Hawthorne Global Aviation Services Acquires New Orleans FBO


Charleston, South Carolina, July 20, 2012 - Hawthorne Global Aviation Services today announced the acquisition of a controlling interest of Aeropremier, a Fixed Based Operator (FBO) at New Orleans Lakefront Airport (KNEW).

 The FBO is a premier provider of general aviation services at New Orleans Lakefront Airport, with over 50,000 square feet of hangar space which can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Gulfstream 550. Hawthorne is a general aviation services company which was founded in 1932 and is headquartered in Charleston, SC.  Through its 80 year history it has been involved in all aspects of the aviation industry.

 Steven Levesque, President & CEO of Hawthorne, said, “The newly renovated facility provides a first class gateway to New Orleans and is only 15 minutes from the heart of the city.  We are pleased to have been able to add such a great facility on a major general aviation airport as our initial presence on the Gulf Coast.”

 The hangars and general aviation terminal underwent extensive renovations over the last year and re-opened in February 2012.  The facilities feature state of the art flight planning, new hospitality and conference rooms, and expanded pilot amenities including sleep rooms and upgraded restrooms with private shower facilities.  The FBO will be rebranded as a Hawthorne facility and added to the expanding network.

 Moelis Capital Partners and Hawthorne Corporation formed Hawthorne Global Aviation Services in November of 2011 and Moelis Capital Partners, alongside its equity investment, provides the company with strategic advice.