Mineta San Jos√© International Airport (SJC) announced that it intends to recommend that Signature Flight Support be awarded a 50-year lease on the Airport‚Äôs West Side to develop and operate a facility for the personal aircraft of the principals at Google, which is based in Mountain View, California.
Signature proposes to construct a full service fixed base operation (FBO) in partnership with Blue City Holdings, San Jose, LLC, a corporation representing the personal aircraft of the principals at Google.
Signature wishes to invest $82 million in developing over 270,000 square feet of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold-certified facilities on approximately 29 acres.
The facility will include an executive terminal, hangars, ramp space accommodating large business jets, and aircraft servicing facilities.
‚ÄúWe‚Äôre pleased that the evaluation process for the development of Mineta San Jos√© International Airport‚Äôs West Side is now complete, and the recommended outcome will prove to be incredibly prosperous for SJC, the City of San Jos√©, and Silicon Valley,‚Äù said director of Aviation Bill Sherry.
Sherry added that having completed a $1.4 billion terminal upgrade in 2010, their focus will now be on the $82 million West Side project, and on providing support for the private aviation needs of local high-tech and other companies, including the personal aircraft of the principals at Google.
Proposals submitted by Signature Flight Support and others for development of Silicon Valley Airport‚Äôs West Side were reviewed by an evaluation panel comprised of SJC staff and city employees, a former FBO executive, and a real estate expert with prior experience working on a similar commercial service airport.
Signature‚Äôs proposal scored a total of 991 out of a possible 1,000 points, and the panel found the proposal to be both thorough and of very high quality, offering excellent opportunities for corporate aviation services to SJC‚Äôs general aviation customers.
‚ÄúSignature Flight Support is proud to be chosen as the successful bidder for the West Side Development project at Mineta San Jose International Airport, to build a state-of-the art, world class FBO to serve as a key location in Signature‚Äôs global network,‚Äù said Maria Sastre, president and COO of Signature Flight Support. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre proud to bring all of the resources that Signature can offer to further business and general aviation as well as our long-standing track record of good corporate citizenship to the San Jose and Silicon Valley communities.‚Äù
The Orlando, Florida-based Signature Flight Support is a part of BBA Aviation Corporation, a British company. Signature Flight currently operates at more than 100 locations in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and Asia.