Two US fixed-base operator (FBO) chains are expanding. Raytheon Aircraft Services is forming a joint venture with Mexico's AeroLineas Ejecutivas to provide maintenance services for Beech and Hawker aircraft at Mexico City's Toluca airport. Piedmont Hawthorne, meanwhile, is buying Shell Canada's Aerocentre FBOs in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.

These include five Cessna Citation Xs and four Gulfstream Vs. The deal overcomes the foreign-ownership barrier to German-owned, US-based DaimlerChrysler Aviation operating charters.

Source: Flight International