Florida Air Charter Provider Buys Michigan FBO

 - May 6, 2021, 12:18 PM
With its purchase of Oakland Air, Part 135 operator Premier Private Jets has now entered the FBO business. The Florida-based company will rebrand the facility as Premier Jet Services, and intends to use it as the springboard to build its own service provider network. (Photo: Premier Private Jets)

Stuart, Florida-based air charter provider Premier Private Jets has entered the FBO arena with its purchase of Oakland Air, one of six FBOs at Detroit-area general aviation hub Oakland County International Airport (KPTK). The full-service facility will be rebranded as Premier Jet Services.

Its nearly six-acre leasehold includes a 10,000-sq-ft terminal built in 1997 and subsequently enlarged in 2006. According to Premier CEO Josh Birmingham, a $500,000-plus terminal renovation project will begin “immediately,” modernizing and opening up the lobby, installing a new air filtration system, and adding a snooze room in the pilot lounge. Taking a page from on-field rival Pentastar Aviation, the upgrade, which is expected to be completed by the third quarter, will also include the addition of a full commercial catering kitchen and café.

The FBO also includes 61,000 sq ft of heated hangar space that can accommodate ultra-long-range business jets, as well as the company’s Part 145 repair station. It will become part of Premier’s business, complementing its maintenance operation at its Stuart headquarters. The fuel farm at the KPTK location holds 24,000 gallons of jet-A, along with 1,000 gallons of avgas and Birmingham has plans to introduce sustainable aviation fuel to the airport.

Meanwhile, the addition of Oakland Air’s Part 135 charter certificate, which currently lists three King Air 200’s and a pair of Citations, expands Premier’s fleet to 15 aircraft.

According to Birmingham, the FBO purchase will not be the company’s only one. "The Premier Jet Services brand now gives us the opportunity to fully control the customer air charter experience from the ground up," he explained. "We expect to acquire additional FBOs and are presently seeking new opportunities."