City of Oklahoma City Department of Airports, AAR Corp. and city officials today gathered for the opening of the new $1.8-million Fixed Based Operation corporate and general aviation facility at Will Rogers Airport.
The 6,000-square-foot facility is the culmination of a unique public/private partnership between AAR and the City of Oklahoma City designed to provide corporate and general aviation customers with a modern business terminal and an inviting gateway to the city's business district and other attractions. The building features a business center, a pilot's room, a flight planning center, break room and a conference room for guests. In addition, the facility also showcases numerous paintings of art by local artists.
"We've been working with AAR for many, many years on trying to get a simple facility that would be first-class like our terminal facility that would represent a facility worthy of image and customer service of Oklahoma City for our corporate and business community travelers that float through Oklahoma City," Mark Kranenburg, director of airports, said. "We're very happy to have this 6,000-square-foot building that now can make a statement just like so many other statements are being made in Oklahoma City."
AAR's FBO will accommodate dozens of corporate jet arrivals and departures daily and is often a destination for USAF jets engaged in training exercises from nearby Vance Air Force Base. AAR also has the fueling contract for the airlines that serve Oklahoma City.
The construction project was awarded in January 2009. Silvercliffe Construction was the general contract and Frankfurt-Short-Bruza handled the architectural design of the project.
Photo By Shannon Cornman