TAC Air is expanding its presence into New York with the addition of its 16th FBO location, TAC Air – BUF, at Buffalo Niagara International airport. Acquiring Prior Aviation's assets associated with its fixed base operations, TAC Air also plans to maintain the 120 associates supporting these operations. The full range of FBO services, including fuel, hangarage and aircraft handling, as well as supporting the market's commercial airlines with into-plane fuel, charter handling, cargo services, de-icing and airline maintenance, will be offered by TAC Air. The campus has over 126,000 sq ft of hangar and office space across four structures housing private aircraft, charter services, US Customs and Border Patrol, flight departments and a flight training school.
“We are excited to add Buffalo as a new location to our FBO network and welcome its employees and customers to the TAC Air family,” says Greg Arnold, chairman and CEO. “The family history and culture established for the past 60 years from Jack Prior to Reginald Newman and now to his son Clark Newman resembles our focus to provide the best ground services, making an easy transition for general and business aviation aircraft based in and visiting the Buffalo area.”
“I am pleased that the dedicated and loyal employees of the Prior FBO will have the opportunity to work for another great family business in The Arnold Companies,” states Clark C. Newman, president of Prior Aviation Service Inc. “We will continue on with charter, aircraft management and flight training under my direction, so you will still find a bit of history on the runway as TAC Air launches a new generation of aviation services at the Buffalo airport.”
“As we grow and build the business aviation industry across the country, we remain focused on serving the local aviation community with the original small business mindset my father started the company with in 1964,” continues Arnold. “As TAC Air embraces the business of Prior Aviation, it is of utmost importance to honour the values and goals the Newman family set forth while incorporating the TAC company goals and values. We are honoured for the opportunity to carry on the existing legacy.”
“With over 11,000 GA flights at Buffalo airport last year, we look forward to serving local and visiting customers at our newest TAC Air FBO location with the same great experience they find across our network,” adds Joe Gibney, TAC Air chief operating officer. “We are looking forward to a great partnership with the airport and community to continue the legacy established by Prior Aviation and build new opportunities for aviation in western New York. In the coming months, we will unveil plans we have been working on with the airport authority to refurbish the existing FBO buildings and hangars to elevate the general aviation area of the airport, demonstrating the services provided exceed expectations and demand of those conducting business through Buffalo Niagara International Airport,” explained Gibney.
The acquisition of Prior Aviation Services and its nearly 60 years of business at KBUF is a strategic expansion for TAC Air as it grows its FBO network to 16 locations that stretch across the United States from Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah in the northwest, to Dallas in the central region, across to Knoxville, Tennessee in the south, and up to Hartford, Connecticut in the northeast.