Signature Flight supports stylish new San Jose FBO.
Yesterday, Signature Flight Support celebrated the grand opening of its newest FBO at Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) in the heart of Silicon Valley. Claimed to be the world’s largest FBO, the facility is built on 29 acres, for which Signature holds a 50-year lease. There are 18.5 acres of ramp space, which will be pressed into service in less than two weeks as visitors begin flying in on private jet charter for Super Bowl 50 in nearby San Francisco, including the team airplanes for the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos and an estimated 150 additional business aircraft.
The new facility has seven hangars totaling 240,000 sq ft, one of which (at 60,000 sq ft) is built to house two Boeing 767s. In addition to a spacious atrium lobby, the FBO offers 10,000 sq ft of office space, a dedicated fuel farm, two conference rooms (one with its own lounge), two quiet rooms and lounges and a flight planning area for pilots. The design of the “circuit garden” outdoor seating area adjacent to the lobby mimics shapes of an integrated circuit, acknowledging the Silicon Valley connection.
This is Signature’s first FBO that it built on empty ground—the area was used for long-term parking—and it opened for transient traffic last November. “This is a culmination of many years of Signature trying to be in Silicon Valley,” said Signature president and COO Maria Sastre.
Courtesy of Aviation International News (AIN).