Farnborough Airport welcomes Flexjet team, driving economic and sustainability performance

20th May 2022 by Farnborough Airport

Farnborough Airport’s mission to become a global showcase for airport sustainability and driver of regional economic growth continues to gather pace as it welcomes premium fleet operator Flexjet in setting up its European Tactical Control Centre at Europe’s leading business aviation airport. As well as offering an outstanding customer experience, Flexjet has sustainability high on its priorities and includes a complete emissions offset (300% CO2e) for both carbon and non-carbon pollution, at no extra cost to the passenger, thus contributing to Farnborough Airport’s own commitment to sustainability and the UK Government’s targets for net zero carbon emissions.

Flexjet has opened the Tactical Control Centre – the operational heart of its European business – and office space for its operations and other support teams within Farnborough Airport’s Meadow Gate building, in a move from its previous base in St. Albans, Hertfordshire. The relocation contributes to Farnborough Airport’s impressive number of 50 companies based on site and the airport’s longstanding history of driving economic growth and local employment in the region. With 80% of staff living within a 10-mile radius of Farnborough Airport, the airport is a major regional employer. During the COVID pandemic the airport remained fully operational and instead of making redundancies took the opportunity to hire into new positions.

Farnborough Airport’s CEO Simon Geere, commented, “We’re thrilled to welcome Flexjet to Farnborough Airport. The operator’s exemplary focus on sustainability brings additional value to our airport, not to mention a boost to local employment and fiscal growth in the region. After becoming the first business airport to be awarded carbon neutral status in 2018 and making continued improvements in our environmental performance, this partnership further establishes our position as one of the most modern, well-connected, and sustainably minded airports of its kind.”

Flexjet European Managing Director, Marine Eugène, added, “Our move to Farnborough Airport represents an important milestone in our European expansion and generates a multitude of synergies and benefits for our team and our owners alike. Flexjet and Farnborough Airport have a shared ethos for excellence in both operations and service, so we are delighted to be forging this closer partnership.”

Farnborough Airport became the first business airport to be awarded carbon neutral status in 2018 and made Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) available to its customers in 2021. This year Farnborough Airport has introduced Electric Ground Power Units and Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), which reduces net greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90%. Furthermore, this summer, Farnborough Airport will embark on a £55m investment programme to significantly expand its facilities and operational infrastructure by developing a new 175,000 sq ft state-of-the-art hangar facility, branded as Domus III. With Domus III, the airport will achieve some of the very highest environmental standards and the building itself will be rated by BREEAM, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for infrastructure and buildings.

Farnborough Airport was the UK’s first airfield in aviation history and home to the country’s first powered flight in 1908. Over the past decade, the airport has continued to be a leader in aviation, hosting the biennial Farnborough International Airshow and pioneering sustainability across the industry.

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Farnborough Airport and Edmiston launch the largest ever air-side advertisement with a fully immersive guest experience

11th May 2022 by Farnborough Airport

The first of its kind in the UK private aviation space

Europe’s leading private aviation airport, Farnborough Airport, and esteemed yacht brokerage company, Edmiston, have created a first-of-its-kind collaboration with the largest ever air-side advertisement on the airport’s radar tower as part of a new fully immersive guest experience. From this week, passengers will find the award-winning terminal’s welcome wall and customer service vehicles featuring Edmiston’s iconic red branding, a newly designed Edmiston Lounge, and in July, the terminal’s 18m high air-side radar tower will showcase the Edmiston branding.

When travelling through the newly designed Edmiston Lounge guests will experience a fully bespoke design, filled with rich fabrics and furniture paired with Edmiston photography, a travel library, works of art, and yacht models. In July, on moving airside, Edmiston’s creative branding placement will wrap two sides of the airport’s radar tower. The banner scales 18m high and 18m wide, making it the largest ever air-side advertisement in a UK airport.

Simon Geere, CEO of Farnborough Airport, says: “We believe there is great brand synergy between Farnborough Airport and Edmiston in offering exceptional service and unique premium travel experiences. We are delighted to launch our collaboration with Edmiston, and we look forward to welcoming clients travelling through our airport as they await their departure.

Jamie Edmiston, Chief Executive of Edmiston, says: “Guests travelling through Farnborough Airport can now experience a slice of the Edmiston lifestyle whilst waiting for their flight. We will offer them the greatest service and comfort when using the jet terminal, much as they would receive on one of our yachts, providing a completely seamless service from sky to sea.” 

The creative branding sees the very best of private travel brands coming together to offer guests an immersive experience by adding extra touch points throughout the customer journey. The new experience is part of a wider development plan at Farnborough Airport including a £35million hangar investment and the introduction of SAF (Sustainable Aviation Fuel) and HVO fuel (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) to reduce both flying and onsite emissions.

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Farnborough Airport Wins First Place for 16th Consecutive Year in AIN International FBO Survey

4th May 2022 by Farnborough Airport

 

Farnborough Airport has retained its number one ranking in the Aviation International News (AIN) International FBO Survey 2022, winning the top title in the Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Asia Pacific category for the 16th year running.

The Airport is thrilled with the achievement in the annual independent survey, which is industry-wide and considered a true metric of performance as it is based on reviews by pilots, flight crews and dispatchers.

“To be recognised in these awards for the 16th year running is a resounding affirmation to Farnborough Airport’s commitment to exceptional customer service and operational excellence, even during the challenging and changing circumstances of the past year. We are extremely grateful to all our customers and partners for their ongoing support and look forward to not only meeting but exceeding their expectations,” said Simon Geere, Farnborough Airport CEO.

Farnborough Airport’s score in the 2022 AIN International FBO Survey ranks it among the top five percent of all FBOs including those in North America, with its facilities category the highest this year overall. Its terminal is also among the highest globally in passenger amenities.  This year, the Airport team plans to increase climate-controlled hangar capacity with a £35million investment as well as enlarge and resurface the apron parking areas and rehabilitate the existing runway to allow for more efficient aircraft movement.

“Along with our outstanding service, attention to detail and infrastructure, we’re known for the amount of investment we commit to the airport to constantly improve our facilities and service,” said FBO director Dominic Osborne.

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