NEWS I FBO & MRO I 14 Luxaviation acquires FBO at paris-Le Bourget Airport Luxaviation Group is announcing the acquisition of Paris- Le Bourget VIP Terminal (FBO), from Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur (ACA) Group and handled by its Sky Valet France company. With the acquisition of the VIP Terminal FBO, Luxaviation Group demonstrates its leadership in business aviation notwithstanding the impending downdraft and the severe impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the industry. For this transaction Luxaviation was advised by by Saphir Capital Partners. Patrick Hansen, CEO of Luxaviation Group says: «With the acquisition of the prestigious Paris-Le Bourget VIP Terminal, we are able to further grow our 26 strong VIP Terminal network under our ExecuJet Brand, and provide our clients with an unrivalled full-service ground handling in an unparalleled location. We continue to focus on our core aviation services and further concentrate on innovation and expansion. As a group, we are determined to drive the curve and to invest worldwide into the sector’s development.» In 2019, Sky Valet Paris- Le Bourget has managed over 6000 business aircraft movements representing 12% market share. Sky Valet is a brand owned and managed by Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur. In France, the brand operated in Cannes, St Tropez and Paris-Le Bourget. ACA manages 22 FBOs in France, Spain and Portugal, and additional 7 independents locations through its marketing and sales partnership Sky Valet Connect. Sky Valet Paris- Le Bourget manages its own terminal with secured car parking, and dedicated security filter and ramp area. Dominique Thillaud, President of the Board of Aéroports de la Côte d’Azur: «After five years of continuous growth and having achieved a market share of 12%, we are pleased with the finalization of this sale contract to Luxaviation Group which will extend the efforts and good results Sky Valet Paris- Le Bourget. The dynamism of this VIP Terminal at one of Europe’s leading business airport can only contribute to the dynamism of our remaining FBO activities, in France and in Europe». Karol Gueremy, CEO of Luxaviation France and Portugal says: «We are looking forward to welcome the 15 experienced colleagues of Sky Valet France in our Luxaviation team in Paris. Their recognized excellence matches the high-level service spirit of Luxaviation throughout the Group and increases our service offering». Karol Gueremy will be supervising the team of this newly acquired VIP terminal in Paris.
Overhaul contract for DC Aviation DC Aviation Group have been awarded a contract for the comprehensive overhaul of a Challenger 605 including a 48-month check, a cabin refurbishment as well as a Proline 21 Advanced Upgrade. The work will be carried out at DC Aviation’s Stuttgart Maintenance Centre. The Proline 21 Advanced Upgrade includes the installation of Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipment. This surveillance technology is already mandatory in the USA and the UAE since 1st January 2020 and will be mandatory in Europe from 7th of June 2020. With this system, the aircraft can be tracked as it determines its position via satellite navigation and periodically broadcasts it. The upgrade also includes the implementation of the TOSE (Take-Off Safety Enhancement) system. Furthermore, a software upgrade of the 3rd VHF transceiver will be carried out to meet the Eurocontrol Link 2000+ mandate. Daniel Heidrich, Director Sales Technical Services for DC Aviation advises «DC aviation has extensive experience maintaining and overhauling Challenger aircraft with a particular focus on Avionics upgrades. Our «Passion for Quality» means that all Safety Standards are kept to the highest levels and all work carried out with detailed precision.» DC Aviation upgraded a Global 5000 DC Aviation Group has been contracted for the upgrade of a Global 5000 with a Gogo Elite Smart Cabin System (SCS Elite), an Inmarsat SwiftBroadband High Data Rate Service as well as a new satellite communication system. The SCS Elite package is a highly integrated smart cabin system that allows passengers to control the cabin environment with a single interface. Daniel Heidrich, Director Sales Technical Services of DC Aviation says: «No other solution on the market delivers the breadth and depth of functionality that SCS Elite does. We are very pleased that this system allows the customers to use their own PID (Personal Integrated Device) to do whatever they choose. This can include checking inflight data, watching a movie, browsing the web and making or receiving a phonecall.» Since 2017 DC Aviation is a full-service maintenance, repair and overhaul provider for Gogo Business Aviation and participates as a partner for hardware sales and installations on various types of business aircraft for Gogo’s portfolio of products. In addition to the Smart Cabin System, the Global 5000 will also be upgrated with an Inmarsat Swift Broadband High Data Rate (HDR) system that offers significantly enhanced data streaming rates. Furthermore, the aircraft will be equipped with a new satellite communication system. Special mission services Lufthansa Technik AG has begun working on the cabin conversion of the first of three Airbus A350-900s for the German Federal Government’s Special Air Mission Wing. The aircraft arrived at Hamburg’s International Airport on May 7th where it will be fitted with a government cabin by Lufthansa Technik’s VIP & Special Mission Aircraft Services product division. This is the world’s first conversion of this kind of an Airbus A350, which will initially be equipped with a special transitional cabin for the transport of representatives of the Federal Government and their accompanying delegations. The corresponding preliminary work had already begun in November last year in Lufthansa Technik’s VIP workshops. Delivery is scheduled for the end of July.The transitional cabin, tailored to the specific requirements of the customer, will be equipped with office and conference areas, next to a multifunctional lounge area. The rest of the cabin space will be available to the accompanying delegations. It will have generous seat spacing, an appropriate number of washrooms and modern kitchen equipment. This is the first VIP completion of an Airbus A350 for the German Air Force as well as for Lufthansa Technik. Ultimate Jet I 15
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