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Thursday
Oct232014

Air Elite® Network Grows by Three FBOs

World Fuel Services announced today that it has added three new FBOs to the growing Air Elite® Network. Harbour Air Services, located at Cherry Capital Airport (KTVC) in Traverse City, Mich., Orion Jet Center, located at Opa-locka Executive Airport (KOPF) in Opa-locka, Florida, and Pazos FBO Services, located at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (TJSJ) in Carolina, Puerto Rico, have officially signed with the network. All FBOs are branded members of the World Fuel Services Network.

Harbour Air Services, a Phillips 66® Aviation branded FBO, has been serving business and general aviation in Traverse City, Mich., since 1988. The 2014 FltPlan Pilot’s Choice Awards recognized Harbour Air as the number two FBO in the East Central Region. Along with the standard FBO services, Harbour Air recently upgraded their facility and now has a comfortable passenger lobby lounge, crew lounge, and bathroom with private showers. They offer deicing and flight planning services, along with outstanding customer service. Their heated hangar storage can accommodate up to a G550. Harbour Air’s goal is to go above and beyond to provide the amenities, service and attention their customers need, when and where they need them.

“Joining the Air Elite Network at our TVC location shows our continued effort to provide a true Diamond level of service to our customers. World Fuel Services and the Air Elite Network’s continued focus toward excellence is in concert with our mantra of ‘Focused on Arrival.’ It means that we are focused on your passenger’s needs, we are focused on your crew’s needs and we are focused on your aircraft’s needs. The combination of the two philosophies makes for the best choice when visiting up North” said Guy Hill, Jr., President of Harbour Air Services – KTVC and CEO of Hill Aircraft – KFTY.

Orion Jet Center, an Ascent branded FBO, is one of the largest independent FBOs in the U.S. The FBO offers its business aviation clientele a full range of premium customer and aircraft services and amenities including fuel, 200,000 square feet of hangar storage, pilot’s lounge and flight planning facilities, U.S. Customs on site, rental cars, 24-hour gourmet catering, and preferred hotel arrangements. Just minutes from downtown Miami, South Beach, Bal Harbour and Fort Lauderdale, the FBO’s location offers travelers an added level of convenience when visiting the Miami area for business or pleasure.

"Orion Jet Center is thrilled to join the Air Elite Network. As an independent FBO we aim to provide our customers with a fantastic customer experience. Joining Air Elite aligns Orion with other like - minded FBOs committed to providing the best facilities and service in the industry,” said Eric Greenwald, President of Orion Jet Center.

Pazos FBO Services is the second Caribbean location to join the network, following St. Thomas Jet Center (TIST) who joined in October of 2012. With more than 35 years serving the aviation industry, Pazos has established themselves as a best-in-class, full-service FBO choice for business & general aviation clientele traveling to Puerto Rico. The FBO’s strategic location at the airport’s Apron Five (5) provides an added level of convenience for their customers and is part of the reason they have been the FBO of choice for foreign dignitaries including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and the Emir of Qatar. Attention to detail, VIP service and amenities has no doubt played its part in drawing celebrity clientele such as John Travolta, Ben Affleck and Rafael Nadal.

“Pazos Fuel is honored to be part of the Air Elite Network. In an effort to improve the service to our customers we have begun the remodeling and modernization of our FBO with the construction of a new and modern building. The new FBO building will house Customs and Immigration (GAFIS), as well as state-of-the-art-facilities. The completion and inauguration is scheduled for 15 of August of 2015. We look forward to serving new Air Elite customers at TJSJ San Juan, Puerto Rico,” said Jose Maldonado, President of Pazos FBO Services.

“We are eager to build upon and continue the long and successful relationship we have had with Harbour Air and we are looking forward to many years of success with our newly Ascent branded customer Orion Jet Center and our new Caribbean customer Pazos FBO Services. We have seen some really great growth thus far from the Air Elite Network. The addition of these three best-in-class FBOs to the network during NBAA brings this growth to light, front and center for the whole industry to see. It’s exciting to watch the network’s steady growth,” said Michael Clementi, President of World Fuel Services’ aviation segment.

With the addition of Harbour Air Services, Orion Jet Center and Pazos FBO Services, the Air Elite Network has 34 locations world-wide. The network was established in late 2011 and each FBO must meet a number of airport, facility and service quality standards to qualify for membership.

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