Air Elite Network Covers Both HemispheresFebruary 8, 2017
Continued Asia-Pacific expansion and increased Network interconnectivity
Fort Worth, Texas (February 8, 2017) – World Fuel Services announced today that the Air Elite Network has welcomed nine new FBOs to the global network of Diamond Service Locations in late 2016 and early 2017. The network now reaches both hemispheres and covers six continents, with a widening footprint in the Asia-Pacific region. The result is a stronger, more connected and viable network offer for our customers.
World Fuel Services and the Air Elite Network are honored to welcome their newest members:
- Circle Air Group (KSEE) - San Diego, CA
- Ross Aviation – Long Beach (KLGB) - Long Beach, CA
- Hawker Pacific (YSSY) - Sydney, Australia
- Hawker Pacific (YPPH) - Perth, Australia
- Hawker Pacific (YBBN) - Brisbane, Australia
- Hawker Pacific (YBCS) - Cairns, Australia
- Hawker Pacific (WSSL) - Singapore
- Galaxy FBO (KCXO) - Conroe, Texas
- Cerulean Aviation (KGSP) - Greer, South Carolina
Based only 20 minutes from La Jolla and downtown San Diego at Gillespie Field (KSEE) in El Cajon, CA,Circle Air Group (www.circleag.com) is a hidden gem in corporate and private air travel. In addition to a private passenger terminal and world class concierge services and amenities, Circle Air operates the largest FAA Class IV part 145 repair shop in San Diego. Their comprehensive onsite avionics shop specializes in Citation, Gulfstream, Falcon and larger aircraft with maintenance technicians holding over 30 years of experience. Finally, Circle Air Group offers competitive fuel, hangar and maintenance prices and over 70,000 sq. ft. of hangar rental space and 400,000 sq. ft. of concrete ramp space. In the first quarter of 2017, Circle Air begins major renovations that will transform one of the nicest facilities in San Diego to one of the finest in the country. These renovations will include an elegant interior suite remodel, stunning modern passenger lounge, contemporary exterior, and development of a 3-acre parcel to construct 40,000 square feet of additional hangars with contiguous ramp space.
“Circle Air is proud to be a member of the Air Elite Diamond Service Network of exceptional FBOs. At Circle Air our philosophy is simple…give our customers the best possible experience and they come back. We love aviation. That’s why Circle Air is committed to having a passionate team that anticipates our customer’s needs, pays great attention to detail, safety and security, and strives for excellence in everything we do. Being part of the Air Elite network is an extension of our philosophy and we are delighted to be in the company of esteemed FBOs with similar values worldwide,” said Dee L. Conger, CEO of Circle Air Group.
Ross Aviation’s (www.rossaviation.com/fbo/lgb-long-beach-fbo) FBO at the Long Beach Airport (Daugherty Field) (KLGB), formally AirFlite, is known by flight operators for exceptional service, having been voted #1 FBO in the Americas for the past three years. The FBO is conveniently located in Southern California, close to both Los Angeles and Orange County. Long Beach Airport is an “easy in, easy out” airport with a 10,000 foot runway. In addition to the expected FBO amenities, Ross Aviation’s facilities are equipped to service aircraft as large as a Boeing 767.
“Our customer service philosophy is the anchor that holds us firm as we strive to provide customers with the quality service that they expect, all while maintaining and adhering to obdurate safety standards. The Air Elite standard aligns perfectly with our principles and has been proven successful time and time again. Our reputation throughout the nation, in large part, is due to the continued support we receive from all of our friends with Air Elite,” said Greg McQueary, General Manager of Ross Aviation – LGB.
Hawker Pacific’s (www.hawkerpacific.com/fbo-locations) commitment to world class aviation services is supported by their largest network of FBOs across Asia and Australia. Located in Sydney (YSSY), Perth (YPPH), Brisbane (YBBN), Cairns (YBCS), and Singapore (WSSL), the Hawker Pacific Flight Centres boast world class facilities, with fully serviced luxury VIP lounges, hangar space, VIP ground handling, communication facilities for business and leisure travel needs, and most with on-site customs/immigration and quarantine clearance. Hawker Pacific can arrange ground handling at any location throughout Australia, New Zealand and the Asia region.
"We are truly excited to be the first FBO group in the Australasian region to be invited to be part of the Air Elite Network. A group of FBOs striving to provide service excellence is exactly what we are about – the fit will be perfect," said Graham Owen Vice President FBO for Hawker Pacific.
Galaxy FBO’s (www.galaxyfbo.com) state-of-the-art facility at the Conroe North Houston Regional Airport(KCXO) in Conroe, Texas is the benchmark in the industry for business and general aviation. Featuring world-class amenities including an arrival/departure canopy large enough to accommodate even the largest business jet, Galaxy FBO’s operation occupies a three-story building that includes pilot and VIP lounges, conference rooms, executive offices and even an on-site restaurant with views of Runway 14-32. Seven hangars offer ample aircraft storage space, ranging from 13,419 sq. ft. to 38,000 sq. ft., suitable to accommodate large cabin business jets such as the Gulfstream G650, Bombardier Global 6000 and the new Dassault Falcon 8X. Two additional hangars and 4.9 acre ramp space is currently under construction, scheduled to be operational in early February 2017. While the facility has many unique features that exceed Air Elite’s quality standards; the key to Galaxy FBO’s success is its superb customer service provided to all aircraft crew and passengers.
“We're excited to be a member of the Air Elite Network, as one of the four Diamond Service FBOs in Texas” said Jeremy Gee, Vice President for Galaxy FBO. “Air Elite Membership will provide our unique facility features and exceptional service standards a well-deserved visibility world-wide."
Cerulean Aviation, located at Greenville–Spartanburg International Airport (KGSP) in Greer, South Carolina is upstate South Carolina’s premium service FBO. The facility operates 24 hours per day and offers visitors full concierge services. KGSP features an 11,000 ft. runway, US Customs, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting (ARFF) & emergency services, commercial airline service, as well as full service ground handling, cargo and freight handling capabilities. The hallmark of Cerulean’s promise is to earn flight operators’ confidence, trust and loyalty by crafting an experience that is distinctive, satisfying andrewarding. Cerulean provides highly-personalized ground support services, while offering customers competitive pricing. As the premier FBO in the region, Cerulean makes flying with their FBO a pleasure. Their motto, “Wheels up. Spirits High” encompasses their passion to keep the aviation spirit alive in those they serve.
“Cerulean Aviation at GSP International Airport is on a mission to become synonymous with a rich aviation experience. Our acceptance into the Air Elite Network signals that we are indeed on the right path,” said Dave Edwards, President/CEO of GSP Airport District. “The Cerulean Aviation team is focused and determined every day to earn our customers’ confidence, trust and loyalty by crafting an experience that is distinctive, satisfying and rewarding. Being recognized as the first Air Elite Network provider in the state of South Carolina is both an honor and a privilege.”
With a service philosophy that has proven to transcend regional divides, the Air Elite Network continues to see interest from likeminded FBOs who understand the value of elevated customer service training, strict facility standards and collaborative networking – all driving toward the ultimate goal of true service delivery for aircraft operators. The addition of these new locations, including the increased presence in Asia and Australia, further solidifies the interconnectivity of the network’s members, enhancing efforts to provide passengers and flight crews with Diamond Service around the globe.
Year to date, the Air Elite Network has grown by seven locations. The network now encompasses 69 uniquely exceptional diamond service FBOs worldwide and has been growing steadily since it was established in 2011. Each FBO member must meet a number of airport, facility and service quality standards to qualify for membership.
***About Air Elite®
Air Elite® is a global network of uniquely exceptional FBOs. The premier network of Diamond Service locations is strategically positioned around the world. The comfort of consistency is delivered through elevated facility standards and customer service. Air Elite offers customers the pleasure of variety with the local expertise and regional nuances of independently owned FBOs. www.AirEliteNetwork.com.
About World Fuel Services Corporation
Headquartered in Miami, Florida, World Fuel Services is a global energy management company involved in providing energy procurement advisory services, supply fulfillment and transaction and payment management solutions to commercial and industrial customers, principally in the aviation, marine and land transportation industries. World Fuel Services sells fuel and delivers services to its clients at more than 8,000 locations in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. For more information, call 305‐428‐8000 or visit www.wfscorp.com