Ocean Sky - one of Europe’s fastest-growing private aviation companies - is working on a multi-million pound upgrade of its Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at London Luton Airport. The development is scheduled for completion in late summer 2012 and will become a busy hub for private jet flights to and from the UK.
A spokeswoman for Ocean Sky
said that with the FBO not yet complete it’s too early to give any specifics in respect of the cabin crew and ground staff job opportunities available once it has been completed. “All I can specify at this point is that as with any new development and expansion, there will be many new job opportunities created,” she said.
It’s likely that customer service ground staff, aircraft maintenance engineers and VIP cabin crew will be required at the Luton FBO as Ocean Sky's business expands.
This investment will treble Ocean Sky’s aircraft handling capacity and apron space at Luton, the company says. Ocean Sky has four further FBOs in Manchester, Prestwick in Scotland, Ibiza and Menorca.
The new FBO at Luton will cater for all types of business aircraft from helicopters to long-range business jets, and will comprise of a 550 sq m lounge and 11,000 metres of apron space. It will be located in a prime site at the airport, adjacent to Ocean Sky’s 46,000 sq ft aircraft maintenance hangar.
“Developing a state-of-the-art FBO at Luton will cement Ocean Sky’s position as a major player in the European market, with a world class FBO network across the UK and Spain,” said CEO Stephen Grimes. “This multi-million pound investment demonstrates Ocean Sky’s commitment to growth. Our brand promise is to offer the very best in business aviation, wherever our clients require it. Our expansion plans are dramatic, diverse and exciting, not just in the UK but also across Europe and the Middle East.”
Ocean Sky is a privately held company that began as an aircraft broker in 2003, expanding into a full aircraft service in 2005. In addition to its fixed-base operations in the UK and Europe, the Ocean Sky Group has offices in London, Moscow, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Italy. The company manages a fleet of midsize to long-range aircraft.
Ocean Sky has also announced an extensive refurbishment to its maintenance hangar at Luton Airport. This work has included complete excavation, resurfacing and painting of the 46,000 sq ft hangar floor and increased tooling to enhance engineering capabilities for Bombadier aircraft, by the end of this year. To complete this improvement programme, Ocean Sky will base an additional eight qualified engineers at Luton by the end of summer 2012.
This May the company bought an FBO in Mahon, Menorca. This purchase will increase Ocean Sky’s movements to around 1000 per annum in Menorca as well as giving Ocean Sky the ability to expand their commercial aircraft supervision capability.
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