Universal Aviation, the ground support division of Universal Weather & Aviation, has opened a full service FBO focused exclusively on business aviation traffic at BDA (Bermuda). Universal Aviation Bermuda features customs and immigration on site, a dedicated fuel truck, 130,000 sq ft of ramp parking, pilot and passenger lounges, and conference rooms. All ground support employees are certified by NATA's Safety 1st professional line service training program.
Jet Aviation has launched a global refurbishment program to renew and harmonize the look and feel of its FBO and major MRO facilities worldwide. Beginning with the GVA (Geneva, Switzerland), ZRH (Zürich, Switzerland) and BSL (Basel, Switzerland) facilities and focusing on lobbies and customer and crew lounges, Jet Aviation will transform all its FBOs and major MROs to introduce a consistent corporate look, along with other customer-focused enhancements. Construction is presently under way at the FBO in Zürich, with rollout of the project to continue throughout the company's global FBO and MRO network for completion by 2015.
Jet Aviation has inaugurated a new fuel sales service for its entire chain of FBOs in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In partnership with World Fuel Services, Jet Aviation has introduced the new fuel sales service to pass cost savings on to FBO and MRO customers visiting their facilities in those regions.
Jet Air Group GRB (Green Bay WI) has signed an agreement with Signature Select, Signature Flight Support's affiliate FBO program, to become a member location. Signature Select offers independent FBOs Signature's world-class systems, service and safety standards, training, sales and marketing processes. Each member company maintains its independent brand with the addition of the Signature Select badge.
Signature Flight Support has signed an agreement with Airside FBO Operations at YEG (Edmonton AB, Canada) to become a fully licensed Signature location. Signature Edmonton is the 2nd Canadian FBO to be licensed and joins Signature Montreal at YUL (Trudeau, Montreal QC, Canada). Signature YEG is a newly-built facility with 80,000 sq ft of hangar space, a 9000 sq ft FBO facility and more than 30,000 sq ft of office space.
Tupelo Aviation Unlimited, the full service FBO at TUP (Tupelo MS), has joined the Avfuel branded FBO network. The FBO now offers products and services such as Avfuel contract fuel and the Avtrip rewards program. In addition, Tupelo Aviation Unlimited is in the midst of a complete remodel to outfit the building with improved services and amenities.
Bellingham Aviation Services at BLI (Bellingham WA) has also joined Avfuel's network of branded FBOs. Flyers taking advantage of this US port of entry now have access to Avfuel contract fuel and Avtrip rewards, among other benefits.
Alison Price On Air says it is seeing a significant increase in demand for fine catering from the Russian market. Alison Price On Air has experienced growth in demand from clients traveling to Russia over the past 12 months, with an intense concentration of orders heading to the Moscow region. Up to 20% of total orders—as compared with 3% two years ago—are now going to the Russian capital. Most demand is focused on the business market—clients include Russian individuals and Russian corporations expanding their business in the region.