For Immediate Release
April 17, 2013
Mineta San Jose International Airport Welcomes Signature Flight Support
- $82M Corporate Aviation Facility to be Built at Silicon Valley’s Airport -
SAN JOSE, CA – The
San José City Council yesterday voted to grant delegated authority to Mineta
San José International Airport (SJC) staff to finalize negotiations and
execute a 50-year lease for Signature Flight Support, a
subsidiary of BBA Aviation and a global leader in corporate aviation, to
build and operate a private development on 29 acres on the Airport’s West
Side. Signature will service, most notably, the personal aircraft of the
principals at Google, as well as other clients in the Silicon Valley
The approval paves the way for Signature to construct a
full-service, world-class fixed base operation (FBO) to support based and itinerant
corporate and general aviation aircraft operations at Silicon Valley’s
Airport. See renderings here.
Signature’s development at SJC is in partnership with Blue
City Holdings, San Jose, LLC, a corporation representing the personal
aircraft of the principals at Google, headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. The
total investment by the partnership will be approximately $82 million.
“I am pleased that we are moving
forward with development of the Airport’s West Side which will generate
significant revenues to the Airport and the General Fund, and accommodate
future growth in the demand for general aviation services in Silicon Valley,”
said San José Mayor Chuck Reed. “Signature Flight Support’s
development proposal will help the City of San José accomplish
both of these goals. I thank Signature for its confidence in San José, its
significant investments at SJC, and for the new jobs and revenues that this project
“Signature is extraordinarily proud to expand our
business to Mineta San Jose International Airport and create a positive
economic impact in the Silicon Valley region,” said Maria Sastre, President and Chief Operating
Officer, Signature Flight Support. “We’ve planned an accelerated timetable
and are eager to get construction underway as quickly as possible. We look
forward to working closely with the City Council, Airport Staff, and Silicon
Valley business community as we build our state-of-the art FBO here at Mineta
San Jose International Airport.” Ms. Sastre noted that Signature Flight
Support has aspired to be in San Jose for several years and is delighted to
see the project come to fruition.
In addition, Signature will relocate its West Coast
headquarters to San José, bringing additional jobs to the community.
The total investment by the partnership is approximately $82
million in developing over 270,000 square feet of LEED Gold-certified
facilities on approximately 29 acres with facility and service components
accommodating large business jets (such as the Boeing Business Jet (BBJ 737)
and Boeing B767; and
aircraft servicing facilities.
“I’m confident the parties will reach agreement and, in
very short order, we’ll be moving forward with design, permitting and
construction of Signature’s private development at SJC,” said Bill Sherry,
Director of Aviation for Mineta San José International Airport. “The
redevelopment of the Airport’s West Side, and the added revenue and local
jobs Signature will provide are a valuable asset to our community.”
facility offers major economic benefits to SJC and the Silicon Valley region:
$2.6 million in
annual rent to the Airport;
annual guarantee of $400,000 in annual fuel flowage fee revenues to the
annual tax generation guarantee of $70,000 (first year) to $300,000 (year 5
150 to 200
on-Airport and regional construction jobs;
on-Airport jobs; and
370 direct and
indirect jobs generated.
Signature plans to begin
construction in fall 2013.
As part of SJC’s $1.3 billion
modernization program, acreage became available for development with the
relocation of the Airport’s long-term parking lot to the east side of the Airport.
In April 2012, the City Council authorized SJC staff to issue a Request for
Proposals for development for any use allowed under the Airport Master Plan.
About Signature Flight Support
Flight Support Corporation, a BBA
Aviation plc company, is the world's largest fixed-base operation (FBO) and
distribution network for business aviation services which include fueling,
hangar and office rentals, ground handling, maintenance and a wide
range of crew and passenger amenities at strategic domestic and international
locations. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida, Signature Flight Support
currently operates at more than 100 locations in the United States, Europe,
South America, Africa and Asia. For more information, please visit www.signatureflight.com or
on Facebook at www.facebook.com/signatureflightsupport.
Follow Signature Flight Support on Twitter: @SignatureFBO.
San José International Airport
Mineta San José International Airport (SJC) is Silicon Valley’s Airport,
a self-supporting enterprise owned and operated by the City of San José. SJC
served 8.3 million passengers in 2012, and offers approximately 120 daily
flights on 13 domestic and international carriers to 30 nonstop destinations.
The Airport’s $1.3 billion comprehensive modernization project,
completed in 2010, makes SJC the most technologically advanced airport in the
nation and the first terminal awarded LEED Silver certification for
environmental sustainability. Silicon Valley’s Airport is located in San José,
California’s third largest city and the nation’s tenth largest city. For more
Airport information, visit www.flysanjose.com/fl.
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