What Are FBOs or Fixed Base Operators?
What do fixed base operators or FBOs do? Here, we’ll talk about everything you need to know about FBOs and how to choose the right one.
If you’re involved in jet transport, you may have heard of fixed base operators.
Maybe you’ve heard them described as private jet terminals, lounges, or facilities, either at an airport or somewhere just nearby.
But what do these fixed operators (or FBOs, as they’re known) do? What do you need to know about them? And, most importantly, what are the benefits of switching your corporate airline’s operations, over to one?
Join us, today, as we unpack what it means to use an FBO.
What Are Fixed Base Operators?
Fixed Base Operators are private jet terminals, found at or around airports.
But you probably already knew that. What you might not know, however, is that they actually come in different sizes and configurations.
There are the smaller, more intimate lounges associated with luxurious private planes. Alternatively, multi-purpose fixed base facilities are also available, where passengers and crew members can get refuel and get ready for their trip.
Whatever the size, expense, and style of the FBO, they all share one thing in common: they work around the traffic found in standard airport facilities.
What To Expect From An FBO
The first thing you’ll encounter when looking into FBOs are the creature comforts. Running a corporate airline can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to give your customers that added something that sets you apart from the competition.
With wi-fi access, refreshments, and bathroom facilities, you’ll be well on your way.
But surely it’s about more than “just the nice stuff”.
Well, there’s the added benefit of discounted fuel programs, for certain airlines, depending on prearrangement with the FBO. These are often carried out by means of a discounted fuel card.
Then there are special rates on lodging and food for pilots, help with local handling, and better rates on-ramp fees.
Depending on your involvement with the FBO, their particular offers, and how regularly you use them, there is any number of great benefits to using these services.
Which FBO To Choose
Provided you aren’t based out of a rural airport or own your own airport hangar, you’ll need to choose an FBO facility at some point.
Many companies make the fuel discount a priority, and with good reason. Shop for the right offer, and you could build a relationship that helps you maintain your long-term fuel costs.
But, as with all good things, getting a freebie isn’t the only reason to look into an FBO. It’s about the personalized services, which make providing air transport easier to do.
Aircraft handling may be provided, depending on the local weather conditions.
Maintenance is also not uncommon, with many FBOs helping to put you in touch with the appropriate airport departments, or even their own people.
Ultimately, choosing an FBO comes down to you, and what you stand to benefit from picking a specific service. Do your research, beforehand, and find a facility that suits your needs.
Going Fixed Base Means More Comfort For You
The real benefit to using FBO services is in creating a better overall airline experience for you, your pilots, and your passengers. The secret is knowing what your airline needs, and finding a fixed base operator who provides exactly that.
Discover Conroe-North Houston Regional Airport’s premier FBO facility, General Aviation Jet Center, today! Get in touch, and turn your airport transfer into an experience!