As with their car sales in S FL and airplane "FBO" operation, they will find a CP that is willing to give 6 months of his life to "sell" the Co to the "walk in" pilots. Buyers will flock to newly painted a/c with 10.000+ hrs airframes. Promises will be made, many will rotate in and out. They have an in with Bombardier so new a/c will be sold to eager new owners, not willing to negotiate and wait with the manufacturer. As they were in KFXE and tried but not forgotten by the pilot community, a new sucker is born every minute and they will look you in the eye and tell you it is the best for your aviation future.
New FBO at London Stansted for Aero Toy Store
Florida's Aero Toy Store, the world's largest pre-owned private jet sales specialists, is establishing itself in Europe by taking over the Diamond Hangar (formerly occupied by SR Technics) at London Stansted Airport.
The 250,000 sq ft facility can accommodate a range of aircraft from private jets to VVIP widebodies and boasts one of the largest FBOs in Europe.
With a refurbishment budget of $2m, Aero Toy Store's highly skilled team will create a state-of-the-art, five-star experience with exceptional attention to detail across all aviation requirements, passenger service and crew facilities. The refurbishment will be completed in good time for the London Olympics.
Asked, 'Why London?' Ben Shirazi, CEO of Aero Toy Store Europe, said, “We feel London, is the most central destination of the world, wherever you do business, London features consistently on the travellers itinerary.” He continued, “London’s Stansted offers superb operational flexibility 24 hours a day without any of the major restrictions and congestion issues many of the main London airports face." read more
How can they compete in what is already a cutthroat business! Inflite Universal Harrods aren't exactly bursting at the seams! Neither are all the other recently well established "London" FBO's. You even have Execujet up the road taking business away. I seriously see this as going down the pan before its even begun. I feel sorry for the 50 or so employees that they expect to take on from the local community! The summer needs to be VERY busy for this company because it will be a long cold winter and thats a big hangar to heat! Be careful what you wish for!
Ive heard a few people have now departed ATS....is this the beginning of the end! I decided to take a little looksie round recently and didn't see much if any activity. Doors wide open with an Easyjet inside i guess for SRT not a biz jet in site??.
Amazing with the power of the internet, people don't do their due diligence on research. And oops something goes wrong again. I guess it's true, a sucker is born every minute, even in this day and age ...
Not been many movements from what I hear! (I cant see unfortunately) Some of the start up crew have gone already! Maybe they were consultants though! Has anyone seen much business? The Olympics I guess was a good launch pad for them but was all a bit too late?......mind you they did publicise handling some bigjets!
There has been one or two bizjets handled by these guys, nothing dramatic though, the Hanger doors have been opened occasionally and a Challenger wheeled in and out, not sure if same one, seems a Global Express is a regular visitor too.
I can confirm that they have indeed taken over the diamond hangar, it is an FBO, they are using it for the sale of aircraft and charters (mainly at the mo). They have done a lot to the hangar, New Entrance/Lobby area and Painted the Whole hangar floor white (looks very fresh). I hear and read bad things about them all the time.....but I have to say I have never had any problems with them and can't say a bad thing about their operations (my experience of course), all the people working in the diamond hangar are really friendly and are an extremely helpful bunch. I think as long as your are not an idiot and have done your homework, you should be perfectly safe. There are sharks every where in life and unfortunately they all feed from power and greed, so you must always have the chain mail at the ready.