engineering for engine MRO services. Members will be supported by Signature's global sales and marketing team and will be promoted along with the company's network of 100-plus locations worldwide.

Eurojet Aviation is expanding from its base at BHD (Belfast City, Northern Ireland) to a new 41,000 sq ft complex at BHX (Birmingham, England). The new FBO and service center will include comprehensive VIP handling services, hangar space, a state-of-the-art maintenance facility, and Avfuel-branded fuel services. Grand opening is scheduled for Jan 2012.

Speaking at the recent NBAA Convention, Signature Flight Support Worldwide Pres Michael Scheeringa reflects on 2011—a year in which the company added 5 FBOs. Signature will open a new FBO at FRA (Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany) this December. It will operate out of the GA terminal. Signature is renovating the existing facility to bring it up to international standards. This is company's 2nd location in Germany, with an established FBO at MUC (Intl, Munich, Germany).

Business Jet Center (BJC) has joined the Paragon Aviation Group. BJC opened its first location, at DAL (Love, Dallas TX) in Sep 1997 and expanded to OAK (Oakland CA) in Oct 2003. "We have long recognized the need for an independent FBO association," comments BJC Dir Bill Moltenbrey, noting that Paragon membership "allows our Dallas and Oakland FBOs to be part of the same program regardless of fuel company affiliation."

Fargo Jet Center (FJC) spent much of October and November supporting an airlift of cattle to Kazakhstan. The effort was part of a $50-million project to develop beef production in that country's Akmola region. FJC groundcrews handled the Boeing 747-400 and loaded approximately 195 cattle onto each of 14 flights. The planes were flown by Korean Airlines from FAR (Fargo ND) for locally based Global Beef Consultants. The flights formed the second of several planned annual airlifts intended to restore Kazakhstan's beef industry, which has declined sharply since the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Banyan Air Service at FXE (Exec, Fort Lauderdale FL) is folding its pilot shop and online store into the Banyan brand. Hangar63, the physical store, will be known as Banyan Pilot Shop, while the former Tropic­Aero.com becomes Banyan Pilot­Shop.com. "Customers tell us that having 3 different brands is confusing," says Mktg Dir Nancy Bouvier.

ExecuJet Europe, based in Zürich, Switzerland, has won the contract to manage the FBO at CBG (Cambridge, England). The company will take over on Jan 1, 2012 from Marshall Business Avi­ation, a single-site operation owned by engineering firm Marshall Aerospace of Cambridge. The 2-year-old FBO at CBG includes executive passenger lounges, a boardroom, dedicated crew facilities and hangar space. It will be ExecuJet's 9th European FBO and its first in the UK. Business at CBG is growing rapidly, with movements year-on-year up by 15% to 3000, and fuel sales up by 37%. (Photo) ExecuJet Aviation Group Managing Dir Europe Cédric Migeon (L) and Cambridge Airport Dir Archie Garden at the recent NBAA Convention in Las Vegas NV.

Innotech-Exaire Aviation is expanding its FBO facilities in Montreal and Toronto. Construction will begin this year on a 29,000 sq ft extension to its 180,000 sq ft facility at YUL (Trudeau, Montreal QC, Canada). The addition will accommodate aircraft up to the size of the proposed Bombardier Global 7000. Completion is scheduled for next spring. Innotech recently opened modernized customer areas at both YUL and YYZ (Pearson, Toronto ON, Canada) with new lounges, customer offices and updated conference rooms. The company also operates a substantial MRO business at YUL, specializing in Bombardier Global series business jets. Innotech expects to achieve 12% business growth this year over 2010.

ExecuJet's South African operation has received certification under IS-BAO. Modeled on the ISO 9000 family of standards, IS-BAO is designed to ensure safety in flight ops. ExecuJet has 2 FBOs—one at HLA (Lanseria, Johannesburg, South Africa), the other at CPT (Intl, Cape Town, South Africa). ExecuJet is Africa's only approved Bombardier Aerospace and Honeywell engine and avionics service center.