Fixed-base operators (FBOs) are enterprises with rights to operate at an airport and provide a range of aviation services. FBOs offer several benefits to passengers, pilots, and airport authorities. It is FBOs that facilitate the chartering of private flights, and all the services that make these possible. Here is what you need to know about FBOs and why you should consider making use of one for your future travels.
What Is a Fixed-Base Operator?
The term FBO is applied to a commercial enterprise that has been granted the right to operate at a particular airport and provide a variety of air-travel-related services. These services could include the provision of hangar space, fuel, parking, flight crew and passenger lounges, office space, and more. An FBO essentially acts as a private airline terminal. You will find FBOs at both large, public-use airports and smaller, private or executive airports. The term FBO dates back to the early days of aviation, when the industry was unregulated and its operators mostly ran informal and mobile businesses. After the 1920s, as regulations were enforced in the aviation industry, operators had to adapt and set up more permanent bases. These new, formalized aviation businesses were called FBOs to indicate that they no longer worked from temporary, mobile bases of operation.
Benefits of Airport FBOs to Passengers
Essentially, FBOs offer a premium air travel experience, as opposed to the more “mass market” offerings of commercial airlines and their support contractors. The main benefits that make up this premium experience are as follows.
More Private and Laid-Back Experience
With an FBO, you, as a passenger, will enjoy personalized service and fewer of the restrictions and inconveniences that usually come with commercial air travel. There are no queues and crowds to worry about, boarding procedures are far more relaxed, and, on the whole, the experience is stress-free and luxurious. Some FBOs even permit passengers to drive right up to the plane and board it without having to wait in an airport terminal.
Great Customer Service
FBOs deal with fewer passengers per flight, and are thus able to offer them their full attention. All questions are answered personally, and you may even have the opportunity for a meet-and-greet with the flight’s captains before take-off.
FBOs provide top-level amenities for their clients’ comfort – both onboard and on the ground. Standard conveniences include comfortable, private passenger lounges, as well as the provision of refreshments, and even rest facilities.
Fast Boarding and Check-In Process
FBO clients can skip all the usual security and check-in procedures. You can often simply step onto the plane after showing your ID to a pilot or flight crew member. You do not have to deal with any of the waiting that has become so closely associated with commercial flying.
Experienced Flight Crews
FBOs hire only the best and most experienced flight crews. As the flights are much smaller than those run by large-scale commercial operators, flight attendants are able to offer personalized service, attending to each passenger’s needs and providing you with the best flight experience possible.
Monmouth Jet Center is a fixed-base operator dedicated to providing a gateway to the Jersey Shore, as well as the greater New Jersey and New York area. We provide charter services and aircraft hangar space, in addition to all the other services and facilities you would expect from a high-end FBO. For all the benefits of a world-class, fixed-base operator, charter your next flight with Monmouth Jet Center.