At Victor we firmly believe that great service shouldn’t be limited to the aircraft. Fixed-base operations or FBOs have come a long way since their emergence in the 1920s, when they were originally established as permanent bases for aircraft charters. Today some have developed into luxurious airports in their own right, blending the pinnacle of service with comfortable facilities. Many FBOs are lavishly equipped with all the facilities you need including concierge services, state of the art conference rooms, and some even offer power napping areas where you can relax and regenerate.
Aviation International News has recently completed their annual survey of FBOs, asking readers to rate operators on their service, facilities and amenities. From their recommendations, we have picked five standout FBOs where Victor members can expect to receive an excellent service.
1. Airflite International – Long Beach CA
Airflite International prides itself on its meticulous standards for both personal customer service and facilities. Boasting excellent conference rooms and well-equipped executive lounges, it offers all the conveniences you would expect and is deserving of its number one ranking.
Owned by Toyota, and the home of its North American Flight Department, Airflite offers 24/7 private aircraft services and storage. Located a stones throw away from the 405 freeway on Long Beach’s Daugherty Field, it offers direct access to LA and Orange County’s sands, clubs and restaurants.
|• 24/7 Service||• Conference Rooms|
|• Complimentary Shuttle Vehicle||• Aviation Gift Shop|
|• Catering||• Executive Lounge Waiting Area|
|• WiFi||• Showers|
2. TAG Farnborough – Farnborough UK
One of the most popular FBOs serving London, TAG Farnborough offers on-site luxury hotel accommodation, comfortable lounges and a relaxed café for passengers to enjoy, as well as full concierge services. As well as reaching a top spot on the Aviation International News Survey, the FBO was also a recipient of the coveted RIBA award for architecture.
Travellers visiting London are able to enjoy the museums, galleries and hotels in the West End within an hour by car, or just ten minutes by helicopter.
|• On-site Immigration and Customs||• On-site Hotel|
|• Concierge Service||• On-site Café|
|• Private Lounges||• Conference Rooms|
3. Million Air Houston – Houston TX
Specialising in luxury, Million Air Houston prides itself on its Texan hospitality, with a relaxed and well-stocked bar and a comfortable cinema room where travellers can kick back, relax and unwind.
Thanks to Million Air’s location at Hobby Field in Houston’s southern suburb, the high-class bars, clubs, restaurants and hotels of the Texan city are close at hand. The golden sands and fantastic fishing offered by Trinity Bay, are also only a short distance away.
|• Hospitality Bar||• Theatre Room|
|• Concierge Service||• Business Centre|
|• WiFi||• Conference Room|
4. Tampa Jet Centre – Tampa Bay FL
14,000 square feet of comfort and quality designed to please the most discerning of flyers, the Tampa International Jet Centre is one of the most beautifully equipped private airports in the world. As well as original artwork and sleekly modern lounges, passengers can enjoy the on-site gourmet kitchen and courtesy transfers.
Close by to the marinas and strip bars of downtown Tampa, it’s the perfect jump-off point for yachting holidays around the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida coast and the famous Florida Keys.
|• On-site Gourmet Kitchen||• Conference Rooms|
|• Full Concierge Service||• Executive Lobby|
|• Local Courtesy Transportation||• WiFi|
5. Dassault Falcon Service – Paris FR
Part of Paris’s Le Bourget airport, Dassault’s FBO is everything you’d expect from France’s top private airport with its effortlessly modern, minimalist décor and high-class standards of service.
Boasting a large range of services, passengers can enjoy a cozy yet stunning VIP lounge. Le Bourget also vaunts great transport links, with the Champ Élysées is less than half an hour away by car, while aviation enthusiasts can visit the award-winning Musée de l’air et de l’espace (Museum of Air and Space) located at the eastern end of the airport.
|• VIP Lounge||• Conference Room|
|• Entertainment System||• Private Car Park|
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