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An FBO “Designed by Pilots for Pilots” Debuts its New Terminal at Lakefront Airport

For Immediate Release
Media Contact:
Jay Taffet
General Manager
AeroPremier Jet Center
Lakefront Airport, New Orleans

An FBO "Designed by Pilots for Pilots" Debuts its New Terminal at Lakefront Airport

After almost four years, AeroPremier Jet Center finally moves into its new FBO offices in a recently renovated terminal that the Orleans Levee District designed and restored.  Formerly a National Guard helicopter facility, the building was destroyed during Katrina and it was uncertain what the fate of the structure would be pending FEMA funding discussions.  In 2008, AeroPremier successfully won its bid to operate an FBO at the airport and FEMA funding was allocated to restore the National Guard facility towards that use.  After several contractor delays, the building was finally delivered to the Orleans Levee District on Feb 1, 2012 and AeroPremier moved its operation from its temporary trailer facilities to the newly renovated building.

According to Jay Taffet, the General Manager of AeroPremier, "Already being ranked by pilots as a leader in FBO service, the debut of our new, luxury terminal makes us the natural leader in both private air presentation and amenities at Lakefront Airport."

From the elegant, spacious lobby to the state-of-the-art flight planning room to the cozy pilot lounge and sleep rooms to the private aircrew bathrooms and showers to the eat-in, bistro-style kitchen to the hospitality/snack area equipped with new vending machines, ATM, coffee service, popcorn and cookies, AeroPremier has created an FBO that makes every customer arrival and departure truly special.  Combine that with over 50,000 sf of hangar space capable of accommodating up to a G-V, a full complement of line/ramp services, professional, certified maintenance support, complete concierge services including high-end ground transportation and hotel options at very affordable rates, the finest aircraft meal-service support in the industry with multiple catering options and a dishwasher in the terminal for dishware/glassware cleaning, affordable rental car options including free Hertz Gold Club membership for all FBO customers and new crew cars, you can easily see why this is an FBO you do not want to miss! 

"We describe our FBO as ‘designed by pilots for pilots' because we know what you want to see and do while you're with us," Taffet, a long-time GA pilot and former military pilot, says.  "This building is really something to see and, after you do, you will truly understand what it's like when you combine exceptional service with exceptional facilities and wrap it up with the enthusiasm of devoted pilots who make up the AeroPremier management and ownership team."

And, finally,  you won't believe what you see on the walls when you walk into the AeroPremier terminal:  the famous "Blue Dog" paintings throughout the lobby, flight planning and pilot lounges.  Thanks to a very generous loan by the popular artist George Rodrigue through his foundation the George Rodrigue Foundation, AeroPremier has become both a showcase of private air service and amenities and elegant interior design.  "It truly is something to see - pilots are overwhelmed by the unique and fun ‘welcome committee' that is the Blue Dog at every turn in the terminal.  The paintings truly make our FBO a home for our staff and our customers, " says Taffet.

Visit for more information and terminal previews and for a general overview of Lakefront Airport and AeroPremier's presence on the field.

Jay Taffet can be reached at 504-248-5240 or