Universal Aviation UK to Be Completely Refurbished in Time for London Olympics

Universal Aviation Experts Available to Provide 2012 Olympic Games Consultation at EBACE

EBACE, GENEVA--(Marketwire - May 14, 2012) - Universal Aviation UK, located at London Stansted Airport (EGSS), is completely refurbishing its FBO in time for operators traveling to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. Specialists from Universal Aviation will be available at EBACE2012 exhibit #7080 to help operators plan their trips to the London Olympics.

Universal Aviation(SM), the ground support division of Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc., has more than 40 locations in 20 countries, and is known for adherence to standards for consistent, professional, personalized services, and regional expertise. Multilingual staff members provide solutions including UVair® fuel, credit for approved customers, trip planning, and more through Universal®.

"The complete renovation, both internally and externally, of our Universal Aviation Stansted facilities is a continuation of our ongoing commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of our regional and international customers," said Jonathan Howells, Vice President, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Universal. "These renovations are part of our continuing efforts to enhance our customers' experience at Universal Aviation locations around the world."

"As the closest 24/7 business airport with direct road and rail access to the Olympic Park, Stansted was already an attractive option for operators traveling to the London Olympics," said Sean Raftery, Managing Director, Universal Aviation UK and Ireland. "We feel that the complete renovation of our Stansted FBO, combined with the already built-in advantages of Stansted, such as ample parking, the ability to handle large aircraft up to a Boeing 747, and slot availability, will ensure a seamless and first-rate experience for our clients."

The renovation of the Stansted facility includes additional and remodeled lounges and new amenities such as:

  • Departures lounge
  • Arrivals lounge
  • Two client meeting rooms
  • Shower and changing room facilities
  • Crew business centre
  • Crew lounge
  • Free wi-fi

Universal Aviation UK General Manager Jason Hayward said it's not too late to plan a trip to the London Olympics, but advised that the longer operators wait, options will become more limited.

"As with any trip to a major world event, the key to success is pre-planning," said Hayward. "We've been working behind the scenes for over a year planning for the influx of traffic to the games, and are available to provide consultation to operators planning a trip. We will work with them to review their schedule and plan every step, from selecting the best airport to operate to based on the events they are attending, to securing and confirming slots, parking, hotels, catering, and security."

While many London-area airports are already running out of slots during the peak period, Hayward said that, due to its 10,000-foot runway and capacity peak of 50 movements per hour, securing slots at Stansted should not be an issue, but that parking is going quickly.

"We've always been uniquely equipped to assist operators, thanks to our European Operations Centre trip support and flight planning experts onsite," said Raftery. "We're excited to take our facilities to the next level so that they match our high standards of safety and customer service. I am confident that operators choosing Universal Aviation UK for their London Olympics trips will be impressed with both our facility and service."

For more information on planning a trip to the Olympics, contact Jason Hayward at +44 (0) 1279 680349, e-mail jhayward@universalaviation.aero, or contact the European Operations Centre (EOC) at +44 (0) 1279 680566.

About Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc.
With 50+ years of experience in supporting business aviation and more than 2.5 million trip legs facilitated, Universal® has the knowledge and expertise to accomplish our shared purpose: the success of your trip. Our comprehensive resources include customized trip support, convenience through the UVair® Fuel Program, worldwide ground support from Universal Aviation(SM), online flight planning, aircraft data link, and more. For more information, contact worldwide sales at (800) 231-5600 ext. 3300 (North America) or (713) 944-1622 ext. 3300 (Worldwide). For expert insight on business aviation operations worldwide, visit Universal's business aviation blog.

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New Universal Aviation FBO at Standsted