The winner of the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) of the Year is Jet Aviation Dubai.
In May 2018, Jet Aviation expanded its global network and portfolio with the acquisition of Hawker Pacific, a leading provider of civil MRO, gleet and FBO services, and aircraft sales across Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
The acquisition added 14 MRO facilities to the region, seven FBOs, an aircraft management office and more than 800 employees in Asia Pacific to the Jet family.
The company’s significant FBO network growth with Hawker Pacific was followed by acquisition of the KLM Jet Center businesses in Amsterdam and Rotterdam in October 2018.
Earlier in the year, the company established ground-handling services at Prince Abdul Mohsin Bin Abdulaziz Regional Airport in Yanbu, Saudi Arabia.
This year the company plans further expansion in the Americas. The network in the United States is not only growing through acquisition, most recently in Scottsdale, Arizona, where construction of an FBO and hangar will begin soon, but is also expanding, building and renovating current design standards from coast to coast.
A groundbreaking in Palm Beach, Florida, in May marked construction of a 40,000 square-foot hangar with 10,000 square feet of office space, all adjacent to a new operations centre for sister company Gulfstream.
A completely new facility at Van Nuys, CA will also soon begin operation. With everything under one roof to replace eight older structures, the new FBO will include 10,000 square feet of customer service area meeting the latest Jet design and functional standards.
The hangar has 42,000 square feet plus 10,000 square feet of office space, all adjacent to a new Gulfstream operations centre with 40,000 square feet of hangar space and 20,000 square feet for offices.
Interior renovations at Teterboro, NJ, will bring the FBO to design and finish standards while construction finishes on a hangar with 40,000 square feet and tenant-office space.
Significant FBO renovations at Dallas, Texas, are set to be completed in the fourth quarter to provide an entirely new experience for customers and crew.
In San Juan, Puerto Rico, a 20,000 square-foot hangar replacing one destroyed by Hurricane Maria in 2017 will open soon with 2,500 square feet for offices.