Farnborough Airport Named FBO of The Year in The Air Charter Excellence Awards 2021

19th October 2021 by Farnborough Airport

Farnborough Airport won the title of FBO of the year in The Air Charter Association (ACA) Excellence Awards 2021. The much-anticipated event, which recognises aviation industry leaders, was held in Brighton on 14th October 2021.

Accepting the award on behalf of Farnborough Airport, Business Development Manager Richard Wittels said: “We are delighted to receive this prestigious accolade and we are hugely appreciative to all those who voted for us. This award is testament to the hard work of the entire Farnborough Airport team, who are committed to delivering outstanding customer service and operational excellence.”

The ACA’s prestigious annual awards highlight the best in the aviation sector and award companies for excellence within specific fields. Following a worldwide nomination process, winners are selected through a combination of member voting and deliberations of the ACA’s industry adjudication panel.

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Farnborough Airport Introduces Sustainable Aviation Fuel for Lower Emission Flights

12th July 2021 by Farnborough Airport

Europe’s leading business aviation airport, Farnborough Airport, is delighted to offer Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to all aircraft using the airport from today. Making  SAF available allows the reduction of flying emissions by up to 80%* and marks a significant next step in the airport’s work to support the decarbonisation of the wider aviation industry.

Farnborough Airport CEO, Simon Geere, says: “The introduction of SAF at Farnborough Airport is a major milestone in our sustainability programme and we are pleased to be able to offer Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel by working with our fuel provider World Fuel Services.  We are fully committed to a sustainable future and are delighted to offer our customers the opportunity to make a greener choice and work with us to play an integral part in delivering against the UK Government’s targets for net zero carbon emissions.”

Farnborough Airport Leads Aviation Recovery Under Leadership of New CEO, Simon Geere

13th May 2021 by Farnborough Airport

Farnborough Airport, the business aviation gateway to London, is pleased to officially introduce Simon Geere as CEO. Simon joined Farnborough Airport at a challenging time for the aviation industry, having officially started his role on 1st July 2020. With the UK restarting travel this month, Simon is looking forward to an exciting new chapter with Europe’s top private jet airport as it leads the aviation sector’s recovery.

While commercial aviation has been devastated by the impact of Covid-19, the business aviation sector has seen an increase in demand over the past year and is expected to bounce back swiftly once travel resumes.

“As international borders re-open, Farnborough Airport is looking forward to welcoming its customers back. We recognise that for many of our customers, business aviation is the only practical way of connecting internationally. In the coming years business aviation will be at the forefront of driving the UK’s economic recovery and supporting its post-Brexit global trade ambitions. International connectivity is fundamental to a prosperous and outwardly facing economy,” said Simon. “As the business aviation gateway to London and number one FBO in Europe, Farnborough Airport supports many thousands of jobs both locally and regionally. Throughout this pandemic we are particularly proud to have been able to maintain our employment levels and we are actively recruiting as we look to support continued economic growth and inward investment. Farnborough Airport was the first business aviation airport to be awarded carbon neutral status back in 2018 and we are working with our industry partners to deliver further improvements in this area.”

Farnborough Airport Tops the Polls in AIN FBO Survey

4th May 2021 by Farnborough Airport

Farnborough Airport is delighted to have retained it’s number one position in the Aviation International News (AIN) International FBO Survey 2021, topping the ‘Europe, Middle East, Africa & Asia Pacific category’ for the 15th year.

Being an industry-wide independent survey voted for by AIN readers asking them to rank; The Line Service, Passenger Amenities, Pilot Amenities, Facilities and CSR’s, the accolade of this win is a true testament of the product and service Farnborough offers – we’re delighted, thank you.

“We are hugely appreciative to all our customers and partners for their ongoing recognition and support. To be honoured in these prestigious awards for the 15th year is resounding affirmation to Farnborough Airport’s commitment to outstanding customer service and operational excellence,” said Simon Geere, Farnborough Airport CEO.

Farnborough Airport Named Europe’s Best FBO in 2021 Professional Pilot PRASE Survey

26th April 2021 by Farnborough Airport

Farnborough Airport has been named Europe’s top FBO (Fixed Base Operator) for the 16th time in the 2021 Professional Pilot PRASE Survey.  The airport team is delighted to retain its number one position in the annual awards, which is considered the gold standard of aviation ground service leaders.

“We are ever grateful for the continued support and confidence in Farnborough Airport, especially after navigating the exceptional challenges of the past year. While the world around us continues to change, particularly within the travel sphere, as we look ahead, one thing that will remain constant is our commitment to outstanding customer service and operational excellence,” said Simon Geere, Farnborough Airport CEO.

Farnborough Airport scored 9.30 in the Professional Pilot PRASE Survey, which is an annual ranking of customer opinions of aviation ground services. Executives in charge of flight departments, aviation managers, chief pilots, CEOs and other qualified subscribers to Professional Pilot magazine are polled each year to determine the winning list.

Prepare for landing…Farnborough Airport Opens New On Air Café

19th April 2021 by Farnborough Airport

Luxury private jet airport launches creative café with leading inflight F&B providers, On Air Dining

April 2021…// Europe’s leading base for private jet travel, Farnborough Airport, is proud to announce the opening of the brand-new On Air Café with pioneering aircraft caterers On Air Dining.  Newly opened on 15th April 2021, the café will treat its guests to a taste of the high life and marks an exciting new chapter as the aviation industry begins its recovery. Having revolutionised the world of inflight cuisine, by bringing five-star dining to the skies, On Air Dining is taking the concept to a lower altitude with the opening of its first chic café in the heart of Farnborough Airport’s terminal.

The new On Air Café at Farnborough will offer premium takeaway meals available for staff, tenants, crew and visitors of the airport. Beautifully designed with dark grey tones, oak panelling, reclaimed wooden bookcases and contrasting fabrics, the On Air Café will not just provide peace and respite for customers but offer an opportunity to support local businesses and producers using high quality goods. Menu highlights include poached salmon salad with watercress, asparagus and lemon mayonnaise, roasted British beef with horseradish on a sourdough baguette and a chicken poke bowl filled with sticky rice, crispy onions and crunchy rainbow slaw. Think freshly made cakes and pastries, gourmet bacon sandwiches and the toasty aromas of Alchemy coffee beans, custom blended for On Air Dining.

Dominic Osborne, FBO Director of Farnborough Airport said: ‘‘We are thrilled to start this new chapter, developing our partnership with the luxury caterers at On Air Dining. Working with a brand that aligns with our values and ensuring our customers receive the highest level of excellence has always been our utmost priority.  We hope the On Air Café will go on to be the beating heart of Farnborough Airport and are confident that customers will be impressed by their masterful menus and premium service’’

Farnborough Airport is not only the home of British aviation but also the first business airport to achieve carbon neutrality. Building on Farnborough Airport’s emphasis on social responsibility, the On Air Café will provide a culinary offering that is modern, innovative and environmentally accountable. With an emphasis on transparency and sustainability, all menus are focused on locally sourced produce from artisanal farms throughout the UK, with every effort employed to ensure packaging is 100% compostable or recyclable. On Air Dining’s farm-to-flight concept even encourages crews to visit the kitchens and meet suppliers to learn the story behind the food they are serving. Hand selecting the UK’s finest producers allows On Air Dining to deliver on its commitment to providing the best inflight and now in-airport experience with the On Air Cafe.

The team at On Air Dining pride themselves on delivering outstanding results both in the air and on the ground. Founded by Daniel Hulme in 2010, the company used innovative cooking techniques and flight attendant feedback to develop elite menus and packaging.  On Air Dining masterminded step-by-step plating cards so flight attendants with no culinary background could recreate restaurant-quality meals for passengers. The concept was born after Daniel spotted a gap in the market for premium hospitality services on private transport. With an impressive background in menu development and innovative cooking techniques, Daniel has gone on to grow the business at an impressive rate, keeping kitchens open throughout the Covid 19 pandemic and providing nutritious meals to local NHS staff and charities.

CEO of On Air Dining Daniel Hulme said: At On Air we have a clear committed mission – namely to provide the customers, clients and employees of Europe’s leading Biz Jet Airport with timely, tasty food and beverage to the highest of standards.  I am so proud that On Air has been selected to partner with Farnborough Airport and from the15th April 2021 we look forward to delivering fresh, sustainable, innovative produce at our exciting new On Air Cafe. As we exit the turbulence of Covid it is imperative that we provide comfort, assurance and professionalism in all that we do and to be part of this ambition closely supporting these objectives with Farnborough Airport is an important responsibility for us’’

After a year of cancelled travel plans, Farnborough is thrilled to add the On Air Café to the luxury airport experience. With a passion for impeccable service and ethical practice, Farnborough Airport and On Air Dining are proud to be thought leaders in the aviation field.  With a keen focus on social responsibility, the team at Farnborough Airport are thrilled to open a café that is committed to providing a premium service for its valued staff, crew and tenants. Working together, Farnborough Airport and On Air dining hope to provide top quality service whilst bringing value to the community and customers alike.

MMGY GRIFCO to Handle PR for Farnborough Airport

1st April 2021 by Farnborough Airport

Farnborough Airport has engaged the services of Grifco PR, a London based, lifestyle PR agency who also specialise in travel & hospitality.

Grifco is a leading public relations firm founded by Claire Griffin in 2002.  It is a creative, boutique, PR company which nurtures the needs of its clients.

Grifco’s PR’s team of experts work closely with clients, tailoring each campaign whilst offering a personal, trusting working relationship to maximise opportunities and to ensure that the best communication channels between client and PR is achieved.

In 2018, Grifco PR joined forces with MMGY Global, the world’s largest marketing communications organisation dedicated to travel, tourism and hospitality.  As part of the MMGY Global family, Grifco’s clients have access to an international communications practice across all marketing channels – providing a holistic and fully integrated solution to marketing needs.

“Farnborough Airport is pleased and excited to welcome Grifco onboard!  We are particularly looking forward to introducing our business into to the B2C market as well as continuing with our B2B targeted campaigns” – Elaine Turner, Head of Marketing, Farnborough Airport

Managed Quarantine Package

12th February 2021 by Farnborough Airport

Farnborough Airport operates in compliance with U.K. government regulations. 

The airport has been designated an arrival port for the purposes of new government quarantine rules for arriving customers on applicable business aviation flights.

All other business aviation flights using Farnborough Airport are operating as normal. 

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