09 January 2011

One-stop facility for business jet services arises in Subic

Aviation Concepts (ACI) announced that it has leased the former FedEx hangar located in Subic Bay, Philippines, and that the hangar is currently in the final stages of refurbishment.

This 100,000 square foot facility is scheduled to be fully operational by this month, and will serve as the company’s second functional base in Asia-Pacific.

The center will offer FBO services to transient aircraft, seeking to market itself as a low cost alternative to popular locations in Hong Kong, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. In a memo released to the public, the company emphasized its desire to allow for quick technical stops, with inexpensive fueling and minimal handling fees.

ACI is expecting the convenience of a full service aviation facility centrally positioned in Asia to attract significant air traffic to the Subic Bay airport.

According to President and CEO Terry Habeck, “Subic Bay is poised to become one of the busier business aviation hubs in Asia as more owners and operators seek low cost solutions in the region.”

In addition to FBO services, the center will house factory-trained technicians available 24/7 to accommodate the maintenance needs of most long and medium range business jets.

Because of its special economic status as a Freeport Zone, Subic Bay has the advantage of eliminating duties imposed on inbound aircraft parts, thereby avoiding custom holds.

As soon as fully operational, Gulfstream, Challenger and Westwind aircraft will be available for charter, and ACI will begin offering aircraft management and air ambulance services from the new base. (aviationprofessionals.org)